Attendance at the TED conferences isn’t assured. There is a heavily vetted application procedure, and it costs a four figure sum to attend as one of just a thousand delegates. It sold out months ago, & I wouldn’t be going but for an invitation from Levi’s, one of the sponsors of TEDWomen.
Levi’s have recently launched Shape What’s to Come, an online community to foster young female talent in fashion & media, music, art and social change, which makes them perfect sponsors for TEDWomen. They have invited six women to attend: Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Priya Lakhani, Katie Spotz, Chiara Clemente, Amanda Rose and myself:
Ashley Rhodes-Courter: By the age of twelve Ashley had lived in 14 foster placements before being adopted at age 12. Graduating with honors from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, she serves on several child welfare boards and was the Youth Advocate of the Year for the North American Council on Adoptable Children. In 2008, Simon and Schuster published her New York Times Bestseller memoir, “Three Little Words”.
Priya Lakhani: Former libel lawyer Priya Lakhani gave up a promising law career to launch fresh Indian cooking sauces, which use only fresh, authentic ingredients to make a supermarket range which she proudly claims tastes “as good as [her] mother’s”. Lakhani has proved that even start-ups can afford hefty corporate social responsibility strategies – an underprivileged person in India is given a hot meal for every pot of Masala Masala sold.
Katie Spotz: Katie is an American adventurer who became the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She is the first person to swim the entire length of the 325-mile Allegheny River, cycled 3,300 miles across the United States from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and ran 150 miles across the Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert, solo and self-supported.
Chiara Clemente: Chiara Clemente is a film director who explores identity, cultural contrast, and the creative process. Her first critically-acclaimed documentary, Our City Dreams, which followed the lives and work of five contemporary women artists in New York City. Her recent works include Beginnings, an original short film series for the Sundance Channel, the online series Made Here: Performing Artists on Work and Life in New York City and a film with Levi’s for their new initiative Shape What’s to Come.
Amanda Rose: Founder of the Connect the Dots Foundation and the international volunteer effort Twestival. Twestival has been able to build 55 wells with charity: water and recent efforts with Concern Worldwide will give thousands of students the chance at an education.