Laura Peterson is the founder/director of Hands to Hearts International (HHI) a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and development of vulnerable children (ages 0-3) by training caregivers in early childhood development and nurturing parenting skills. Prior to starting HHI, Laura worked for 10 years with children struggling with severe mental health issues. Her background as a clinical director for a nonprofit serving these children, led her to found HHI in 2004 to reach the most children at the earliest time possible. Laura has led HHI’s efforts in India, Uganda, and Swaziland, benefiting almost 200,000 moms, dads, health workers, orphanage staff and young children. Laura’s work has been recognized and awarded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Fetzer Institute, UNESCO Asia, and others.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.