Our Bold & Brilliant Committee


We’re all about enabling positive change, inspiring action, addressing difficult issues, and moving communities forward. And it couldn’t happen without our brilliant committee. Read more about the amazing women behind the event. 

It’s not the first year (and it won’t be the last), that showed great strides for women all over the world. From the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team FIFA World Cup Win, to Captain Marvel, and Jacinda Arden. The message we’re getting: women uniting, being inclusive, bold, compassionate and genuine – and brilliant – succeed.

While it’s thrilling to see the energy and excitement around women’s leadership, the reality is, women have been practicing these behaviours, doing amazing things, and making global contributions for centuries. And that is what TEDxTinHauWomen is all about: enabling positive change, inspiring action, addressing difficult issues, and moving communities forward. Our 2019 committee is more inspiring and diverse than ever. A collection of 50 women, each with different passions and ambitions, from bankers to artists during their 9-5 job to volunteers, defenders of asylum seekers and disadvantaged minorities, and mums. Our team has it all. Learn about why some of our team joined the committee this year:

  • “I like that the TEDxTinHauWomen committee is a level playing field where brilliant minds unite and people come out of their comfort zone to share their ideas – without apologies – and thrive together, boldly.”
  • “I want to make the world a better place and make women feel more confident in whatever they choose to do.”  
  • “I’m a passionate, creative person who wants to see good and do good in this world and learn from the best! I love finding purpose and strive to empower people to spread kindness and general human empathy.”

We believe that connecting women worldwide by taking them on a journey will manifest the immense power of females united. Join us on December 6, learn about the women of our community and hear ideas worth sharing.

Tickets for the Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event: http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen   

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To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

#TEDxTinHauWomen #BoldAndBrilliant #WithoutApologies

The benefits of sponsoring TEDxTinHauWomen

On December 6th, TEDxTinHauWomen will host a line-up of inspiring speakers – drivers of social, cultural, industrial and personal innovation – to share their stories with 650 women and men. As a TEDxTinHauWomen Partner, you have an opportunity to test your ideas for the future, and positively impact your community and the planet in new ways. Read more to see how you can get involved. 

Hong Kong’s most impassioned TEDxTinHauWomen enthusiasts will come together this coming December 6th, for the 3rd edition of TEDxTinHauWomen. Fascinating speakers will share their viewpoints on “Bold + Brilliant *without apologies”. Our speakers and event tackle humanity’s toughest questions, attempting to answer them with innovation, enterprise and enduring optimism. The event is designed to unite and celebrate, educate and inspire.

TEDxTinHauWomen events not only highlight the development and contribution of women in Hong Kong, but also presents a safe space for people from all walks of life to come and enjoy stimulating talks and forward-thinking and innovative people from the community to discuss important topics and new ideas worth spreading.

As a partner in support of TEDxTinHauWomen, you have an opportunity to test your ideas for the future, and be challenged to positively impact your community and the planet in new ways. Learn more about TEDx Partners here (https://tedxtinhauwomen.com/partners/2018-event-partners/).  By joining us, you become part of the global TEDx community while supporting and promoting women across Hong Kong.

Whilst our Diamond Sponsors have been snapped up, there’s still opportunity for you to be involved in the form of Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships.  In addition to these sponsorships, there are numerous ways you can participate through in-kind donations such as food & beverage, raffle gifts, goody bags and more. For further information, please email sponsorship@TEDxTinHauWomen.com for more information on being an official 2019 partner. 

The 3rd Annual TEDxTinHauWomen on 30.11.18 was a sold-out success! Thank you to the community, our partners, experience providers, volunteers, and speakers for #ShowingUpNow!. TEDxTinHauWomen would not be able to bring ideas worth sharing to Hong Kong without the support of the 50 volunteers, 600 attendees and  sponsors such as BAML, A&O, JPM, Coca Cola, Retykle and a great mix of corporates, NGOs and entrepreneurs that made the event possible. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s #TEDxTinHauWomen #BoldAndBrilliant #WithoutApology on December 6 at Sky 100! 

To be a 2019 sponsor, please email sponsorship@TEDxTinHauWomen.com 

Tickets for the Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event: http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen    

To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

NOW Available! Early bird tickets for TEDxTinHauWomen

Summary: Early bird tickets are now available for Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen annual event (HKD 400). To secure your seat for TEDxTinHauWomen: Bold & Brilliant *without Apologies event, visit http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen.

TEDxTinHauWomen, a women-dedicated TEDx community in Hong Kong, will return with a TEDWomen live-stream session, live talks and performances at Sky 100 in Kowloon on December 6 from 1pm-7pm. The TEDxTinHauWomen program is designed to showcase women and girls as changemakers and innovators in Hong Kong, as well as provide a platform for sharing ideas important to the community.

