Published : Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 11:28 AM
Champion Paralympic snowboarder and motivational speaker Nicole Roundy is a presenter at her second TEDx Talk, which is to be held in Pasadena. Taking place Saturday, October 29, 9:00 a.m., TEDxPasadenaWomen, an independently run TED conference, will be held at The Huntington Gardens. The full-day event, aligned with the October 26 to 28 TEDWomen experience taking place in San Francisco, will begin with recorded talks from the San Francisco event. Roundy will speak during the afternoon portion as part of a program featuring 15 TEDxPasadenaWomen speakers with deep, profound ideas regarding gender. This year’s theme is “It’s About Time” and how it relates to women’s challenges throughout life when it comes to the precious resource of time.
Nicole Roundy, whose leg was amputated at age 8 after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, will deliver a speech entitled, “Lessons of a Perfect Storm.” She will focus on how her journey through cancer and competing in the Paralympic Games in Sochi shaped the accomplished athlete she is today.
“I will be talking about how we often hold ourselves back because we fail to trust the timing in our lives,” says Roundy. “Our accomplishments and the events that happen to us do not have to define who we are. I hope to empower the audience to embrace their individuality and overcome their challenges, as I have, and live their lives with passion and purpose.”
As the conference asks attendees to consider the time they have to address the world’s challenges, to be better at all relationships, and to be fully present, Roundy exemplifies someone who chooses to devote her time to inspiring others. “Anything I can do to help women achieve their goals and overcome challenges is time well spent,” she says.
About Nicole Roundy
In 1994, at just eight years old, Nicole Roundy was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. After aggressive chemotherapy, her right leg was amputated above the knee. She participated in various sports growing up and was introduced to three track skiing in 2002. Her love for the adrenaline associated with the sport motivated her to defy the “impossible” and learn to snowboard. Just four years later, she became the first above-knee amputee to compete in adaptive snowboarding, taking home a silver medal from the United States National Championships. She went on to compete in World Cup snowboard cross, slopestyle, slalom and halfpipe events and in 2014 placed 8th in the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Nicole is a motivational speaker and an advocate for both The National Ability Center and The Challenged Athletes Foundation. Schools, universities and global corporations routinely engage Nicole to speak and inspire. The 30 year-old athlete encourages others to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Her summer activities include CrossFit, yoga, hiking, wakeboarding, and paddleboarding, all of which keep her fit for winter competitions. www.nicoleroundy.com
TEDxPasadenaWomen seeks to transform the local conversation, providing a launch pad for the cross-pollination of ideas and expertise between industries, socio-economic groups, ages, and life experiences. The goal of the local conference is to come together as a community of bright minds with diverse interests, to share discourse inspired by TEDx talks that are idea-focused and cover a wide range of subjects. The objective of the one-day conference is to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and which will provoke conversations that matter. http://www.tedxpasadenawomen.com/