When coaching TED and TEDx speakers, we often emphasize that the most successful TED Talks aren't merely presentations. They're acts of sharing that combine authority and vulnerability. Rainey nailed both parts: authority in that she knew her material cold and was the only person in the world who could tell that story, and vulnerability in that she really lets the audience in and feel what it was like to live through such an emotionally charged assignment. The slides, built by our Annie White, are beautiful, but in an understated, supportive way. They illuminate Rainey's story but they never get in the way of it.
(Thanks to our friend Curt Nickisch for introducing us to Rainey.)