Looking Back at TEDxMileHighWomen: It’s About Time

By Josh Tyson / Categories: / November 21, 2016

It takes a community to produce a TEDxMileHigh event.

TEDxMileHighWomen: It’s About Time on October 28th was no exception. This was our biggest event to date: the realization of a small core team, a fleet of incredible interns, a growing family of amazing volunteers, and an active community of attendees who are passionate about monumental thinking.

Here, some of our team members share their favorite memories from a very memorable week. We’d love to hear about your best It’s About Time moments, too. Share them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #ItsAboutTimeMileHigh.

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Eric Kean – Events Manager

Without a doubt my favorite moment from It’s About Time came at the After Party. Despite an incredibly long week for the speakers it was really amazing to watch them all show up and have long conversations with attendees from the event. Walking through the crowd I heard new ideas being floated, in-depth discussion on the subjects of the talks, and bright visions of what our city and our world could be in the future. At the end of a long event week it was really uplifting to see the change we working towards happen right in front of me.

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Helena Bowen – Content Producer

At the After Party, our speakers are treated like celebrities—they’re mobbed by attendees who want to meet them, share their own ideas and stories, and ask follow-up questions.

I love standing back with a glass of wine, listening to their conversations. Even comments like, “I don’t agree with you, but you really made me think” are a mark of success to me.

Cate Croft – Adventures + Design Director

The TEDxMIleHighWomen conference week was punctuated by moments of women coming together to listen to and learn from each other, to understand how others’ visions inform their work, and to connect, knowing we are all in it together. During our Adventure week series, we had the opportunity to experience moments of this in contemporary ballet company Wonderbound’s studio space, experiencing how choreography is developed and the role they play in engaging the homeless population in the arts. We got to hear how dynamic entrepreneurs approach building their businesses—as creatives, leaders, and women. The diverse perspectives and voices offered vision and inspiration.

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Leah Howard – Intern

The energy and excitement of the attendees was swirling and buzzing around the theater. You could feel it the moment you walked through the doors. I got chills listening to the speakers, and while each message was powerful on its own, the momentum of the crowd pushed me to tears. Twice. I’m not usually a crier, so that’s saying a lot.

There’s something about being surrounded by so many people that changes the experience and affects you more deeply. I left that evening feeling incredibly moved and empowered.

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Angela Bruns – Programs Team

My favorite It’s About Time moment was walking into the restrooms and seeing how the exhibits continued to have a presence there. I felt truly immersed in the event and appreciated how no detail was left out. The signs on the walls and the stalls continued to draw me into thought and action and left me inspired for many days after the event ended.

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Toria Roth – Intern

The energy and passion with which every speaker presented their talk excited something within me as well as in the audience. Through all of the preparation and speaker rehearsals, I forgot that the speakers were just regular people who happened to be pouring their ideas and thoughts out to 3,000 people. My favorite moment was at the After Party when I had the chance to talk with one of the speakers who filled me in on the roller coaster of emotions that each of them went through in preparation for their talk. My conversation with her inspired me and helped me realize that if you set your mind to something and put your all into it, you can accomplish anything.

Filmon Merid – Intern

This was my first TEDxMileHigh event and it was astonishing being able to witness the execution of a TEDx talk experience from behind-the-scenes. An impressive amount of people were involved who I had not met in person but with whom I had only traded correspondences. These people were only a figment of my perception (as an email address) until I would find myself in the middle of a pleasant conversation with someone seemingly random, only to realize that we had spoken together before! My perceptions were met with reality; it was a delightful moment whenever that happened! I absolutely loved the element of surprise that It’s About Time had in store for everyone, including me.

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Eric Milburn – Intern

I found the most meaningful experience in Amal’s speech. Not to discredit any of the other speakers, because each left a positive impact on me, but I believe that Amal’s conviction was stronger than in any  TED talk I’ve ever heard. Her reference to the age-old idiom, “the elephant in the room” roped in the audience as they began to make a connection with Amal’s religious orientation and the world around her. The experience helped me better understand what it’s like to not only be a Muslim in America, but a woman in America. It perpetrated a sense of agency to go out a live a life of compassion and empathy. Most importantly, she reassured to me that there are good people in this world that must speak louder than the bad ones. I will always remember that speech. Thank you Amal.

Irene Tatay – Intern

There was a moment when I was working on finding some pushing carts for one of the exhibitors and I overheard an attendee chatting. She was saying how incredible it was that we had put together a nursing room for women who are breastfeeding but also wanted to attend to an event like this one at the same time. It made me think of the high degree of necessity that these women must have had for an event where they could feel empowerment, feel welcome, and where their everyday struggles were acknowledged. It made me think of how these women desperately need an ear that listens to them scream about how inherent sexism is to this society. Then I looked around and I saw the excitement on all of their faces, the way they talked to each other, how proud they were to be in the event, and I knew that we had just given them what they needed: a place where they were listened to, understood, and where they were not afraid to speak up.

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Josh Tyson – Marketing Director

I had the opportunity to sit in the green room with one of our interns and Amal Kassir, the final speaker of the evening. The three of us had a great discussion about pre-show jitters (of which she didn’t seem to have any), iced tea, and her American flag headscarf. She also shared a meditation with us that she had written in Arabic on a small piece of paper. A few minutes later, she began her talk and I watched from backstage. Her message of compassion and empathy was profound and the performance was incredible. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking how great it would be if every single American could share the experience of her story.

We’d also like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all of the generous donations we received. Big ups to Runa, Bobo’s, and Justin’s, who donated snacks and refreshments for our speaker lounge, volunteer lounge, and usher gift bags. Huzzah to Whole Foods Market as well for donating the goodie bags we left on every seat!

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