Early bird tickets are now available to purchase for HKD 400 for the TEDxTinHauWomen annual event. To secure your seat at this year’s TEDxTinHauWomen: Bold & Brilliant *without Apologies event, please click here:  http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen

This year’s event is inspired by the idea of us all being very different people with varying perspectives and views on the world. Being bold takes courage, being brilliant takes others to believe in something collectively, we all have the power to make change. Everyone is capable of brilliance, it takes courage to be bold and to encourage others to shine. Don’t apologize for your brilliance. Audience members will be inspired to be Bold and Brilliant *without apologies.

Previous speakers at last year’s sold-out event TEDxTinHauWomen “Showing Up Now” 2018 included

  • Showing Up for Mental Health – Dr Zoe Fortune, CEO of City Mental Health Alliance Hong Kong
  • Showing Up in Music – Awen (Lucille Kante), performer
  • How children Can Lead Social Impact –  Joyce Samoutou, Founding Director of New Sight Eye Care
  • Why I keep a sex diary (and you should too) – Carmen Yau, Registered Social Worker and Founder of Sugar’s XXX Stories

#TEDxTinHauWomen #BoldAndBrilliant #WithoutApology

Tickets for the Dec 6, 2019 TEDxTinHauWomen event: http://pelago.me/TEDxTinHauWomen   

To see 2018 talks, click here

Choosing TEDxTinHauWomen Speakers

SUMMARY: We always get ask “How do you select the speakers?”.  In this post, our Co-Chair Daniella Lopez talks about how the process has evolved. For Friday December 6, 2019, we’ll update the speaker page from August onwards: https://tedxtinhauwomen.com/2018-speakers/.

After receiving over 100 applications in two years, we decided to mix up our speaker process to an Open Mic audition. It’s still a mix of process and intuition. This time we’re able to hear more ideas in a shorter amount of time, relieving a lot of pressure from our Curation committee and speeding up the whole process. 

Fundamentally, we are looking for ideas from our speakers that can showcase women in Hong Kong who are leading scientific breakthroughs and social movements, who can inspire the audience to think in new ways, and who will challenge and educate us through their talk. TEDx gives us an opportunity to showcase our ideas to the world and from the first year we have made it our responsibility to make sure that our program reflects diversity in the line up, both in terms of ideas as well as representation of Hong Kong communities. We look for credible speakers who need a platform and have an inspiring story to share. 

For this year’s TEDxTinHauWomen we sourced speakers in three ways…

  1. Nominations through our committee: we have a large and well connected committee of women with networks throughout HK – business, society, charity, education, parent groups, etc – we ask them to identify who should apply. 
  2. We have an Open Mic audition process: we advertise to encourage people to apply to be a speaker. The first year of TEDxTinHauWomen we received around 18 applications, this 2nd year we received almost 60!
  3. We actively seek people who fit a certain profile: sometimes when planning our program we can’t find the right person fit to fill a space in the program, so we deliberately go out to find someone that meets some specific criteria.

During the Open Mic process (the third one is on August 28 from 7-9pm) we invite potential speakers to share their idea in a 3-minute slot where a small representation of the committee partake in voting based on three main factors: 

  1. Link to current theme: this year’s theme is Bold and Brilliant – without Apology. 
  2. Relevance of the topic to HK and Global Women: to ensure our talks are locally grounded, with international relevance
  3. Wow factor: this is quite subjective and gives the Curation Committee a chance to debate the ‘wow’ factors of each idea. Credibility of the speaker also plays a role. We ask ourselves – is it a trending topic (vs overdone and passe), is it groundbreaking, does it bring a new perspective?  

Throughout this assessment process we also keep an eye and close liaison with TEDGlobal so all talks keep to the TED Content Guideline:

  • No selling from the stage
  • No political agendas
  • No religious proselytizing (including new age beliefs)
  • Only good science

Speaking at TEDx is more than a simple talk – it’s people from our community sharing a big idea and it’s a big time commitment from the speakers, including professional coaching to make sure the talk is a success. We advise all potential speakers to consider the time commitment. 

#TEDxTinHauWomen #BoldandBrilliantHK

To hear 2018 talks, click here: https://tedxtinhauwomen.com/watch/ 

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Originally written in 2018 by Stefanie Myers, former Co-Chair and Head of Curation and Community. 

Updated in July 2019 by Co-Chair and Head of Marketing and Communications, Daniella Lopez, on bhalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

TEDxTinHauWomen sustainability mission

TEDxTinHauWomen is fully committed to sustainability and keeping our impact on the environment to a minimum.

This year, we took extra care to implement as many green steps as we could take to promote the importance of sustainable living and waste reduction during TEDxTinHauWomen.

