For TEDxWomen, honor someone you admire by recording their story


Honor someone important in your life by interviewing them and adding their story to StoryCorps’s digital library

Are you ready for TEDxWomen? In just 21 days, a diverse group of big thinkers will take the stage in Monterey, California at TEDWomen to share innovative ideas about the state of women in the world today, while satellite TEDxWomen events take place around the globe, highlighting ideas changing their communities and affecting women and girls worldwide.

In the spirit of the TEDWomen theme of “Momentum,” and in conjunction with 2015 TED Prize winner and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, we’re challenging the TEDx community to record a conversation with a person who has inspired them, or a mentor who has helped them gain momentum in their life. The best TEDx interviews will be featured from the TEDWomen main stage on Thursday, May 28th, during session 2 of the conference.

Isay’s TED Prize wish asked the world to record each other’s stories, and grow the digital archive of the collective wisdom of humanity. “[This] just might turn out to be one of the most important moments in that person’s life, and in yours,” he said in his TED Talk.

We want to hear the stories of the people who’ve inspired you! All interviews uploaded by May 11, 2015 will be considered for inclusion on the main stage.

How to participate:

1. Record an interview using the StoryCorps app. (Learn more about how to download and use the app here.) For inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of suggested questions to spur conversation with your mentor while using the app:

  •  Is this where you thought you would end up?
  • What used to be your biggest weaknesses?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What do you do to achieve balance between work and family?
  • What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
  • What does empowerment mean to you?
  • Who has influenced you the most?
  • Why do you do what you do?

2. Upload your interview with the keyword “TEDxWomen.” If you’re involved with a specific TEDxWomen event, tag that event name as well. This allows your interview to be included in the worldwide StoryCorps TEDxWomen collection and available for TEDWomen main stage consideration.

To jumpstart the conversation, we’ve uploaded the very first TEDxWomen StoryCorps interview, recorded by TEDWomen host Courtney Martin with her mentor, TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell. For Martin, the experience was transformative: “Do yourself the favor of interviewing a mentor,” she said. “Even if you talk to them all the time, the StoryCorps structure inspires a different quality of question … It is something incomparably vulnerable and, yet, profoundly indestructible.”

So, find someone who has powered your forward momentum and let the world learn their story!


  1. Zeynep zportway

    can the mentor be a man?

  2. Natalie

    Is there a time limit for the interview?

    • Hailey Reissman

      Interviews are typically 20-40 minutes. The app will help you time the interview. We’ll be pulling the best 90-second clips for the main stage at TEDWomen!

  3. Hi! does it have to be in english? I’d like to interview someone who doesn’t speak any…


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