Rebecca Lessard

Rebecca Lessard
TEDx event year
2015
wow@wingsofwonder.org
Current Updates
What is your current work/occupation?

Executive Director: Wings of Wonder.

What has happened since you spoke at TEDxTraverseCity?

I continue to have strangers approach me, telling me that they had listened to my TEDx talk, that it was their favorite talk of that day, and how my talk affected them….that they now chant and use “Bless-and-Release” mantra often when times are challenging. They share with me how my talk really spoke to them….they got the message…and now apply much of my message to their every day lives.  I have had perfect strangers come up to me and give me a huge bear hug…thanking me for my talk. I have had perfect strangers take my hand and tell me how my talk moved them…and then we both start crying! I am absolutely thrilled that by sharing my life experience and my continuing journey I have been able, in some small way, to help others.  This has really caused a shift in me….how I perceive the world around me…how I treat others…how I have more patience and calmness in my life now.   My TEDx experience was, and continues to be, an amazing journey for me. I never expected it…but am certainly thrilled that I have remained open to the universal messages coming my way. The months leading up to the actual event was a grueling time for me….putting my TEDx talk together was a profoundly healing experience….a personal counseling session that lasted many months. I found it amazing how during the final edits I focused on each and every word….omitting words that were not as important….the editing process really had me dissecting my talk down to practically each letter of every word.  Sharing my personal journey with the public had me feeling extremely vulnerable and sort of out there on a very thin limb…but taking that leap of faith, and speaking from the heart in an honest way, was truly an amazing experience….and I can not thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to go through it all. Because of my TEDx talk experience I was really able to navigate the grieving process with such depth, clarity and intensity…..whew….yes it was quite tough …. but oh so very, very personally rewarding. I am truly happy that the simple mantra, “Bless-and-Release” continues to help many people along their own life journeys. Again, my warmest thanks to you all!!! 

Did speaking at TEDxTraverseCity have an impact on your career?

I don’t know if there was noticeable impact upon my career but my TEDx experience certainly had a profound impact upon my personal life.  Because of my TEDx talk many folks were able to learn a bit more about me…I continue to get comments during/after my Wings of Wonder presentations…..so maybe the “impact on my career” is just that folks see that I am an honest person, speak from the heart…so my WOW message is more believable and acceptable….?! I need to ponder on this question a bit more….

Anything else you would like for us to be aware of as we plan future events?

I would certainly be willing to volunteer my services…helping out at the May 17 event…..I have blocked off the entire day…and could also volunteer my services before the event…please use me if you can.