London 2017 Annual Event
The 2017 London Inspire Movement gathering at Google is being held the evening of January 23rd. We have an incredible line up of speakers and an amazing MC, Oli Barrett. The guest list is made up of tech founders and investors who we think are genuine, open-minded and eager to change the tech community for the better. Currently, we have people flying in from all over the globe to attend--Germany, US, and Finland to name a few!
During the evening, three speakers will share for the first time publicly their stories of overcoming adversity and emerging transformed.
If you're interested in attending and have not received an invitation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about tickets and let us know why you want to be a part of the movement!
From wheel chair bound to world class athlete, Beth French stretches the horizon of her own possibilities, tackling seemingly impossible fears through endurance and adventure.
Overcoming ME and debilitation at 17, she forged a path to ultimate health her own way, studying around the world, including time ordained in a Thai Buddhist monastery. In 2012 she set out to swim the English Channel to prove to her son, who lives with disabilities, that anything is possible. After completing the English Channel she later became the first person ever to swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly, against the current. She is now attempting to tackle the world's longest 7 open water swims in under 12 months!
She will share her story of how she came to be her own source of inspiration, alone in the dark with a shark, and how she found a way to beat all the odds.
Ema Vidak Gojkovic
Born in a lower class family in a war-torn Yugoslavia, in the wake of what became the bloodiest genocide on the European soil after the Holocaust, Ema's starting point was hardly ideal. She spent part of her childhood in a refugee camp, while everything she knew was being burnt down by Serbian aggression armies.
But -- in Ema's own words: "Tragedy does not mean you are a tragic character". Wearing Red Cross clothes to her primary school classes, Ema raised her chin proudly, challenging an idea that the origin defines what one can be.
Becoming the first in her family to go to college, Ema won a full scholarship for Harvard Law School. Today she is a qualified New York and Croatian lawyer, and resolves international disputes by peaceful means. She works for a leading international law firm OMNIA Strategy LLP, headed by Cherie Blair QC.
Ema will share her story of how she found a way to redefine the possible, and successfully create herself in face of all the expectations to the contrary.
Considered a ‘miracle baby’ when she was born to a family with intense health problems, Caroline Mackay grew up as a carer, while living in a ‘hoarding’ environment. She developed a resilience and determination that deepened as she grew, before a huge shock changed her life and the way she approached life, forever.
In the years since, Caroline used the childhood lessons to carve out a successful career in PR and branding, building a global challenger brand from inception (Knomo Accessories), advising numerous entrepreneurs through mentoring schemes, and working with high-profile celebrities like Samuel L Jackson on charity events.
Caroline will share how her resourcefulness and unwillingness to give up changed her trajectory, and how sharing your struggles is a sign of strength, not weakness.