TEDxWomen speakers keep the conversation going


On December 1st, TEDxWomen will happen simultaneously at the Paley Centers in both New York and LA.

Around the world, over 100 TEDx communities will share the livestream, and some will host local speakers. Find a local TEDxWomen event near you!

With session themes of resilience, relationships and rebirth — and ending with “reimagine” — the event will focus on how women and girls are shaping our shared future:


Hosted by Pat Mitchell, this session will explore how women regroup, rebound and rebuild after experiencing setbacks or loss. TEDGlobal speaker Tan Le and journalist Barbara Walters will speak, as well as Lamis Zein, the first Lebanese woman qualified to conduct demolitions of cluster submunitions.

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Trevor Neilson is the cofounder of the Global Philanthropy Group and will host a session that explores “the ties that bind us.” Other speakers include author Rachel Simmons and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, whose film Miss Representation focuses on how women are represented in popular media.

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With a talk from cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson and a performance from TED Fellow Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo, this session will focus on health, longevity and untapped potential. Hosted by Jane Fonda.

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A session on how women and girls imagine a better life and make vision a reality, hosted by journalist Lisa Ling. Three young women — Shree Bose, Naomi Shah and Lauren Hodge — will take the stage. They were the winners in their age category of the 2011 Google Science Fair. Webby Award founder Tiffany Shlain will speak, and the session will end with an interview with Gloria Steinem.

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Visit the TEDxWomen website for the full list of speakers.