TEDxAdelaideWomen Spear Interview with MONIKA GAJIC

Who is Monika Gajic?

A dedicated and striving young professional, I truly thrive in immersing myself in the theories that underpin our law, together with the commercial realities that shape and develop it.  Invigorated by greater social and environmental issues on hand, I believe in solving ideological problems in logical ways:  in other words, applying a passion for the law in a commercial context. I currently practice in Banking Services at Finlaysons, and am very lucky with the support I receive in my exposure to complex financial transactions, the mechanics of lending and the [] used in supplanting advanced funds- I have learnt the (commercial) importance of mitigating risk and optimisation of mutual benefit.  In this way, I find myself (in terms of professional practice) in the ‘area in between’ the environment and finance; global poverty and corporate benefit.  Essentially, my idealism has been shaped by the pragmatic realities of the corporate sphere, and I believe in order to make a real difference, the relationship between each of those must be symbiotic. I am earnest, energetic, engaged and (I hope) engaging.  I am both positive and a positivist lawyer, advocating natural and commercial legal rights.

 

What is the essence of your talk?

My talk gives an overview of the working life of young professionals, as a refreshing reflection of a profession that takes itself very seriously.  Like most of my peers, in my attempt for credibility, I can be serious, professional and conservative.  But I consider it important to maintain perspective and not be lost in the superficiality of formality.  My talk attempts to reflect one of my underpinning beliefs- that in the power of humility. In depicting the legal practitioner’s day-to-day, my talk addresses why we are inherently trained to be forward-thinking and forward-moving;  our tendencies to overcommit; and why we are terrible at accepting ‘Present’s (as well as compliments). The essence of my talk is to give insight into who I am and the causes that I advocate; to this end, I hope it to be, like I, is light-hearted but moving and sincere.

 

Why have you chosen this topic?

I hope that my enthusiasm for my ‘Space in Between’ is contagious. I am proud of what I am doing (otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it!), and hope to infect others with the same sense of excitement. I am an (under)commitmentphobe- I hate to say ‘no;’ I sign up for too much.  And whilst I thrive on productivity and am motivated by action, I am coming to understand that on-going preoccupation with the step ahead can take you out of the bigger picture. 

 

What 3 things would you find in the space between?

1)      The Present

2)     A billing code for having no billing code

3)     The word ‘No’ (although I am yet to find how to use it).

TEDxAdelaideWomen Speaker Interview with JENNI CARUSO

Who is Jenni Caruso?

I think a lot, and like to share those thoughts through informed debate. I have faith that humanity will determine the future of the planet, and I believe in magic.

 

What is the essence of your talk?

To discuss, share and question the whys and wherefores of my life as a metaphor of assimilation of half-caste Aboriginal children.

 

Why have you chosen this topic?

Because it embodies my existence.

 

What 3 things would you find in the space between?

Power, Car Keys, Marble cake

TEDxAdelaideWomen Speaker Interview with CARLA DAUNTON

Who is Carla Daunton?
I’m a PhD student looking to make a difference to those suffering from chronic wounds through science and engineering.

What is the essence of your talk?
Chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers affect millions of people around the world. I’m developing a test that will help guide their treatment.

Why have you chosen this topic?
This was my entry for the 3 Minute Thesis competition and it briefly outlines the work I’m passionate about.

What 3 things would you find in the space between?
Potential, new knowledge, more questions

TEDxAdelaideWomen Speaker Interview with CHERIE HAUSLER

Who is Cherie Hausler?

Dividing her time between freelance food writing and styling in Sydney and the restaurant she co-owns in Bangkok, Cherie Hausler made a ‘tea change’ to include the Barossa Valley when she decided the only way to balance her food-filled life was to add an organic veggie patch and some chooks into the mix. Dedicated to the experience of good food in its entirety, Cherie believes there are very few things in life that can’t be helped by a proper cup of tea…

 

What is the essence of your talk?

Using kindness to navigate through the extraordinary amount of information coming at us each day, to ensure a common thread of compassion for ourselves, those we share the planet with, and the planet itself. A chance to explore the concept of ‘feeling’ our decision making rather than always ‘thinking’ things through.

 

Why have you chosen this topic?

Looking at things from the point of view of kindness opens an entirely new portal of enquiry and discovery. It’s such a profoundly simple way to view the world and our place in it and constantly encourages an opening up to new information without feeling overwhelmed or shutdown by it. I thought it would be great to share the notion so others can have a play with the concept too!

 

What 3 things would you find in the space between?

Kindness, Compassion and Love

 

Anything else you’d like to share:

A little gem that has served me well over the years and is perhaps the best advice I’ve been given thus far, is “pants first, then shoes”. It covers all bases!

UniSA hosting TEDxAdelaideWomen

The University of South Australia is proud to sponsor and host the upcoming TEDxAdelaideWomen
event, which will be highlighting great achievements of women in South Australia.

Our university is a very appropriate place to host an ideas festival, and UniSA is especially pleased
to have the opportunity to support an event that celebrates the ideas of women – both locally and
internationally through the live streaming of the TEDxWomen event in Washington DC. As the first
Australian state to give women the right to vote, South Australia has a long and proud history of
supporting and furthering the rights of women in our community.

UniSA also has a fantastic record in educating successful South Australian females. My division,
which covers the discipline areas of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment,
works hard to increase female participation in traditionally male dominated fields. Currently female
students represent approximately 1 in 4 students in this division, which is a large increase on just ten
years ago.

