On April 15th, 3,200 Portlanders crammed themselves into the Keller Auditorium in search of an idea worth spreading at TEDx Portland. As the lights dimmed our fearless leader and CEO Emma Mcilroy took the stage to share the two little words that she believes stand between you and your next big idea. Emma’s story reminds us that we each have a choice, every single day, to see possibility or shut it down.
Sorry, Beyonce—we ain’t no destiny’s child. Because a Wild Feminist leaves nothing to chance. A Wild Feminist makes sh*t happen. A Wild Feminist knows the only fortune she needs is the one she makes for herself.
We are the Rebel Rousers, the Black Sheep, and the Queer Outsiders. We are the weirdos, the nonconformists, and the oddballs. We are the misunderstood and the underestimated. And we’re putting our collective middle fingers up and saying f*ck your racism. F*ck your sexism. F*ck your homophobia and transphobia and xenophobia and whatever phobia you haven’t even thought to be scared of yet. We are your neighbor, your cousin, your best friend. We are you.
We always look forward to Free Speech, as it’s the most inspiring and uplifting event we do. With everything happening around our country right now, we needed a moment to sit and reflect, get motivated, and learn from each other to keep fighting. We rallied comedians, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and a 20 year old, to tell us what keeps them going.