November 20, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Power in my Authentic Self
The world makes you something that you’re not, but you know inside what you are, and that question burns in your heart. “How will you become that?” It is both a question and declaration that has guided Geena’s journey. Born and raised in the Philippines then moving to United States at 17, she shares her journey in finding her true self. This talk is a personal journey in navigating a world and systems that didn’t have a place for a woman like Geena. After modelling for eight years while being in the closet, she will share her decision why being honest with oneself helped her realize her bigger purpose in life. By “coming out as a transgender woman” in the biggest platform at a TED Conference, it gave her an opportunity to work with global LGBTQ advocacy platforms like the United Nations, U.S. State Department, White House and World Economic Forum. She is now using media as an empathy bridge for a more compassionate world.