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Theme: The Hero's Journey

This event occurred on
May 4, 2013
9:00am - 4:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Alexandria, Virginia
United States

TEDxRockCreekPark is based upon the belief that every person on the planet is born with a purpose and our deepest desire is to fully express that purpose. Our theme, “The Hero’s Journey” was a metaphor for what our life calls us to do and the path that takes us on.

Joseph Campbell first developed the concept of The Hero’s Journey as a way to describe the common narrative he found among many of the world’s great myths and legends. We are borrowing an idea from his work: We are each the hero of our own life’s story!

During the conference the audience experience their own hero's journey and shared it with fellow participants. We asked "Where are you on your hero's journey?" during session 1 and "What must you learn to take the next step on your journey?" during session 2. Then over lunch, participants were given a super power and were asked "What would this super power give us and how would you use it?" After lunch, we took away their super power and asked in session 3, "How will you use your own talents to reproduce your super powers on your own?" and then finally in session 4 we asked "How will you be heroic?" What will you commit to do as a heroic leader?" and asked them to tweet their commitment to TEDxRCP.

TEDxRockCreekPark had a 100% curated audience of 275 which was sourced from accepted applications and invitations only. We curated a mix of entrepreneur/business owners, educators and professional coaches.

Old Town Theater
815 1/2 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
United States
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Organizing team


Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Changamire - Sonnig Records LLC
    Music Curator
  • Anne deSantis
    Volunteer Coordinator - Co-Curator
  • Peter Mellen
  • Kathleen Seller
    Production Lead
  • Kathleen Wolff
    Program Manager
  • Diana Kowalski
    Speaker Liaison
  • Marie deVilmorin
    Food and Beverage Lead
  • Jacques Bazinet
    Speaker Communications
  • Michael Donovan
    Registration Lead
  • Ricardo Leon
    Program and Power Cards
  • Jan Fox
    Speaker Coach
  • Kara Heron
    Recorded Music
  • Andrew Edgerton
    Conference Badges
  • Tim Herr
    Volunteer Organizer
  • Ricardo Estevez
    Volunteer Organizer
  • Adebo Ifesanya
  • Sonja Kosman
    Audience Curation
  • Kerri Martin
    Audience Curation
  • Suzanne Ritter
    Audience Engagement
  • Trish Barber
    Social Media