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Who is Bold & Brilliant in your life?

Here are some examples of bold & brilliant women that TEDxTinHau committee members admire and why. They people who inspire us may not be celebrities, but deserve as much respect for all the work they’ve done in the world.

Look around you and you will see female role models in plentiful supply. In 2019, women are more bold and brilliant than they’ve ever been. Women have the power and ability to transform an entire generation. However, you don’t have to have won a nobel peace prize to be bold and brilliant in our eyes. We asked our committee who they thought were bold and brilliant people.

Unsurprisingly, what we heard back were triumphant stories about women in our everyday lives. They weren’t rich celebrities – they were women who had guided another woman, who had offered a shoulder to cry on, or who became the positive link in the family chain; they broke the status quo, they were vulnerable and they were bold.

Mothers came out on top. More than 70% of responses cited their mother to be the most bold & brilliant person in their life. Despite the proliferation of technology that has facilitated opportunities for influence by those beyond immediate family and friendship structures, younger generations report being even more influenced by their mothers than older generations. Mothers are not only nurturers and supporters but for the majority of our committee, they are also the biggest life-shapers. So here’s a big shout out to all the mums out there!

We also had some of our team members highlight not people, but charities that they felt were bold & brilliant – those based in Hong Kong that give back to those who need it most; along with friends that were the epitome of kind; sex educators who gave us confidence to be ourselves (and enjoy it!); along with Brené Brown, research and author, who finds power in the vulnerable.

One story stood out most was that of a courageous friend:

A woman who got married to satisfy her family and culture, but unfortunately the man she committed herself to ended up abusing her for 7 years. She was forced by her ex-husband to gain excessive weight, and dress poorly so no other men would be interested in her. For years, she kept silent, because he threatened to ruin her life should she speak. But one day, she was bold and made that call to the police. She now dedicates her time to help those who also face domestic abuse.

Women are incredible, they persevere, they’re bold and quite simply, brilliant. Hear more incredible stories from other bold and brilliant women on December 6.

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

RSVP for the most up to date event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3154923897852879/ 

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To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

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TEDxTinHauWomen: From a male’s viewpoint

We speak to Jack, one of TEDxTinHauWomen’s male volunteers, to hear about his experience and views on equality. Read on to learn more.

Meet Jack. Jack is from the UK and works as a consultant in Hong Kong. I met up with him to discuss his involvement with TEDxTinHauWomen and what it meant to him: He’s volunteered at both the 2017 and 2018 TEDxTinHauWomen events as a goodie bag stuffer, security and general support throughout the event. Jack emphasised that despite our events being female-led and orientated, he’s always felt welcome and included. Whilst he notes the value of the network and community, he finds there’s nothing he enjoys more than the actual talks.

He referenced two speakers who were particularly memorable for him, and of which he still references today:

  • From 2017, Fiona Callanan-Thorsby and her Living Life to the Fullest talk. Jack shared that her 2004 tsunami survival story left a lasting impression. And what she’s achieved through fundraising and as an advocate for disability services in Asia is particularly impressive.
  • From 2018, Dr. Zoe Fortune and her Showing Up for your Mental Health talk. A focus on mental disorders and depression highlighted the importance of wellness for Jack and something he thinks we should all be aware of.

Jack continues to speak about the value of women and equality in the workplace, “I work for a large organisation and when I look at them globally, they’re certainly hitting their equality goals in places, but there’s always progress to be made. Businesses should promote equality and diversity for the different perspectives that result from it. I think equality not only elevates women but can enable positive changes for men as well. One day, when I have kids, I would like to have the option to take more time off to spend with them, and if we were to shift mindsets, erase stereotypes and encourage cultural changes in gender roles this would be achievable.”

“Most of my office is female, and most of my managers have been too. It’s not really out of the ordinary for me, and I think this has a lot to do with my mum. She’s always been the one who brings home the bacon. It has never been unusual for me to see women in leadership roles. We moved around to follow her career, but it worked because it was always a discussion and a partnership between my parents.”

Jack’s openness and ease on the topic of equality are a testament to his upbringing and his mother. He affectionately and undoubtedly shares that his mother was and is a strong role model in his life – “I’ve always noted the level of respect and admiration she receives at every company she has been a part of, and at its core it really stems from the fact that she is remarkably good at what she does.”

