TEDxConcordiaUPortland - Colleen Wainwright - What I Did On My Summer Vacation





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Published on Apr 15, 2012

Strokes of genius happen to normal people too. In fact, no one becomes extraordinary without having first been rather ordinary. This little known fact may be part of what makes Colleen Wainwright so successfully accessible. A self proclaimed "communicatrix," Colleen used her social media and attention attracting talents to raise $50,000 in just 50 days for the LosAngeles based non-profit for high school girls, Writegirl. Colleen is honored to be among the extraordinary as a featured speaker at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, but that's not to say that she's jumping at the prospect of veneration. "I am extremely uncomfortable with being described as 'extraordinary.' I am absolutely a regular, normal person who was able to accomplish one extraordinary thing—and with the help of a lot of other people."That's not to say she's not honored. In fact, she says she's grateful to be in the company of so many speakers who she thinks are rather extraordinary. Wit and humor are the most praised weapons in her arsenal and they've been sharpened by ten years of writing award-winning TV copy for brands like Wheaties©, Gatorade© and Jell-O©. After another ten years of acting in ads, Colleen decided to channel her creative talents into helping other blossoming talent come to full-fledged fruition. Those who've become extraordinary, even those who've done it with the help of many other people, know they are never actually finished; it's a semi-complete state of unending goal tweaking. The uncannily self aware Colleen recognizes a need for future endeavors, not just to publish hilarious Broadway musicals that "raise public awareness about chronic health conditions", butalso to "get the sum total of her life's lessons down in some portable, easy-to-consume (i.e., funny and useful) form so that what I've learned can be passed on."As an overarching life goal, she'd like "to erase fear in myself and hopefully, replace it with love"--and I don't think there is a better formula for acceptance.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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