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An expert’s guide on getting the afternoon off to attend TEDxTinHauWomen

You could fake it, sure, but here are our top 5 reasons guaranteed to start the conversation about taking the afternoon off :

# 1  It’s not actually taking the afternoon off in the traditional sense. There will be no lying on beaches, or sipping cocktails (not until 7pm anyway). This is intellectual debate and stimulation at its best. You will meet articulate people who challenge you. You will encounter questions like “So how are you changing the world?” (I kid you not – I was asked that by an attendee at the last TEDx event I attended in Hong Kong and it still haunts me.) You may have your perceptions shattered or your views endorsed. You may come as one person and leave as another. You will definitely meet a lot of very interesting strangers who may change the way you think. You will definitely want to change the world. The lessons learned can only be good for how you conduct yourself in your next sales meeting or pitch.


# 2 Diversity is a business imperative. It is not simply a gender thing. It is an age, experience, cultural, socio-economic, educational thing. Ultimately, it is about workforce intelligence and harmonizing the strength and thinking of a diverse set of employees. In any organization or business that wants to thrive, diversity and inclusion are no longer ‘nice to haves’ and there is no better way to explore this all important concept by doing so live, in the room, in real time, at TEDxTinHauWomen.  Thereafter, you’ll be someone on the forefront of change in your company, either helping furthering the diversity agenda of your organization or getting one onto the table.

# 3 “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” Many a Fortune 500 CEO and hedge fund founder knows this to be true. You have to be out there, with your boots on the ground, doing the work at hand. You have to continually learn in order to be a better leader, stay in touch with customers, know how things operate in the real world. This gives you insight, and insight leads to having an edge; and in this hyper-competitive world in which we operate, having an edge can be the fine line between success and failure.  By attending, you will be removing yourself (for at least one afternoon) from a dangerous place and broadening your horizons.

# 4 Doing a TED Talk is not a pitch-up-and-chat-to-strangers. It is a carefully crafted and rehearsed 18 minutes of excellence in front of a live audience. There is no better environment in which to hone your own communication skills than by watching others do it well – others who have practiced and practiced to say something important, leaving the audience with an ‘idea worth spreading’. No matter what your role, grade or job title, everyone can benefit from hearing great public speakers. In fact, it should be part of your company’s mandatory skills training programme …

# 5 Lean in! You are taking your learning and development into your own hands which demonstrates passion and initiative. At a time of deep divide when the world needs people to come together and debate sensibly and with dignity on the issues that matter most, a single Friday afternoon out of the office could be the spark that changes our world.

There should be no manager on earth who can provide a sensible counter argument to any of the above; and if there is, we would like you to invite them to join you at TEDxTinHauWomen to experience it for themselves.

Did I hear someone say ‘teambuilding activity’ …?

Tickets on Sale here.

Written by: Nicola Apostolis

Tickets go on sale this week!

Hooray, Great News! We are delighted to announce that tickets for the first TEDxTinHauWomen event are going on sale this friday! Look out on our facebook page for info on speakers and where to grab your tickets!

Also another exciting thing happening this week! 
Listen out for #impact podcast available on iTunes and Android, where Regina (one of our fabulous committee members) will be talking about stuff that matters and this week her podcast is dedicated to TEDxTinHauWomen. She will be finding out what inspired Jen and Stef from our leadership team, to start the first annual TEDxTinHauWomen event dedicated to women in Hong Kong, and why it is important that women share their experiences and ideas! Listen in, share and comment ! We want you to get involved, after all, you are all our kind of people!

Find out more, download the podcast and visit www.hashtagimpact.com 

Speakers, Sponsors & Sparks!

We still need sponsorship! Get in touch with us if you have a marketing budget that you don’t know where to put ;).

Another evening of TEDxTinHauWomen planning, strategy and magic… (yes the evening really did look like the picture)!

Aerial view of Victoria harbour in sunrise

We have approached quite a few companies now for sponsorship and we have had some amazing teams and businesses interested, however we are still open for companies to support us!

We still need sponsorship! Get in touch with us if you have a marketing budget that you don’t know where to put ;). Sponsorship can be anything from goodie bags to 5k, 20k or 100k! We are looking to create long term partnerships where the TEDxTinHauWomen event becomes a major asset to your company; we have one common purpose – ‘ideas worth sharing’ – it really is beneficial to all, it’s not all about us!

We know you are eager to find out when the tickets are on sale, and we can feel the excitement start to build so… you will only have to wait a little bit longer (September 22nd in fact)! Once tickets go on sale it will be a scrum to grab them, so we will keep you posted about where and what time they will be released.

Speakers will be announced this month! So watch out… things are really happening behind the scenes.

We are looking for sponsors!

Another great evening of organisation and focus on the upcoming #TEDxTinHauWomen event! We have great news and secured our venue at The Cube in PMQ, the heritage site of The Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters. It’s a great space and we are really looking forward to creating an exciting, inspiring and memorable event for you all!
PMQ is our venue for TEDxTinHauWomen!

We are looking for sponsors! From corporate packages to food sponsorship on the day, we have many opportunities for you to support us and get involved!  Please contact us on our website or via Facebook and title SPONSORSHIP! 

Last but not least, in the near future we will inform you on when and where you can get your hand on these hot tickets, but for now.. like our page, follow us on Facebook and Instagram and spread the word!

An Exciting Start!

Welcome to our TEDxTinHauWomen blog, our aim is to be updating this on a regular basis as a ‘behind the scenes’ documented look at the what we are creating for TEDxWomenTinHau. Meet the team, start networking, become a sponsor! There are so many ways you can get involved, feel free to contact us to see how you or your company can support this event.

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It’s been a great start for TEDxTinHauWomen. So far we have a fabulous team of women from different backgrounds, who have volunteered their time and expertise to get this event up and running. We have found a beautiful venue and can’t wait to share that news with you, once the i’s have been dotted and the t’s crossed!

Our last meeting was turned into a photography studio for an hour or so, where we had a great photoshoot for the committee profile pics, so soon you will be able to see all of the faces behind the names.

Last but not least, a note on SPEAKERS!… TEDxTinHauWomen have been approached by some amazing speakers and we are so excited by them and their stories… so watch this space for more details on who will be speaking at the event!