Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Unique stories. iconic stars. a mountain of entertainment.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Mellody Hobson. The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail.
In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for better businesses and a better society. Paula Johnson.
Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight -- and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment.
As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women's health to chance. It's time to rethink.
Meera Vijayann. This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to.
But that's the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India -- and calls on others to speak out too.
Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her article, "Why women still can't have it all. Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality -- for men, women, all of us. Sheryl Sandberg.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. Suzanne Talhouk.
More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a of being modern. But -- what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an impassioned case to love your own language, and to cherish what it can express that no other language can.
In Arabic with subtitles. Aimee Mullins. The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.
Tan Le. Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface re its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts and a little concentration.
She demos the heet, and talks about its far-reaching applications. Sylvia Earle.
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.