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Theme: Be True To Who You Are

This event occurred on
May 13, 2023
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

In a world where social media dominates the narrative, it’s tricky to know what’s real and what’s not. Mental health issues are rising, and many are still suffering from an identity crisis. The pressure to “be someone” is surmounting, so how do we live in a world like this? “Authenticity” has become someone you pretend to have, losing all meaning of the word. Therefore, this year’s TEDxShoreditch is all about embracing true authenticity and being true to who you are.

Courtyard Theatre
Bowling Green Walk
40 Pitfield Street
London, London, City of, N1 6EU
United Kingdom
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Amanda Baker

Founder of 5 Stories
Amanda Baker is a serial entrepreneur who naturally demonstrates what it looks like, sounds like and feels like to live authentically in her values and fight for her dream. Her grit and determination to follow her calling no matter what, is breathtakingly inspiring and encouraging. Amanda is a perfect example of what it means to lead with kindness, empathy, integrity and courage.

Ellie Middleton

Founder of Unmaskd
Ellie Middleton is an autistic and ADHD creator, speaker, writer and consultant. After a lifetime of feeling misunderstood, she was diagnosed with both Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD at the age of 24. Since then, she’s gone on to build an audience of over 300,000 people online, create the (un)masked community for neurodivergents, and work with global brands like The Independent, Google & LinkedIn to change the narrative on neurodiversity. Ellie aims to shout about the positives that come with being neurodivergent, highlight the ways that society can better accommodate those of us with different brains, and help other undiagnosed neurodivergent people find the answers that they deserve. She is living proof that getting a diagnosis can change your life, change your outlook and allow you to reach your true potential – and thinks that is something that every neurodivergent person deserves.

Jidé Maduako

CEO and Co-Founder of Yoke Network
Jidé Maduako is the CEO and Co-Founder of Yoke Network, a Creative technology platform. Former professional footballer at Leicester City, Jidé brings a unique perspective on business and sports to his role as CEO. He has developed the mantra of a “Business Athlete” and has successfully navigated the steep learning curve from athlete to founder. Over the past 5 years, Yoke Network has evolved into a creative technology company. With an expansive network of 4000+ creators and expertise in helping businesses grow through short-form/TikTok content, Jidé and his team have successfully driven 10 million+ new users and worked with 250+ apps, including some of the largest mobile advertisers in the industry. If you’re struggling to win in the creator marketing space, Jidé and the team at Yoke Network can help transform your business.

Louisa Northcote

Founder of Free The Pimple
Changemaker Lou Northcote, best known for her unwavering commitment to her skin positive movement #freethepimple, is a ‘Real Skin’ advocate, forward thinker and fashion creative. A one-time model, modelling was a big part of Lou’s life, having started when she was just 10-years-old. As she grew into puberty, she began to suffer from acne breakouts and as a result her career as a model became strained. In 2017 she coined the hashtag #freethepimple and cultivated a global community of likeminded individuals bringing awareness of others living with skin conditions, by sharing skin-positive selfies. She has also appeared in digital articles including her documentary with i-D, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health, Sheer Luxe and more. Lou’s brand alignments include global names such as: L’Oreal, Shiseido, La Roche Posay, Murad to name a few.

Luke Manton

Founder of Manton Executives
Luke Manton is sharp, talented, and armed with exceptional eyebrows. He’s got a huge heart for neurodiversity advocacy – and for adopting chihuahuas. After being diagnosed with adult-onset Tourette’s Syndrome, Luke became the Founder of Manton Executives (a rapidly growing agency). Each day, he spices up the land of Virtual Personal Assistants and Social Media Marketing – with a splash of tics, and a hint of hot pink. He’s a real inspiration both professionally and personally, being candid on socials in a world full of trolls. You’ll soon find out: it’s impossible not to love him.

Ramat Tejani

Strategic Partnerships Lead for Google
Ramat is a multi-award winning strategist, public speaker, community builder and storyteller who also happens to be a woman in tech. She is the CEO (that’s the Chief Encouragement Officer) at The Inspiration Box, an organisation dedicated to encouraging intentional personal development. She’s a pocket cheerleader for anyone that needs it, and believes in the power of helping others to discover, embrace and nurture the truest version of themselves. Her passion to help others extends into her day job at Google, where she is the Strategic Partnerships Lead for EMEA in the Diversity Recruiting team. In this role she is focusing on strategies to diversify the talent pipeline at Google.

Ryan Hopkins

Future of Wellbeing Leader at Deloitte
Ryan Hopkins is on a mission to engage 1 billion people in the betterment of wellbeing, creating workplaces where individuals can be healthy, happy and productive; where both organisations and individuals thrive. Ryan is the Future of Wellbeing Leader at Deloitte, Host of the Audacious Goals Club, and soon to be published author – '52 Weeks of Wellbeing: a no nonsense guide to a fulfilling work life' will be available in January 2024. Ryan’s work has positively influenced the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. He shares his personal story of bulimia, depression, anxiety openly and has reached over 5 million on social media, recently being announced Global Emerging Wellbeing Leader of the Year.

Steve Richards

Co-Founder at Jago
Steve is an Anthropologist and Emotional Intelligence coach with a passion for storytelling. After living as a global nomad across 60+ countries, surviving a near death experience and enjoying a successful career as a humanitarian, in 2020 he decided to focus on my business in the UK full time and spend more time with my sons.

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