On November 6, 2014, I had the honor of participating in the inaugural TEDx Jackson event. The theme of the day’s TEDx talks was “Fertile Ground,” with five sub-themes:
- Cultivate Opportunity
- Plant the Seeds
- Grow and Thrive
- Harvest Wisdom
- Share the Experience
The topics were as diverse as the speakers, focusing on everything from bicycle-friendly communities, to the importance of early childhood education, to a talk from the world’s most famous amphibian on creativity.
My talk focused on a topic close to my heart: mentoring. In my first TEDx talk, I used data and my personal story to build a case for how mentoring can be used to transform struggling communities. Check it out in the video above.