NEW BEDFORD, MA – Molly Ola Pinney, the Founder and CEO of the international nonprofit, Global Autism Project, will take the stage of TEDx at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA on November 11th. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature other expert voices under the theme of “Begin”, including discussions surrounding the importance of community, innovation, culture, and education.
Speaking from 14 years of experience in the international development and nonprofit sector, Pinney plans to challenge the way people think about helping others. Whether it’s to support education, solve major social issues, or create programs to feed the homeless — what should be considered when feeling compelled to help? Standing on the infamous red stage, Molly Ola Pinney will undoubtedly cultivate a new perspective on global aid and encourage a plan of action for her audience.
Molly Ola Pinney is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Autism Project, an international nonprofit committed to promoting the acceptance and integration of the global autistic community. She started the organization after moving to Ghana in 2003 to serve as a therapist for young man with autism. Struck by the need for teacher training, community outreach and understanding of autism, she created a model for sustainable change. The Global Autism Project has worked in ten different countries, currently holds consultative status with the United Nations, and is actively working towards a goal of establishing centers of excellence in 20 countries by year 2020.
Molly, originally from New Hampshire, has traveled and worked internationally for over 14 years. She earned a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Columbia University, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her work. She was honored with the Comcast NBC Universal award, the Autism Light Foundation award, and had the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ bell alongside her staff in 2012. Molly has been an invited speaker at the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day event, as well as multiple events in the fields of nonprofit leadership, applied behavior analysis, and entrepreneurship.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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