TEDxTinHauWomen are back!! So What Matters Now…

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

These words by Helen Keller, humanity’s extraordinary icon, bring a special meaning at a time when the pandemic has brought life to a virtual standstill. Yet a lot has changed in the last one year as our routines got disrupted, forcing us to reformat our existence. 

Keller’s words also resonate well with the event we are planning in December, whose theme incidentally is “What Matters Now.’’ The gathering is set to showcase ideas and prompt us to re-think and re-align.  

If the global health crisis brought despair to many corners of the world, it also made many of us focus on issues that were critical to our overall wellbeing. While health and immunity became priority, mental health is getting the attention it deserves. There is a staggering rise in domestic abuse due to lockdown, many women quitting workforce to support home schooling. On the flip-side working from home not only became necessary but also found acceptance. Our kids got used to attending classes online. Families got closer, communities rallied to help those in need.

“The pandemic deeply impacted everyone. It forced us to re-look at every aspect of our life.  But it also shone a light on compassion, shared experiences and brought us closer. And challenged the creative thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, to go beyond the ordinary,” said Jen Flowers, our Co-Founder and Co-Chair.

So, what now? Where do we go from here? What would the world be post Covid? What will the new normal be?

It’s the time to Pause, Breathe, Reflect, Reset and Re-imagine a better future.   

“We are thrilled to bring back our annual event, especially with such a thought-provoking theme this year. Our Hong Kong community will be inspired by diverse topics from amazing speakers who are passionate about big ideas and making a difference. With some new changes all around, we can’t wait for you to see what we are planning,” added Daniella Lopez, our Co-founder and Co-Chair.

The TEDxTinHauWomen tribe in Hong Kong is  already supercharged about this. The manic frenzy has started! The stage is set. Be sure to join us and be a part of these inspiring talks that will spark stimulating conversations.

So mark your calendar and save the date. Our 2021 countdown will take place in Hong Kong on Friday, December 10, 2021. Half a day of gathering together as a community, celebrating visionary speakers with powerful messages.

We will share more details on the event and how to get tickets soon, so save the date [December 10, 2021], follow our TEDxTinHauWomen InstagramTwitter and Facebook accounts and sign up for the TEDxTinHauWomen email updates.

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/ 

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

To see 2018 talks, click here

Written by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen

#TEDxTinHauWomen #BoldAndBrilliant #WithoutApologies

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

#TEDxTinHauWomen #BoldAndBrilliant #WithoutApologies

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.