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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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Missy O'Neill (5 hours ago)
"Mad Money" That mother is brilliant! I want my daughters AND MY SON to always have mad money!
Yvonne-Bella (9 hours ago)
I personally think "Woman Up" would be better as there's a strong meaning behind being a woman and being called a girl is diminutive.
OceanArk7 7 (14 hours ago)
I absolutely LOVE this woman!
Priscila Drummond (1 day ago)
<3 <3
Snowflake Winter (4 days ago)
Courtney is Brilliant!!
24k Chef Kimmy (5 days ago)
Absolutely awesome!!!!!! ♥️♥️💯🔥🔥 I needed this growing up.
Victoria Victoria (6 days ago)
This woman must not know many 17-24 year olds lol
Anneloes Barth (9 days ago)
This made me cry. It’s true. We are taught to bring down other women completely against our basic instincts, and we are taught to never think we are good enough.
Janice Madsen (10 days ago)
If I could like this video 100 times I would!
Kelly Clark (11 days ago)
I wish someone spoke to me like that when I had an eating disorder. Love these messages so much. PS Courtney Ferrell reminds me of another amazing woman with sparkly eyes: GILDA RADNER. xoxo
Tia Nieves (11 days ago)
strange ;?
Jess Sch (12 days ago)
Really needed this today! thank you ❥
Andrea Ruga (12 days ago)
Thank you ❤️
Amelia Robinson (13 days ago)
Best Ted talk EVER!!!
Ruby - Art as Therapy (13 days ago)
All young girls need to hear this ✨🤝 Women empowering women is beautiful 💖
Asas Bades (15 days ago)
Young guys need a similar I feel like they pick on eachother so much and depression in young guys is so high for some reason.
Meiling Ma (16 days ago)
Oh she dress me up something completely different from Virginia, I am not a native speaker, so I failed to understand the laughing part, can anyone explain to me, please?
Ginger Rose (18 days ago)
This is such an important message but she talks so fast and loudly that it's a little overwhelming. I would have been so scared by this force of words if I were to sit there
vania ranny (18 days ago)
the best ted's vid ever i watched
Ms. Mars (18 days ago)
Hands down the best Ted talk I've ever seen...and I've seen a lot of them.
Bariqa Ali (18 days ago)
This should have more views
Coreen Duquette (19 days ago)
That was powerful!! I loved it. We need someone like her in all the schools.
Whyamiherel0l (20 days ago)
She is everything ; My inner head monologue brought to life.
Jesstravaganza (20 days ago)
If anyone asks this is my favorite Ted Talk hands down.
Soness Stevens (21 days ago)
Skylar (21 days ago)
Wow! She is great
fatima burga (22 days ago)
I can't stop watching this. LOVE HER
Raphael Quaglio (22 days ago)
Women are smarter, stronger and cleaner than men. Mercifully I am an androgynous male, so I come close to being superior like women.
Zany Dreams (23 days ago)
2:34 and I'm crying. <3
Lillian Anderson (23 days ago)
This is the most beautiful speech in the world. It makes me the most happy I have ever been!
Kody Mileski (24 days ago)
I love the video, I don't appreciate the comment "every guy wants to sleep with you" stereotyping isn't okay unless it's towards men.
Christiane Krulewitch (24 days ago)
I love her message but agreed could definitely benefit from slowing down and engaging the audience more. Feels like she's talking AT the young woman.
Shadow Eleven (24 days ago)
Aswome talk but there's a few things to simple to explain like that the "boyfriend" thing brake up if he's not meeting yout needs. This trend is actually doing harm and i mean in general nothing to do with gender.. Its not all about us in a relationship its 2 different person's it cant be just about one and not the other.. Things are worked at and fought for its not this fairy tale about soul mates. It also bleeds out to the work place.. Giving up and no pushing forward or communication, most fall for This trend of expecting things to Be our way always.. There's alot of problems this continued trend is creating in young kids and young adults
Meia (25 days ago)
Okay okay but some girls want to sleep with someone every week?
Marie (25 days ago)
Wow, this made me cry. As a 30 year old woman I never even thought about having a mentor & now I feel like it's too late.
Betty-Ann Osei (25 days ago)
She is who I want to be when I grow up! :)
Julia Juhala (25 days ago)
Yup I cried
Elizabeth G (27 days ago)
I loved seeing people actually passing their papers over in the audience, and I cried when she looked at Tess and said "the applause is not for me--it's for you."
Alisa Voss (1 month ago)
Incredible energy!!
