10-year-old eco-blogger Hannah Alper will speak at TEDxWomen Conference in Toronto – Dec 5th 2013

One hundred of Toronto’s TEDxWomen enthusiasts will come together on Thursday, December 5th for a day of networking and dialogue around the theme. For the first time in Toronto, more than 150 TEDxWomen events are organized around the world.

TEDxDistilleryDistrictWomen, an independently organized TEDx event, will take place at the Arta Gallery, in the Distillery District and will feature an incredible line-up of women speakers on inspiring topics from innovations in health and technology, to politics, psychology and the arts:

• Hannah Alper : Hannah Alper has been called many things: “The future of social media”, “Eco-Warrior”, “Changemaker” and “Activist”. At 10 years old, she is all of these things. And now, she can add Free The Children’s “We Day” speaker to the list.
Her topic will be “How to find your spark”. Hannah has become an engaged global citizen seeking to further her own understanding of her connection to and responsibility to the world. Believing that even the little things that we do add up to make a difference, her journey and discovery meet her call to action through her blog.

• Sylvia L. Asa, MD, PhD, Pathologist-in-Chief: Sylvia L. Asa, MD, PhD is the Pathologist-in-Chief and Medical Director of the Laboratory Medicine Program at the University Health Network and Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.
Her topic will be “How can we harness innovation to transform medical diagnostics?”. Public healthcare is truly Canadian and we have a tradition of offering equal access. However, the reality of most of medicine is that patients access what is available near their home or workplace. This creates an uneven experience for those in remote areas of the country versus those in large urban areas with access to specialists.

• Ilene Sova, Artist: A budding child artist, by age three, Sova was obsessively drawing women’s faces in sketch-books faster than her mother could buy them. Sova is an artist-activist who creates unique portraits of women that aim to create pubic discussion around social justice based feminist themes.
Her topic will be “The Missing Women Project”. By creating this unique exhibition, the aim is to evoke thoughts in the viewer about violence against women in our local environment; one that will encourage further consideration and discussion about what conditions create an environment where women are at risk of violence in our streets, homes and romantic relationships.

• Mary Hayes, CEO of Workbay.net: Mary Hayes is an educator and educational media and systems developer with more than thirty years of experience in publishing, teaching, and development of multimedia educational and instructional content for industry and government.
Her topic will be “Innovation for Remote First Nations Maternal & Infant Care”. Maternal support workers are an important addition to the medical system. By helping to bridge communication and care between healthcare workers and patients, these positions provide support to mothers in remote communities through their transition into motherhood. The goal of providing training for such positions is to equip students with an understanding of the emotional and physical needs of a mother during pregnancy, labour, and early childhood.

• Melissa Ramos, Nutritionist & Acupuncturist at Sexy Food Therapy Inc.: As a Nutritionist and Acupuncturist, Ramos’ high-heeled approach to health helps people feel sexy from the inside out and focuses on digestive imbalances, mental health and hormone-related issues.
Her topic will be “The answer to your health is in your poop”. While some people feel that speaking about their bowel movements is taboo, most are silently curious about it. And rightfully so when you consider that much about our health can be determined by what’s in our toilet bowl. In fact more evidence is surfacing linking digestion with cases of anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances and even weight gain.

• Jennifer Moss, CoFounder of Plasticity: Jennifer Moss is the Co-Founder of Plasticity; enterprise software for culture performance. Rooted in neuroscience and positive psychology, Plasticity works with organizations to improve psychological performance and increase employee happiness through the use of integrated human resources technology.
Her topic will be “The Epidemic of Smiles and the Science of Gratitude”. Jennifer will speak about her experience being a mother of a two-year old and pregnant with her second child when she almost lost her husband from a rare neuromuscular disease. Jennifer will describe how she and her husband Jim dealt with such a major shift in their lives by studying psychological science and the power of positive thinking.

• Jennifer Hollett, Journalist, Digital Strategist, Community Organizer: Jennifer Hollett is an award winning broadcast journalist (CBC, CTV, MuchMusic) and a leader in Canada’s rising generation of new community organizers and activists.
Her topic will be “How to hate politics”. With women only making up 25% of the House of Commons, and witnessing the second-lowest voter turnout in history in the last federal election (54%), it’s time to address what’s wrong. Why don’t we have a diverse range of voices in politics and why do so many people feel their vote isn’t worth casting.

This independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, was organized by volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences. The event is sponsored, to date, by Hacker You, GitHub, OANDA, Noise Digital, Playground, Pam Lau Photography, Glenwood Consulting, Scene and Heard, Raise Your Voice, Ki Sushi, DigitalFelix.net, Flaunt Boutique, Makeup by Sigi and AWAKE Chocolate.

The conference will start at 12.30 PM and will include a Livestream from TEDWomen in San Francisco. Attendees will have the opportunity share ideas and to meet with the speakers during a post-event reception.

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 almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.