This Saturday I was fortunate enough to attend TEDxSanAntonio. I wasn’t familiar with TED conferences until I met Todd O’Neill of C4 Workspace while attending an immigration discussion hosted by Gemini Ink. He explained to me the types of speakers, attendees, and content that showed up for these events and I decided to apply to go…and I’m glad I did. There were great speakers who covered topics from the death penalty and glass children to bionic exoskeletons and obesity. Mayor Julian Castro spoke on the power of education.

However, what I found most valuable was the group of attendees that were present. The speakers were great, and the content was amazing, but I really appreciated being among a number of people who were excited to learn and engage their communities in meaningful ways to foster positive change. I ran into several familiar people and met others. The conversations we had over breaks, lunch, and the reception were simply fascinating.