The People Behind TEDxDelft | Molly Quell | Always up for a challenge
“Motivating a large group of people is always a challenge,” says Molly Quell, Online Media Coordinator for TEDxDelft. As a Social Media Consultant and the International Editor of TU Delft’s official campus magazine TU Delta, Quell is no stranger to the complexities of people management. “I think both the most challenging and rewarding part of my job are the same, which is managing the great team of international volunteers we have who oversee the online content,” Quell claims. “However, seeing the great work that they do at the end of the day is a great reward.”
Over the last three years, Quell has brought her wealth of experience and expertise in Marketing and Communications to the TEDxDelft Team. Besides maintaining the organization’s online presence, she also manages the web care team, which provides regular updates on the event as well as unique insights into the mind of each speaker. “The most exciting part for me is the live blogging and social media updates on the day of the conference,” Quell says. “This year, there will be a very interesting and inspiring group of speakers with ideas worth sharing.”
What is your role at TEDxDelft?
I’m the Online Media Coordinator so I’m responsible for our online presence as well as manage the web care team on the day of the event. I’m also the designated “native English speaker” so I answer a lot of strange questions about grammar.
Why did you get involved with the organization?
Like a lot of people, I got involved because of Rob Speekenbrink. We’re colleagues at TU Delft and I had enjoyed working with him on a number of projects. He asked me to be a part of the team, giving me the opportunity to do the work that I most enjoy.
How long have you been a part of the TEDxDelft Team?
I’ve been working with TEDxDelft for three years.
If you could choose one person to give a talk at TEDxDelft, who would it be and why?
I realize that this will sound corny, but my dad. He’s lived this very interesting life and always has great stories to tell. I find myself referring back to a lot of life lessons he passed on via a humorous anecdote.
What’s your nerdy little secret?
I try so hard to keep these under wraps! I think what often surprises people the most is that I run Linux at home. I also have an obsession with the statistical analysis of [American] football.