TEDxCalgaryWomen 2023: Yes, and... deep discussions continued!

This year's event will be different — and one of a kind! Take a look to know more about what to expect from this edition of TEDxCalgaryWomen, "Yes, and..." style!

 When and Where?

October 18th, 2023  - from 6:30pm to 8:30pm*

@The Ampersand | 140 - 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3N3

*Doors open at 6:00, with programming running from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.




What to expect?

Our 2023 TEDxCalgaryWomen edition will be shorter: only 2 hours long!

  • This will be a much smaller, intimate event — and tickets will be (very) limited! 
  • Unlike our usual talk experiences, we will host a salon event format, welcoming brilliant female leaders from different industries in Calgary, to kick-off a deep salon conversation.
  • And, it doesn't stop there! You can expect different activities and lots of great, meaningful connections throughout the event.
  • Light refreshments will be provided 

"Who is TEDxCalgary Women for?" you might be wondering... And the answer is: we will open the stage to inspiring women from our community in Calgary, but the event is for EVERYONE!

Everyone who:

- Believes in the power of ideas worth spreading

- Wishes to engage in deep conversations and meaningful connections

- Believes in the power of collective action

- Believes in people's impact into creating a better society

Join the TEDxCalgaryWomen team and other fascinating Calgarians on this to amplify and accelerate ideas that build a better, more equitable future for all.


A big "Yes, and..." Thank You!

"How do we think our way through the messes we’re in, when the way we think is part of the mess?" – Nora Bateson

This quote, from a recent post by The Ethics Centre, perfectly describes why we called our latest event "Yes, and..." and followed an improvisational approach in selecting our speakers and performers.


Dark Horse Fortune Cookies

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Dark Horse Fortune Cookies was forged from a passion to surprise, delight and intrigue. The first cookies were created as an unexpected delivery method to inform close friends and family members that we were expecting our first child. From there it became evident that the artisan-style fortune cookie could be harnessed to deliver a range of messages from highly personalized to funny, cheeky, romantic and more.

​We also understand that finding unique gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other special occasions can be difficult. It's the surprise and often hilarious reactions from people when they open and enjoy our handcrafted cookies that keep the embers of our passion for this company burning.

We are based in Calgary and are locally-owned and operated. We pride ourselves on small batch quality (hand-made to order) while catering to individuals and groups of all sizes from all walks of life.


Devour Catering

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Devour nourished our bodies with scrumptuous food for lunch and refreshment breaks at our 2023 "Yes, and..." event, but went above and beyond to seek out environmentally friendly packaging for our hundreds of meals from Earthware, and partnered with Annex Ales to provide our participants with flavourful sodas!


Red Point Media / Avenue Magazine

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We’re always hunting for new stories and interesting facts. We dig flawless design and beautiful imagery. We’re energized by a challenge, invigorated by new connections and always inspired to create great work.

We are one of the largest magazine publishers in Western Canada

We’ve been crafting compelling content for almost 30 years

We’re celebrated annually by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Awards


Calgary Chamber of Commerce

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The Chamber is here for you, helping to build resiliency and keep business strong. We are your Podium of Record – where you can come for trusted and valued business advocacy and support. Our power to convene brings Calgary's business community together, regardless of industry or size.

We’re not in it for ourselves, we are 100% member founded and funded, and we operate with our members’ best interests at heart. Business has built this city, making it an incredible place to live and work, and the Chamber is here to build business. The Chamber is Calgary’s champion, at the heart of Calgary’s business community since 1891 (3 years before Calgary became a city). We Nourish, Power, and Inspire to build an environment where business can succeed.

Nourish – The Chamber creates the foundation for businesses to thrive.

Power – When businesses thrive, they power the city to greater heights.

Inspire – Building the spirit that inspires greater success.



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From Alberta to the world

The energy found in Alberta is essential to improving the lives of people across the globe. As one of Canada’s largest independent midstream businesses, Keyera plays a crucial role in processing, transporting and marketing clean-burning natural gas that fuels modern life.


Kaizen Institute (Canada)

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Kai = Change | Zen = For the better

The Kaizen Institute's mission is to improve the World with Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day — The KAIZEN™ Way.

The insitute helps leaders to achieve dreams of performance improvement and build a sustainable KAIZEN™ culture, transferring their expertise and skills to deliver two digit results year-over-year.


Shane Onyou | King Neptune--Royal Readers

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Shane Onyou

Shane Onyou arrived on the Calgary drag scene in 2017 as the premier, sexy and sultry Daddy of the community. Throughout his career, Shane has not only been a popular performer at Twisted Element, Fake Mustache at Dicken's Pub, ISCCA events, or frankly anywhere with a stage, but has also been a frontline advocate in the community.

Serving as a 2SLGBTQIA+ activist, Shane's resume of service includes Reading with Royalty through Calgary Pride, online Storytime With Shane, supporting queer youth by providing paid stages for up-and-coming youth drag performers, and sitting on various boards including Okotoks Pride. Building a safer future for the queer youth of today is Shane's highest priority. Safety in the community is a passion for Shane, as he fills the role of head of security at Calgary's most popular queer nightclub, Twisted Element.

From newspaper covers during Pride to evening news segments covering the increasing vitriol toward the queer and drag communities, Shane never hesitates to speak up for the rights of those being targeted by bigotry and hatred. You can frequently find him on podcasts, in interviews, photo essays, and various ad campaigns as he continues to fight for a more equitable world for all. Serving you old school style and eyes that will melt your heart, Shane was Viscount of the Fake Mustache through ISCCA, and brings a unique blend of campyness and sex appeal that has audiences consistently screaming for more!

Shame on you if you've yet to fall in love with Shane Onyou!


King Neptune 

King Neptune has been entertaining across western Canada since 2011 with his suave moves and boyish charm. He danced his way into the hearts of the people and what started as a way to make some friends and have a little fun grew into a beautiful path of self discovery and community connection. Neptune found his passion for drag, performing, and activism, and continues to use his platform to raise awareness about community safety and the importance of diversity.

You can find this king performing on stages across the city, from Twisted Element, to Dicken's Pub, and even your neighborhood Royal Canadian Legion branch. Neptune considers himself a Jack of all trades and loves the challenge of adapting his performances for any and all audiences. He participates in the Reading with Royalty program, which has been successful and well attended for over 5 years, and it remains one of King Neptune's favorite ways to connect with families and allies of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Through his love of reading and performing, he sends the message that everyone belongs and deserves to be celebrated for their uniqueness.

Let him take you on an adventure across the galaxy you’ll never forget. Straight from the stars and onto the stage, it’s King Neptune!