December 1st 2018
First Hotel Grand Odense

TEDxOdenseWomen is the first and only live Danish event celebrating ideas worth spreading inspired by the American phenomenon TEDWomen in Palm Springs, California.

TEDxOdenseWomen celebrates women, sharing success stories from Denmark’s innovators, leaders and doers who have made a positive impact on their community and/or in their field of work.

This event brings together 5 live unique speakers from Denmark. Our live speakers will be presented alongside selected speakers from the global TEDWomen, whose video’s will premiere at TEDxOdenseWomen.

Practical info:

Date:1 December 2018
Location:First Hotel Grand
Price:TEDxOdenseWomen ticket (250dkk) together with the
exclusive dinner and drinks (500dkk). Total 750dkk.
Theme:Showing Up - Women around the world are taking matters into their own hands, showing up for each other and themselves to shape the future.
Event language:English
Capacity:120 seats

How to get a ticket: Join our waiting list to receive an official invitation

* Please note that TEDx Talks cover a wide range of topics, and some talks may be unsuitable for those of a sensitive nature. Viewer discretion is advised. This event is gender inclusive, open to all over the age of 18.
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16:30 - 17:00Registration
17:00 - 19:00TEDxOdenseWomen Session 1 - Including live speakers from Denmark and selected speakers from the global TEDWomen, whose video’s will premiere at TEDxOdenseWomen.
19:00 - 20:30Dinner, Drinks and Networking
20:30 - 22:00 TEDxOdenseWomen Session 2 - Including live speakers from Denmark and video stream speakers from Palm Springs, California.

End of TEDxOdenseWomen 2018
22:00 - 23:00 You are welcome to join us afterwards in the First Hotel Grand bar for networking, engaging discussions and inspiring conversations with our speakers and team.
*Drinks are available at your own expense.

What can I expect from TEDxOdenseWomen?

TEDxOdenseWomen is a unique, intimate, invitation-only event, combining live TED talks, TEDWomen video premieres and an exclusive dinner designed for the occasion by Mie Pedersen, head chef at First Hotel Grand. 120 specially selected guests can join the event. Due to the small size of the event and intimate venue, you will be able to have a personal conversation with your favourite speakers and network in the ultra-exclusive environment we are laying out for you.

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If you have received an official invitation and are ready to purchase your ticket for TEDxOdenseWomen (250dkk) together with the exclusive dinner and drinks (500dkk)

If you have not received an invitation yet, and would like to join our waiting list, CLICK HERE. Keep an eye on your inbox for your invitation. Seats are strictly limited to 120 attendees. Because we have limited space we expect a full house, so do not postpone purchasing your ticket.

The event is entirely in English.

It is recommended that you attend for the entire duration, so that you can make the most of this thought-provoking opportunity.

Yes. You are welcome to choose your own seating when you arrive. When you arrive with your friends you have a free choice of seating. You are also able to move seats during the event (in fact, we encourage it!)

Mie Pedersen, chef at First hotel Grand designed an exclusive menu for TEDxOdenseWomen:

If you have a specific allergy, or require vegan, vegetarian or other options please send an e-mail to [email protected] before the 15th of November 2018

No. The dinner is part of the overall experience.

The ticket price is 250dkk for TEDxOdenseWomen and 500dkk for dinner. We do not offer discounts for this event.

Yes you can! Please contact us beforehand by sending an e-mail to [email protected] before the 15th of November 2018 and we'll make sure to have a volunteer introduce you to the assistive technology available at the hotel, as well as guide you to your seat, and assist you with anything you may need.

Yes, the event is is gender inclusive, open to all over the age of 18. The event is focused around a celebration of womens ideas and achievements. Material, political and intellectual gender equality is important to both women and men.

Yes, but there is still progress to be made.

We are very fortunate that we can create a platform to shine a spotlight on women. On our main stage we strive for equal female representation. However, globally, there are places where women are not equally represented. There are places where women cannot speak openly, where women cannot get the education they need, where women cannot find the role models they can relate to.

“I am a woman, I need this for me. I need more female examples.” - Steffie Limère - Head organiser - on why it’s important to her to organise a TEDxOdenseWomen.

What do you think? We welcome healthy and positive discussion so reach out to us at [email protected]

“It’s an irresistible question, isn’t it? But embedded in that question is a dangerous assumption: People tend to assume that the balance between the sexes is a zero-sum game, that when women win, men lose. But it’s simply not true. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: When women win, we all win. This is one of the key reasons that women are such effective change agents.” - Pat Mitchell - advocate for women's leadership.

