This poised young lady not only knocked my socks off at TEDx Nashville this year, by the time she finished speaking, I don’t think anyone in the room was wearing shoes!
Just 22 years old when she gave this talk, Meredith Perry has an incredibly mature sense of herself and the world around her. She convinced me that the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates may well turn out to be a woman, one that thinks so far outside the box that she’s able to imagine all the ways you could charge your phone without ever plugging it in. Against all advice, ignoring the negative opinions of brilliant engineers and technological naysayers, she figured out how to make it work.
I’ll let Meredith tell her story:
“Expertise represents a narrow way of looking at things.“
Geez. She is right!
As she finished her speech, I kept thinking about the famous Schuller quote: What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? Because she isn’t a trained engineer, she didn’t believe that there were limits, so in her case, Meredith’s inexperience was a plus. It led her to invent her product, uBeam, in two days. Two days.
I suddenly found myself feeling not nearly nerdy enough!
Meredith is making waves all over the world!
Check out this recent article by Alyson Shontell for Business Insider.
We don’t need to worry about the future. Women like Meredith have got it covered. It’s going to work and it’s going to be awesome!