2018: Not Business as usual.

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2018 Speakers.

Bridget Supple
Bridget Supple

What our gut bacteria can teach us about a healthy business.

A huge amount of human health is connected to the health of our trillions of microbes, or our microbiome; just as ‘it’s not business as usual’ for businesses it’s not in our gut microbes either and it is making us ill. In this talk we will find out how we can learn about a healthy business from the lessons of a healthy gut; this talk will challenge you to look at the interrelationships in your business, how healthy is your business gut? How diverse is your staff in age, outlook and background, what are you missing and who is dominating? What does your business ‘gut’ need to be successful?

Fran Boorman
Fran Boorman

The New World of Connection.

Fran is an entrepreneur who has built multi-million pound enterprises, all with a strong social agenda. She is a big advocate and spokesperson of using business to help solve social problems. As well as continuing to grow her own businesses she is also dedicated to supporting other individuals and corporates to make a significant impact. About her talk: We all know the world has changed but Fran is going to demystify what is really happening. Yes, technology has had a part to play but the real difference lies in the way we feel and see the world around us. Understanding Fran’s ‘LOGIC Shift’ model will empower you to engage in the new world that we find ourselves.

Hannah Adjepong
Hannah Adjepong

OLENSO Poems and Memories of an African Village Girl.

Hannah loved to memorise and recite poetry when she was at school. She writes narrative poetry that expresses deep emotions. She has been writing poetry as a hobby until entered one of the poems in a competition nineteen years ago and won an award.

Jackie Handy
Jackie Handy

The exclusive nature of inclusion.

Diversity & Inclusion is a hot topic in business right now. Organisations are investing heavily in ‘unconscious bias’ workshops and ensuring in-company support for their minority staff members. But is this enough? Is this really how to be truly inclusive? This talk aims to highlight that there is so much more we can all do to shape the workforces of the future and how what is happening now could actually serve to perpetuate the problem of discrimination. Through candid and personal insights as well as her extensive professional experience, Jackie shares her thoughts on how to truly make a difference to the workforce of both today and, perhaps more importantly, tomorrow.

Jenny Thomas
Jenny Thomas

Putting Emotion Back in Business.

20 years in the corporate space trained me to ‘take emotion out of business’ and leave my personal life outside the office; taught me how not to be human…with emotion, which I then taught to others. We need to put emotion back in business and cultivate positive emotions like love, kindness & compassion in order for businesses to put their people first. It’s only when people are the priority over profit and are treated as human beings, rather than numbers on a spreadsheet, that businesses can become profitable again.

Julian Madeley
Julian Madeley

How HOPE arrived in the shape of an egg.

This talk is not about inventing something new itself, the innovation in this talk is about taking something that has been around for millennia and using it in a new way to solve a very modern problem. I want to tell the real life stories of three groups of people who have all survived horrific globally known events, who all individually came to the same conclusion to dedicate their lives to supporting children in Africa, through improved nutrition, education and the adoption of technology. Their collective stories have inspired a group of leaders in the global food industry to come together and create a foundation with the aim of using the simplest and humblest of foods, the egg, to support multi -billion dollar medical campaigns.

Lindsey Sharratt
Lindsey Sharratt

Leadership and Identity: Solving the People Problem.

Psychology has traditionally focused on leaders themselves in an attempt to understand what makes for really great leadership. In reality, great leadership comes from the interaction between the leader and the group. Understanding how to develop your leadership identity, position yourself as group leader, and bring out the best in your group members, is where you find your transformational results.

Margaret Shenken
Margaret Shenken

What if I don’t know what my passion is?

Have you ever sat at your desk on a Monday morning and googled “What is the right job for me?”, or wondered why some people seem to be so passionate about what they do? I have. I thought there was something wrong with me for not knowing what my passion was. I will take you through a story of multiple careers and how I finally found passion in my work. My hope is that you will find passion earlier in your career than I did.

Michael Don Smith
Michael Don Smith

From Elevator Pitch to Signature Speech and Beyond.

Crafting your signature speech is about understanding how you can; leverage timeless, universal human archetypes to communicate and anchor the call to action of your presentation, and make that ‘killer pitch’, effortlessly time and time again while keeping it fresh and relevant with every delivery.

Paul McGillivray
Paul McGillivray

Bringing purpose to work for global impact.

Advances in technology are changing everything about how we work, where we work, and why we work. In his inspiring talk, Paul McGillivray shares how the organisations that will survive and thrive in the new age of enterprise, will be those who put Purpose before Profit. He walks us through the story of what happened when he lost sight of meaning in his own life, how his discoveries have changed the way he approaches his own business, and how we can implement these ideas to make a positive impact on the world.

Rhea Freeman
Rhea Freeman

Killing it with creativity and collaboration.

Do you think social media is making business harder and you’re losing your connections with people in real life? I’m here to help you make social media work for you. I’ll be talking about how you can collaborate with people online so everyone wins, and how you can creatively use the platforms available today to stand out from the crowd.

