Ashley Hewlett speaks to 9th graders about why "Leadership is... Character."Mrs. Hewlett's favorite thing about teaching is providing opportunities for her students to open up their minds to new ideas. She enjoys watching her students grow into great leaders and people. She is passionate about the future and enjoys mentoring young people about their potential to be successful. She believes that despite their backgrounds, family situations, or environments, everyone has the ability to change the world. She is proud about writing a children's book, which she wrote in graduate school. Writing the book provided her with an outlet to express her ideas and provide a piece of literature that will last a lifetime. She aspires to learn how to play the guitar this [email protected] is an independently organized TEDx event based at James River High School in Midlothian, VA.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).