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Announcing the Third Round of Speakers for TEDxConcordiaUPortland 2012: A Communicatrix and a Dance-Artist
Hello again! We’re back at it with new speaker announcements. At this point you’ve jubilantly jumped and raucously rolled (Yeah!). Now you’ll beatifically beam as you learn about the next two speakers we’re adding to our extraordinary roster.
We can’t wait to hear our speakers share and reveal things that the audience will remember forever. The planning team chose each speaker with great care and deliberation and they are all superlative examples of this year’s theme, Becoming Extraordinary.
Without further ado, we’re pleased to announce two more speakers who will appear on stage at TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) 2012
Strokes of genius happen to normal people too. In fact, no one becomes extraordinary without having first been rather ordinary. This little known fact may be part of what makes Colleen Wainwright so successfully accessible. A self proclaimed “communicatrix,” Colleen used her social media and attention attracting talents to raise $50,000 in just 50 days for the LosAngeles based non-profit for high school girls, Writegirl.
Colleen is honored to be among the extraordinary as a featured speaker at TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood), but that’s not to say that she’s jumping at the prospect of veneration. “I am extremely uncomfortable with being described as ‘extraordinary.’ I am absolutely a regular, normal person who was able to accomplish one extraordinary thing—and with the help of a lot of other people.”That’s not to say she’s not honored. In fact, she says she’s grateful to be in the company of so many speakers who she thinks are rather extraordinary.
Wit and humor are the most praised weapons in her arsenal and they’ve been sharpened by ten years of writing award-winning TV copy for brands like Wheaties©, Gatorade© and Jell-O©. After another ten years of acting in ads, Colleen decided to channel her creative talents into helping other blossoming talent come to full-fledged fruition.
Those who’ve become extraordinary, even those who’ve done it with the help of many other people, know they are never actually finished; it’s a semi-complete state of unending goal tweaking. The uncannily self aware Colleen recognizes a need for future endeavors, not just to publish hilarious Broadway musicals that “raise public awareness about chronic health conditions”, but also to “get the sum total of her life’s lessons down in some portable, easy-to-consume (i.e., funny and useful) form so that what I’ve learned can be passed on.”As an overarching life goal, she’d like “to erase fear in myself and hopefully, replace it with love”–and I don’t think there is a better formula for acceptance. On March 31st TEDxsters will all have the chance to admire and follow such a radiant example of connectivity.
Linda K. Johnson
Sean Wheaton is a teacher and writer who lives in Portland, OR. He’s a lover of ideas both big and small, and he is thrilled to be a part of this year’s TEDxConcordiaUPortland planning team. He’s one of several storytellers who will be sharing write-ups, interviews, and perspectives on the many extraordinary people from our surrounding community.