Londy M. (1 month ago)
You ALWAYS need your Mad Money. I forgot it once, I learnt my lesson! 😂
Angelique Umutesi (1 month ago)
She belongs on Ellen
jyoti saini (1 month ago)
Great to hear you. Girl up. You are an inspiration to many of us.
she got me at 3:22
Ola Pluskota (1 month ago)
Muskaan (1 month ago)
moegirl76 (1 month ago)
So CRAZY inspiring!!! 💜💜💜🙌🙌🙌
Bharat Singh Rathore (1 month ago)
Amazing self help video. I'm so thankful for people like her out there.
nathalie nercedes (1 month ago)
Omg i loved it. Amazing
Mayank Dhuria (1 month ago)
Not only girls, everybody needs to hear that they are good enough. Awesome talk Courtney!! :)
Sunny Ruiz (1 month ago)
I absolutely loved this
Jasmine Alderton (1 month ago)
Her voice is strikingly similar to Ellen DeGeneres’.
Khanyi Pondwa (1 month ago)
Why on earth would anyone unlike this? Such negative energy, just keep it to yourself!
Khadija Kolsawala (1 month ago)
I'm sharing it with all my girls💖 time to girl up😎❤
Neza Glonar (1 month ago)
the girl shes talkin to is so gorgeous! i hope she knows it 😊
Reem Abdelwahab (1 month ago)
this is my first comment ever on ted talks this lady is amazing. thank you for being awesome, thank you for being you which is so special 💖
AizaJustmint (1 month ago)
This is so important
Mayuri Tathe (1 month ago)
She is from wonderland
StreeterSportz, LCC (1 month ago)
I loveeeeeeeeeee this !!!!!!!!!
Zahid H Khan (1 month ago)
She has power.
Amelia Kroth (1 month ago)
I loved this woman but I hated when she said every man you see wants to sleep with you. It just makes me mad when people say every man or every woman.
Shannon Wells (1 month ago)
This talk got a little shamey around the middle, but the overall message is great.
beawilderment (1 month ago)
ya know it's very rare that i enjoy being yelled at. but this was one of those times. thanks courtney
beawilderment (1 month ago)
the statue really looks like he got dumped
Abra O'Leary (1 month ago)
this is so great!
Sweety23 (1 month ago)
she is amazing. many good points highlighted and explained in short time. its very important to have guidance while you are growing up and we definitely need someone to discuss about the ongoing issues in our life especially in our teenage. i feel motivated to make a positive change in my young loved one's life. thank you courtney ferrell for sharing the knowledge.
sravani putta (1 month ago)
This is one spectacular speech I’ve ever heard.. “Every men you meet wants to sleep with you and it’s not a compliment “ great saying. 🙏🏻
Michelle J (2 months ago)
Beautiful- every girl should hear it
Jena Cinanni (2 months ago)
This is one of my favorite talks. Love her tenacity 💞
Anjana (2 months ago)
she is a bit like Courtney Cox/ monica
Downright Clueless (2 months ago)
Hey, I live in DFW, too!
Brenda Lisa Guerrero (2 months ago)
Just wow!
Happiness in Your Life (2 months ago)
This was beautiful!!!
Cee Juice (2 months ago)
I have to meet this woman 😭 loved this fr
Sarah Brookby (2 months ago)
Genius. Well worded and well spoken.
Lucy T (2 months ago)
Self love is important
Claudynn Lee (2 months ago)
I know this is 4 years late, but adopt me please
Annin Mohamed (2 months ago)
The best talk I've heard yet.!
Jane Picasso (2 months ago)
Amazing!!! She made my day! 👸🏽
deemag (2 months ago)
This is like a scene from a movie
Osho Mosho (2 months ago)
I love her omg
Aya Argan (2 months ago)
She is on fire ..really powefull talk .lucky tess 😅
leslie Vargas (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
That! Was awesome!
Lorinda Brooks (2 months ago)
Look at her tiny arms! She’s adorable and tiny and so powerful!
Sneha Sneha (2 months ago)
my eyes are SWeaTinG
Sasha Uzui (3 months ago)
I love this talk so much!!! Thank you for the energy and amazing inspiration!
Kay Welte (3 months ago)
A Jen Nungshi (3 months ago)
Beautiful 😍
Dr. Cynthia Boccara (3 months ago)
By far one of my favorite talks!!
Megan Hume (3 months ago)
418 dislikes???? Aye ??? what kind of person would think against the most emporering and speech on ted ever???
Sandy Rowley (3 months ago)
THIS OAK TREE!!!! amazing.
Nayanika Goyal (3 months ago)
Woman you're amazing! So is every woman
Victorya Strong (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Why she need her own show tho?
Eve (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Perfect! Beautiful words :)
Melanie Shell (3 months ago)
It's over, isn't it?
Jess (3 months ago)
even though im only 16 i can't wait to show my (future) daughter this
Susie Frades-White (3 months ago)
YESSSSSSSSS! She is ten...and I cannot wait. This affected me more than I would have dreamed....
Javi Octavia Paulina (3 months ago)
not having a family or friends, crying the hole talk.

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