In December 2010 Amsterdam hosted one of the first TEDxWomen-events in the world. TEDxWomen focuses on the unique way in which women contribute to global change and thus help reshape the future. Women are ambassadors for this change and innovation. TEDxWomen is a global conference that provides a stage for unique women to inspire others. In the Netherlands a large group of professional volunteers dedicate their time and effort to set up this unique event. Welcome at TEDxAmsWomen!


TED was founded in 1984 as a platform for ideas, inspiration and change. Every day millions of people visit TED.com to see influencers talk about technology, design and culture.

The motto of TED is: Ideas worth Spreading. The annual conference (TED) is visited by free thinkers from around the world. TEDx is an independently organized event in the spirit of TED. 2009 saw the birth of TEDxAmsterdam, closely followed by TEDxAmsterdamWomen in 2010. Both events are not subsidized and are run on the enthusiasm of our sponsors and volunteers.


The sole purpose of a TEDx event is to create a connection between TED talks, the speakers and live-streaming and stimulate discussion to make connections between people in a small community.

All locally organised events can carry the brand TEDx, the ‘x’ meaning ‘independently organised TED event’. TED offers guidelines and terms and conditions on how a TEDx program should look and feel, after which the organisation is handed over the volunteers.

TEDxWomen will have a live-stream on TED.com.

This live-stream will be offered complimentary to all TEDx organizers who have offered to be a host of an event. TEDxAmsterdam will be held for the sixth time in 2015.Via the TEDxAmsterdam foundation Amsterdam also plays host to the International TEDx Event, TEDx Change, TEDxYouth and TEDxAmsterdamWomen.

TEDx Women

All around the world women represent change, whether it is a single African girl who advances her village economy with a micro credit or a academically educated executive who uses her skills to constructively adjust and bring forth transformation in the workings of European multinationals. Women create, offer and transform our future. We are at the eve of a silent revolution. A revolution where both power and vulnerability will trigger change in the way we deal with our world and each other. Successful women in industries such as technology, entertainment, design, research, culture, arts and global affairs are taking their stand and show us what they know and that they are willing to share. It is their decisiveness, their pride and vision which will gradually change the world around us.

TEDx Amsterdam Women

2015 was the fifth anniversary of TEDxAmsterdamWomen. Once again the beautiful Okura hotel was our home and the program consisted of both national and international speakers. There was be a virtual connection with the original event in Washington, DC.

Alumni of TEDxAmsterdamWomen include Mei Lin Ang, Harriette Verweij, Sarah Britton, Olivia Bee, Kelly Cutrone, Paul Zak, Marieke Eyskoot and Lauren Zander

TEDxAmsterdamWomen Braintrust
De braintrust is de adviesraad van TEDxAmsterdamWomen.

De adviesraad bestond uit:

Gervaise Coebergh Directeur Coebergh PR 
Anne van der Zwaag Directeur Object Rotterdam
Astrid Elburg Directeur Elburg Consultancy 
Emmy Stoel General Manager Okura Amsterdam
Prof. dr. Rene Romkes Directeur Atria Instituut
Angelique Meddeler Global Head of Client Services ING
Shula Rijxman RvB NPO


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxAmsterdamWomen, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxAmsterdamWomen event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.