This year’s TEDX Stormont event is taking a slightly different angle from previous years.

2015’s event is centred on women speakers and is an off-shoot of the huge TEDWomen 2015 event curated by TED and Pat Mitchell focussing on women and women’s issues.

Taking place in Stormont Castle on May 29 from 2-7pm TEDX Stomont Women will have a variety of live speakers and videos streams from TEDWomen in Monterey, California.

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This year’s line-up:

1. MUSIC by DJ Venus

DJ Venus also know as Venus Rollergirl is one of Belfast’s best-know female DJs. She has been DJing for 10 years and plays at alternative weddings, festivals and events.
She has carved her own niche with a unique blend of 1920s -1950s Swing-Jazz, World and electronic music. A resident DJ for Love Music Hate Racism, venus plays great background music or can get anyone up on the dancefloor.


2. Cheylene Murphy

Cheylene Murphy with her band Wonder Villains has toured worldwide. Their debut album ‘Rocky’ receiving national radio play. She is a published songwriter with Polar Patrol Publishing and was a music supervisor for the film A Christmas Star.
Cheylene is part of the Global Shapers network and a founding member of the creative women’s collective Go Girl.

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3. Katie Richardson

Katie Richardson is a musician, composer, musical director, actress and facilitator. Katie has performed with many bands: her own, Katie and the Carnival and now Goldie Fawn havingshared a stage with Van Morrison, Foy Vance, Duke Special and the likes.
She writes music for theatre, film and arts projects throughout Ireland. Katie is passionate about inclusion she started a new project ‘to be beautiful’ which will give a creative response to the issue of body image.


4. Cheryl Reid Meban

Cheryl Reid Meban was born an outsider in Belfast, read Law at QUB, worked with students in France, and is a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. She serves as Chaplain to Ulster University in Belfast and Jordanstown.

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5. Emma Pengelly

Emma Pengelly is Special Adviser to the First Minister of Northern Ireland. She worked as a Barrister before becoming a Special Adviser in 2007.
Her key interests are in impact based policy, project design and innovation particularly in the sphere of social policy. Her work consists mainly of policy design, delivery and negotiation.


6. Orlaith Hendron

Orlaith Hendron is a political and social activist, a poet, a wanderer and a strong advocate for women. She has been fighting for LGBTQ and women’s rights for the past decade both locally and internationally.
When she’s not giving speeches at rallies she’s chaining herself to railings and shouting at the top of her lungs in one-woman-protest.


7. Dr Elizabeth Welty

Dr Elizabeth Welty BS, MA, PhD has been working in peace & conflict studies, capacity building, education, yoga and mindfulness for the past 18 years. She has opened two yoga studios in Belfast founded on an ethos of welcome, inclusivity and transformation.
Elizabeth lectures at Queen’s University on Local and Global Citizenship, teaches yoga and delivers capacity building programmes to students from around the world.

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8. Cathy Martin

Cathy runs CMPR, a PR agency which focuses on consumer and lifestyle PR as well as events and, more recently, Talent management. Her on-the-pulse attitude and creativity helped launch many brands into Ireland.
Cathy is perhaps best known for Belfast’s FASHIONWEEK – a multi-award-winning event. She is an ambassador for learning disability charity Mencap and former Chair of the Publicity Association of Northern Ireland 2013/2014.


9. Heather McCormick

Heather McCormick works in sales and marketing for Accenture. She is a board member of the Washington Ireland Program for service and leadership, and Dress for Success London, a women’s employment charity.
She is an active member and trustee of St Dionis Church, Parsons Green. She cares deeply about justice, equality, leadership development and empowering women.


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