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

How Social Impact Affects Your Bottom Line

A discussion about the importance of quantifiable impact with leaders in the space

About this Event

Join us for the last Quantifiable Impact series event of the year

This event will encourage conversation amongst social entrepreneurs about the importance of quantifying impact. As this ever-changing space begins to take shape, stakeholders and donors are looking for transparency across operations and projects to ensure their money is acquiring the highest social ROI. The ability to understand and quantify impact is trending to become one of the cornerstones of sustaining longevity of any social venture. Come join us to hear from leaders in this space regarding the opportunities as well as introduce challenges in running social organizations in a data driven world.

5:30 PM Sign-in/Registration/Networking

6:00 PM Key Note and Workshop

7:00 PM Q&A

7:30 PM Networking

Speaker Info:

Ivonne Cruz – Ivonne Cruz is a consultant for GAA and the Puentes Consortium administrator at Rice University.

Ivonne Cruz, Ph.D., holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in sustainable human development and social public policy from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Her primary interest focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, corporate social responsibility, human rights issues, and sustainability reporting. Ivonne has been an independent consultant for over 15 years and has served in a variety of roles and institutions including academia, international agencies, and public sector entities. She has worked for the Environmental Defense Fund, the United Nations Environmental Program, the United Nations Industrial Program, the Global Environmental Facility, NOAA, the Mexican and Cuban Environmental Protection agencies, and other local governments in Europe. She has lived in several countries and has published several papers and book chapters on social policy issues, sustainable development strategies and has participated in the elaboration of sustainability reports for private and public sectors.

*Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Thanks to our Co Hosts Global Affairs Associates, LLC and Impact Hub Houston

#THIS19 : Fresh Perspectives : Growing Houston’s Ecosystem…Literally

Join Impact Hub Houston, WeWork Food Labs, and leaders from Houston’s food community to learn homegrown solutions to agricultural businesses

About this Event

Houston consistently ranks as one of the top cities for economic growth potentialone of the best startup ecosystems, and THE city with the best food scene in the country!

But while much attention has been given to the local startup ecosystem, our local agricultural and food entrepreneurs are often overlooked. So how do we help local food- and agriculture-based innovators connect around shared goals, collaborate effectively, and access resources and guidance to help them grow their own paths to success? How do we cultivate the next agricultural automation startup, or the next Ritual or UberEats and the businesses that help those apps thrive?

Join some of Houston’s local food leaders to explore and address these challenges!


  • Ecky Prabanto: Co-Founder, Greenway Coffee/Tropicales/Susu Kopi and Boba
  • Kaitlin O’Brien: Roaster/Co-Founder, XELA Coffee Roasters
  • Jimmy Tay Trinh: Chef/Founder/CEO, Naughty Noah’s Vietnamese Superfoods platform
  • Daniel Garcia-Prats: Co-Founder/Director of Operations, Small Places LLC
  • Moderator: Carlos Estrada, Manager, WeWork Labs

Many thanks to WeWork Downtown for hosting and providing food and beverages for this event!

#THIS19 : The Next Generation: Investing

Join Houston’s emerging investment community leaders to learn how our capital environment is evolving and offering new funding resources.

About this Event

Houston has long been criticized for its perceived lack of funding for startups, especially for diverse entrepreneurs. But last month, at least seven early-stage companies successfully closed their fundraising rounds — four of them co-founded by women and/or minority entrepreneurs — with many more promising startups in our region’s pipeline.

Join THIS: The Houston Innovation Summit during Global Entrepreneurship Week for a conversation with some of Houston’s emerging investment community leaders to learn how Houston’s capital environment is evolving, how they’re sourcing new deals, what they’re most excited about, and new markets and trends on the horizon for people to put capital to work.


  • LILLY LIUMercury Fund, Senior Investment Analyst
  • SAMANTHA LEWISGOOSE Society of Texas, Director
  • Stephanie Campbell: Managing Director, HAN / General Partner, The Artemis Fund
  • RHIAN DAVIES: VP Business Development, LetsLaunch
  • Heath Butler: Network Partner, Mercury Fund / Co-Founder, Urban Capital Network
  • Mike Menendez: Principal, Apogee Capital Partners / Founder, Southern Impact Investing Alliance
  • NextSeed


Lilly Liu is the Senior Investment Analyst at Houston-based Mercury Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on entrepreneurs and technology innovation originating in the U.S. Midcontinent. She works with the investment team on deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio value creation. Mercury’s investment themes target SaaS, Cloud, and Data Science/AI platforms that make the industries of Middle America more competitive and efficient. Outside of Mercury, Lilly is an active contributor to the Houston and Midcontinent startup ecosystems, serving as a mentor at WeWork Labs, Station Houston, and TMCx. She graduated with highest honors from Duke University with a double major in Economics and International Affairs.


Samantha Lewis, Rice MBA ’17, is the Director of the GOOSE Society of Texas – an exclusive investment group focused on early stage technology ventures. Before attending Rice Business school, she successfully started two ventures, one of which she sold in 2017. The other company, Green Chile Co, generates over $3 million in annual revenue and boasts of customers like Torchy’s Tacos, HEB, and Trader Joe’s. Samantha is an advisor to numerous startups including Houston based blockchain startup, Topl.


Rhian leads business development strategy and growth at LetsLaunch, an equity crowdfunding fintech startup. Prior to this, Rhian spent over 10 years in supply chain management, deal delivery and operations within the energy industry at Shell and BG Group, including the development of global sourcing strategies and leading high profile negotiations with major international industry players. Rhian has lived and worked in over 6 countries and holds a BSc in Management Sciences from Warwick Business School, UK. She is currently undertaking her MBA at Rice Jones Business School.