Local volunteers announce TEDx event, title partnership with local not-for-profit

In celebration of International Women’s Day a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers is excited to announce the launch of TEDxTheGlebeWomen, a full-day TED-style event to be hosted in the heart of the Nation’s capital on May 29, 2015. Joining in on the celebration is Women’s Integration Network Inc. (WIN), the day’s title sponsor.

“We are so grateful to be a part of the team of volunteers, supporters, and partners working together to bring this incredible event to the Nation’s capital,” says WIN Project Manager Tara Dentry. “The passion behind the international TEDWomen events and the theme of the local event are so in line with our vision; evolving communities one person at a time, changing legacies.”

Not only do members of the organizing team wish to pay homage to this year’s International Women’s Day theme – #MakeItHappen – with their launch, they also recognize that March marks Women’s History Month.

“These events celebrate so much of what I believe we are trying to create with this event,” Dentry states. “Both of these celebrations are about taking action for the recognition of women, about recognizing those groundbreakers that have come before us, and about recognizing the change-makers that surround us today – exactly what we are working to achieve with TEDxTheGlebeWomen.”

TEDxTheGlebeWomen will bring together local audience members representing all sectors of the city and nation, live speakers, favourite TED talks, and sections of the live TEDWomen webcast to spark a conversation.

The theme of this year’s event is tiny ripples. “We believe passionately that small changes can have a large impact, just like the mustard seed that moved mountains or the butterfly that flapped its wings and caused a tsunami,” explains Director of Programming, Pamela Henry. “By choosing this as our focus we want the audience, and therefore the speakers, to focus on their own empowerment and on the changes that they themselves can and are making in the world around them.”

All speakers, performances, and demos will be rooted in the theme. Event organizers are currently in the process of selecting the panel of speakers. Community members that are interested in speaking are encouraged to contact event organizers through their website.

While the title of the event, TEDxTheGlebeWomen, may suggest that this is a woman-centric event, event organizers state otherwise. “Absolutely not. This is about having a conversation. And we can’t have that conversation if it’s only one-sided. We want speakers, audience members, and partners that represent all walks of life; all gender representations, all sexual orientations, all socio-economic groups, all races, all religions,” shares Henry. She continues, “that is the only way we can achieve the conversation that we so need to have.”

Event organizers are pleased to have secured the Canadian Museum of Nature as the location for this year’s event.

Further event details, tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and volunteer call-outs can be found on the event website at www.tedxtheglebewomen.com. Event organizers also encourage community members and supporters to follow along on the journey to event day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

“We encourage community members to check in regularly as new details are being released every day,” states Henry. “For instance, full profiles of the organizing team will be released in the next week or so, with a full schedule set to be released within the next month.”

Community members can also contribute to the conversation on social media by using #ripplesofconversation.

About TEDWomen

TEDWomen is a three-day international conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. The program of speakers, workshops, events – and daring discussions – has sparked some of TED’s most iconic moments yet. Curated by TED and Pat Mitchell, TEDWomen 2015 will explore the bold issues that create momentum in how we think, live and work today.

TEDxWomen events are TEDx events (where x = independently organized) hosted around the live webcast of TEDWomen, and may also feature live speakers. TEDxTheGlebeWomen, is one of the many events happening around the globe that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDWomen.