TEDnesday: Kathy Petras, Lisa Endersby, PBS

As I continue to explore free and alternative professional development, I try to share some of those experiences and lessons learned here. I’m challenging myself to spend more time watching Ted Talks and learning from the speakers as they spend 18 minutes (or so) passionately sharing something they’ve immersed themselves in. Like my monthly book reviews, I’m committing myself to share videos here in a weekly series I’m calling TEDnesday.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating leadership, innovation, and discovery.  My goal is to find videos that elicit responses, conversations, and critical thinking. I’m thrilled to start the series this week and to celebrate two colleagues who have taken the TEDx* plunge: Kathy Petras and Lisa Endersby.

How many times have we been told to just “be ourselves?” It is easy to say, but not so easy to do without a lot of effort. Kathy will talk about ways in which reflection and establishing a certain mindset can help leaders through every day situations and allow them to see their own strengths and their own opportunities for growth.

Lisa Endersby has always had a problem with standing still. Dancing her way between adventures, Lisa is just about obsessed with learning — both for herself and for the students she works with. A voracious reader from a young age, she balances living in her own head with externally processing anything and everything with anyone and everyone. Taking on the title of ‘Advocate for Awesome’, her work in higher education spans defining and chasing student success in leadership development, career services, community engagement and, her most recent love, assessment.

And lastly, TED has made it’s first foray into television. PBS showed a series of TED Education talks last night and has also posted the collection on their website. The collection includes Sir Ken Robinson, Geoffrey Canada, Rita F. Pierson, and Bill Gates.

*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.

What’s the best TED talk you’ve watched recently? How do you share what you’re learning?

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