Powerful lineup at TEDxIslingtonWomen

The lineup for TEDxIslingtonWomen has been confirmed, promising a full day of inspirational speakers including award-winning entrepreneur Zoe Peden, best-selling author Marina Pearson and international artist Meru.

Organised by entrepreneur and stand-up comedian Vaida Filmanaviciute, TEDxIslingtonWomen takes place next Friday, 6 December at Saddler’s Wells in Clerkenwell. The topics covered range from love and intimacy to art, burlesque, business, politics and digital leadership, and the speakers come from a variety of backgrounds including a string of successful authors, mentors and entrepreneurs, as well as a former UN delegate and a burlesque artist. Organiser Vaida Filmanaviciute said: “All speakers been chosen for their inspirational messages, exemplary leadership or influence in their field. It’s a day of inspiration and empowerment for anyone who is interested in women’s issues, and you don’t have to be a woman to fit in that category.”

Talk taster menu

Zoe Peden, whose business is growing on a predicted path to £100m, talks about helping children with communication problems using innovative technology.

Sofie Sandell, author of Digital Leadership, elaborates on how social media can be used to make a difference and help people live a better life.

Dion Johnson, a champion of midlife women, shares why midlife women are crucial to the solution of some of the world’s most challenging problems, and introduces the concept of ‘femfluential women’.

Megan Cumming, who became the UK’s youngest professional speaker at 9, has a fascinating story to tell about overcoming bullying at a young age, relying on a teenager’s inner strength.

Marina Pearson, author of Goodbye Mr Ex and founder of The Innate Wisdom Retreats, talks about where stress comes from and how to overcome it.

Mentor Chris Payne presents the case that we are in a ‘Crisis of Intimacy’, arguing that we are having problems connecting with others at a deeper level, warning of the consequences to society if this is not rectified.

Serial entrepreneur Paulina Sygulska gives a burlesque performance and talks about how burlesque empowers women, and internationally acclaimed artist Meru (Meriliis Rinne) presents her art and talks about her relation to the female figures in her paintings.

[see full line-up of speakers below].


6 December 2013 from 9.30am to 6.00pm
Saddler’s Wells, Rosebery Room
Rosebery Avenue
London EC1R 4TN

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Tickets to TEDxIslingtonWomen can be purchased at:

Tickets are selling out fast and there are only 100 available. Organiser Vaida Filmanaviciute recommends securing a ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information, visit www.tedxislingtonwomen.co.uk

About the organiser

Vaida Filmanaviciute is a young entrepreneur with a passion for female leadership and enterprise. She is an active member of her local SME community and has recently been elected to the board of directors for a chamber of commerce. Vaida is also a professional speaker and stand-up comedian.

Full list of speakers 

Jay Surti 

Jay Surti is a Business Presentation Mentor, Speaker and Author of Authentic Business Presenter. Having worked in the corporate sector as a litigation lawyer she realised that many people struggle with delivering engaging presentations. Jay now helps executives and corporate professionals transform their presentations to make sure they engage with their audience and get their message across.

Sofie Sandell 

Sofie Sandell is an entrepreneur with interests spanning from technology and leadership to art and sailing. She is a Swedish Londoner, a speaker and author and she also lectures in digital marketing at INSEEC University. Her book, Digital Leadership, about how creativity works in the digital world, was published in September 2013.

Zoe Penden 

Zoe Peden is the co-founder and Chief Juggler at Insane Logic, an award-winning social enterprise that was recently named as one of the top 100 startups with £100m revenue potential. Insane Logic is dedicated to creating software and technology that changes lives and helps people communicate. Zoe believes that everyone should have the right to communicate and creating innovative technology is key to making this happen.

Meriliis Rinne 

Meriliis Rinne, alias Meru, is an international successful artist who has gained recognition for her work, having exhibited in Tallinn, Copenhagen, Oslo and London. Among her other works Meru revels in painting female figures with a unique disposition as a woman painter. Her often spoken motto is: nothing is more powerful than talented people doing what they love. She is a perfect living example of her motto.