He also notes that Lady Hale has had a significant influence on him – and someone who he thinks is a great role model. So, who is she? Dubbed the “Beyoncé” of the legal profession. Lady Hale is the UK’s first female head of the supreme court, having taken up the role in October 2017. She has long been breaking down barriers in the judiciary, which has struggled to cast off the perception it is an old boys’ club, overwhelmingly white, male and public-school educated. She has been outspoken throughout her career about sexism in the judiciary and lack of diversity more broadly.

Jack first learnt of Hale during his time at University when he studied Law. His family law curriculum had a strong focus on her cases, “She simply has fantastic judgements that anyone can understand, and she has taken her training as a family law judge and applied it within the Supreme Court, which has allowed her to bring a necessary sense of empathy to her role.”

So, how do we get more women like Hale in leadership positions? “It’s all about mindset. To gain equality anywhere, it’s about shifting mindset and thinking logically. It’s not just about equality, it’s about being open and more fluid about our definition of gender roles. There is a clear benefit to greater diversity and equality in everything we do, whether it be gender, race, social class, etc.”

“There is always more work to be done. Hong Kong has made progress, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop. Standard maternity and paternity leave are not where they should be. There is some negativity around inclusion, diversity, but the more clarity and information we have on benefits and rights, the better. It’s a discussion to keep having.” We couldn’t agree more, Jack!

It’s support like Jacks that really help our TEDxTinHauWomen events come to life. If you’d like to volunteer, please get in touch with the TEDxTinHauWomen Committee.

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

RSVP for the most up to date event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3154923897852879/ 

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To see 2018 talks, click here

Interviews and gathered by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

The thoughts represent Jack and are reflective of his opinions while being interviewed as part of our organization’s support team

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How attending TEDxTinHauWomen influenced me

One of our committee members decided to leave her job after hearing Tricia Yap’s inspiring talk at 2017 TEDxTinHauWomen. 

The year was 2017. I was working in a big consultancy. I had my head down and knew that hard work would eventually pay off. Anyone who has worked in a big consulting firm knows the hours, the demands, the sweat and the tears. If you don’t know, try following @CrazyMgmtCons on Instagram. They pull together user-generated moans and groans from consultants around the world and have rebranded alcohol to be “PPT Jooz”. Enough said. 

That winter, I went to the TEDxTinHauWomen event. I enjoyed all the speakers, but it wasn’t until Tricia Yap walked on stage that I felt I was really hearing any of it. Her talk was about “What happens when life as you knew it, isn’t going the way you planned?” and that’s exactly how I felt. Tricia told her story and I felt like she was telling mine, except I hadn’t reached my happy ending – yet! She worked in a big 4 consultancy, like me; she was going crazy with her work hours, like me; she had her heart broken by the one person she didn’t think would, like me; but she broke free and lived her life the way she wanted… unlike me. 

Tricia left her demanding consulting life and has since co-founded Warrior Academy and she’s also the Director of Fitness for HK’s progressive wellness gym, Goji Studios. Her first startup in Hong Kong was Bikini Fit, which was a female only health and wellness community. Her vision is to empower women through challenging and re-defining their understanding of health and fitness, and at the same time, providing a positive and supportive community for women who want to change their lives.

I’m the first to admit, I’m not the fittest woman in any room. I didn’t want to go into fitness, but I did want to re-ignite the spark in myself, and find my passion. So after a few months of contemplating, and a few encouraging words from friends, I left my job. Now this isn’t a fairytale story; I ended up somewhere where I was less happy. But life’s a lesson and I learnt it. I’ve since started up my own blog, I’m in a job I love and I’m on the TEDxTinHauWomen committee – I mean hello? Jackpot! 

So, I encourage you to ask yourself if the life you’re living is what you want? If not, try something else. If you’re lost and don’t know what you want, I highly encourage you to join our next event and listen to the bold & brilliant women who will be speaking. Who knows what golden nuggets you’ll receive. 

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

RSVP for the most up to date event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3154923897852879/  

Follow us on social – FB/IG/TW: @TEDxTinHauWomen

To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

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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   

RSVP for the most up to date event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3154923897852879/  

Follow us on social – FB/IG/TW: @TEDxTinHauWomen

To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

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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

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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. 

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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