This Saturday I will be one of 7 speakers at TEDx Battenkill, the 3rd annual TED event in Manchester, Vermont. TED talks are inspirational, short speaches from leaders in a myrad of frields that offer "ideals worth spreading." TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and this TED talk includes experts in race car driving, global economics, and even me talking about my mid-life Renaissance and transformation into a singing Vermont family innkeeper!
Andy Warhol postulated that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame - and TED generously gave us an extra 3. Every TED talk must clock in at no more than 18 minutes.
Like so many things in life, I follow in my father, Dr. Albert Levis's, footsteps. He has always believed in creativity and ideas worth sharing and in June 2013, he inspired Mark Puryear to bring the first TED talks to Manchester. You can watch his talk on Moral Science and Creativity as the Integrative Paradigm here.
This year's theme is on Vigilantes of Extinction. Though I wear pink, not black, and pack an iphone, not a pistol, and I am a vigilante fighting the exinction of family connection. I left both Manchester and my family for 20 years in my busy career as a New York City songwriter. After losing our mom, Georgette, to cancer, I understand how precious time with family is. I am passionate about not only my homecoming to Manchester and the Levis family, but to transforming the Wilburton Inn as a place where other families can connect experious joyous family reunions and homecomings as well.
Click here to watch the Top 10 Ted Talks of all time!
Thank you to Michael and Carolina Ellenbogen at Eons Creative for spearheading this event.
I look forward to seeing you at the Southern Vermont Art Center this Saturday for TEDx Battenkill!