Would you like to comment? We would love to hear from you at [email protected]

The purpose of the TEDxOdenseWomen conference is to bring women together to address women’s own, self-determined needs.

On our main event we try to strive for equal female representation. Behind the scenes, the TEDxOdense team is created by 36% male and 64% female members (2018 figures). The women in our team came together and saw the need for TEDxOdenseWomen. It creates a platform to celebrate women and puts a spotlight on examples of awesome women and their initiatives. TEDxOdenseWomen is organised backstage by a 100% female team.

Would you like to comment? We would love to hear from you at [email protected]


Being a part of TEDxOdenseWomen is obvious for us it is an opportunity for sharing successes from women innovators and leaders. We hope to inspire and create a belief among talents to be able to take gender diversity to the next level. Together, we can generate strong and competent female leaders.

Mette Holy Jørgensen, Partner at PwC

Since 1897 First Hotel Grand have held the position as Odenses premier hotel and conference venue. During the years passionate people have shared their ideas, ambitions and results in our restaurant, bar and conference facilities. We are therefore proud to take part in the facilitation TEDxOdense as natural extension of our company DNA.

Tina Jørgensen, Conference and event assistant

Inkind support:


Steffie Limère

Head organizer and co license holder

Steffie is the head organizer and co-license holder for TEDxOdense. She started as a TEDx organizer in 2014, where she ran a university TEDx event: TEDxEAL. After 2 great TEDxEAL editions she and Adam decided to take it to a city level, and so TEDxOdense was born. Now, she saw the need for a TEDxOdenseWomen event, creating the first TEDxWomen event in Denmark. Besides TEDx, Steffie runs her own event company, Unfolding Events, where she works as a freelance event manager and works on events such as Thinkers50, Schunk Expert days and her own event concepts such as Factory of Imagination. “Why TEDxOdenseWomen and not TEDxOdenseMen a lot of people ask me. When women win, we all win. By shining an extra spotlight on women’s achievements, I hope we can inspire more women to turn into role models. This event is important for me as I am a woman myself and I need this for me. I need more female examples.”


Monika Kosman

Head of Marketing

Monika has been involved in TEDxOdense since its very beginning, where she volunteered her time to help with event management and marketing. That’s when she discovered her passion for social media and her flair for event management. She loves to travel and juggle many projects at the same time, currently combining starting up her own marketing company, freelancing in event management, and leading the Marketing Team of TEDxOdense. “I have decided to join TEDxOdenseWomen, because I resonated with the idea of celebrating women’s achievements, as opposed to focusing on the negativity that often derives from women’s struggles. I see TEDxOdenseWomen as a conversation starter and a platform for showing fantastic examples of how we can move beyond the focus on gender. My personal goal is to be able to simply put a spotlight on people doing great things to celebrate women and their achievements, that made a positive impact on their community or field of work.“


Anna Robaczewska-Arendt

Social media

Anna is a communication professional with over 5 years of experience in PR, social media and brand management. She has been involved in TEDxOdense since 2017. Currently, Anna is a Head of Communications in a startup designing learning experiences for companies looking for digital transformation. She is passionate about connecting people and building communities. She loves travelling, vegan cooking and indie movies. She is responsible for TEDxOdenseWomen social media and PR activities. “I was always disturbed by the observation that at some point girls stop believing that they can become astronauts, presidents or CEOs. That’s simply not right. In my opinion, the only way to change that is to show girls and women great role models and simply celebrate women’s achievements. I believe that when women show up for each other and support each other, great things happen. I was very happy to find like-minded people among TEDxOdenseWomen team and I’m very excited to bring this special event to live.”


Kimberly Bent

Speaker Management

Kimberly is a master’s graduate of International Security and Law. Known to her family as “The Peacemaker”, she is committed to making a difference in people’s lives through her passion for justice, human rights, and the law. Driven by curiosity and a passion for learning, she loves to share ideas and innovative solutions about how we all can contribute to making the world a better place for everyone. “I have been in love with TED Talks since 2006. In 2011, I saw Dr. Brene Brown’s TED talk about the Power of Vulnerability. Her talk got me to think, and it inspired me to be a better and stronger version of myself. When I saw an opportunity to volunteer for TEDxOdenseWomen, I couldn’t resist wanting to be a part of what inspires people, changes them, and keeps them moving forward. TEDxOdenseWomen is the first of its kind, and I am excited to be part of a platform that supports brilliant women bringing their ideas to life.”


