Are you interested in speaking at  TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional?

We’re planning TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional – the first TEDx to take place in an Arizona prison and the only the second TEDx to take place in a women’s prison. On behalf of the TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional Planning Committee, we would like to invite you to present an idea you would share at our event. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks focused on our theme to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter. We believe your voice could be a critical addition to the TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional stage and that’s why we’re asking you to submit a talk.


Our theme is: Behind the Curtain: Brains, Beauty, Business and Beyond

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 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.


If chosen, your talk will be filmed and an edited version will be hosted on the TEDx YouTube channel. Just as with all speakers, we would work together ahead of time to craft the talk. Your talk could be up to 12 minutes, on a topic relating to our theme.


TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional is scheduled to take place from 8am – 4pm on April 19th. Please let us know by March 15, 2018 whether or not you’re interested in sharing an idea for consideration to speak.


Here’s how to submit your idea for consideration:

· Draft a one-minute preview of your proposed talk and film yourself delivering the preview – video quality is not as important as getting across the idea you want to present.

· Upload the film to Vimeo or YouTube, titled: “[Your name] TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional audition video: [name of your talk].”

· Send the link to the video and 3-5 sentence description of what you want to convey through your talk and how it can serve as an inspiration, conversation-starting discussion to: