Abby Sunderland grew up sailing. After a 3-year family cruise, she began to dream about sailing around the world. After watching her older brother, Zac, successfully sail around the world alone in 2009, she realized that with hard work and perseverance, her own dream to solo circumnavigate could be a reality. With her family behind her, a course was charted that
led Abby on the adventure of a lifetime. In March of 2010, at the age of 16, Abby became the youngest person ever to sail solo around Cape Horn, considered by many to be the Mount Everest of sailing. Over half way around the world her boat was hit by a rogue wave. Rolled, dismasted and out of com- munication, Abby had to be rescued from the middle of the In- dian Ocean. Abby's lessons from the sea have taught her a lifetime of wisdom on having passion and purpose in your life.
TEDxConejo, an independently organized TED event, was held in Thousand Oaks, Ca on March 26, 2011. The conference theme was Energy, using that word very broadly to go beyond what powers our homes and transportation but really what fuels life. What energizes business, education, health, and ideas? What energizes you? A broad mix of thinkers and doers characterizes the TEDx experience both on the stage and in the audience. TEDxConejo is open to the general public and produced in association with the Conejo Valley Unified School District. For more information visit www.tedxconejo.com
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.)