Jillian Vorce wowed the audience during her TEDx Talk.
Jillian, a resident of Natick, MA, presented the talk: "The Lens of Connectivity." She is the Founder of The Jillian Group and President of the Rotary Club of Natick.
Jillian is the consummate networker who sees the world through the “lens of connectivity and relationships.” She consults with organizations and individuals who want to strengthen their relationships with key stakeholders to increase their effectiveness. By focusing on building genuine and strategic relationships over the past decade, she has built a vast and diverse global network. She has held and holds executive positions and has received many sales and leadership awards.
The theme of this event was Envisioning Your Community’s Future. Her TEDx talk, "The Lens of Connectivity," directly linked the power of building authentic relationships to bridging the often uncomfortable space between our differences. She established with certainty that these relationships can offer all of us a true sense of belonging and purpose. The underlying theme of her presentation was about seeing past our differences.
Jillian related a story about a trip to Bangkok, Thailand to attend the Rotary International Convention. Her vivid narrative of the segregation of men and women was met with peripheral understanding by those in the audience, as did her description of how differently her attire was from that of the other women present. At a glance there was little common ground. Upon closer inspection though, one small symbol they each wore united them: the Rotary International Badges. From that place of commonality they accepted one another and grew friendship from.
Jillian’s answer to "What can we do now that will positively affect future generations?" (the question prompted by the TEDx Organizer) is: “See each other. Truly see each other, without any of the pre (and often mis) conceptions we carry with us.”
On stage Jillian carried with her a small table and a suitcase. During her discourse she "unpacked" several items: an array of eyewear. Each set of glasses more outrageous than the last. Among her melange were reading glasses, opera glasses, flip off glasses, sunglasses and binoculars. Through these props she drove home the point that how we perceive those around us can be very much affected by the "lens" in which we look at them.
A moving quote from Jillian’s presentation: "There is very little we can control in this world but the lens that we choose to wear and see the world through is one thing we can. This includes the way we view ourselves, which for some of us can be the most troubling."
She comments about her experience as a TEDx speaker, "I am profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to present something that I am deeply passionate about, the subject of human relationships and the affect and influence they can have in our lives, communities & world."
Continuing that theme, she gives accolades to her fellow speakers, "Being part of the TEDx Walden Pond community and watching the other speakers deliver their talks, I was keenly aware of and proud to see such a talented, diverse and passionate representation from our local community."
For more information about Jillian Vorce, visit: TheJillianGroup.com
Photo Credits: Tam Lym Photography