Rod Plummer
Rod Plummer

AI and its brilliant uses.

Rod’s talk will be around Artificial Intelligence and specifically around revolutionising the way we identify images using deep image recognition, as well as the auto-colourisation of black and white images. The talk will outline the fantastic innovations in this area of AI, where it could go with it and how it can be achieved. There will also be a demo of the technology, which we hope will “wow” the participants, stimulating more discussion and innovation around the 2018 buzz phrase, Artificial Intelligence!

Sara Moseley
Sara Moseley

Embrace ‘new ways’ to do business, do what others won’t & reap the benefits.

Sara describes how ‘being in business’ has evolved and how entrepreneurs today have never had it so good. Embracing change & taking action breeds success.  So why aren’t all entrepreneurs doing it? In this talk Sara shares how to make the most of change, ‘get over your-self’ and boost your business using today’s opportunities

Sidra Jafri
Sidra Jafri

How does understanding the consciousness of your business affect your success?

Years of facilitating business professionals has led me to understand the importance of applying a consciousness model to a business. Businesses aren’t just legal entities, bank accounts, policies, etc,; they also have beliefs, values and a consciousness that drives the business forwards based on the consciousness of the people within the business. Its education around the best practices in business consciousness that will open up awareness and enable businesses to survive in today’s difficult economic climate. 

Sunita Passi
Sunita Passi

How might we be healed in the future?

Sunita’s aim has been to use her purpose to build an authentic successful business and mentor her students to develop their own businesses as alternative healthcare practitioners. Today Sunita is considered one of the brightest lights in the wellness industry! Hear her talk about how she created a business to make a real stride towards healing humanity by advocating holistic care for all citizens by developing practitioners for a career in this area and reinvented holistic education for therapists and meditation instructors by creating heartfelt programmes with marketing modules to enable students to build successful practices, helping them connect the material and the spiritual – the brain and consciousness – so that they have the power to know what a dream can actually do.

Teresa Heath-Wareing
Teresa Heath-Wareing

How Social Media is changing the face of Marketing.

Social Media is dubbed on of the worlds fastest moving industries. For markers and businesses alike it has changed the way we market our products, the way we find our customers and the way we speak to them. Discover how businesses can use this innovative tool to their advantage.

Sponsors

The University of Wolverhampton donated valuable time to cut out our TEDxTelford sign letters in wood using their FabLab equipment. They also sponsored us by paying for the venue. We are very grateful to the University for their support.

The University’s four Faculties offer courses in over 70 different subjects and over 4,000 students graduate from Wolverhampton each year.  We invest in our students, staff, alumni and in the local and international community.  We have invested more than £125 million on campus developments and teaching facilities, including £50 million on improving our facilities at Walsall Campus; the innovative Performance Hub; new and refurbished Students’ Unions and further modernisation of our Learning Centres.

The mission of The Tribe Project is to increase social action, improving the quality of life for millions of vulnerable people. Through use of applied technology we will reduce pressure on public services to address the challenges of an ageing population, loneliness and inequality across the UK.

The HR Dept is here to support small and medium sized businesses in the local area deal with HR issues.  The HR Dept is special in many ways. It is delivered to your company:

·        by qualified HR professionals
·        by a dedicated person local to you who gets to know your business – not a call centre
·        in a flexible way that meets the needs of your business
·        using practical and pragmatic approaches, focused on solutions and supporting the progress of your company’s business

We tell you what you can do, not what you can’t.  So, do you like to feel confident that you’re doing all your HR correctly and in the best interests of your business? Get in touch today, and make sure you request your free HR health check!

JM Keynote Speakers specifically provide direct access to a select number of high quality, internationally renowned keynote speakers, all of whom are handpicked global experts specialising in aspects of Change Management and Impact. They are passionate and engaging, providing the perfect keynote for an event.
Run by a team of dedicated professional international conference organisers, at JM Keynote Speakers we know what it takes to impress delegates.
From their office in Shropshire, Remote work with clients around the world creating custom online applications and mobile apps that drive business efficiency, innovation and profitability in purpose-driven teams. Uniquely, they specialise in making sure every experience people have with your business in the digital world is aligned with and communicates your core values and purpose. Their work does all the heavy lifting, freeing teams to spend more time doing what they’re best at so that they can make a greater impact in the world.

White Collar Consultants Limited are a small accountancy firm with big personalities. At WCC we do so much more than tax, by providing a range of services to support SMEs, micro-entities and individuals to achieve their dreams.

