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

While crafting my TEDxWilmingtonWomen 2017 talk, professionally I have been enmeshed in supporting 15 women to identify, develop and perform their own TED-style talks. There’s nothing quite like shepherding other people firsthand through a process you are working through—both to keep you honest about the opportunities and challenges of the work AND to ensure you are walking your talk! (Literally.)

As I shared in my previous blog post, the focus of my TEDx talk shifted as I began to work on it—away from exploring gender differences between women and men when it comes to public speaking, and into what a new paradigm for feminism looks and feels like. More specifically, how the new paradigm I’m proposing can positively impact women at an individual level without precluding the need to address systematic and unconscious gender bias. For many years, I’ve been seeking to integrate my identities as a feminist (with roots in women’s studies and social activism) with my more current work designing and leading women’s empowerment programs. While in practice I feel very integrated, I haven’t brought these two traditions together as artfully as I would like in my speaking. In this talk, I’m confident I have!

The other exciting development that has emerged as I’ve honed my message, curated my content, and practiced my delivery so far in advance of my performance (Thank you, TEDxWilmington, for giving early deadlines!) has been stepping into my fullest physical expression as a speaker. In this talk, I’ve found myself using my body, finding movements, gestures, and even facial expressions I’ve never experimented with before. Knowing I need to stay much more still than I usually do for a traditional keynote or corporate training, I’ve intuitively accessed new, equally authentic ways to convey my passion and transmit it to an audience. It feels really good to see myself “filling a stage” with my body and presence, particularly when speaking about women, confidence and influence.

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

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