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Tuesday 12 October 2021

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Welcome to TEDxSouthampton 2021

Join us on Tuesday 12 October 2021 for TEDxSouthampton. This all-day event will feature creative, thought-provoking inspiration around our theme of Human to Human Connection in all its forms and includes a focus on Innovation, Connectedness and Personal Potential.

How can we embrace our personal capital and be more vulnerable, showcasing our human side? How can we challenge ourselves, overcome adversity and champion our own growth and potential? How can we recognise and tap into the greatness that comes from being human?

TEDxSouthampton 2021 will feature twelve hand-picked speakers and performers who seek to inspire and create discussion around all elements of our theme. Ticket holders will receive complimentary refreshments over the course of the day, benefit from breakouts for discussion and celebrate the success of the event at our informal after party.

Event Sponsors

Headline Sponsor

Aura Technology provides proactive managed IT services for businesses that need stability, strong networks, and limited interruptions. They pride themselves on their strategic approach, which is why their customers believe that they stand out from the rest of the market.

They are passionate about what they do and believe their services truly help businesses succeed by providing IT solutions that meet their needs. A BIG thank you to Aura Technology for their generosity.

Mayflower Theatre is the biggest theatre on the South Coast with just over 2,270 seats in their auditorium. Their aim is to bring a diverse range of shows to Southampton, and present a mixture of spectacular touring productions, from musicals – many direct from the West End – to dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy. We were overwhelmed to have had Mayflower as our audition host, and as a continual event supporter.

Harbour Hotel Southampton is Southampton’s only 5-star hotel, offering 119 luxury rooms including 10 suites, an award-winning restaurant, a luxury spa with a state-of-the-art gym, a destination rooftop bar, and stunning contemporary interiors throughout. We are thrilled to have Harbour Hotel as our TEDxSouthampton event host.

BDB Pitmans is a law firm that cares about doing things right and well so individuals, businesses, charities and the public sector do well too.

At BDB Pitmans, BUILDING BETTER is about helping shape what’s important to people and society. Working constructively with their colleagues and clients and by explaining things clearly in a friendly and approachable way. They are proud of the way they do business and believe it’s the way all business should be done. A huge thank you to BDP Pitman for their generosity.


TEDx Southampton Co-Curator’s Statement

Southampton is a great city and deserves to be showcased on an international stage. TEDxSouthampton 2021 will offer thought leaders, communities and individuals an opportunity to make their mark, give back and foster a positive outcome for themselves, the attendees and the wider audience. We are committed to putting on a great event, with many exciting plans unfolding to make this a unique and experiential event for all involved.

Our speakers have not been chosen from an elite few. After announcing the event we have been thrilled to receive over 100 applications. We could not have sought out all these speakers ourselves, and want to thank them for coming forward and challenging themselves in the cause of inspiring others. Our final speakers have been put through their paces and each has a totally unique, innovative and human-centred point of view which will leave attendees inspired and motivated.

– Lee Peck & Annelies James-Ryan


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TEDx Southampton 2021 Speakers

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Michelle Enjoli Beato

Michelle Enjoli Beato

The Most Important Connection To Make For Success

Michelle was unexpectedly prompted to have a brutally honest conversation that revealed the scary and uncomfortable truths about her seemingly successful life. In this personal and insightful talk, Michelle reveals the most important tool necessary for success and how it can help you sustain it.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Removing life's BS filters!

