Get to know the accomplished individuals who will present at the TEDxGreenville conference on April 8th! In this series, writer Jennifer Oladipo asks some compelling questions.
With a passion fueled by her own pregnancy loss, birth and bereavement doula Tanika Dillard facilitates support groups to help women through pregnancy loss while raising public awareness through poetry, prose, and music.
Why not TEDxGreenville? Those who attend TEDxGreenville are a unique group of thinkers who will act upon what they hear. I believe the poignant messages delivered on the TEDx stage have the power to change thoughts, actions, and behaviors. These changes can positively and infectiously impact interactions between diverse groups and ultimately improve the social climate of city and beyond.
How does your work or art affect the way you see yourself?
I see myself as a survivor but this hasn’t always been the case. Tragedy caused me to feel isolated and disconnected from life. This idea radically shifted when I realized pain and grief have served an intentional purpose of self discovery in my life. Erupting from the emotional rubble of compounded grief, I have found my voice! It’s a voice of hope, advocacy, and support for those who experience pregnancy loss. It’s also a voice of sensitivity and instruction to equip the community at large to offer meaningful support to those who grieve a failed pregnancy or the death of an infant.
What is your favorite TED talk and why?
“How Do You Define Yourself?” by Lizzie Velasquez is one of my favorite TEDx videos. Lizzie’s presentation was filled with passion, humor, and an empowering perspective of the challenges she has faced in life. While our experiences are vastly different, I wholeheartedly identified with her message to not be defined by the obvious.
Her potent message reinforced my desire to see myself and others not with limitations but with limitless opportunities.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in helping those who grieve. I am inspired by gentle kisses from my sons and the strength of my husband. I’m inspired by love, music, and poetry. I’m inspired by bringing people together for a common goal. I’m inspired by God and His plan for my life. I’m inspired to not just exist but to leave an indelible mark on the work that impacts generations to come.
What was the last idea, big or small, that you thought was an idea worth sharing?
Honestly, this is not a new idea but it continues to reverberate in my soul each day: Live without regret. It is important to me to make each day count. This means to intentionally make the most of my time, talents, and resources. At the end of the day, its important to me to have completely depleted the day of its possibilities. When I face each day with purpose in mind, I aggressively pursue being the best me that I can be. When I do this effectively, I offer the best of who I am to someone else.
For more information about Kaleidoscope speakers and performers, visit our 2016 presenter page, where extended bios are available. The April 8th event is sold out, but watch for details about our free live feed.