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Theme: Empowerment

This event occurred on
December 1, 2012
9:15am - 8:30pm AEST
(UTC +10hrs)
South Brisbane, QLD

TEDxWomen is a TEDx event organized by the Paley Center that focuses on women, and women's issues. (Visit TEDxWomen type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxWomen, and also feature local speakers. Our event is called TEDxSouthBankWomen, and is one of the many TEDx events happening around the globe on December 1 that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDWomen. Learn more about TEDxWomen here -

TEDxSouthBankWomen will welcome women (and a few men) speakers to the State Library of Queensland on December 1st who are striving to tackle humanity’s toughest questions with innovative enterprise and enduring optimism. TEDxSouthBankWomen seeks to inspire people to empower their lives, their futures and ultimately their world. The event will delve into the theme of Empowerment, featuring inspiring talks from some of Australia’s best-established and emerging thinkers. (Full speakers details The event is free but you must register and be selected to attend through the website.

The impressive speaker line-up includes a diverse range of company founders, corporate directors, activists, writers, artists and thinkers from the Brisbane community and beyond. Each session will push delegates to be moved, challenged and called to action to personally reflect on their own journeys and future. Respected writer, journalist and author, Anne Summers will challenge delegates to think deeply about the topical issue of misogyny in Australia and invite delegates to engage with passion their language and choices as women of the 21 Century.

State Library of Queensland - Auditorium 1
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
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Alissa Phillips

Alissa Philips founded Specialised Programs and Community Endeavours (s.p.a.c.e) in 2007 a space for engaging members of the community with disabilities.

Anne Summers

Anne's recent speech on Her Rights at Work. The Political Persecution of Australia’s First Female Prime Minister has taken the media by storm and refueled the debate on the treatment of women in politics.

Hetty Johnson

Hetty is the Founder and Executive Director of Bravehearts Inc, Australia’s leading child protection advocates.

Tenda McFly

Tenda McFly is best described as an amalgamation of hip hop, spoken word poetry with the obvious influence of indie-pop culture.

Michelle Law

Michelle is a Brisbane based screenwriter, essayist, columnist and blogger. Her work was first published in Black Inc’s anthology, Growing up Asian in Australia.

Miranda Bond

INIKA CEO Miranda Bond accepted that due to her struggle with endometriosis, she would probably not conceive naturally. She has now developed organic, non-intrusive products for women.

Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell is an Australian author, best known for anonymously writing the best-selling erotic novel The Bride Stripped Bare. Often described as the the Australian version of the infamous E.L.James – 50 Shades of Grey, Gemmell’s narrative style has gained her critical and popular acclaim. She now writes a hugely popular column in the Weekend Australian Magazine and will publish a series of them coming out in early December called Honestly.

Mary Stokes

Mary is interested in the mind and it’s function has had her travelling the world for the past six years, sharing other peoples’ stories about mindful living!

Emma Gibbs

Emma Gibbs is a writer, producer, organiser and storyteller. From dystopian futures and undersea adventures to marriage equality and other matters of the heart, Emma’s passion is to tell truly great stories across all platforms.

Justine Bloome

Founder and Managing Director of The Village Agency, Justine is changing the way businesses approach creative strategy, marketing and social media.

Erica Rose - Jeffery

Erica Rose Jeffrey believes in the power of movement connected to positive social change. Originally from Montana, she has worked as a performer, choreographer, educator and arts leader in the United States and internationally. The first dancer to be selected as Rotary World Peace Fellow, Erica Rose is completing a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, with a research focus on partnering conflict resolution with dance education, integrated arts and embodied facilitation In thespirit of ideas worth spreading

Georgie Hopson

Show business. Why we must all be a part of the entertainment industry

Jessica Hamilton

Who defines success?

Jonathan Duffy

onathan Duffy is the award-winning director, producer, writer, editor, composer and star of The Doctor's Wife, a documentary about Jonathan and his partner Vincent (The Doctor) successfully combatting homophobia and becoming part of a community in rural Queensland. Currently working on the marriage equality sequel, The Doctor's Wife 2: Our Big Gay Country Wedding, Jonathan is a passionate filmmaker and very proud wife.

Jade Demnar

Jade Demnar is an unashamed Third Culture Kid having been to as many countries as her age and spent most of her adolescent life in Asia. In her last semester of Undergraduate study at the University of Queensland she has received the Zonta International JMK Women in Business Scholarship and the Cheung Kong China Scholarship from UQ Abroad, whilst also being a UQ Academic Excellence Scholar. She melds her interest in the advancement of women with her desire for intercultural understanding to advocate for an open-minded and optimistic approach to life.

Justine Flynn

Justine is the Co-Founder and Director of Marketing & People at Melbourne-based social enterprise Thankyou Water. A visit to Indonesia at a young age saw Justine's eyes opened to the realities of people living in poverty. This resulted in a real desire to make a difference and help others in developing nations. After winning the national Australian Business Week Competition in high school, she continued to develop an interest in business that lead her to establish Thankyou Water alongside a team of young passionate uni students.

Lauren Anderson

Inspired by the potential of social innovation and collaborative consumptions capacity to have an impact on the future of our society, Lauren is passionately working with leading organisations who take their role in shaping the world seriously and are motivated to make change for the better.

Kim Chen

Kim is co-founder of Village Infrastructure, a new non-profit focused on making energy affordable. 1.5 Billion people around the world live in energy poverty. Adequate access to energy is the foundation of other development goals, including education, healthcare and industry, and is also fundamental building block to improving women's rights.

Organizing team


Brisbane, Australia


Brisbane, Australia
  • Kobie Olsen
    Support Lead
  • James Gill
    Websites & Systems Producer
  • Tahnee Lambrechtsen
    Creative Technologist
  • Shayne Herriott
    Engagement Director
  • Amber Wild
    Interior Designer
  • Emma Gibbs
    Social Media Coordinator