Attendees received a reusable tote bag packed to the brim with great sustainable goodies. Rather than vouchers and leaflets, all the great promotions were sent via email so there was less paper used and attendees wouldn’t miss out on any deals! No other flyers were provided aside from our brochure (which we hope would be kept) and all the information around on-the-day experience, speakers, schedules, zones and interactions, was listed on our Convene app (look for the QR codes!)

Attendees indulged in refreshments throughout the day using reusable water bottles and coffee cups made available for everyone. Our mission was for our F&B partners not use a single piece of plastic throughout the day, and if any waste is produced, we recycled EVERYTHING!

For attendees who preferred to not take their goodie bag home, we offered a re-gifting system donating these to a local charity so that nothing went to waste. We even re-used gift bags, bracelets, lanyards and other many bits and pieces from last year, preventing any additional wastage as we continued to grow within the community.

We encourage each and every one of you to really think about the way you consume and the small changes we can all make every day in order to have a big impact, at home, at work or anywhere you go.

Thank you on behalf of the TEDxTinHauWomen Committee for your help in making our event as sustainable as possible!

#TEDxTinHauWomen #ShowingUpNow

Written by: Danielle on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

Highlights from last year’s event: Joey Law and Hillary Yip

Summary :
How many industries that are still around from 100 years ago are making their products the same way? None! Every day we wake up to news about dramatic shifts in job markets and how jobs are slowly being replaced by robots. Are we educating our kids to succeed in this new era? In one talk from last year’s event, mother and daughter duo share their perspectives on their experiences with the education system in Hong Kong and how they choose to define their own learning experience in one of the most competitive cities in the world.

Just like any 11 year old, Hillary thought education was synonymous with school – but that changed when she started her senior school. The environment encouraged competition, and Hillary found herself torn between acceptance vs not wanting to be like the popular gang. Being curious and passionate about learning wasn’t “cool” anymore and the feeling of not fitting in got so overwhelming that Hillary’s confidence faded away. Friends drifted apart and she succumbed to bullying – that’s when her parents pulled her out of the school and gave her a 3-month break.

What happened in the 3-month break was an eye opener for Joey, Hillary’s mom. Joey had intentionally changed the way Hillary learnt from passive to active. Hillary was free to choose the subjects that genuinely interested her. Her renewed attitude towards learning, the sparkle in her eyes when she went on and on about politics and psychology made Joey see learning in a new light.

Hillary loved that she could deep dive into the subject and learn everything about it, something she couldn’t do in school. A couple of years prior to this, Hillary took part in a kids entrepreneurship program,where she came up with the idea to connect kids across the world for meaningful exchanges and collaborative learning, a project she called Minor mynas. She felt more like herself in the business world than she did in school. The working world had welcomed her with open hands and she found mentors that selflessly guided her. She learnt the importance of taking risks and venturing out of her comfort zone and doing new things.

With the new found confidence from what Hillary achieved during her break, the family took a leap of faith and started homeschooling Hillary and her brother Alexis. With homeschooling Hillary is able to pursue academics more intensely than before. She gets to pursue her interest classes and work on her side projects. She makes time to focus on Minor mynas and has built it into a full-fledged start up. She loves the fact that she has the freedom to choose what she wants to learn and manage her time. Not attending school doesn’t deprive her of social interactions either as the homeschooling community organizes joint activities for kids including play dates and sleepovers with friends.

Personally for me (the author of this post), the key reminder of this amazing TEDx talk was that education is all about learning to prepare for the future. It’s about customizing learning to the student’s interests, pace and strength. Education should be about giving the child a childhood to learn and explore through. So do not put your child’s education on auto pilot – take charge and give them the time and space to explore their interests and build qualities that will blossom them into a well rounded,successful individuals.

#TEDxTinHauWomen #ShowingUpNow

Written by: Sowjanya on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

TEDxTinHauWomen launches Vpact – experience it Nov 30

Images can have a profound effect on people, evoking some of humanity’s most powerful emotions: joy, anger, empathy.  How can a photo be so powerful?

Is it because so much can be said in a single image? Or that images transcend language barriers?

This year we launch V-Pact, a new program to provide more opportunities for the Hong Kong community to tell their stories. Curated entirely by TEDxTinHauWomen,  a  series  of  short  60-90  second  visual  presentations will  be  shown in between  the  live  talks  to  provide  the  audience  with  thought-provoking important messages and inspirational calls to action.

Each presenter is from the Hong Kong community and has a visual story to share. This year we are happy to bring you the following presenters who are Showing Up on 30 November 2018 to share their stories:

Vivian McGrath
I am enough

Esther Roling
Thoughts of a globetrotting mom

Alice Farmer

Riya Chandiramani
The best middle Finger

Tanja Wessels
Tanja’s Plastic Ball

YingYing Liu
A voice for the wild

 #TEDxTinHauWomen #ShowingUpNow

 To hear 2017 talks, click here