Wendy Crawford

Wendy Crawford
TEDx event year
2014
Current Updates
What is your current work/occupation?

I am still working on my two projects: MobileWOMEN.org an online magazine that I founded for women in wheelchairs.

Also, I have been busy working on my other project, The Raw Beauty Project, an innovative photography exhibit that celebrates women with disabilities, educating viewers to redefine perceptions and beauty, unleashing potential for all. We just completed an exhibit in Los Angeles on September 17 with new models and photographers. We want to create a movement where women embrace their beauty, on their power and live their passions. Www.therawbeautyproject.com.

What has happened since you spoke at TEDxTraverseCity?

We launched our first Raw Beauty Project exhibit in New York City on September 20, 2014 to a sold out crowd. We seemed to ignite a global conversation and received press from all over the world including Oprah Magazine, TODAY.com, Huffington Post etc.  Afterwards, I spoke at a corporation about our project and also in Washington DC at National Disability Institute's ADA@25 Economic Advancement and Financial Inclusion Summit on the topic of self acceptance and inclusion in the media to create opportunities for people with disabilities. We brought the New York exhibit to Miami and also created a new one with new local models and photographers in Charlotte, North Carolina and another in Los Angeles. 

Did speaking at TEDxTraverseCity have an impact on your career?

For me, speaking was life-changing experience and I am truly grateful for the opportunity. I do think that it has definitely improved my career in that it empowered me to feel more confident and shift my way of thinking. In listening to the talks of others and in preparing for my talk, it motivated me to look at concepts, theories and even simple things with a fresh, new perspective. I feel less accepting of the status quo, more willing to challenge, create and think out-of-the-box. A true gift that can be applied my personal life and career!