Imagine a world where we acted without filters, behaved the same online and offline, and stopped worrying about what others think. Chris takes you on his journey from Police Officer to Executive to happiness via a railway bridge with a unique style of humour, honesty and rawness.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Benjamin Western

Benjamin Western

Let's Build A National Community Service

In 1948 Britain’s health was in crisis and the UK government responded by building the most radical social reform ever conceived in the United Kingdom: The National Health Service (NHS). In 2021, the UK is facing a new health crisis. We need a solution that’s as radical today as the NHS was then. Benjamin Western believes this solution is to create a National Community Service. Benjamin’s work is centred on encouraging people and organisations to use their greatest gifts to build a kinder world. Inspired by his Grandad Harry Hanks boundless commitment to support marginalised groups, Benjamin’s hope is to follow in his footsteps to include the excluded and return hate with love.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Lou Banks

Lou Banks

Curiosity Cured The Fakeaholic

We are both hard wired to avoid judgement and hard wired to judge. So much ‘noise’ and many stories out there about emotions being good or bad – means that many people are avoiding feeling what they need to feel and becoming what I call a ‘Functioning Fakeaholic’ to avoid the judgement associated with these ‘bad’ emotions. Suppressing emotion never ends well, so changing our language (both self-talk and how we talk to others) means that we don’t bring even more judgement into our lives that gets in the way of so much and causes so much pain.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Adele Deasy

Adele Deasy

Don't Dilute Yourself

Shake off the ankle grabbers, take opportunities and box your doubts. In this talk, Adele challenges you to value your strengths and be your own concentrated possibility. Adele explains how you should rise because you are great and that there is no need to dilute yourself for others, in this candid talk. Adele’s world of work has, for the most part, been immersed in education; firstly, a science teacher through to secondary Headteacher. Now she finds herself as the director of her own business.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Russell Streeter

Russell Streeter

How To Save A Life

When Russell’s daughter was diagnosed with Leukaemia at a young age, the gruelling treatment tested their bonds as a family and changed their outlook on life forever. His talk is a powerful and emotional story about caring for a seriously ill child, of the challenges they faced and the lessons they learned. He discusses how parental input into medical situations can improve outcomes and save lives. And he shares the one important message that he wants all parents and families around the world to heed.

Russell Streeter is a husband and father whose outlook on healthcare has been dramatically shaped by his family’s experience of childhood cancer.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Laura Payne-Stanley

Laura Payne-Stanley

What The Art Of Seduction Can Teach Us About Customer Experience

Seduction was once treated in high regard with divine associations throughout human history.  Laura Payne-Stanley explores how seduction can be used as a powerful tool in marketing to increase return on investment and heighten customer experiences for all size businesses.  Working with the tonality of intrigue along with desire-based marketing techniques, Laura cheekily explains how to activate human idiosyncrasies to satisfy a customer’s needs.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Paul Kinkaid

Paul Kinkaid

Forensic Leadership - The Traces We Leave Behind

Just as the criminal leaves a trace on the crime scene, leaders leave traces on those around them. However, unlike the criminal, the leader has a choice about the traces they leave. What traces do you leave behind? A veteran Army Commando and Lieutenant Colonel Paul has led elite teams on 5 of the world’s 7 continents, and in some of the most challenging environments imaginable. He has led under fire, coached UK Ambassadors overseas and even broken his back in a training accident. In 2017 he set up Selfless Leadership Group to create leaders that other people turn to and reduce the number of good people that leave bad bosses.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Will James

Will James

What We Need To Unlearn To Unlock Belonging

Will James believes we need to dare to notice the hierarchies built on yesterday’s values before everyone can feel they belong in the social, physical, and psychological structures we’ve created. In this short emotive talk, Will presents what we can all do to unlock the potential of diverse communities where everyone belongs.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Matt Desmier

Matt Desmier

Is The Future Really All That Different?

Most people’s vision of the future is based on what they’ve seen portrayed in popular culture and on the big screen. This shapes how we see technology and how it’ll change the world around us. But what if we reframed the question and thought about what might stay the same? What kind of future would we see and would it really be that different? Matt Desmier shares his views on the future and how it might not be so different from today.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Dee Caffari

Dee Caffari MBE

The Power Of What Is Not Said

When you are wrapped up to protect from Mother Nature in the most remote place on earth and communication is vital for survival. How do you make yourself understood? So much can be said without words. Dee Caffari MBE is the only woman to have sailed solo, non-stop, around the world in both directions and has now sailed around the world a total of six times. Originally a secondary school physical education teacher, Dee made the decision to change careers in 2000 as the desire for adventure, travel and experiencing new environments took hold. Dee’s sailing career saw her become one of the most successful and recognised British offshore sailors.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Geoffrey Tumlin

Geoffrey Tumlin

How Negative Feedback Changed my Life

Negative feedback is often presented as criticism, which people hate, or remains unspoken for fear of awkward moments. This is a shame, says Geoffrey Tumlin, because proper negative feedback is often game-changing, and is occasionally life-changing. What if words could change a life? Geoffrey points the way.

TEDxSouthampton Speaker Johanna Hooper

Johanna Hooper

Building YOUR Resilience

What can a sinking ship tell you about your resilience? It can tell you a darn sight more than Google and its 49 million hits! Listen to Johanna Hooper share her insights into how you can build YOUR resilience. A former Naval Officer, Johanna has had many experiences that tested her own leadership effectiveness as a result of stress and confidence. To be really effective as leaders, we need to get beneath the surface of why we behave the way we do. Only then can we make lasting and meaningful change.

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The TEDxSouthampton Team

The Theme:

Human To Human

Our theme of Human To Human connection is the bedrock of the TEDxSouthampton 2021 event. We put out an open call to find the best, most inspiring speakers possible. We were incredibly lucky to receive almost 100 applications from incredible local talent as well as international thought-leaders who want to invest in this opportunity to share ideas with the world.

The Sponsors

The organisers of TEDxSouthampton have announced the main sponsors as momentum builds for the famous TEDTalks coming to the south coast.

With the theme of Human to Human Connection – embracing innovation, being connected and personal potential – the all-day live event will feature 12 outstanding speakers. It will be held at the Southampton Harbour Hotel on Tuesday October 12 and tickets, which will be limited to around 100, will be released soon.

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The Venue

TEDxSouthampton 2021 will be held in the stunning BOW event room at the Harbour Hotel Southampton.

Since its opening in 2017, it remains the only 5 Star venue in the city and has become synonymous with Southampton’s business and economic success.

The Harbour Hotel Southampton also offers 119 luxury rooms including 10 suites, an award-winning restaurant, a luxury spa with a state-of-the-art gym, a destination rooftop bar, and stunning contemporary interiors throughout – ideal for any guests travelling to experience this year’s TEDxSouthampton event.

Event Hosts

Michael Kurn presenter TEDx Southampton

Michael Kurn


Southampton born a bred TV presenter and broadcaster Michael Kurn has so far had a career that has taken him across the globe. From major sporting events including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and FIH Hockey World Cup, to working with national and international broadcasters including the Star Sports (India), Super Sport (Africa), Mola TV (Indonesia), BBC and Talk Sport.

Locally you may have seen Michael working for Southampton Football Club and Hampshire Cricket on a match day or at one of the numerous local events he is involved with.

Michael is also an author with his laster book “Life Of A Saint” released in March 2020 and is also the founder of Desire Dream Vision.

Aryana Neo TEDx Southampton Presenter

Aryana Neo


Aryana Neo is a Presenter and Business Engagement Manager, working for BBC Radio Solent, Unity 101 FM and GO! Southampton – the cities business improvement district.

She is an advocate for female empowerment and is passionate about giving diverse communities a voice to be heard. With a background in law and finance, working closely with the cities senior leaders, Aryana helps businesses and encourages positive change.

A fun fact about Aryana; she is an experienced pageant queen, winning UK titles which have taken her around the world.

Booking Your Ticket

Tickets will be available from 10am Monday 30th August. Please visit Eventbrite to book your place. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Us

Got a question for the TEDxSouthampton 2021 Team? Get in touch by emailing team@tedxsoton.com or by using the contact form below.