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TEDxTysons 2018: Legacy

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 12:30 AM

Theme The Iroquois’ Seventh Generation Principle encourages us to make decisions now that ensure a sustainable world seven generations into the future. In the year 2228, how we supported values like education, diversity, culture, and ethics today will shape how our descendants experience the world.   So, what issues will our generation choose to take on to leave the world a better place?  Legacies are not only something we inherit, but something we create and leave behind. What will our childrens’ childrens’ childrens’ children think about the world we shaped and how will their lives be different because of it? That's up to us. Join us on November 30, 2018 at State Theatre in Falls Church for a day of reflection on Legacy. What values, technology, and issues have we inherited and what do we want to leave behind? Agenda 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m (registration)5:30 p.m. –  9:30 p.m. (dinner and show)9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (after party) Speakers Rob ScheerDignity Champion Forty years ago, Rob entered the foster care system as a child who had lost both parents. He was brought into a house of strangers with all of his belongings in a tattered and torn trash bag. Eight years ago, 4 children, who are now his daughter and 3 sons, arrived on his doorstep through foster care. As they entered his home for the very first time, each clutched a garbage bag holding the few items they called their own. Scheer was floored. How, after thirty years, were children in the foster system still carrying their life in a bag used for trash? After searching for a means to provide dignity to kids in care, Scheer founded Comfort Cases, a non-profit organization to assemble packs of comfort and essential items to children in the foster care system.Comfort Cases has been given exciting exposure with interviews on The Ellen Show, a viral video production viewed by over 100 million from Upworthy, and a segment dedicated to the cause on The Today Show. They have already shipped the Cases to 32 states, and the dream is for every youth to receive Comfort Cases upon entering foster care. In addition to his work as the Founder of Comfort Cases, Rob has over 25 years of leadership and operations management experience in the mortgage and financial industry. Rob is also a proud veteran of the United States Navy. He lives in Maryland with his husband Reece and their four children.One of the next chapters in Rob’s life is working to provide higher education and support to children who either have, or are close to “aging out” of the foster care system. Each year nearly 30,000 young adults “age out” nationally without a support system or adequate life and career skills to transition into independent, successful adults. Ambassador Linda Thomas-GreenfieldPeacemakerAmbassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is a Senior Counselor at ASG, where she draws on her long and distinguished career as a U.S. diplomat to help the clients of ASG’s Africa practice. Prior to ASG, she led U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on peace and security, democracy and governance, economic empowerment and investment opportunities. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources where she oversaw all personnel functions for the U.S. Department of State’s 70,000-strong workforce.Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has served as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia (2008-2012) and held postings in Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. Her Washington postings include the Bureau of African Affairs, where she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught political science at Bucknell University.She has been awarded the Hubert Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished

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