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

Frost Bank: Fail Forward Series

Frost Bank presents “Fail Forward”:A Special Speaker Series to help entrepreneurs navigate financial challenges and learn how to get funded!

Join us for an evening of #FailForward fun as we get real, behind-the-scenes stories straight from entrepreneurs on the challenges they faced trying to access and raise funding for their small business or startups … and learn from bankers and financial experts what those entrepreneurs could have done to make their journey easier and more successful.

In this “role play” style discussion, entrepreneurs will dig deep into their experiences and offer specific examples of actual attempts to receive funding from local banks and other institutions. A series of subject matter experts curated by Frost Bank will then walk the entrepreneurs through those stories to identify where challenges could have been prevented, averted or quickly mitigated, and then share strategies and best practices that may help you avoid some of the pitfalls that can prevent you from getting funded.


  • JimmyTay Trinh, Chef, CEO, Founder of Naughty Noah’s

Naughty Noah’s is a family-centric business that’s stirring up everyday eats. With my son Noah at the helm, my mother’s authentic recipe delivers the rich culinary tradition of Vietnamese pho noodles right to your busy family life — with clean ingredients that put a nourishing, tasty new twist on a beloved, timeless classic. Get naughty and start noodlin’ around with all of our delicious flavors atwww.naughtynoahs.com!

  • Harry McMahan, Vice President & Relationship Manager at Frost Bank


  • 6PM Registration & Networking (appetizers will be provided)
  • 6:30PM – 7:15 PM Role Play + Best Practices
  • 7:15PM Q&A
  • 7:30PM Open Discussion & Networking

*Series presented by Frost Bank, in partnership with Impact Hub Houston and BakerRipley.

Open Project Night SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Impact Hub Houston, Sketch City and Rotaract District 5890 bring you this special edition of Open Project Night highlighting projects focusing on SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Connect and collaborate with passionate people who are working on projects, ventures, and collaborations to improve the city of Houston. If you have an idea, are working on something, or are looking for ways to collaborate with people who are doing work at the intersection of innovation and impact this event is for you! You can still join us, even if you will not be presenting a project! The event requires both a mixture of presenters and people from the community to support, listen, and collaborate with the presenters.

This month, we will be kicking off the session by featuring two speakers who are involved in work focused on SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. After these presenters are finished, we will open the floor to others presenters, per our usual format!

Guest Speakers:

Ximena Murillo, MIB: Ximena serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as serving on the board of directors of U4C. She is an international business professional and social entrepreneur. In addition to her role at U4C, Ximena is a consultant in the areas of global development, corporate social responsibility, international business and social entrepreneurship.

Angelique Geehan, Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity Consultant


1. 6:00-6:30pm Meet + greet ; drink + light snacks

2. 6:30-7:00pm Project presentations – maximum of 2:30 minutes per project and each project leader must answer the following questions:

-Brief personal introduction + What is your project?
-What stage are you currently at?
-What are your next series of steps?
-What are you currently looking for in the way of talent/skills from the community?

3. 7:00pm-8pm Presenters breakout throughout the room and the community comes around their projects during…drum roll… Open Project Time!


You can find paid metered street parking in front of the building; and both metered and free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Morning Yoga with Impact Hub Houston + Omflow

Impact Hub Houston is partnering with Chief Executive Yogi and Flowing Founder of Omflow, Caroline Vo, on Friday, June 28th, for a FREE community yoga event at our #POPHub.
Omflow, Inc., is a startup based in Houston, TX that allows yoga students to practice with yoga teachers from all over the world through a unique, 2-way, real-time, LIVE, online experience. Details of the event are below and all are welcomed to attend to practice and learn more about Omflow, Inc.
Date: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 7am-8am (please arrive at 6:45am to sign in and set up)
Attire: Comfortable athletic or yoga wear
What to Bring: A yoga mat, water bottle, and towel *extra yoga mats are available if needed
Cost: FREE!
Visit Omflow’s Website to learn more about their organization: www.omflow.yoga
About SDG3: Good Health and Wellbeing – https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg3