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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker W. Kay Wilson.

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

KW: I serve as the Director for Strategic Initiatives at IMPACT Community Action where I build their community engagement, advancement and advocacy on wealth-equity efforts. I am a mother, an author of two books, youth advocate, and nonprofit strategist.  I grew up in Westerville with weekends on the Near East Side of Columbus. I enjoy advocating for at-risk youth and use my experiences to help them gain the necessary survival skills and the foundation they need to break generational patterns and make it through tough situations.

 

TEDxColumbus: What do others consider to be the most surprising thing about you?

KW: That I love playing the bass or that I lived in Nigeria 7 years

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

KW: I remember sitting in the audience at one of the early TEDx Columbus events at COSI and feeling the communal energy around elevating current ideas and I was in awe.  This year my youngest son came in my room and saw a picture that had the TEDx logo with a microphone in the foreground glued to my vision board. He asked me “What’s that?”  I told him that I really want to share my idea on a TED stage.  He asked, “How do you do that?”  I told him you apply.  Then he asked; “Have you ever applied?”  I replied; “No.”  Then he said; “Well, you’ll never get that picture off that board if you don’t apply.”

 

TEDxColumbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker/performer?

KW: Having my dad (who adopted me) watch me from the audience.

 

TEDxColumbus: What previous TED or TEDxColumbus talk was most meaningful to you?

KW: “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong” by Dan Pallotta.

 

TEDxColumbus: Why​ ​would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

KW: The energy and diversity in the room is amazing!

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

KW: Lately there are people in leadership willing to be courageous and have tough conversations to make this a city where everyone has opportunity to thrive.

 

TEDxColumbus: When you host visitors from outside of Columbus, where will you typically take them?

KW: To my kitchen- I love to cook!

 

TEDxColumbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?

KW: Ms. Enas on Cleveland Avenue or the Kelton House.

 

TEDxColumbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?

KW: You. Are. Enough.


TEDx
Columbus: How did you select your career choice?

KW: I think it chose me. I have always enjoyed being in the service of others. I’ve been told I’m a connector.


TEDx
Columbus: Who do you consider to be a mentor? Or who inspires you?

KW: I consider Donna James to be a mentor and a huge inspiration of resiliency to me.


TEDx
Columbus: What is your favorite quote and why?

KW: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Reading those two sentences sparked a series of a-ha moments for me. What Marianne Williamson is getting at here is that fear hides our inner light, but that when we embrace love—which is how she defines God—we connect with who we are really meant to be.

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

KW: Dog


TEDx
Columbus: Netflix or Theater

KW: Theater


TEDx
Columbus: Facebook or Twitter

KW: Twitter


TEDx
Columbus: Phone Call or Text

KW: Phone Call


TEDx
Columbus: Beach or Mountains

KW: Beach


TEDx
Columbus: High Tech or Low Tech

KW: High Tech


TEDx
Columbus: Big Party or Small Gathering

KW: Small Gathering


TEDx
Columbus: Work Hard or Play Hard

KW: Work Hard. Then Play Hard.


TEDx
Columbus: Train or Plane

KW: Plane.


TEDx
Columbus: Summer or Winter

KW: Summer.

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Tech-Spark Speaker Samara Williams who works as a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, collecting and analyzing a wide range of threats to the financial industry and is the Vice President of the Ohio Cyber Women.

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

SW: I am a Netflix junkie that enjoys traveling, hiking, anything to do with dogs, and all things involving food.

 

TEDxColumbus: What do others consider to be the most surprising thing about you?

SW: My ability to relate to a wide range of people, people think because I work in cybersecurity that I live in a basement somewhere hacking the world. My favorite thing about cybersecurity is the conversation opportunities that it creates.

 

TEDxColumbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker/performer?

SW: Getting out of my comfort zone! I have never given a talk to a large audience.

 

TEDxColumbus: Why​ ​would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

SW: I would encourage others to attend a TEDxColumbus talk to get a different perspective, we as humans don’t always have the right answer or correct mindset in all situations and I think its important to see things from other people’s point of view.

 

TEDxColumbus: When you host visitors from outside of Columbus, where will you typically take them?

SW: The short north, Goodale park, and the zoo of course.

 

TEDxColumbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?

SW: Try even though you might fail.


TEDx
Columbus: How did you select your career choice?

SW: I sort of fell into my career choice, and I will never look back!

 

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Tech-Spark Speaker Ray Bonini

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

RB: I have been in the technology field for twenty-four years and have worked with many Fortune 500 firms as well as startups.  In the last several years, I have been focusing on the Internet of Things technology and UCaaS, Unified Communications as a Service and have developed strategies and implementations for hundreds of organizations. I currently lead a team of Solutions Architects for Verizon.  I am originally from Warren, Ohio and am a graduate of The Ohio State University. Now I live in Clintonville with my wife and two sons.

 

TEDxColumbus: What previous TED or TEDxColumbus talk was most meaningful to you?

RB: Brene Brown: “The power of vulnerability.”

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

RB: The People!

 

TEDxColumbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?

RB: Clintonville.

 

TEDxColumbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?

RB: Being nerdy will actually work out for you.

 

TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?

RB: It kind of selected me.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

RB: Dog. Specifically German Shepherd.

 

TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter

RB: Twitter

 

TEDxColumbus: Form or Function

RB: Function

 

TEDxColumbus: High Tech or Low Tech

RB: High Tech.

TEDxColumbus: Of course!

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