So in October 2016, the realisation hit me that I absolutely love doing yoga, and the combination of doing yoga and spending time in the mountains is a match made in heaven, and so started Morris Mountains. I founded the company, with the help of my mum and my husband in October 2016 and we ran our first retreat in April 2017. That’s when I trained to become a yoga teacher, specialising in Hatha yoga. We have grown as a small business offering fully inclusive retreats to all outdoor lovers, and even outdoor novices. It is inclusive of everybody’s needs and abilities, all the food is homemade and is as free of as many allergens as we can think of (its vegan, gluten free, nut free, lactose free) and yet, its good wholesome, healthy, delicious food…..as well as cake of course.
We have created relationships with different accommodation owners which means that we know we are getting amazing spaces for us to stay and to do our yoga, in the most beautiful parts of North Wales, so very lucky in that aspect.
At the moment we offer yoga and walking retreats, which suits a range of experience and abilities as we get an amazing mix of people who join us. What we are aiming to do is start providing slightly different activities to those who have perhaps been to us before, who would like to try something different that they would not necessarily do on their own. So this being said, in 2019 we are aiming to offer things such as bigger mountain accents, scrambling, wild swimming, as well as our walking and exploration weekends, all of which include morning and evening yoga classes.

Team

Sam Warner
Sam Warner

Licencee & Lead Organiser

Sam Warner has enjoyed organising events for decades. She uses her people skills and project management background to bring together groups of people for the betterment of human knowledge and experience.  Putting on TEDxTelford is an extension of this desire to inform and entertain.

Sam runs her own business training others to improve their communication skills and helps adults with Autism, and their family, co-workers and friends by offering an interpreting service.

Sagonia Pannu
Sagonia Pannu

Co-Organiser & Website Designer

As co-organiser, Sagonia has been responsible for maintaining the quality and consistency of the TEDx brand, helping Sam plan the itinerary and costings, and allocate responsibilities. She also created the website alongside the copywriter.

Sagonia is the director of VeroDesign, which was set up to provide an individual branding service for businesses. She uses branding to take businesses to the next level and helps them to reflect their experience and professionalism through her designs.

Claire Mckeown
Claire Mckeown

Co-Organiser & Sponsorship Coordinator

Claire is a professional Mindset and Empowerment Coach, fully qualified Hypnotherapist, NLP expert, and LOA Trainer.

She runs a professional Hypnotherapy practice in Telford where she works across all areas of life whether it be social, personal, work or relationship related she has developed a unique programme using hypnotherapy, NLP, and coaching techniques to help people achieve results quickly and effectively.

Claire has spent most of her professional life working in education and management with many years devoted to training, mentoring, developing people and managing staff. She is a fully qualified trainer, coach, facilitator and mediator. She has also consulted at some of the top educational colleges and training providers across the UK.
Her advanced skills and knowledge in education have enabled her to become a great coach and mentor to her clients and other people in her field of expertise.
Her passion is helping people, many who have had traumatic experiences, to remove unwanted patterns of behaviour, let go of the past, overcome obstacles and move forward.
Her mission is to empower people to believe in themselves and take control to live their best life.

She now works across the globe with clients young and old, from all walks of life, to get them spectacular long term results.
Over the last seven years she has supported hundreds of clients to gain control of their life, whether it’s losing weight, taking control of those panic attacks, passing exams or lifting symptoms of anxiety and depression. Claire recognises that we are all very unique and one approach does not always fit, so she will spend her time building a programme specific to the needs of her client.
Claire also runs workshops and courses within schools and organisations teaching different strategies to manage stress in the workplace, communication skills, motivation and how to manage staff.

She often gets asked to do talks to many different business groups across the West Midlands.
She is fully a registered member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, (GHR) and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and is therefore subject to their very strict code of ethics. She is also a member of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and fully insured. Claire has many years’ experience working in the corporate world, is extremely professional and works to a strict code of professional standards.

Lindsay Andrews-Thorburn
Lindsay Andrews-Thorburn

Co-organiser - Operations

Lindsay joined the Military in 1999 and has spent his entire career to date specialising in Communication System Engineering. He has a firm grounding in RF, Satcom and Wide Area Networks, and has very recently moved into the world of Active Directory. His currently area of expertise is in the development of Multi-National Interoperability between the UK’s operational and tactical military systems and those of several other nations.

Languages
English, Python, and Java.

Areas of Expertise
Networks, RF, Satellite Communications, Knowledge Management, Leadership.

Universities
Bournemouth University
Cranfield University

Talk to me about
Federation of complex communications networks across partner nations to achieve military effects. Cycling.

People don’t know I’m good at
Road cycling, mountain biking, running, horse riding, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, photography, map reading, hill walking, being under pressure, and taking on too many tasks at once!

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Abi Hopkins
Abi Hopkins

Photographer

You will usually find me behind the camera as I love to take photographs of life as it unfolds before me.  I love to take those natural shots of people when they are relaxed and unaware of the camera.  I want to capture life as I see it, almost like capturing a memory in your minds eye.  
I love collaborations with others and celebrating the beauty of diversity by seeking out the very best in people so if you also like to collaborate and skill-swap / share experiences, please feel free to contact me.  
 I’m available for creative photo-shoots, family gatherings and parties, weddings and professional business pictures but would happily discuss other areas.  To date, I have helped friends out with photos of their new products for their websites, captured christenings weddings and end of life blessings, fun fashion shoots and celebrated with sports clubs at their annual awards ceremonies.
http://www.abiphotography.co.uk