We also have a large number of female researchers undertaking PhDs in our division. Carla Daunton
is one of these researchers, and she is presenting at the TEDxAdelaideWomen event, showcasing
her research by presenting her ‘3 Minute Thesis’. Carla’s thesis is the development of a Point-of-
Care diagnostic predictor of wound status. Her innovative research aims to find a diagnostic tool that
can advise a clinician whether a wound is healing properly, or if it is becoming chronic. This tool will
advance the treatment of wounds, and could improve the health outcomes for millions of people
worldwide. Carla successfully communicated the ideas behind her research as an entrant in the 3
Minute Thesis competition. After successfully winning her division competition, she went on to win
UniSA’s competition and represented our university at the Trans-Tasman final in Queensland. As
not only a talented scientist, but also an accomplished communicator, Carla is a great example of a
successful South Australian female.

The TED organisation has recently reached the milestone of 1 billion video views for their inspiring
talks. This shows that their tagline of ‘ideas worth spreading’ is, as they hoped, spreading. UniSA is
proud to be supporting the sharing of ideas through our support for TEDxAdelaideWomen. We’ll see
you at City West on 1 December.

By Victoria Rollison
Marketing Manager
Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
University of South Australia

TEDxAdelaideWomen Media Release (19 November 2012)

Some of South Australia’s most inspiring and interesting women will take to the stage on 1 December 2012 for the inaugural TEDxAdelaideWomen event.

The program will offer a rare window into the lives of Adelaide women on and off the beaten track.  There’ll be tales of courage and bravery, innovation and design, news and views, and bucking society’s expectations.

Niki Vincent, CEO of the Leaders Institute of South Australia – which offers a High Impact Women in Leadership Program – will take to the stage, as will Young South Australian of the Year (2012) Vanessa Picker, young entrepreneur and equality campaigner. University of South Australia’s PhD candidate Carla Daunton will present her experience developing diagnostics for acute and chronic wound management.

You’ll also hear personal insights from women working in the law, in escort services, in food styling, in television and even the unusual combination of a tea-making journalist. A woman’s experience of the Stolen Generation will also be presented.

This diverse group of women will offer an Adelaide perspective on the 2012 theme for the global TEDxWomen movement: The Space Between – how women are less likely to approach subjects from a black-or-white perspective, as they see the gray area in between. There is a curiosity in wanting to explore what is in between extremes, to gain the big picture and find the areas where we need more understanding and perhaps compromise. Women know that this is where life happens—the places in between.

This event is open to anyone who wants to come, but places are limited. Tickets are $30.

TEDxAdelaideWomen – 1 December 2012, from 1-6pm at The Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West Campus

For media enquiries, Petra Dzurovcinova, petradzurovcinova@gmail.com, 0488566050

About TEDxWomen
TedxWomen 2012 events represent the third year of conferences in a series that has sparked a vibrant ongoing conversation about women and girls worldwide who challenge and redefine the traditional rules and roles ascribed to women and men, girls and boys.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TEDxWomen Media Release (16 November)

10,000 Participants, 130 Communities, 6 Continents, 1 Weekend

Pat Mitchell and The Paley Center for Media host the 2012 TEDxWomen Conference

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –TEDxWomen 2012 will bring together a unique group of women and men to challenge the traditional gender roles and spotlight groundbreaking advances in topics ranging from autism to violence against women.  Featuring a well-known playwright, a war correspondent, a Korean spiritual leader, two teenage activists, and an African president, among others, this event is expected to reach up to 10,000 people around the world.

Hosted by Pat Mitchell and The Paley Center for Media, TEDxWomen2012 will take place on November 30 and December 1 at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington, DC, and live streamed to 130 locally organized TEDx communities around the globe.

A TEDxWomen mobile app for iPhone and Android will also be available to get up-to-the-minute information about the event including agenda, photos, video, and more: http://road.ie/tedxwomen

The Paley Center for Media is a thought-leader on the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.

The theme of TEDxWomen 2012, The Space Between, explores the notion that women are less likely to approach subjects from a black-or-white perspective through six sessions:

  • Poverty and Plenty: The space between having a little and having a lot
  • Fact and Faith : The space between what we know and what we believe
  • IQ and EQ: The space between our intellectual and emotional intelligence
  • The Mirror: The space between what we see and what is true
  • Stops and Starts: The space between disruption and moving forward
  • The Rising: The space between war and peace, doing something and doing nothing, silence and speaking out

This year’s speakers include:

  • Julia Bluhm and Izzie Labbe: two young women who successfully petitioned Seventeen magazine to stop altering face and body shapes of girls with photoshop.
  • Anita Sarkeesian: a feminist media critic who initiated a successful Kickstarter campaign to examine gender tropes in video games. Shortly after, a Flash game, where users could punch a likeness of Sarkeesian, went viral, underscoring the sexism she sought to unveil.
  • Bob Woodruff: a former ABC war correspondent who suffered a traumatic brain injury while embedded in Iraq, and his wife, Lee, who will describe their journey of starts and stops.
  • Eve Ensler: a well-known feminist playwright, performer, writer, activist, and author of the The Vagina Monologues.
  • Chung Hyun Kyung:  a Korean spiritual leader and ecofeminist.
  • Musimbi Kanyoro: head of the Women’s Global Fund.
  • Jessica Pabon: on the history of graffiti artists.

TEDxWomen is an independently organized event, licensed by TED.

TEDxWomen is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, AOL, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Accenture, Coca-Cola, Verizon Foundation, Intel, Weber Shandwick, and USIP.

For more information on TEDxWomen, please visit the conference website at http://tedxwomen.org.

 

About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation’s foremost public archive of television, radio and Internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit http://www.paleycenter.org.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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