Meet TEDxManitoba Chair, Lisa MacKenzie

Lisa is a: Learner. Leader. Change-Implementer. Type A. Square Peg. ISTJ. MBA. PMP. Boxer. Volunteer Boxing Coach/Class Leader. Lover of all things lime green. Tackler of the “we’ve never done this before before” initiatives. Underdog Champion. Stickler for quality. Work in Progress… and she would not have it any other way.

Why are you volunteering as Chair for TEDxManitoba 2012?

“Lis, how would you like to be a part of bringing the first TEDx event to Winnipeg, Manitoba?”

It was the spring of 2010 when I was first approached for this opportunity and I jumped at the chance. I jumped in deep as Marketing and Communications Lead, Social Media Coordinator, Steering Committee member, and member of the Speakers Committee for TEDxManitoba 2011.

TEDxManitoba 2011 was an incredible amount of work to pull off, but also, incredibly rewarding to be part of. We made a difference to our audience, to our speakers, to our sponsors, and we helped spread some incredible ideas that otherwise would have gone unknown. We showcased Manitoba. We helped make a difference. People were affected for a long time afterwards – the event changed people.

I couldn’t help but want to be a part of that again. So when the past Chair asked me to take on the Chair role, I stepped into those big shoes and began building the team to bring 2012 to life.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement.

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