The December 5th TEDxABQ Women’s event at the Albuquerque Museum is sold out!!! Thank you Albuquerque for all your interest and support. We look forward to seeing you there!
TEDxABQ Salon: Healthy Communities is officially sold out! Thanks to all who purchased tickets. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!
Please join TEDxABQ as we explore innovations in health care at our November TEDxABQSalon. Mingle with the TEDxABQ team at the Albuquerque Museum on Thursday, November 7 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Light snacks and a cash bar will be provided by Slate Street Café. To learn more, visit our salon page: TEDxABQ.com/salons. Click here to purchase your ticket!
TEDxABQ Salon: Local Food Economy is officially sold out! Thanks to all who purchased tickets. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!
Please join TEDxABQ as we unveil some of New Mexico’s biggest innovations in our local food economy. Mingle with us as we bring in innovators, farmers, chefs, business people, and more to share their experiences. . . shaking up the way we think about our food.
On Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30- 7:30pm, connect with the TEDxABQ team at the Albuquerque Museum for our Local Food TEDxABQSalon— with local light snacks and a cash bar provided by Slate Street Café
The TEDxABQSalon is a place to start conversations and spread ideas that matter. We endeavor to bring together thought-leaders, visionaries, and explorers to create an atmosphere of exploration. Due to the intimate style of this event, created to foster discussions, seating is limited. Get your ticket today!
2000 Mountain Road Northwest
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (MDT)
What does the future hold for city design? Will there be room for our always promised flying cars? Join TEDxABQ at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning on Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m. for a simulcast of the TED global initiative rethinking the future of cities, including recent TEDxABQ speaker Kramer Woodard!
Jerra Gonzales is an independent business owner in Albuquerque, a big supporter of TEDxABQ and shares her voice about what it takes as a woman to follow her dreams and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, while working full time. –Wendy Grace Evans, formerly Dittmer
Running for Their Lives
By Jerra Gonzales
I am running.
I am running to give my Aunt Rosina Boyd the courage and strength to fight stage three cervical cancer. She cannot run. While she cannot run right now, she is my Godmother and she is one of the strongest women I know. She has a college degree. She studied in Mexico and inspired me to study in Guadalajara. She always encouraged me to work hard and never settle for anything less. She told me that I can do whatever I want to do and succeed. I am blessed to come from a family of amazingly strong women.
As I train to run 26.2 miles for the Women’s Nike Marathon in San Francisco on some of these longer runs, I am running some pretty steep hills and I think of her because it is nothing compared to the suffering she endures on a daily basis. She has sores. She is nauseous. She is fatigued. She has lost her hair and she does not know if she is going to live or die. After every long run, I call her and tell her how many miles I ran. I tell her that I am not going to give up and that she can’t give up either.
One day I went to visit her in the hospital and asked her how she was doing; it had taken her a week to recover from chemotherapy treatments. She said it was so terrible that she remembered lying in bed thinking that she just couldn’t do this; she couldn’t make it and told me that she wanted to give up. When I went in to see my aunt, she answered the door without her wig on; this was a sobering moment. She looked great, but this was when her diagnosis really set in for me and I felt it on a deeper level. When I left, I felt even more conviction about what I am doing in my training and my fundraising on top of working six days a week. I believe that I was meant to run this marathon. Giving up for me is not an option. I can do this and I am here to encourage her not to give up; so I run. I run for her life.
Cancer runs in my family. So I run for the memory of my Uncle Lawrence Montoya, an honored police officer who served on the force in Clayton, New Mexico. He was a beautiful man; he didn’t have an angry bone in his body and had a smile for everyone. My uncle and my aunt took us to Disney Land and then shortly thereafter he suddenly developed Leukemia in his forties. He had always been healthy and deteriorated so quickly. The cancer invaded his body. He lost so much weight and it just broke my heart to watch his life dwindle.
He taught me one of the most important things I have ever learned. He told me to live passionately, to never let anything get me down because life is too short and to always fulfill my dreams. My aunt and uncle were so much in love and their home was such a warm and welcoming place. They always created such positive experiences for their nieces and nephews. Since his death, my aunt has been very lonely and has shared many years after his death that she will never find someone like him. It is hard to see her so lonely. So I run for his memory and his vibrant life.
When I think about why I am doing this I think about my purpose in life. I ran a half marathon in San Diego a few years ago. It wasn’t something I planned on doing. I just fell into it. I am at a point in my life now where I am setting new goals for myself and that half marathon opened the door for endurance running, and perhaps that is some kind of metaphor for endurance in life. I received a brochure in the mail from Team in Training from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Then when I received the news about my aunt, I thought, what kind of action can I take? People hear the news that someone has cancer and they may say, I will pray for you, but I think that what it really takes is an investment in cancer research, so I remembered that brochure. I believe I was meant to take this path. My purpose is to be an inspiration to others, to be bold, to go against the grain and if I want to inspire my aunt, I need to do this 100%. This was terrifying for me because I have never run 26.2 miles and it seemed like an overwhelming task, but imagine how overwhelming it was for my aunt to learn that she had stage three cervical cancer, so I just decided to do this 100%.
I know that I cannot personally save my aunt, but I know that my efforts are not in vain because I am raising money for cancer research that will help others and she is my inspiration. She knows she is not alone.
By Wendy Grace Evans
We all scavenge for inspiration in the corners of our minds, through the wisdom of mentors and sometimes we are just struck inspired and find ourselves awake to possibility.
Eric O’Connell, former New York City commercial and magazine photographer, recently moved to Albuquerque and is now teaching Anthropology. He is also one of 16 clever TEDxABQ scavenger sleuths, who won not just one ticket to the September 7th TEDxABQ Conference at Popejoy Hall, but two. He was sitting on his couch when he learned about the event and decided that if he was going to enter the contest, he would make the effort to win two so that he could bring a date. He did not however reveal who his date is.
Eric had a hard time naming his favorite TED Talk, citing “they are all so inspirational,” but eventually settled on Rita Pierson. “She was so inspirational. She spoke about teaching, change and rethinking the way we teach children. She gave an amazing example. One of her students turned in a paper with all of the problems wrong except for one. The teacher put a smiley face on the paper and the student told her that he didn’t get it. ‘I got everything wrong,’ remarked the baffled student. The teacher told him that he did not get everything wrong. He had one correct answer, reinforcing a negative with a positive.” That student continued to improve over time.
When asked what or who inspires you to be extraordinary, Eric spoke about a photo shoot he participated in when he was living in New York City. He had the opportunity to photograph the woman who invented Kiss My Face lotion. She was driven to create the lotion and other products because chemicals at her daughter’s school were making her daughter very sick. She compelled the school to use the products. “I loved that as a photographer I had an opportunity to take a picture of a woman like her, someone who takes action and makes change.”
Eric is a man who perseveres. Perseverance is an excellent trait for life and scavenger hunts and he likes the taste of victory. At one point in searching for the X, he was standing directly on top of it without his knowledge, thinking he needed to go inside the building. Eventually he would find it, photograph it along with another couple, and the taste of victory would be satisfied. Eric is looking forward to this year’s event and feels especially fortunate to have earned his tickets by wit and observation. The beautiful thing about TED Talks is that it can be any person out there that could be the next TED talk with a story to tell, a story to inspire. Join us on September 7th at Popejoy Hall; tell us your story where we will have live blogging alongside the main events.