Looking At The Big Picture

2020 was quite the unfortunate year for everyone worldwide. For one, there was, and still is, a whole pandemic! The ripple effect of the same has been immense. We have been staying home for our own safety, with little to no physical meetups, as most restaurants are closed. Most governments imposed curfew on its citizens, something which most of us were not used to. We all went from enjoying  our everyday lives to sitting at home probably attending online classes or meetings for the most part of the day. I mean, who knew walking around without masks was a privilege! As a result, the annual TEDxParklands  was canceled, making an already bad year worse .

Fret not though  – We’re back!!

Our theme this year, ‘The BIG Picture’ comes at an ideal time where we need to look into what is necessary to move us  from ideas to goal actualization. Usually, habits such as failure to delegate, seeking perfection and sweating the small stuff divert our focus from our end goal and we end up forgetting the bigger picture. Ideally, we should be focused on the essential small steps that we need to take in order to attain our ultimate objective.

This year’s speakers will spark meaningful conversations that will inspire us to take a step back and view situations in what they can be, not just what they are.

Shalini Bhalla-Lucas

The award winning author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur is also the founder of Just Jhoom; a Bollywood inspired dance fitness programme. She is also an accredited mindfulness and meditation teacher who teaches people proven techniques to help combat stress, depression and anxiety.

Dr. Chao Mbogho

She is a multi-award winning researcher, educator, and mentor in Computer Science. She believes in holding up the ladder for others. Moreover, she is the founder and Program Lead for KamiLimu which is an impactful mentorship program for Computer Science Students.

Anita Sonia

The 21 year old Environmental Activist is the author of the Green War, a book highlighting various environmental injustices in Kenya, Africa and the world. Evidently, she is very passionate about social change with an inclination to environmental policy. She is currently pursuing her B.A in Public Relations and Corporate Communication, at the Multimedia University of Kenya.

Andrew Alovi

He is a Sports Entertainment Marketing Specialist with over 13 years’ experience in marketing, arts and entertainment. He has worked with various institutions such as Airtel Africa, Nation Media Group, Coca Cola Central, East and West Africa.

Agnes Muthoni

As the Director of Talent Partnerships by Andela, she is inspired, refueled and re-energized by helping Africans become creators of their own future. She is also an entrepreneurial business leader with extensive business development and innovation experience in highly dynamic and diverse regions across Pan-African Markets and the US.

Chris Makena

She is the founder and CEO of Bold Network Africa, an organization based in Nairobi Kenya that aims to educate the African society about the LGBTQIA community through films, documentaries and trainings in order to end the discrimination of the queer community. She is also a freelance journalist who loves telling stories about the African youth. She believes that the only way one can achieve their purpose in life, is if they live boldly and are their authentic self.

Farhia Jama

The 26 year old Co-Founder of Holby Training Solution is passionate about transforming Africa. She is a lead Business coach and consultant in various African countries. She is the author of 5 books including Your Entrepreneurship Journey. She is a lawyer and tax specialist by profession doing her final year in Masters.

The eight speakers give us eight different reasons to eagerly await TEDxParklands 2021!!!!The whole event will be aired on Youtube on 8th May from 7:00-9:00 pm EAT.

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