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Last week, nearly 60 women joined together at The Columbus Foundation to watch the livestream of TEDxWomen. In between the sets of capitvating talks being broadcast from New York and LA, we hosted two of our TEDxColumbus speakers, Maryanna Klatt and Theresa Flores, to present their TEDx talks again. After their presentations, they were joined by Ann Fisher, host of All Sides on WOSU (89.7 FM).

Ann was in the audience at TEDxColumbus at COSI on 11.11, and following Theresa’s talk, she introduced herself with an apology. At the Columbus Foundation a few weeks later, she shared what she said to Theresa that day, a survivor of human trafficking as a teenager.

“I told her I finally got it,” Fisher said. “When I was at the Dispatch a number of years ago, I wrote a story that was not completely representative of the true story. In part, I didn’t believe it, how could that really have happened to someone? But after hearing her TEDxColumbus talk, it finally crystalized for me. And I had to tell her I was sorry that I didn’t get it before. It was in large part because she’d worked so hard to build her story so that we could better understand and try to relate to what happened. And it worked. ”

We wanted to share this anecdote to share the power of a well-told story, especially one at a TEDx event where it can be watched over and over (via video). And how we found ourselves in the audience at TEDxWomenColumbus watching the two of them discuss the evolution of the story and learning from both sides.

Ann and Theresa were joined by Maryanna Klatt for a conversation after their talks, where they explored the power of the story – especially for women. And for Maryanna, a researcher in Mindfulness, how she focuses on the science to make her story credible with skeptics.

After hearing both Theresa and Maryanna’s talks again, I’m not sure who could be skeptical of either.




In the last month, we’ve hosted a myriad of TEDx events in Columbus. Here’s a quick re-cap to summarize them – and showing what a vibrant, curious, inspired city we have that is supporting and growing each one.

Our signature event, TEDxColumbus, featured 18 speakers and performers (above: Susan Willeke, Jamie Greene and Rose Smith) on stage at COSI on 11.11.11.  You can watch all of the speaker’s videos here, or get a glimpse of the full day from still images here.  They all celebrated a “Moment in Time,” and did so beautifully.

We had a record turnout of nearly 600 attendees, that’s double where we started two years ago when we hosted the first event at the Wexner center with 300 attendees.  Check out this dynamic gallery at COSI!

We were supported these amazing corporate and community partners: resource interactive, The Columbus Foundation, Barnes and Thornburg, The Limited Brands, Alliance Data, The Ohio State University, and GSW Worldwide. Support from WOSU, COSI and a host of other in-kind donations made the event possible.










We had a unique and very special partnership with LOTH/ STEELCASE / TURNSTONE to outfit the event gallery for our two days of events (see TEDxYouth below). The feedback on our event was so spectacular in part thanks to the great furniture and environment they helped to build for us. We were delighted they could carry through our dream!

The day before TEDxColumbus, we hosted TEDxYouth@Columbus also at COSI, where 18 speakers and performers also took the stage and inspired an audience of nearly 150 high schoolers. Curators Andy Aichele and Christian Long were aided by community volunteers who were also mentors in the afternoon, the day-long event turned out to be a needed and inspired addition to our TEDx line-up. And the kids had a blast, too.


After we cleaned up from TEDxColumbus and TEDxYouth@Columbus, on December 1, for the second year in a row, The Columbus Foundation hosted a livestream of TEDxWomen, a national TEDx event that was broadcast from LA and NY. Over 60 women joined us for the viewing and lots of great conversation between riveting talks. See an additional story here from our live speakers Maryanna Klatt and Theresa Flores who joined us with their TEDxColumbus talks at lunch.

And for us, we closed out the month with a webinar featuring our own InsideOut Project along side TEDx organizers from Aviero, Portgual, Manchester, NH and Athens, Greece. I have been hosting  some of these  webinars for two years now – bringing together knowledge and experience for TEDx organizers around the world. This one was pretty special as we had JR, the artist and recipient of the TED Prize and Amy Novogratz, join us to discuss InsideOut. The webinar will be linked here when it’s live.


All in all, the community has had an exhilarating month – thanks to everyone who’s helped to make these great moments possible!