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Speakers share stories of strength, resiliency at TEDxJBLM

Latasha Davidson, 62nd Airlift Wing violence prevention integrator and one of the TEDxJBLM event organizers, introduces the next speaker to the audience at the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 1, 2019. The 62nd Airlift Wing resiliency office, Top Three Organization and JBLM Total Force Development Council collaborated to make this event focusing on strength through stories a possibility.

Latasha Davidson, 62nd Airlift Wing violence prevention integrator and one of the TEDxJBLM event organizers, introduces the next speaker to the audience at the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 1, 2019. The 62nd Airlift Wing resiliency office, Top Three Organization and JBLM Total Force Development Council collaborated to make this event focusing on strength through stories a possibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Shellie Willis, CEO and Founder of the “Redefining You” Foundation, speaks at the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., November 1, 2019. In her presentation, Willis talked about how people often find themselves utilizing their skills and abilities in a limited way and how to bring their talents and skills into their workplace and community.

Shellie Willis, CEO and Founder of the “Redefining You” Foundation, speaks at the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., November 1, 2019. In her presentation, Willis talked about how people often find themselves utilizing their skills and abilities in a limited way and how to bring their talents and skills into their workplace and community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Katie Madison, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron and U.S. Air Force Key Spouse of the year, speaks at the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 1, 2019. She shared about her personal struggle with her autoimmune disease and talked about resiliency in the Air Force.

Katie Madison, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron and U.S. Air Force Key Spouse of the year, speaks at the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 1, 2019. She shared about her personal struggle with her autoimmune disease and talked about resiliency in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Philip Lindholm, a chaplain with the Washington Air National Guard, speaks at the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 1, 2019. In his presentation, Lindholm included actors to help illustrate his stories of what led him to discover the secret to a meaningful life.

Philip Lindholm, a chaplain with the Washington Air National Guard, speaks at the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 1, 2019. In his presentation, Lindholm included actors to help illustrate his stories of what led him to discover the secret to a meaningful life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Col. Eliot Sasson, 62nd Maintenance Group commander, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Rob Schultz, 62nd Airlift Wing command chief, far right, pose with the speakers from the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 1, 2019. This event was intended to be thought-provoking and provide attendees with a unique perspective on what it means to be resilient and an opportunity to draw strength from others.

Col. Eliot Sasson, 62nd Maintenance Group commander, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Rob Schultz, 62nd Airlift Wing command chief, far right, pose with the speakers from the TEDxJBLM event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 1, 2019. This event was intended to be thought-provoking and provide attendees with a unique perspective on what it means to be resilient and an opportunity to draw strength from others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

Nine speakers shared their personal stories of leadership, self-improvement and resiliency during the first-ever TEDx speaking event here, Nov. 1.  

“My suffering as someone with an autoimmune disease and as a military spouse is what led me to go to the next level and try to empower others with it,” Katie Madison, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron and U.S. Air Force Key Spouse of the year, told the nearly 200 attendees. “The fact that you’re existing, shows that you’re resilient. There’s nothing that you have gone through that no one else can understand.”

The 62nd Airlift Wing resiliency office, Top Three Organization, and JBLM Total Force Development Council collaborated to make this event focusing on strength through stories a possibility.

“I could not be more pleased with how TEDxJBLM went,” said Master Sgt. Nicholas Altgilbers, 5th Air Support Operations Squadron operations superintendent, and one of the event organizers. “The response from those in attendance was extremely positive. Our line-up of speakers far exceeded our expectations and we can’t thank them enough for taking the time to participate.”

This event was intended to be thought-provoking and provide attendees with a unique perspective on what it means to be resilient and an opportunity to draw strength from others.

Recently, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright announced "a new beginning" for promoting resiliency in Airmen as part of addressing the recent spikes in service member suicides.

“TEDx JBLM may have been a single-day event, but will hopefully spark something much more than that,” Altgilbers said. “A culture change needs to take effect in the hearts and minds of the Total Force, among our leadership and our peers, to become more engaged,  connected and open to breaking the barriers and stigmas attached to seeking help.”

 
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