TED Circle: Frientimacy, The 3 Requirements of All Healthy Relationships

Discuss Ideas Worth Spreading with the TEDxHouston community online and in person during our TED Circles the last Friday of every month!

We believe that meaningful conversations create interpersonal connections that collectively strengthen communities. Through TED Circles, we invite YOU — our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and TEDxHouston community — to join us online and/or in person on the last Friday of every month to discuss a variety of interesting topics.

TED Circles uphold the spirit of TED, focusing on the power of ideas. TED provides monthly themes, recommended Talks, and specific conversation starters so everyone participating can focus on engaging in constructive conversations.

The theme for February 2020 is “How We Love”: This month’s TED Circle conversation will focus on Shasta Nelson’s TEDxLaSierraUniversity Talk, “Frientimacy: The 3 Requirements of All Healthy Friendships.”

Our world is getting “better” at connecting us and yet we’re reporting feeling more disconnected than ever. The issue: loneliness. The solution: understanding the 3 actions that lead to belonging. Shasta Nelson is passionate about all things friendship. As founder and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com— the female-friendship learning community—she speaks and writes regularly on this important topic.

We’ll start by discussing:

  • How loved and supported do you feel by your friends? How do you cultivate friendships where both of you feel seen?
  • Nelson’s formula includes positivity, consistency, and vulnerability. Which one(s) could help your friendships the most? How can you create space for more of that in your friendships in the near future?
  • Why do you think connectedness is correlated with the significant health issues Nelson cites? How does that make you feel?
  • Is there anyone in whom you want to invest more “P, C, or V” so they “move up the friendtimacy triangle”? If yes, what makes you want to invest in this friendship? What action will you take to invest in this friendship?

Welcoming a wide range of perspectives, TED Circles encourage equal participation within a safe environment that promotes curiosity, open-mindedness, debate, inclusion, and generosity. Here’s a summary of what TED Circles are and are not:

  • TED Circles are volunteer-hosted, small, face-to-face (in-person, online) gatherings where topics are safely discussed.
  • TED Circles are not a TED event. They are not a club or a one-off gathering. They do not sell things or raise money. Agendas and self-promotion have no place in these conversations!

Shasta Nelson is the author of two books: Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girl- Friends and Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness. Her spirited and soulful voice can also be read at Shasta’s Friendship Blog and in her relationship health column in The Huffington Post.She’s been interviewed on the Today show, Katie Couric’s show Katie, The Early Show, and on Fox Extra. She’s been consulted on friendship matters by writers and reporters from such magazines as Cosmopolitan, More, Real Simple, Redbook, and Good Housekeeping, and from such newspapers as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Community Potluck: Impact Hub + The Cannon

Impact Hub Houston and The Cannon (Downtown) invite you to break bread together at our final Community Potluck of 2019!

Our goal for the lunch is to gather more fantastic people in this city, connect and learn more about the awesome things that we are all up to… oh and of course, share some great food & drinks! Plates, utensils, napkins, cups, ice and water will be provided.


Sign-up to bring your favorite dish, dessert or drink. We won’t judge if your food is store-bought (wink, wink) just make sure you add your dish to the sign-up sheet.

*Note: Please be sure to include an ingredient list for all homemade dishes to avoid any allergic reactions.

This event is open to the community but all must RSVP to attend.

#THIS19 : The Next Generation : Entrepreneur Resources

Join leaders from Houston’s diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem to learn how they can help you take your business to the next level!

About this Event

Houston consistently ranks as one of the top cities for economic growth potentialone of the best startup ecosystems, and one of the best places in the country for women and minority entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. So how is Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and startup development community evolving to help our city reach that potential? How will we support the next generation of startups in ways that also build more inclusive, equitable and sustainable paths to economic development and generational wealth creation?

Join several of Houston’s entrepreneur ecosystem leaders at THIS: The Houston Innovation Summit during this session to learn how local organizations are rising to meet the needs of our future entrepreneurs. We’ll touch on:

  • How local organizations are helping the next generation of entrepreneurs — from Zillennials to second-act seniors, and from newcomers to Houston to those new to startup culture;
  • What trends and opportunities they’re seeing; and,
  • What they’re most excited about for Houston’s economic future.


  • Estella Gonzalez, MPA, Director of Education and Economic Opportunity at BakerRipley
  • Eric M. Goodie, Area Vice President, Growth and Sustainability at Houston Area Urban League (HAUL)
  • Tim Jeffcoat, District Director Houston, SBA
  • Tiffany Williams, Co-founder and Managing Director for Diversity Fund Houston
  • Ravi Brahmbhatt, Charter Member and Board Member of TiE Houston

Many thanks to Houston Community College (HCC) Southeast for hosting and providing food and beverages for this event at the Felix Fraga Academic Campus in the East End!

#THIS19 : THIS is Houston – HX’s 2020 Vision!

Join Houston Exponential to learn about progress in the ecosystem since launching the Fund-of-Funds; and stay for a chat with InnovationMap!

About this Event

In just two years, Houston Exponential has come a long way in connecting stakeholders across Houston’s innovation ecosystem, raising funds to spur local investment activity, and convening the region’s startup development organizations to facilitate greater communication and collaboration in supporting Houston’s tech entrepreneurs.

Join us for a conversation with the HX team and stakeholders to learn about:

  • Connecting the ecosystem
  • SDO Roundtables
  • Corporate Innovation Roundtables
  • Media Day
  • Investor meet-ups
  • Immersion Days
  • StartUp Happy Hours
  • HX Office Hours
  • …and Big Projects for HX 2020!

Afterwards, stay for a fun fireside chat with Natalie Harms, Editor of InnovationMap, and Brad Rossacci from Accenture on, “Houston is my favorite color!”


  • Natalie Harms: Natalie is the inaugural editor of Houston InnovationMap — the only media outlet completely dedicated to Houston startups and innovation. Launched last year, InnovationMap reports on innovation within health care, energy, social impact, and more. She is also the host of the Houston Innovators Podcast — a weekly discussion with a local mover and shaker within Houston innovation. Prior to this role, Natalie served as associate editor at the Houston Business Journal and has eight years of professional journalism experience.
  • Brad Rossacci: Brad Rossacci gets out of bed every day to explore the unexpected + simplify how humanity lives, works, and plays. As Creative Director of Accenture’s Houston Innovation Hub, Brad blends the complex system of science. technology. imagination. + design. to dream up what could be + create what will be. Activating the rocket fuel of creativity + imagination, Brad designs delightful experiences that solve the hard challenges in our world; speaks around the world on how we get our humanity back; advises corporations, leaders, and start-ups on the power of creativity as a tool for innovation; and lectures on the influence of belief based design at Tier 1 universities. His primary focus is incubated through a Mars-Shot challenge: “How might we utilize the complex systems of science. technology. imagination. + design. to intuitively simplify and exponentially evolve our very human experience.”