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 The Hotel Normandie in St Ann’s is the place where powerful women will be gathered today.

The Executive of Powerful Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT), TEDxPortofSpain and The Normandie Hotel have come together to deliver what they believe will be one of, if not, the most impactful event to be attended this year.

The event is a celebration of invention in all its forms, not just technology and things, but also solutions to poverty, approaches to peacemaking, expressions of art and more, the organisers said. 

More than 150 TEDx events around the world are taking part in TED Women 2013 from Wednesday to today, and Trinidadians are invited to one of them — TEDxPortofSpain Women 2013 “Invented Here!” — today at The Normandie Hotel and Conference Centre.

Each of the global events include livestreams/webcasts of the San Francisco event, and local speakers around the theme “Invented Here.” The result: A truly global conversation — from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul and now “Trinidad and Tobago”.

As part of the TEDWomen conference, the local TEDx events around the world will be surfacing and celebrating innovative people in their own communities. Locally, many assisted by identifying the individuals and organisations within Trinidad and Tobago they felt were worthy of recognition at this event and all submissions in keeping with the theme “Invented Here!” 

The result, six ladies will be the recipients of the first ever PLOTT Awards.

In addition to the International Webcast which includes eight powerful speakers from the TED Women Session “To Move Yourself First Move the World”, patrons will hear the local success stories of this year’s awardees: Cheryl Bowles, biochemist, entrepreneur and creator of Cher Mere Products and Spas; Emma Hiscock, craft programme coordinator at Nature Seekers, an organisation passionate about creating an environmentally friendly community; working and interacting with hundreds of giant leatherback turtles at arm’s length;  Giselle Mendez, founder and president of the Volunteer Center of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT), an organisation founded by a group of socially conscious young adults focused on serving our nation; Jaime Lee Loy, part owner and founder of Trinidad Home Studio and creator of the now well know Summer Heroes Programme launched in 2012, an annual charitable art-based programme incorporating special needs children between the ages of six and ten, using art therapy approaches; Neysha Soodeen, CEO of MACO Investment Group, the company which owns one of the Caribbean’s largest publishing houses Toute Bagai Publishing which was launched in 1998 and Sallyann Della Casa, dreamer-in-chief and lead Tree-shaker of the Growing Leaders Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation focused on educating young children ages eight to 12 and helping them realise their true potential.


In addition to the conference in the Village Hall, attendees will have an opportunity to browse the “Invented Here!” market place, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a cocktail evening from 6 to 9 p.m. 

PLOTT is a network of the Powerful Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT). The group exists to assist their members (aka PLOTTers) in dealing with the unique challenges many female leaders face in the business world and to make a valuable contribution to social development in Trinidad and Tobago.

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California, USA, 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.

At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.

Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK prime minister Gordon Brown.

TEDxPortofSpain is a local, independently organised TEDx event in Port of Spain, Trinidad, that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED. At its core, the fundamental goal is to foster “ideas worth spreading”. The organisation’s aim is to provide a platform where thinkers and change makers co-inspire to question the way we think. This is a collective group of people who are deeply concerned about what happens in this country; a bi-partisan group setting a non-political initiative to create positive change. Their mission: Find individuals who are breaking new ground and covering issues which will still be relevant and even paramount in the next 50 years. Hence this year’s collaboration with PLOTT.

For more information Email plott2011@gmail.com or call 623-6005 or 627-2947 for further details.

Online Registration for Attendance (for any or all of the day’s activities) https://plott.wufoo.com/forms/registration-form/.

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