Kevin Gilmore
“Financial Empowerment Leading to Homeownership.”
Personal Finance. Community Results. A TEDxWilmington Salon
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at the Gold Ballroom at the Hotel DuPont   MORE INFO

“When I was invited to apply to speak at the TEDxWilmington Salon, I was honor, excited and a little nervous.  The next day, I met with my counter-part who I am doing the talk with about Financial Empowerment Leading to Homeownership.  We outlined a few general ideas and agreed on a working title.  The online application was pretty straight forward, but the one minute video was harder than expected.  Sharing a clear message without read from my notes was nearly as hard keeping it to one minute.  This is when I realized how much work was ahead of me in order to do a great TEDx talk.  If it took me an hour to do a one minute video with a weak message, what would it take share a strong, engaging and meaning message in five, plus minutes.

I went online and purchased the TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.  After two days and about 20 pages, I realized that I would be better off with the audio book.  I really wanted the take in the material, but with this being one of my busiest times of the year at work, I just wasn’t getting to it.  Now, every time I get in my car, the audio book kicks in.  I quickly realized that the draft outline of my talk was lacking in most aspects.  Not only do I need to develop a through line and an opening to get people’s attention, I really need to zero in on what exactly is the idea worth sharing.  I am starting a new outline and thinking about how can I use my passion to communicate an idea that people would be interested in learning about.  An idea of how financial empowerment can be the catalyst to community development.”


After graduate school, Kevin Gilmore came to work with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity in 2004 as their first paid employee.  The organization now has 22 employees and 20 AmeriCorps members who work with over 3500 volunteers a year to carry out its mission of building homes communities and hope. Kevin is leading the organization through an evolution moving it from a nonprofit home builder to a neighborhood revitalization specialist, using its homebuilding and volunteer mobilization experience to bring communities together. READ MORE

Personal Finance. Community Results :: A TEDxWilmington Salon :: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 :: Gold Ballroom at the Hotel DuPont   MORE INFO