About Susan

Bio

I am a feminist, speaker, blogger, social mediapreneur, global citizen (recently returned to Canada after residing in Dubai for 18 years), presentation skills coach and trainer, rabble-rouser, maverick and self-proclaimed amazing woman.

I believe the world will be a richer, better, more peaceful place when the voice of women worldwide is more clearly heard.

My life purpose is to help women rediscover and recognise their own value, find their voice, and speak up and out from their personal place of power using their unique speaking style and skills. Everything I do is somehow linked to that purpose.

I am a passionate advocate for gender parity everywhere, including on TED and TEDx stages. To help achieve that goal, I offer free coaching via Skype to TEDx women speakers, and so far have coached speakers for TEDxRamallah (http://www.tedxramallah.com/en/home/), TEDxAjman, and TEDxSantaCruz (http://www.tedxsantacruz.org/engage/). I spoke on gender parity at TEDxAjman (http://www.tedxajman.com/).

I am also the creator and curator of Amazing Women Rock (http://www.amazingwomenrock.com/), @SheSpeaksNow (http://twitter.com/SheSpeaksNow), and Unleash Amazing You (http://www.unleashamazingyou.com/index.php). I tweet as @SheSpeaksNow (http://twitter.com/SheSpeaksNow), @AmazingWomen (http://twitter.com/AmazingWomen), and @AmazingSusan (http://twitter.com/AmazingSusan), as well as part of the team for @SheTalksTED (http://twitter.com/SheTalksTED.

Languages

English, French

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2011, TEDGlobal 2010

Areas of Expertise

Social Media, Public Speaking, Presentation Skills Training and Consulting, feminism

An idea worth spreading

More TED women on more TED & TEDx stages.

During the last five years TED has become a well-recognised and highly respected global force for spreading creative, innovative, and powerful ideas. As an organisation, its intentions are clearly noble and good. It generates a constant stream of new and interesting ways to engage its rapidly growing international community in thought-provoking conversations that initiate positive change.

Through its individually licenced TEDx events, as well as other novel produts and forums, it's reaching an ever-widening global audience.

TED is perfectly placed to lead by example on a global scale on the issue of gender parity. It's ideally equipped to spark a paradigm shift, and thus to help bring greater balance to a what is clearly a gender-imbalanced world.

More: http://www.amazingwomenrock.com/myblog/invisible-women-where-is-half-the-world-s-population.html

I'm passionate about

discovery, gender parity, feminism, life-long learning, social media, peace (in all its forms), change, possibility, storytelling, innovation, excellence, travel, #PINK

Talk to me about

gender parity, feminism, public speaking, women's voice, personal growth & learning, social media, peace (in all its forms), becoming still, change, possibility, innovation, fun,

People don't know I'm good at

I'm not afraid to say what I'm good at, so most people know... :)

My TED story

Watched a TED talk. Fell in love. Became an associate. Fell more deeply in love. Attended TED Global 2010. Surrendered completely.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Susan Macaulay
Posted over 3 years ago
Girl Effect: The Clock is Ticking
Love it. Love it. Love it. The first in the series was just as good: http://www.amazingwomenrock.com/take-action/no-big-deal.-just-the-future-of-humanity-the-girl-effect.html @SheSpeaksNow
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Susan Macaulay
Posted over 3 years ago
The Chase
Awesome. Love the fact that the action hero is a good "girl" rather than guy. @SheTalksTED
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Susan Macaulay
Posted over 3 years ago
Dulux Walls
Love the concept. Love the execution. Wonder about the effect of paint production & use life cycle on the environment...? @AmazingWomen @SheSpeaksNow @SheTalksTED
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Susan Macaulay
Posted over 3 years ago
Born of Fire
I like the ad. I think it's creative, visually arresting, and out-of-the-box. However, I wonder about the contradiction inherent in conferences that focus on making the world a better place by, for example, alleviating poverty, stopping environmental degradation, and empowering people through personal growth and the marketing of luxury vehicles which contribute nothing to that end - quite the opposite in fact!
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Susan Macaulay
Posted over 3 years ago
Has a TED Talk ever influenced you? How?
TED talks have an impact on me every day. And through me, both personally and on social media, hundreds of others are likewise touched. I've watched all or parts of more than 200 talks. Each one has offered something special: sparked a thought, generated an action, touched an emotion, initiated a thought process, inspired, amused, entertained, charmed, challenged... the list goes on... Some of my favourites (for a diversity of reasons) are: All of those by: Aimee Mullins Jacqueline Novogratz Eve Ensler Hans Rosling Plus: Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids Researcher Storyteller Brene Brown Tells Story About Connection Cindy Gallop: Make Love Not Porn Deborah Scranton On Her "War Tapes" Eddi Reader On "What You've Got" Elizabeth Gilbert On Nurturing Creativity Elizabeth Pisani Speaks on AIDS Research Helen Fisher On Love Isabel Allende Tells Tales of Passion In A Riveting TED Talk Iyeko Performs At TEDxAtlantic Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world Jessica Jackley on Poverty, Money...and Love Jill Sobule Sings To Al Gore Julia Sweeney On Letting Go Of God Julia Sweeney, Comic Actor, on the Facts of Life Karen Armstrong On The Charter of Compassion Jewish Author Lesley Hazelton Reads The Quran Slowly Liza Donnelly on How Humor Can Empower Women Mena Trott On Blogs Natalie Merchant Sings From Her New Album Natasha Tsakos Is WOW! In "Upwake" Rachel Sussman Shows Photographs Of The World's Oldest Life Forms Roz Savage: Why I'm rowing across the Pacific Sarah Jones As A One-Woman Global Village Sheena Matheiken on The Uniform Project Sheryl Sandberg on Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders Stacey Kramer on How Terrifying News Became a Priceless Gift Sue Gardner on The People's Encyclopedia Suheir Hammad Performs Poems of War, Peace, Women & Power Sunitha Krishnan’s Fight Against Sex Slavery Taryn Simon Photographs Secret Sites Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds Women’s Advocate Zainab Salbi Talks Women, War, and Peace :)
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Susan Macaulay
Posted over 3 years ago
Tony Porter: A call to men
re: "The rights of women have drastically increased over the last decades, and I am just wondering if there exists a correlation between the promanence of women in society and mens increasing violence…." I believe that women are coming more and more into their own, and that will be a good thing for men, women, and children. Gender equality and parity in all aspects of life will create better relationsh­ips and a better world. I also believe one of the greatest challenges we face, and will continue to face as women step more into their own power, and into positions of power across the board, is that many men will feel increasing­ly threatened by the changing role of women in society. As a tragic consequenc­e, I expect levels of violence against women ( e.g.: traffickin­g for the purposes of prostituti­on and sexual slavery, abuse, rape, incest, murder, etc.), will also rise.