Meet The TEDxWinnipeg Volunteer: Marney Stapley

Did you know that TEDxWinnipeg is 100% volunteer run? From the photographers, to the businesses in the Idea Lounge, to the person writing this post (hi!), we’re all volunteering our time because we believe in the value of sharing ideas.

In the weeks leading up to TEDxWinnipeg 2019 we’re publishing a series of interviews with some of our amazing volunteers. First we introduced you to Reyn Redekopp, and now we’d like you to get to know Marney Stapley.

Who are you and what do you do?

I’ve held leading roles in technology sector for over 30 years.  As a Vice President of North Forge Technology Exchange, I help attract new business and work with local startup companies to facilitate their expansion, increase their market potential and grow their network. I’m also responsible for the North Forge Fabrication Lab, the largest in North America.

Aside North Forge Technology Exchange, Marney is Vice President of Business Development for Fabbaloo, daily online publication focusing on the 3D print and additive manufacturing industries;  – one of the most respected in the world and daily high-volume blogs dedicated entirely to the 3D printing, and volunteer for TEDxWinnipeg, where I’m part of a team responsible for selecting and working with engaging Speakers.

I’m is also the Winnipeg Ambassador for Women in 3D Printing which was the first established Chapter in Canada. I hold a BA in Political Science from University of Manitoba and Management Development for Women Certificate from University of Manitoba. When I’m not working or volunteering, I’m known to be skating, running, or cycling.

Why did you originally decide to get involved with TEDxWinnipeg (back when it was TEDxManitoba)?

I was responsible for business sponsorships with MTS at the time and was familiar with TED Talks and thought that it was a great way for MTS to associate its brand with innovative, inspiring ideas that could make Manitoba a better place. After I saw what was going on in Manitoba (with TEDxManitoba) I knew I wanted to somehow keep involved. The next year I applied to be in the audience, and was selected! After that I met some of the organizing committee of TEDxManitoba and asked if I could volunteer on the Speaker Committee.

What about TEDxWinnipeg keeps you coming back to volunteer?

The community of friends that support one another. Also, working with speakers that we help to deliver the talk of their life and after it can literally change their life and the lives of so many others listening in the audience or by live stream. TEDxWinnipeg is often providing a platform for people to deliver an important message that they may otherwise not be able to deliver.

What’s your greatest strength? How does it help you as a volunteer?

I use my leadership skills to support and promote other people’s greatest strengths. It helps speakers to recognize their greatest strengths while delivering their talk.

Who are your role models?

My daughters. They are the strongest women I know. They grew up with a Father who has severe paranoid schizophrenia and their life at home is never easy. I guess it made them very resilient.

What’s been one of your favourite TEDxWinnipeg moments?

In 2012, the TEDxManitoba event was on the coldest day of the year. I had to take 2 buses to arrive at the location. I absorbed everything that everyone said that year and talked about it to anyone who would listen to me for about 3 months after. I am not kidding. It changed my life. I realized I had so much to learn.

What’s one TEDxWinnipeg talk you think everyone needs to watch?

Without a doubt, Todd Scott’s How Humour Can Help to Save a Life.

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