Ofelia Sapir Edery

Speaker Management

Curiosity, imagination and how people learn, are among the factors that captivate Ofelia immensely at the moment. She has experience with exploring these concepts through anthropological fieldwork both in Denmark and internationally. Other than being extremely interested in understanding other people’s worldviews, she is very passionate about watching and playing basketball, and enjoying peaceful and breathtaking moments when hiking in nature. ““One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” ― Beauvoir. To me, It’s so important to acknowledge and respect the cultural norms and values applied to the gender-related discussions, from various perspectives. From that standpoint we can explore the process of ‘becoming’ and move beyond the narratives already told and start debating and deciding, what future narratives we want to tell. Needless to say, TEDxOdenseWomen is the perfect physical and mental platform for this discussion to take place.”


Ioana Lazarescu

Speaker Management

Ioana is a communication professional with an cross-sector approach to the industry: she has 9 years of experience coaching top level managers to be better communicators in the English language, and 4 years of experience as marketeer & PR, advising companies on their communication strategies. She believes business is one of the most fascinating forms of creativity and loves helping these creators find their words. Since moving to Denmark she has become a part of Still Words - a small company providing visual identity services - from photography to consultancy. “I have often wished I could be a boy for one day, out of pure curiosity, yet always knowing I would still want to be a girl again the next day. I joined TEDxOdenseWomen because I dream that I will live to see the day when such an idea is not only doable, but also unexceptional - the day when being a boy or a girl is unimportant and uninteresting, to everybody else except perhaps oneself.”


Adina Rizga

Art director

Currently working as a freelance graphic designer, Adina is also a “yes” person who always likes to jump into new adventures. She is passionate about media, technology and especially amazing design - in digital, print and everyday things. Her life ideology is all about that one must never stop learning new things in order to live life to its fullest. “I joined TEDxOdenseWomen team because I already have been involved with TEDxOdense events since its very beginnings. This was a great opportunity to continue working on another, wonderful event with the smart and amazing people from earlier collaborations and meet new, interesting personalities. It is definitely a gain for me personally and professionally.”


Aneta Anna Duda

Graphic Design

Aneta has been involved in TEDxOdense for two years, where she joined as a volunteer to help with graphic design and marketing for the event. Aneta is creative and passionate graphic designer, who strives to deliver the inspiring and simple solutions. She believes that the minimalism and clarity is a key to a great design. Although her passion is graphic design, Aneta has a Bachelor degree in Marketing Management as well as Innovation & Entrepreneurship. “Few years ago, my mom came up to me and said that she will speak at the TEDxWSB conference in Poland. They loved her school concept she created and I was proud of her. She is my role model. I saw the opportunity to be a volunteer at TEDxOdenseWomen. I decided that it would be an amazing way to inspire people by celebrating women’s achievements, that influenced their work field. I believe that we can encourage more women by bringing some role models on the TEDxOdenseWomen stage.”


Adam Montandon

Speaker Coach and co licence holder

Inventor, author, innovator, and educator, Adam Montandon loves to share his knowledge and energy. He uses playfulness and interactivity to help you unlock your full creative potential. He has given inspiring keynotes at many universities and events around the world. Highlights include the prestigious Royal Institute of Science in London, Berkeley University in California, Transmedial in Berlin, MipTV in Cannes, TEDxLinz in Austria, and many more. His work appears in magazines, newspapers and TV programs around the world. He has featured in award-winning documentaries for Discovery Channel and Research TV. “I wanted to bring the TEDx concept to the city of Odense, and it is my absolute pleasure to work with so many talented people from around the world to bring this very special event to the city.”


Alina Strihhartsuk

Stage Design

Alina loves beautiful things and she thinks that craftsmanship is a main principle of a great design. Alina finished BA in Multimedia Design and Digital Concept development, but quickly realized that her heart (and hands) belong to design of everyday objects. Therefore, now she is studying MSc in IT Product Design, where she does everything from sewing to soldering. She follows the idea of Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking. “I believe that TedxOdenseWomen is the place where we can embrace our talents and be proud of our achievements. It is the place where speakers and guests can inspire each other and remind themself that what we do - matters. In fact it matters to me a lot that I can bring my passion for design into the event and spread the creative vibes.”



