Alexia Vernon
“A new paradigm for feminism”
Bridge Builder
Thursday November 2nd 2017
The Mill Auditorium  MORE INFO

In 2012, I co-organized and hosted my first TEDxWomen event. Within a few months, I found myself, somewhat by default, somewhat by design, supporting TEDx speakers around the country, and later internationally, to create their own once-in-a-lifetime talks. While I have been speaking professionally for fifteen years, and a part of the TEDx community for five, I never knew if or when I would give a TEDx talk of my own. For I understood, keenly, the responsibility of finding a unique and relevant “idea worth spreading.” After all, I’ve been a part of formulating and developing over a hundred of them over the last few years!

I’m scare-cited (equally parts scared and excited) to be speaking at TEDxWilmingtonWomen 2017. As a speaking coach, I feel a tremendous sense of pressure for my talk to embody everything I support my clients to do. From integrating evocative stories with sobering statistics, to crafting a call to action that ignites possibility and stirs the soul, I want my talk, and the ideas in it, to positively impact people’s lives.

When I submitted my initial proposal to the TEDxWilmingtonWomen speaking submission team in early-summer, I believed I would focus on the gender differences between women and men when it comes to public speaking. I developed an initial outline for that talk, but something felt off. It’s a talk I’ve given many times before, and despite trying out new stories and new Lex-isms, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was plagiarizing myself rather than stepping into my next level of thought leadership.

When this resistance and deep knowing, that I was off path, began to emerge, I followed my own advice. Don’t hide out behind a computer screen. Get up, “walk and talk,” and see where the sound of your voice takes you.

I can’t wait to share what emerged when I take the stage in November!


Branded a “Moxie Maven” by the White House Office of Public Engagement, Alexia Vernon has dedicated her life to empowering women to speak with moxie on stage, at work and in their personal lives. As a speaking coach, she leads the Spotlight Speakers Collective, numerous virtual speaking training programs, and she consults with companies looking to develop a strong female leadership pipeline. Alexia has inspired many audiences: Fortune 500 companies like Zappos and MGM Resorts, associations like INBOUND and the National Association of REALTORS®, and she had the honor of addressing the UN during the Commission on the Status of Women. Her book Step into Your Moxie will be published by New World Library (Fall 2018).  READ MORE

2nd Annual TEDxWilmington Women :: Bridge Builder :: Thursday Nov. 2nd 2017 :: The Mill Auditorium ::  MORE INFO