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TedxWynwood women highlights Miami’s leading Femmes

By Olivia McAuley

The conception of TED Talks dates back to 1984, and while it was originally a technology, entertainment, and design conference, the organization has sustained their relevance by keeping their finger on the pulse of innovation. From expanding their ‘topics covered’ to science, business, and beyond; to extending their community and accessibility through holding talks in over 100 languages; the utilization of youtube and other modern platforms, TED Talks and their associated satellite events have become a pioneer for accessible education, topical discussion, and free thought.

With a mission dedicated to spreading the exchange of ideas, the organization’s steady proliferation has meant the need to expand and delegate the TED experience to local organizers. Thus the creation of TEDx. The program comes to Miami tomorrow, extending the non-profits name to a local, independently-organized event centered around Miami based female leaders, executives, and experts.

The sold-out TEDxWynwoodWomen event will combine TED Talks video and live speakers with the intention of sparking “deep discussion and connection in a small group”. Among the many women invited to speak and lead discussion are:

– Gabriella Smith – Founder of The UpCycle Project and the Director of Sustainability & Innovation for Istituto Marangoni Miami.

– Maria Antonia Tigre – Senior attorney at the Environment Program of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.

– Stephanie Shames –  CEO of SHMLS by Steph, a full-service health and fitness company focused on body positive and self-love.

2018 will arguably be looked upon through the scope of history as the year of women, with feats of excellence and historic firsts such as the record number of women (and WOC) attaining public office, and acts of bravery such as those involved in the #MeToo movement and the exemplary courage of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

While many will miss out on this event as tickets quickly sold out, the overwhelming response from Miami women eager to attend and participate, mirrors that of the global push to shatter these glass ceilings for good. The unequivocal success of this year’s female-driven events should encourage local organizers and sponsors to keep these sorts of events coming in the new year!

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