On September 11, 2001, Tanya’s fairytale fell apart when her fiancé, Sergio Villanueva, a firefighter, never came home. Tanya Villanueva Tepper tells how creating and achieving new dreams inspired resilience that helped her cope with grief in her talk “Happily Even After.”
Tanya is a 9/11 widow living happily “even” after who is featured in the Peabody award-winning documentary, Rebirth, which has a permanent home at the National September 11th Museum. Tanya is a senior advisor and speaker for the nonprofit organization Project Rebirth, and uses the film to give audiences a personal connection to September 11th while inspiring hope and encouraging resilience to those who are coping with grief and trauma. Tanya has written for the Huffington Post and loves her life in Miami with her husband Ray, two young daughters, and their baby bearded dragon.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx