Women the world over are no longer accepting the status quo. They're rising up, breaking out and pushing boundaries. Whatever their focus and talent — business, technology, art, science, politics — these pioneers and their allies are joining forces in an explosion of discovery and ingenuity to drive real, meaningful change.

TEDWomen & TEDxBrayfordPoolWomen will celebrate how these dynamic and diverse people are showing up to face challenges head on, all while empowering each other to shape the future we all want to see. We're showing up for TEDWomen 2018. Are you?

Join TEDxBrayfordPoolWomen for our very first TEDxWomen event. Carefully curated by  TEDxBrayfordPool speakers Ruchi Aggarwal and Sue Liburd MBE, TEDxBrayfordPoolWomen will feature screenings from the global TEDWomen conference and four live speakers.

Curators & Hosts

Ruchi Aggarwal
Sue Liburd MBE

Ruchi is a Marketing and Strategy professional with over 2 decades of multi-industry, cross cultural experience in UK and India, with a track record of success and innovation. She was Microsoft India’s representative to the Anita Borg Institute which runs the renowned Grace Hopper event for Women in IT. 

She joined TEDxBrayfordPool as a speaker in 2018 and is now part of the curation team responsible for our very first TEDxWomen event.

Sue is an award-winning business leader, human capital innovation consultant and chair of senior executive forums. Creating a fresh climate for change, Sue enables innovative thinking and new solutions to challenging business issues.


She joined TEDxBrayfordPool as a speaker in 2018 and is now part of the curation team responsible for our very first TEDxWomen event.


Prof. Libby John

Professor Libby John is the Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Lincoln. 

Libby's research specialises in plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, root-soil interactions, and biodiversity - a fascination has led her to study lichen in the Rocky Mountains and the snowshoe hare in the Yukon.


She is also the President of the Sir Joseph Banks Society and has recently spoken at the Gravity Fields festival about his work, its impact and legacy.

Dr. Elinor Vettraino

Dr Elinor Vettraino heads the Business and Enterprise area within the School of Humanities at Bishop Grosseteste University. She is the head coach for the BA (Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) degree based on the Finnish Team Academy model, and the programme leader for the BA (Hons) Business degree focusing on a broader context of business in a changing world.


Elinor has a diverse background in leadership and management, training and development and education with a focus on creative industries and the visual and performing arts.

Speaker line-up subject to change

Alexis Powell-Howard
Lorena Hauton

Alexis Powell-Howard is the founder and Managing Director of Fortis Therapy & Training, an award-winning business providing comprehensive, approachable mental health and emotional well-being services to businesses, organisations, schools, local authorities and private individuals. 


Alexis established the business in 2012 with a vision to be the leading provider of therapeutic services across all sectors and is passionate about delivering high quality, effective and accessible well-being services for all ages. 

As a self-taught socially engaged artist bringing up her son who has complex needs, Lorena identified a need for educational, fully inclusive bespoke art experiences in Lincolnshire. As a result, she founded Lorena Jane Art Ltd which incorporates the growing enterprise Take Part in Art.


She works with schools, the home education community, adults with learning disabilities, commercial entities... in fact, almost anything goes where social art is required!


As a business that’s success is measured in making a difference rather than profit margins, Lorena is proud to this year be a Theo Paphitis SBS winner and Lincolnshire media awards One to Watch.


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TEDxBrayfordPoolWomen & TEDxBrayfordPoolSalon are organised entirely by volunteers. Everybody, including speakers, are unpaid. Sponsorship and ticket prices cover the running costs of the event (eg. venue hire).

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