‘Emotional … enlightening … honest’: TEDxJISWomen 2018 highlights

Our first TEDxJISWomen conference, held last Saturday, was a big success both inside and outside the JIS community. For many, it was their first TEDxJIS event — including some of the student organizers! Others were loyal attendees who had participated in TEDxJIS events since our salons two years ago. This included Grade 12 student Dewi Laurente, who performed more of her original poems: “Letter to a Woman” and “Morena.”

TEDxJISWomen was a webcast event, so there were no live speakers. Instead, we featured speakers who had just given their talks during the previous week, at the TEDWomen 2018 conference in Palm Springs, California. Thanks to a scholarship from the Skoll Foundation, TEDxJIS co-advisor Lane Graciano had been invited to attend TEDWomen. She shared her experience and a few photos, including one with Chris Anderson, lead curator of the annual TED Conference. It was under Anderson’s guidance that, in 2006, TED posted its first talks online. The videos went viral and TED Talks acquired the well-known tagline, “Ideas Worth Spreading.”