Emilie Møllenbach

Product Design Lead at MobilePay

The small overlap between what we want to create in the world, and what is within our power to create, is the space that designers look for. MobilePay’s product design lead Emilie Møllenbach spends her time understanding how humans interact with digital systems to make simple solutions for complicated problems. She noticed how small changes can have a big impact. A swipe, a click, a keypress, might seem insignificant to most. But to an interaction designer like Møllenbach, great meaning can be found in the smallest of things. What if you could use those same observations to help design a better interface to yourself? “The war for gender empowerment is a war inside of me - And it is not really a gender issue, but an issue of being human” Møllenbach has decades of experience as a digital design academic, educator, and practitioner, and has a personal passion for behavioural, developmental psychology and spiritual self-development. “It’s not about being a woman, it is about being human”


Beatriz Hernandez de Fuhr

Mentor Network's Coordinator at Kvinfo

How do we make meaningful connections between two women? Meet Beatriz Hernandez de Fuhr, who has spent the past years connecting over 8000 women together, with an idea that is so simple, and so successful, it has been replicated in 30 countries around the world. KVINFO, the Danish Center for Information of Gender Equality and Diversity, features a Mentor Network designed by anthropologists Gunhild Riske in 2002. It started as a pilot project to enhance integration of immigrant and refugee women into Danish society. By focusing on strengthening women’s active participation in society, KVINFO's Mentor Network helps women achieve goals such as entering the Danish job market and integrating into society. “The most amazing thing about the mentor network is that everybody can contribute, mentors, mentees and also us learn a lot from the process” Beatriz says. “This isn’t just another program, this is a life experience. I help bring real change into the lives of women.”

Lesley Ann Brown

Author and poet

Trinidadian-American writer and activist, Lesley-Ann Brown, explores motherhood, migration, identity, nationhood and how it relates to land, imprisonment, and genocide for Black and Indigenous peoples. Having moved to Copenhagen, Denmark from Brooklyn over 18 years ago, Brown attempts to contextualise her and her son’s existence in a post-colonial and supposedly post-racial world. Through deeply personal, poetic letters to her son, Brown writes the past into the present – creating a challenging, engaging, beautiful and dramatic talk that starts with the seemingly simple question: What country are you from? “As a woman, my country is the whole world” What treasures lie beneath the surface of our understanding of our mothers, that shape who we are today? What powerful stories guide our existence and understanding of the past? We all have a responsibility to tell our story. Through our exploration and acceptance of other perspectives, can we begin to pave the way towards liberation in hopes of understanding who we truly are? *This talk contains strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.


Jenifer Clausell-Tormos

Founder & CEO at Develop Diverse

What if we could check our writing for gender bias using the same tools we use to check for spelling errors? Meet Jenifer Clausell-Tormos, a research scientist with a PhD in Biochemistry and Technology Development, and her software GScan - A spell-checker for gender. If you could remove gender bias from text as easily as you can remove spelling mistakes, how would it change the world? Clausell-Tormos has the idea that technology can help achieve faster gender balance and diversity particularly in businesses. By running her gender scanner over job ads, it can make job descriptions equally attractive to both talented women and men by neutralizing the gender of their content. Gender neutral job ads can lead to a more balanced workforce. “By making every man and woman aware of their own unconscious biases we can change how gender is represented in the workplace”​

Mie Pedersen

Mie Pedersen wants to give you a taste of her most creative ideas. 33 year old Pedersen has over 15 years experience in the restaurant industry, and tonight she will share more than just a passion for food. She will serve up the secret stories behind her culinary creations. Giving you more than just a taste of an idea. Designed especially for the exclusive TEDxOdenseWomen dinner, Pedersen’s 12-course menu walks us through the flavours of her stories. From the sweet to the sour, her zest for expression, the essence of childhood, the aromas of a memory, and the seasoning of life. Pedersen puts her best ideas directly on your plate. “I’m passionate about being creative in the kitchen. But I’m also determined, and reach out for my goals. I’m always up for challenges and like to experiment until I get the results I dream of.” Drawing her inspiration from traditional Danish dishes, French cuisine and her own family birthday meals and Christmas lunches, Pedersen reinvents the whole idea of “festive”. She puts an unexpected spin on taste marriages, textures and colours. Get to savour the flavours of Pedersen’s creations as she tells the story of how her exquisite dishes came into existence.

Mary Margaret Sønderlund


“Every day has the potential to expand your perspective.” Your host for TEDxOdenseWomen is the incomparable Meg Larrabee Sønderlund. American born and bred, across California, New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky and North Carolina, Sønderlund made the quantum leap across the pond to Denmark in 1970. Here, she puddle-jumped from art studies, marriage, children, and degrees in English and business from SDU. Sønderlund says she has “worked forever” teaching and coaching English, creating her own one-woman translation bureau, and more recently teaching at TietgenSkolen, then Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt and now University College Lillebælt. As a mentor to hundreds of students in global communication, innovation and entrepreneurship, Sønderlund’s generous spirit, effervescent personality and kind heart make her the perfect host to guide us through the first ever TEDxOdenseWomen. “I’m honoured, thrilled and a little terrified.”


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