About TEDxPerryville


We learn the metaphors as children: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Peel back the layers of the onion. There’s more to someone than meets the eye.

As adults, we say we’re evolved enough to not immediately judge one another based on someone’s past, where they live or the medicine they take. How sure are we that we are as open minded as we say we are? What if we find that the people we work with every day, whom we think highly of and trust with our business, are really behind bars?

During TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional, we’ll peek behind the curtain of incarceration to reveal women with brains, beauty, intelligence, business acumen and more. We’ll address topics surrounding mental illness, societal issues, education and family. What impact has drugs had on someone? What are the lessons learned through the hard times? The good? Through it all we’ll show the transformation and incredible journeys that are taking place before our eyes.

We’re pulling together an incredible lineup of speakers to share their journeys, their learnings, their goals and their ambitions. Our mission with hosting TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional is to pull back the curtain and make those preconceived notions disappear.


"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."

— Jimmy Dean

x=independently organized event

About TEDx 

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.)


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.