Mak­ing A Dif­fer­ence

The Weekly caught up with some of the bright­est fe­male thinkers of our gen­er­a­tion who are work­ing to­wards pos­i­tive change in their com­mu­ni­ties

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - INSPIRE -

Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s flag­ship brand Mar­riott Ho­tels con­tin­ues to spark creative ideas and mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions, host­ing its sec­ond TED Fel­lows Salon in Asia Pa­cific at the Ben­galuru Mar­riott Ho­tel White­field in In­dia. The re­cently held event was at­tended by over 200 guests, in­clud­ing in­no­va­tive en­trepreneurs, Mar­riott Re­wards loy­alty mem­bers and in­ter­na­tional me­dia.

Three in­spir­ing TED fel­lows shared sto­ries on the theme of “Women In In­no­va­tion”. The speak­ers in­cluded women’s health ad­vo­cate Zubaida Bai from In­dia, who is a pas­sion­ate ac­tivist for im­prov­ing global ma­ter­nal health. She is the cre­ator of the sim­ple but rev­o­lu­tion­ary “Clean Birth Kit” to pro­vide safer child­births for im­pov­er­ished women.

Mean­while, founder of “The Sri

Lankan Blue Whale Project”, ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist, whale con­ser­va­tion­ist and ed­u­ca­tor Asha de Vos shared a pow­er­ful mes­sage that whales must be pro­tected be­cause they play a cru­cial role in the health of the world’s oceans.

The third speaker, Trang Tran, is an agri­cul­tural en­tre­pre­neur and co-founder of Far­green, who shared about her work with farm­ers in her na­tive Viet­nam to build sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties.

To fur­ther show Mar­riott Ho­tels’ com­mit­ment to in­no­va­tion, a round­table lun­cheon was hosted by award-win­ning Bloomberg an­chor, Angie Lau. It brought to­gether a dy­namic com­mu­nity of nine Asian en­trepreneurs to en­gage in thought-pro­vok­ing con­ver­sa­tions and share ideas on how they are in­no­vat­ing in their re­spec­tive fields.

Ben­galuru Mar­riott Ho­tel White­field was cho­sen to host this year’s Mar­riott TED Fel­lows Salon be­cause of the city’s rep­u­ta­tion as In­dia’s hub of tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion. OP­PO­SITE (from left): TED fel­lows share on the theme of “Women In In­no­va­tion”; ed­i­tor of The Weekly, Rina Ah­mad is seen here with the var­i­ous speak­ers.

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