Earlier this year I wrote about how I’ve always been an avid TED Talk fan and how the idea of TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional came to life at the first TED Conference I attended, TEDWomen 2015.
Well, we did it! In April of this year, the team delivered a one-of-a-kind TEDx experience built around the theme: Behind the Curtain: Brains, Beauty, Business and Beyond.
The theme, much like the business of Televerde, challenged people to truly look behind the curtain, set aside preconceived notions and stereotypes and see people, places
As a purpose-driven company, Televerde provides jobs, training
From the very beginning Jim saw the potential of the women in the correctional facilities and knew that through immersive sales training similar to what he’d experienced at his early days at IBM, the women could develop exceptional sales skills. Skills that could provide great value to customers, as well as enable them to become successful salespeople and business professionals after their release.
After almost 25 years. Jim’s vision is a reality. The TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional team wanted to share his idea of “thinking outside the box” to remove the stigma and enable a better life by providing jobs to convicted felons.
It was a privilege to see Jim deliver this talk in person and it’s my honor to introduce it to you today. It’s very personal and something I’ll forever be proud of. Jim’s talk embodies not only
As Jim said, “I believe we can all rethink how we look at those incarcerated. Discarding people for the rest of their lives, based on a decision they made on the worst day of their life, is such a waste of human potential.”
It is my hope that you will consider this an “idea worth spreading” and will share it with your friends and family and will of course “think outside the box” next time
This talk was given at a TEDx event, TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional, using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more here.