My favorite talks from TEDx Baltimore

In February, I attended the TEDx Baltimore conference at Morgan State University. If you've never seen a TED talk, they are short and influential talks/presentations. The topics are incredibly diverse, touching on everything from science to business to personal growth. 

Attending the conference in person was a great experience, the speakers were very powerful and I walked away with a new outlook on several of the topics, but a few of the presentations stood out. I gathered my favorite talks from TEDx Baltimore below:

 

Rethinking Foster Care
Molly McGrath Tierny, Director for the Baltimore City Dept. of Social Services

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Molly McGrath Tierney is the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, managing the City's child welfare and public assistance programs. Over the past six years, she has led a massive reform effort to dramatically improve the impact of services to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore.

 

Our Neighborhoods
Elijah Miles, Morgan State University Student

Elijah is a graduate of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore. This past summer he was one of five local students selected for a paid internship at the Baltimore chapter of Teach for America, funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. He is a freshman at Morgan State University.

 

Public Service Lawyers as Pioneering Advocates
Haben Grime, Disability Rights Lawyer and Advocate

Haben Girma is the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. She applies her unique perspective as a Skadden Fellowship Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates to remove access barriers for students with disabilities. The White House has recognized Haben as a Champion of Change.

 

Sometimes it's not enough to be a pioneer
Nick Cienski, Senior Director of Innovation at Under Armour

Nick Cienski is a Senior Director of Innovation at Under Armour and an accomplished mountaineer. For over a decade, Nick's expeditions focused on difficult routes without supplemental oxygen, and with limited funding and minimal equipment. In 2014 he will climb six of the world's 26,000+ foot peaks in less than one year, setting a world record.