Speaker picks is an ongoing series where past TEDxMH speakers share what they’re up to, wax poetic, and divulge their TED Talk of choice with the community. This week: Woody Roseland

What (or who) has been inspiring you lately? 

Honestly, the most inspiring thing to me lately has been the opportunities to be around brilliant, hard-working people. I find that there is nothing more motivating than seeing people better than you are. This has led me to kick my work into a higher gear, pursue more opportunities, and take more risks.

What have you been working on since TEDxMileHigh 2012? 

Over the past year, I have continued to partner with non-profits to fight against cancer, raising funds and awareness. I’ve unfortunately relapsed again and I’m back on treatment to ensure cancer doesn’t return again. I’ve had the opportunity to blog for the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/woody-roseland/) for Generation Why, a series concentrating on spreading awareness for the young adult cancer community. Also, I’ve been approached by a publishing house to begin working on a book, which is tremendously exciting. My experience at TEDxMileHigh was a tremendous stepping stone to many of the opportunities I’ve had.

One of your big goals for 2013. 

My main goal for 2013 is the same goal I’ve had since 2007 and that is to finally beat cancer. I’m done dabbling in cancer, I’ve dealt with it 7 times, and now seems like as good a time as any to stop the shenanigans.

What’s your favorite TED talk?

How it feels to have a stroke, by Jill Bolte Taylor.

I find it incredibly fascinating and humbling to hear Dr. Bolte’s first-hand account of her stroke. Her unique perspective as a neuroscientist gives incredible depth to her story. Pair all of this with her incredible message, and this is easily one of my favorite TED talks. 

From TED.com:

“Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.”


Did you miss Woody’s talk at TEDxMileHigh: Risk and Reward? Find it here

Want to learn more about what Woody is up to?  Follow him on twitter @woodyroseland or check out his website here.