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TED: Embracing Our Complex Identities

Color blind or color brave?  The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it’s a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it. 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.

The power of diversity within yourself  Rebeca Hwang has spent a lifetime juggling identities and for a long time she had difficulty finding a place in the world to call home. Yet along with these challenges came a pivotal realization—that a diverse background is a distinct advantage i n today’s globalized world. In this personal talk, Hwang reveals the endless benefits of embracing our complex identities and shares her hopes for creating a world where identities aren’t used to alienate but to bring people together instead.

The beauty of human skin in every color Angélica Dass’s photography challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity. In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity’s true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race.

TED Talks offer knowledge and inspiration from the world’s foremost thinkers in video presentations online for free. Join educator Tom Lowrey on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month during lunch to watch a TED talk (typically 10-20 minutes each) and participate in lively discussion about the ideas presented. As always, we hold TED Talks to generate discussion and thought. The views expressed by TED speakers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Senior Services or its employees.

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