Emily Hehir is a recent graduate of Arts(Media and Communications)/Law(Honours) at the University of Melbourne, currently participating in the Graduate program at Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers in Melbourne, Australia where she has been seconded to the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) to assist with unmet legal need in the community. Emily also completed a Diploma of Modern Languages (Japanese) whilst at the University of Melbourne, where she built upon Japanese language skills she first developed whilst on a 12 month Rotary International Youth Exchange to Japan in 2002.
One of Emily's passions is preventative mental health and building resilience, particularly in young women, to navigate the demands of our society. On this front she convened a forum at whilst at Melbourne Law School titled 'Lawyering without the Pain: A culture of perfectionism and how to resist it'; consulted on a faculty-wide student wellbeing study and initiated mindfulness classes for students of Melbourne Law School. She also curated and hosted Melbourne's first TEDxWomen event in December 2011 at The Wheeler Centre with the theme 'Self-Determination'. The follow up event will be held under 'TEDxLittleLonsdaleStWomen' this December, themed 'An Honest Conversation'.
In December 2011, Emily created the change.org petition to pressure advertisers to withdraw advertising from the 'Kyle and Jackie O Show' (2day and FOXFM) following offensive comments by Kyle on air directed at a female journalist. The petition resulted in an estimated $10 million dollar loss of advertising funds from the show; attracted significant press coverage and caused a shift in the power dynamics of activists in the social media space.
Talk to Em about: yoga; mindfulness; media literacy; feminism; education; law; growing up regionally; eating disorders; Japan; Bali; TEDxWomen; coffee :-)
Self-awareness, authenticity, self-acceptance, self-worth, human interaction, communication, empathy, theatre, ideas, mental health, moderation, honesty, expression, integrity, wholeheartedness
In order to address the current crisis of confidence & self-worth in young people, including increasing cases of disordered eating, we must focus on prevention.
It is my belief that the cause of many people failing to pursue or even identify their passions/callings, or to ever feel 'good enough' is the limitations placed on them by their own minds. That is, uncertainty, self-doubt and self-criticism cripple their potential and all these are a result of the thoughts they have - which are normalised & habitualised by narrow & singular stories of success.
If we are going to reroute the future, young people in particular must be given the opportunity, within mainstream eduction, to learn about: why & how the mass media they are constantly exposed to operates and how to become 'resilient' to it; to learn 'mindfulness' and to learn to follow their natural skills and passions to a career that suits those.
I am currently in the process of organising my second TEDxWomen event in Melbourne on 1 December 2012, titled TEDxLittleLonsdaleStWomen and themed 'An Honest Conversation'. My first event was under the license TEDxParkvilleWomen and themed 'Self-determination'.
My favourite TED talks include those by Brene Brown, Barry Schwartz and Thandie Newton.
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