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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTralee, where x = independently organised TED event. At our TEDxTralee event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.


EDEL LAWLOR – Release the Child Within
Ms Edel Lawlor is the founder and director of Expressive Play. This is a hugely successful Child, Adolescent, and Training & Therapy Centre in Ireland.

Ms Lawlor is a Social Entrepreneur and won best innovation in Business in 2018 from The Kerry man Business Awards of 2018. Edel has also received an All-Star business award in Croke Park. Ms Lawlor has published work, been interviewed on Television and on the radio.

Edel has a passion for the sea and family is the key to all success. Edel also is the founder of the Kilflynn Fairy festival.

GRETT O’CONNOR BUCKLEY – The Lens is Your Friend
Grett is a television producer, presenter, and communications coach. A TV and radio journalist with TG4 and RTE for twenty years, she also worked as a print journalist at The Kerryman (remember her column in Irish ‘My Cúpla Focal’?) and as a press officer in Leinster House.

Producer of four television documentaries for TG4, she has worked on several video projects since setting up her own business ‘My Media’ in 2019. Her most recent documentary is about general practice in Ireland and the impact of Covid 19 on our healthcare system. It’s called ‘Vital Signs’ and it’s due to be broadcast on Virgin Media 1 in June 2021. She and her husband Ger have five children and live on their dairy farm near Macroom, County Cork.

JEFF COLLEY – Tread Lightly on the Earth with Sustainable Building
Jeff Colley is the publisher and editor of Passive House Plus, an award-winning sustainable building magazine. Jeff is an advocate for evidence-based approaches to sustainable building, who believes that buildings should protect, delight and enrich their occupants, while treading lightly on the earth. A former chair of the Green Party policy committee on buildings, Jeff’s notable successes include driving the introduction of 60% energy and CO2 reductions and mandatory renewable energy systems for new Irish homes under building regulations. He is a previous winner of the Green Leader award, with Passive House Plus also winning the Business Magazine of the Year award under his stewardship.

JENNIFER MAHER – Finding your Buz
Jennifer Maher is a Life & executive coach, trainer, co- author and NLP Practitioner who helps women exit roles that are crushing their spirit. She lives in Co. Wicklow with her husband Brian, son Tom and daughter Mary-Kate.

With a background in Financial Services and transformation programmes and a career spanning over 20 years, Jennifer brings support from her own journey through trauma, pivoting and healing to achieving success. Her work brings meaningful change to the women who seek her help, allowing their deepest desires to become unlocked for greater confidence and fulfilment.

KATE MOORE – The Power of Creativity
Kate Moore is an artist and writer from Tralee, County Kerry, and a graduate of MTU Kerry. She is passionate about writing and theatre, and her work has been performed onstage at Siamsa Tire, the Everyman, Cork Arts Theatre and by UCC Drama.

Kate is also very passionate about mental health, and had an article detailing her personal experience published in the Irish Times in 2019.

She believes in the power of creativity and art to change lives and is looking forward to discussing this with the TEDX Tralee audience in October. You can find her on Twitter

KEN GIBSON – The Mission to Eradicate a Biblical Disease
Ken Gibson is a philanthropist, committed to creating opportunities for people to live fulfilling lives and to make the world a better place. He’s 100% Irish yet truly global. His work extends across 4 continents. Ken is equally at home in his native Dublin or navigating the rural villages of India.

He has dined with royalty and is equally privileged to have shared food with families in some of the world’s worst slums. He’s as comfortable in corporate boardrooms as sitting in the doorways that impoverished Asians call “home”.

Ken is 1000% committed to fighting disease, poverty and injustice.

LIAM MOGGAN – More than One Answer – “It Depends”
I’ve been a sports fan all my life. I ran, played basketball, taught PE and delivered Tutor Development Courses at the National Coaching and Training Centre. Passionate, hard-working people have been around me always. I don’t know how they put up with me! I treasure lessons they taught and am grateful for their goodwill. They shaped my life.

Sport was what I saw and did while sportspeople sprinkled meaning on life lessons picked up on-the-go and delivered with timely example. At home in Ashbourne, my wife and three daughters similarly keep me on track. I’m a lucky man.

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NADIA RAMOUTAR – The Art of Living as an Art Form
Founder and Host of ‘The Nadia is an eclectic writer, consultant, communicator, artist and advocate. Born in Dublin to an Irish Mother and Indian Father, Nadia is multicultural and values inclusivity and diversity.

With an insatiable curiosity about life, she is an avid student of quantum physics and biodiversity. An avid reader, Nadia seeks to experience the interconnectivity of life in all aspects of her work. She holds a Ph D in Communications and is an award winning film director.

Diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, Nadia learned to use patterns to help her progress and comprehend the world.

STEPHEN TREACY – The Virtues of Diaspora Whispering
Stephen has been working in the areas of corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and online strategy for over 20 years across the US and Europe. He worked exclusively on the in-house strategy team for the German Stock Exchange and with C&C Group on global brands including Magners Irish Cider and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.

Stephen is the Founder and CEO of, an online educational network which finds, teaches and groups Global Diaspora into their like-minded ‘tribes’. He now works with local communities and regional and national Governments all over the world helping them engage and utilise their global Diaspora, similar to how a university might manage its alumni.



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