Chris Payne

Christopher John Payne has worked with hundreds of individuals and couples to help them move forward in their lives. He will be talking about the Crisis Of Intimacy which he notices more and more with clients where they’re experiencing a greater difficulty in connecting deeply with others, preferring instead to spend more time alone or with casual friends and acquaintances. Chris explains the problems this will cause society if not rectified, and ways to increase connection and intimacy in our day-to-day lives.

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Annik Rau 

Annik Rau has over 30 years’ experience in being scared of speaking in public and declining speaking opportunities due to the fear of looking silly in front of peers before she started PONY Express Speaker Training. Today, in her model of the world, everyone loves speaking as much as she loves unicorns. Annik will be talking about how your life could be better by falling in LOVE with public speaking and what unicorns got to do with it. In the world of psychology, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for those fears. Wouldn’t it be a great world if insecurities made us more attractive? Until this happens, let’s explore ways to deal with those ‘scary’ thoughts and feelings right here and now.

Dion Johnson 

Dion Johnson is a Champion of Midlife Women in Leadership and has worked with hundreds of women who find themselves fed up and stuck in a career and life rut, helping them to ditch the mundane and mediocre ‘dying off at your desk’ syndrome to create meaningful thrilling work and lives that they love and that brings out their best whilst making significant positive difference in their world.

Elizabeth Sullivan 

Elizabeth Sullivan is a Love Mentor, formerly a Chartered Accountant working in the city, she now helps single professionals attract an amazing relationship. Originally from New Zealand, she moved to London in 1999, where her ongoing interest in psychology led to her retraining as a Coach, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner and Hypnotherapist. She also teaches Hypnotherapy at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis.

Illy Sebah

Ilham currently works in the field of psychology and has a strong background in the mental health and education sector. After gaining a prestigious Masters in Clinical Neuroscience from The Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College, London) her interest has been focused on bridging the gap between thoughts, behaviours and the relationship with the human brain. She has a strong passion for creating positive change by exploring the barriers that prevent us from reaching our potential. When she isn’t wearing her ‘professional hat.’ Ilham thrives on making new connections and getting people to laugh at her jokes, which are always hilarious in her mind.

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Marina Pearson

Marina Pearson is the best-selling author of Goodbye Mr Ex and the founder of Your Pathway To Wisdom and The Innate Wisdom Retreats for Women. She has been featured in numerous magazines and tabloids and regularly writes for the Huffington Post, sharing her wisdom of how to overcome relationship and life stress. She is known for transforming stress into effortless living and her clients leave feeling at peace and free.

Edina Elek 

Edina Elek is Founder of Siskin Property Investments. Edina Elek worked in investment banking for 10 years focusing on Commercial and Residential Mortgage Backed Securities where she discovered her passion for property. Ms Elek is an active philanthropist, currently a business mentor for Cherie Blair foundation.

Laura Dzelzyte 

Laura Dzelzyte has over 10 years’ experience in the international climate sphere at a senior political and executive level as a Climate Finance Expert, Carbon Trader and a UN Climate Negotiator.
Laura was the head of the Lithuanian delegation 2009-2010 in the UNFCCC process and continues participating in the international climate negotiations as adviser to Lithuanian government. She sits on the UN Adaptation Fund board, chairing the Programmes and Projects Committee, as elected by the UN Eastern European regional group.
She was named as one of 35 exceptional women under age of 35 in 2007 by Shell and World Business Magazine.

Paulina Sygulska 

Paulina is a Serial Entrepreneur, an aspiring geek and a networking junkie. Her most recent venture, GrantTree, is going from strength to strength helping top tech startups in the UK (Stack Exchange, Duedil, Go Cardless) secure Government funding for R&D, equity free. After hours, she likes to indulge in a bit of burlesque.