For Carolyn, the conference not only serves as a forum for new ideas, it also helps her stay abreast of compelling social currents.
“TEDxJacksonville has successfully distilled those ideas by selecting speakers whose topics encouraged further reading, discussion and thought,” Carolyn says.
She also notes the ripple effect the event has had on the larger community.
“The conference instills in us a real source of pride. It’s fodder for the causes that you care about. It activates people,” Carolyn says. ”Knowledge is power, and some of the talks about the quality of education and learning have moved the conversation forward on public schools.”
In addition to the insightful speakers, Carolyn has enjoyed the live musical performances and the opportunity to socialize with friends.
She’s very excited about this year’s “Embrace” conference being held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at the Times-Union Center’s Terry Theater. Tickets for virtual and in-person attendance are available.
“I’m really looking forward to the talk about mental health in the workplace and hearing the senior class president of Robert E. Lee Senior High School talk about the school’s recent name change to Riverside High,” Carolyn says. “Each event is always new and exciting, and perhaps this year more than ever we want something new.”