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Speaker Series: Find Your Kilimanjaro and Climb Past Self Doubt

Career Conversations

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 7:30 – 8:30 PM UTC


About this event


Which challenge is greater, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or raising six kids? What if three of those kids were adopted? What if your mountain climbing training grounds were as flat as Florida? What if you told yourself that you weren't capable of either?

At 16 years old, Simone Knego's boyfriend told her she was fat. She believed it just as many girls do. 7 in 10 girls grow up believing that they're inferior in some way. It's not just about appearance; it's an all-encompassing yearning to be normal-a need to conform.

Why do 35% of Americans believe in aliens, but only 4% of women worldwide believe they're beautiful? It's not a matter of fact; it's believing. And if it's simply about belief, we need not change ourselves but instead change how we see ourselves.

Simone Knego has wowed audiences globally with her TEDx Talk, " To Kids About Bias." Now, two-time TEDX Speaker Simone takes to the stage to discuss a simple shift in mindset, yet another idea worth spreading.

Simone's speech elevates every chair in the auditorium to 19,000 feet in her story of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Take every step with her and relive the mental exhaustion as

Simone reminds us of the mountains we've climbed and forgotten and the summit we're about to face.

Learner Objectives:

  • Freedom From Social Conformity
  • Overcome the Fear of Failure
  • Create Positive Mindset Shifts 

Event Details:

Tuesday, May 23
3:30p - 4:30p ET / 12:30p - 1:30p PT

Class Cost: Free
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