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Girl Up: The Secrets to an Extraordinary Life | Courtney Ferrell | TEDxRVA

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. It was filmed and edited by Tijo Media at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage in Richmond, VA. As a creativity consultant and international speaker,. Courtney Ferrell can be found standing at the busy intersection of ideas, energy, and people. Her latest idea, Girl Up, empowers young women to take full advantage of their gifts, their independence, and their possibilities in order to create an extraordinary life for themselves. In the past decade, she has worked intimately with thousands of young women as a speaker, teacher, coach, dorm mother, and mentor. Her mission is to provide girls with actions and language that will help them put common (and uncommon) sense into practice and become a sought-after person without compromising who they are. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Jena Cinanni (15 hours ago)
This is one of my favorite talks. Love her tenacity 💞
Anjana (23 hours ago)
she is a bit like Courtney Cox/ monica
Downright Clueless (2 days ago)
Hey, I live in DFW, too!
Brenda Lisa Guerrero (3 days ago)
Just wow!
This was beautiful!!!
Cee Juice (4 days ago)
I have to meet this woman 😭 loved this fr
Sarah Brookby (5 days ago)
Genius. Well worded and well spoken.
Lucy T (5 days ago)
Self love is important
Claudynn Lee (7 days ago)
I know this is 4 years late, but adopt me please
Annin Mohamed (7 days ago)
The best talk I've heard yet.!
Jane Picasso (9 days ago)
Amazing!!! She made my day! 👸🏽
deemag (9 days ago)
This is like a scene from a movie
Johy Shaban (10 days ago)
I love her omg
Aya Argan (14 days ago)
She is on fire ..really powefull talk .lucky tess 😅
leslie Vargas (17 days ago)
This made me tear up, bring your sister's along with you. Sometimes its hard being a woman, and this makes my heart full.
Jazmine Miller (18 days ago)
That! Was awesome!
Lorinda Brooks (20 days ago)
Look at her tiny arms! She’s adorable and tiny and so powerful!
Sneha Sneha (21 days ago)
my eyes are SWeaTinG
Sasha Uzui (24 days ago)
I love this talk so much!!! Thank you for the energy and amazing inspiration!
Kay Welte (25 days ago)
A Jen Nungshi (25 days ago)
Beautiful 😍
Dr. Cynthia Boccara (26 days ago)
By far one of my favorite talks!!
Megan Hume (27 days ago)
418 dislikes???? Aye ??? what kind of person would think against the most emporering and speech on ted ever???
Sandy Rowley (27 days ago)
THIS OAK TREE!!!! amazing.
Nayanika Goyal (1 month ago)
Woman you're amazing! So is every woman
Victorya Strong (1 month ago)
This woman is awesome! Everything she said is ABSOLUTELY true. Props to you Courtney, you're an amazing and well said speaker!!
Cheyenne Hogan (1 month ago)
Why she need her own show tho?
Eve (1 month ago)
It would be really cool if you followed up a year later to see if her year was enhanced and different
Susie Frades-White (1 month ago)
Something about her just (profoundly) changed my life. I KNEW all of these things.. I just did not have the courage to accept it. I have been (dwelling) in a toxic relation that has been "over" for a long time. I now know that I need to not only say to hi, - It's over", but I am saying it to MYSELF... I deserve it.. SO MANY THANKS, Girl Up!
Etta (1 month ago)
I am so beautiful and smart and valuable. I am powerful. I can do anything I set my mind to. My value is not based on my looks. Nobody can tell me what I am worth. I am a force of nature. No one can stop me or tell me otherwise.
Megan Hume (27 days ago)
Perfect! Beautiful words :)
Melanie Shell (1 month ago)
It's over, isn't it?
Jess (1 month ago)
even though im only 16 i can't wait to show my (future) daughter this
Susie Frades-White (1 month ago)
YESSSSSSSSS! She is ten...and I cannot wait. This affected me more than I would have dreamed....
Javi Octavia Paulina (1 month ago)
not having a family or friends, crying the hole talk.
Sussanne Randall (1 month ago)
This was awesome !!!!
katie g (1 month ago)
This is so lovely, I wish they had people do talks like this to young girls in schools, or make it into school classes
Aishwarya Bammidi (1 month ago)
I never thought I will like this talk when it began....and see what she did to me! I finally fell in love with her! at the end of 15 minutes!....
FGA Personal Trainer (1 month ago)
Amazing help each other so simple. Now imagine if she run the country. I'd vote
Sophia Parr (1 month ago)
This is probably one of the best ted talks I have seen
Andrea Mendoza (1 month ago)
Thank you !
Hannah P (1 month ago)
She is so COOL!!!!!!!
Gracie Gonzalez (1 month ago)
I have watched a lot of TED Talks, but this is my favorite! I love her passion and the fact that she's not afraid to be herself. Such inspiring, meaningful advice!
christaprice30 (1 month ago)
wow! best ted talk so far!
LightBetweenBranches (1 month ago)
One of my new favorites Will be sharing with my nieces
Monse Triste (1 month ago)
Wow!!! What an incredible message delivered in such a powerful way... LOVE IT!!❤️
iman bell (1 month ago)
Other women are not your revival
Nav Pat (1 month ago)
VERY inspiring
1001LondonKnights (1 month ago)
Simply amazing 15 minutes of Girl Up. Pass it on to my daughter, 12 years old. My inspiring Oak tree.
Tammy McBean (1 month ago)
WOW amazing.
