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
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.