Building Resilience and Community in the Service Industry

In this 2021 TEDxSeattle talk, Melissa Miranda shares her experiences with a broken, abusive restaurant industry, and her dreams of a better way of leading—through kindness, community and compassion.

When Melissa started her own restaurant in January 2020, she envisioned a new business model centering around collaboration and empowerment for her employees. The pandemic proved to be a test of her new community philosophy—a philosophy that resulted in a thriving restaurant, proving that what is good for people is also good for business.

Reviving the Labor Movement

In this 2021 TEDxSeattle talk, Margaret Levi shares her ideas on what roles labor unions play in our lives and futures, and how we need to imagine and build better labor organizations for the 21st century. Margaret explains how labor unions balance the playing field by protecting the rights of workers. She discusses how the dramatic decline of labor unions contributes to an increase in inequality and is jeopardizing the middle class well-being of generations to come.