Saturn S (1 month ago)
Wonder if the girl was uncomfortable don’t talk to him he’s married 🤣🤣🤣
Athena Parusudis (1 month ago)
MAD MONEY!!! this bit is precious. I'm starting to save up mine
Memé (1 month ago)
I want to know what people think of "every guy you meet wants to sleep with you." If it's true, I think it's very disappointing. Besides, I don't know what the heck to do with that info.
Cece Jones (1 month ago)
I wish I would have had the kind of interaction Tess just had, 20 years ago. I will make my daughter watch this.
Kay J (1 month ago)
Anyone wanna be friends, help each other up and grow with each other? Anyone down for it drop your Instagram handles :)
Aishath Usra (1 month ago)
you are awesome
"you are not an acorn, you are an oak tree"
Meredith Slack (1 month ago)
Steven E. (1 month ago)
You See Men Can Cry... :( This Lady Was Extraordinary!!!
Lynn Gathoni (1 month ago)
This talk has changed my life!!
Rae Ackerman (1 month ago)
Love this. SO powerful. Let's lift each other up!! :)
Zeynab T. (2 months ago)
Well everyone specially girls need mentors like her these days..to just have someone believe in us..remind us of our beauty, worth, and place in the community.. love her♥️✨
Maria Agnes Quinn (2 months ago)
I think a squirrel stole my acorn... does anyone else just feel empty? I was doing good whilst listening to this and now 10 minutes later I’m on my default empty... I’m over the hill for help now in every respect. Is it just me?
lili M (2 months ago)
I felt so old when she said 17 to 24 years old... And I'm 27 :/
nicole baldrige (2 months ago)
Had I heard this 35 years ago, my life would be a whole lot different! I appreciate this and I'm pretty sure this is the best TED I've experienced to date!! <3 Thank you!!
Chitwan Agrawal (2 months ago)
She is so in the moment; she is so alive, her voice speaks more than words. God bless uhh to make me feel what feels alive😉
Tiomba Goddess (2 months ago)
Shivani a (2 months ago)
I just wish we had a heart reaction in YouTube! Damn! She made me cry!
Shivani a (2 months ago)
I love her enthusiasm!
Siboe Sithole (2 months ago)
Wow, this is amazing, l am only 23,l really need a mentor.
Soso Nwaobiala (2 months ago)
Omg I love her 😂
Aimz Sparrow (2 months ago)
This is one of my favourite Ted - talks. Courtney manages to unite people, she is not only explaining and lecturing, but instantly turning it into action and shows how easy small efforts create big, big was. Good work. Soo good. And thank you ! Greets to Tess and Courts children and husband :)
Samantha Cadorniga (2 months ago)
Beautiful points hit in one discussion: - Emotional being tied with the physical - Love in three ways - Mentoring and cultivating the youth, society’s “untapped resource” - Being authentically yourself
HellenaVanU (2 months ago)
I wish someone had talked to me like that
ILive2Rescue (2 months ago)
Wow! I wish I had a mom like her when I was growing up.
Megha Bohot (2 months ago)
one of the best things i watched <3
Raihanna Mia (2 months ago)
School didn’t benefit me, so I let it go!!
Karen W (2 months ago)
This is brilliant!
Crystal Clear (2 months ago)
Too bad she wasn’t trying to lift up adults. Adults need to also feel like there is still possibilities for them too. I don’t want to be told it’s basically over and my fate is sealed.
Jordan Verrent (2 months ago)
what terrible damaging advice, if you dump someone for not meeting your "needs" you are selfish and they are better off without you
Spring Star47 (2 months ago)
i want her to be my mentor
Swavna Heisenberg (2 months ago)
Girls need Girls. when the adults shame the girls who are themselves in turmoil. no clue. Instead of devaluing. learn self worth and radiate that wisdom. even if you scar them, they can heal and grow and blow up like seeds into trees. but if your nourish them, this community will grow. and be filled wih women and men who understand self worth.
Haylie R. Wilson (2 months ago)
Lol I need more coffee to keep up with her
MONICA MORALES (2 months ago)
this was excellent!!!
Samantha R (2 months ago)
This lady really cares. I'm actually crying
Dayhana Lopez (2 months ago)
Ok now I’m crying
Amina Zerouali (2 months ago)
Oh what an amazing person!
Sunho Hong (2 months ago)
TAKE OTHER WOMEN WITH YOU! "they are not your rivals." Well said. Very important.
Lin Rock (2 months ago)
that was beautiful!
Ashmeed Mohammed (2 months ago)
'...you're really far away....' got the 'like' for that.
Spooky_Vemonwoman claws (2 months ago)
Her energy is so sweet.
Michael Streich (2 months ago)
What about Non Gender Binary Trans Racial people?????
TooManyBags NYC (2 months ago)
You are amazing... role model material!
Veronica Felix (2 months ago)
amazing!!!!! go girl!!!
Divine Opportunist (2 months ago)
Beautiful!!! Truly inspiring. Thank you for the message!!
Jasmine Esmeralda (2 months ago)
Im not crying YOU'RE crying
Catherine Strutz (2 months ago)
“You are not an acorn. You are an oak tree.” So powerful. So meaningful.
Leah Jones (2 months ago)
Awesome message!
Tae Tae Army (2 months ago)
YASS GIRL POWER am I right?!!?! 👏👏👏💥💥💥
Monica Larson (2 months ago)
In my eyes she totally qualifies to be mother of the year EVERY YEAR!!!
Na Na (2 months ago)
I need a mentor contact me. Thank you
Divya Goyal (2 months ago)
Can I just have her number? Like pretty please with a cherry on the top?

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