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LizzLoves Sarah Kay’s TED Talk July 19, 2013

Sarah Kay TED 2011

Sarah Kay at TED 2011

TGIF! It’s blazing hot here in New Jersey, so I’m cooling off with an inspirational TED Talk that features spoken word poet Sarah Kay performing her poem “If I Should Have a Daughter.” I’m going to let the video speak for itself, but going in you should know how awesome Sarah is: not only is she a talented wordsmith who has been speaking her mind through poetry since she was 14, but she is also the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression), an organization that uses spoken word to educate, inspire and entertain.

 

I think that moms with daughters will especially enjoy this talk. Sarah shares a poem about inspiring young girls to face the world with courage, love and wonder, all while knowing their mothers are behind them the whole way. She also talks about her beginnings with poetry and how she’s passing it on to young, budding—and sometimes skeptical—writers.

 

If you’re having a slow summer Friday at work, I recommend you watch the whole video. If you only have a stolen moment, then just watch her perform one of her poems for the first 3:37 minutes of the video.

 

To learn more about Sarah and where you can see her perform next, check out her website here.

 

LizzLoves Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk April 20, 2011

Just a quick post that will speak for itself. This morning my girl-power friend Robyn shared an awesome TED talk with me. (If you’ve never checked out TED  in general, a powerful source for learning from influential people through video talks online, definitely check it out!)

Anyway, the TED talk I’m sharing below features Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Sheryl gives an inspiring and eye-opening talk about why there aren’t more women at the top of their professions or in positions of leadership.

Watch the video of Sheryl Sandberg’s talk at TEDWomen here.

It’s 15 minutes long, but definitely worth it. I’m sure you will take something away from this talk, whether from the stats she shares or the useful advice she provides. Thanks, Sheryl!

After watching, tell me: what else do YOU think is holding women back?

 

LizzLoves…Ulali August 3, 2010

When I was a sophomore at Haverford College, I took a life-changing music course called “Native American Music & Belief.” On the social justice tip, it really opened my eyes to the rich (but often painful) history of the indigenous people in our country. I also never knew how stirring and mind-blowing their musical expressions could be.

One of the requirements for the class was to attend at least one performance or lecture during the semester. I really didn’t know what I was in for when I decided to attend the Ulali concert on campus. This all-female a cappella group represents several tribes from the First Nation. The beauty they create with their voices is unlike any other harmony I’ve ever heard and it made the hairs on my arms stand on end.

I chose the video, “Mother,” (above) because it honors Native American/American Indian women with its lyrics and the montage of images. But you can also check out their famous song “Mahk Jchi” here or a live performance here.