Top 10 Inspiring TED Talks Women Should See

To celebrate Charmain Gooch winner of the year of the $1 million TED Prize and TED’s 30th anniversary – Anna Verghese, Deputy Director of the TED Prize recommended the top 10 moments for women in TED that we all need to see.

What’s TED anyway?     TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 (YES TED IS TURNING 30!) as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

The Way I See It:  One of my empowering tools online is to check TED and see what’s new! Women should always empower other women to achieve their dreams and potential. There are many ways to do that: having conferences, talk, sharing experiences are some ways to do so…but you don’t have to get an audience, stage or to go online to send a message and to have an impact.

Women can do – and actually do it on a day-to-day basis with their normal lives. Funny enough Women in many cases don’t know the role they play in others’ lives. They don’t know that their stories could be the inspiring example to other women around them.   To all women: we can change and inspire our daughters, nieces, neighbors, family members and our communities’ females. Take their hands, show them the way and share the experience.   Every woman can be a TED guest and inspire, every woman has her own stage and audience where she can leave them with a life changing impact and ideas to think about.   I am happy to share these recommended 10 TED talks that all women should see; to be empowered and inspired. I recommend searching TED for more inspiring topics and talk.

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Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (19,393,029 Total Views)

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.


Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (16,248,080 Total Views) 

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.


Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight (15,640,661 Total Views) 

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.


Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius (8,716,450 Total views) 

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.


Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story  (7,21 7,329 Total views)

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.


Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders  (4,567,724 Total Views)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.


Cynthia Breazeal: The Rise of Personal Robots (841,456 Total Views) 

As a grad student, Cynthia Breazeal wondered why we were using robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms. The key, she realized: training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn — and play. Watch for amazing demo footage of a new interactive game for kids.


Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls  (803,897 Total Views) 

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell — of her own life’s transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?


Courtney Martin: This isn’t her mother’s feminism (705,887 Total Views)

Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word “feminism” in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation’s quest to define the term for themselves.


Angela Patton: A Father-Daughter Dance…in Prison (620,942 Total Views) 

At Camp Diva, Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others’ lives. But what about girls whose fathers can’t be there — because they’re in jail? Patton tells the story of a very special father-daughter dance.


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