TEDx Harlem is back for this year’s Harlem Week!

NADINE MATTHEWS | 8/8/2019, 12:19 p.m.
It’s been seven years since TEDx was in Harlem but it’s back for this year’s Harlem Week, and better than ...

Finally, Minda Harts, a recent addition to the slate of speakers, is founder and CEO of My Weekly Memo. Johnson describes her platform as one “Solely on women getting into the C suite; diversity and inclusion from that standpoint. She has a book coming out, I believe, maybe a few days after TEDx on so we were glad to get her in the middle of a book tour.”

As Johnson and co-organizer Dan Young started to put the event together, they thought about what type or individual they would ideally want as a speaker. Johnson explains, “They were people waving the flag not only for Harlem, but speaking about professional development, technology, different areas that are true to the [original TED] format, from the standpoint of being leaders in their industry and the world.”

I asked Johnson and Gray who they ideally hoped their event would appeal to. Said Gray, “Most importantly, we want to address the local community. We’re raising awareness in the community, but also letting people external to the community know what’s going on in Harlem in 2019, and what they can expect to see in the future.” Johnson added, “I was motivated by the fact that there were a lot of people that weren’t familiar with Ted. It’s presenting a platform where people can get educated by speakers that they typically don’t see. And that’s really kind of what Ted is all about.”

TEDxHarlem tickets are on sale now: https://www.ted.com/TEDx/events/32277