Toronto, ON (May 1, 2014) –TEDxTheAnnexWomen (tedxtheannexwomen.com) announces the leading speaker for their second women’s conference on May 28th, 2015, President of the UN Women National Committee Canada, Ms. Almas Jiwani. TEDxTheAnnexWomen: Momentum will be held at The University Club of Toronto (Main Dining Room). Ms. Jiwani is a spirited entrepreneur, dedicated humanitarian and advocate for the underprivileged. She will join a list of diverse female speakers aiming to generate ideas and conversation around the theme Momentum, the strength and force required to propel forward motion, this years focus for the event. The event will comprise of carefully selected local speakers, workshops, and general reception.
“We are ecstatic to have Ms. Jiwani, our lead speaker at this year’s conference,” says Helena Skrinjar, event founder and co-organizer. “For this year’s event we are looking to keep the community of like-minded, action-oriented and idea pursuing women connected and provide a space to share their visions and ideas.”
Ms. Jiwani will speak specifically about the HeForShe campaign, aiming to garner support for gender equality, contributing to the overall goal of the conference, to bring forth innovative female voices from our community to explore, create, and sustain momentum, while exposing the global TED audience to ideas from Toronto’s various neighbourhoods. Speakers will hit the stage between 1:00 p.m. and 6:30p.m., with a networking reception to follow between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
This year’s conference will comprise of six additional local female speakers:
City of Toronto councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Historian Dr. Carolyn Harris
President of Global Indigeous Development Trust Sonia Molodecky
16-year-old activist Naz Gocek
Social Entreprenuer Vanessa Reid
Urban Cycling Consultant Yvonne Bambrick
The conference will be hosted by local television personality, Tammie Sutherland of CityTV. The event will not only include a full list of diverse female speakers, full list and schedule can be seen at tedxtheannexwomen.com, as well as workshops, a general reception and a live stream of the global TEDWomen conference coinciding with this TEDx event.
Media are invited to attend the networking reception with all speakers in attendance, tickets are limited but if you’d like to RSVP please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTheAnnexWomen, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxTheAnnexWomen, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference was held in October 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
For more information about the event visit: http://tedxtheannexwomen.com/.
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