Women on a Mission: Discover the Unconventional Paths of Paris Talks Speakers
Hold on tight, folks, because we’ve got a line-up of unstoppable, inspiring women ready to take the stage at the 2023 Paris Talks!
From singing sensations to neuro-immunologists, this diverse group of eight women is sure to leave you feeling motivated and energized.
These women come from a range of educational and professional backgrounds, including science, law, and the arts. So, without further ado, let’s dive in and meet the incredible women who will be speaking and facilitating workshops at the Paris Talks!
- SUMANA – Singer-Songwriter
With her angelic voice and soulful melodies, Sumana is a Paris Talks speaker you won’t want to miss. This Indian-born singer-songwriter found her calling in music by chance, after an unexpected encounter with a subway musician in the Parisian metro. Her mentor, Vanupié, inspired her to pursue her passion and start performing in the city’s underground music scene. Despite having a promising corporate career ahead of her, Sumana’s heart belonged to music. With unwavering passion, conviction, and courage, she took the leap of faith to become an independent artist. Her hard work paid off when she released her debut album titled Easy in June 2022, which showcases her unique blend of indie-pop and soulful sounds. Since then, Sumana has been captivating audiences with her mesmerizing performances at various venues in and around Paris. Her uplifting lyrics and catchy tunes are sure to leave you feeling inspired and energized. Don’t miss the chance to experience the magic of Sumana’s performance talk at Paris Talks 2023.
2. Lyly Fong – Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts Mathematics, Diversity and Inclusion Champion
Alright, guys. Lyly is a woman on a mission, par excellence, to make the world a more inclusive and diverse place. With her wealth of experience in creating new functions and initiatives, she has delivered change management across different organizational structures, from public sector institutions and multinational companies to startups. Her dedication and expertise in the field of inclusion and diversity have earned her the title of champion, and rightly so. Lyly’s passion for promoting diversity and empowering minorities has led to the successful implementation of numerous programs that have changed the lives of many. Her tireless efforts have contributed to a more inclusive society, where people from all backgrounds can thrive and succeed. With her unwavering commitment to this cause, Lyly Fong is an inspiration to all, and her presence at Paris Talks 2023 promises to be a transformative experience for all those lucky enough to hear her speak.
3. Aleksandra Deczkowska – Neuroimmunologist
Now, let’s dive into the fascinating world of Aleksandra, the neuroimmunologist who is changing the game at L’Institut Pasteur when it comes to understanding the connection between our immune system and the brain. With her groundbreaking work, Aleksandra is exploring the ways in which the microbiome and immune system impact the health and development of the nervous system. One of the key areas of her research is focused on the choroid plexus, which is one of the brain’s “barrier” tissues. Aleksandra’s work suggests that this tissue is a vital site of communication between the microbiome, immune system, and brain, and holds great potential for unlocking new therapeutic approaches to neurological diseases. With her visionary approach, Aleksandra is paving the way for a new era of neuroscience research, and her work is inspiring a new generation of scientists to explore the exciting connections between our immune system and the brain. We can’t wait to hear more about her groundbreaking research at the Paris Talks!
4. Kiko Hirakawa – Entrepreneur & Ethical Fashion model
Kiko is not your average fashion model. She’s a force to be reckoned with, a fierce advocate for ethical and sustainable fashion. Hailing from Japan, Kiko has seen first-hand the harsh realities of the modeling industry and the toll it takes on both the models and the environment. But instead of staying quiet, she’s decided to speak up and make a difference. As the founder of an ethical model agency, Kiko is leading the charge to connect sustainable brands and conscious clients with like-minded models. With her passion and dedication, she’s showing the world that fashion can be both beautiful and responsible.
5. Marie Pushparajalingam – Strategist & Harmony Coach
Marie is the epitome of a global citizen, with her curiosity and faith in life leading her on a personal quest around the world. Along the way, she’s discovered that each of us is capable of greatness and has the potential to become a “pathfinder.” In today’s fast-paced world, where the rat race never seems to end, Marie asks a critical question: “If you don’t love yourself or know your unique capabilities, how will you face this world?” As a Success Strategist and Harmony Coach, she’s dedicated to helping overwhelmed individuals and struggling organizations confront their shadow side, cultivate an optimistic mindset, and unlock their full potential to contribute to a more inspiring world. With Marie’s guidance, the possibilities are endless, and anything is possible.
6. Sarah Niblack – Violist & Musical Educator
Sarah is not your ordinary musician. This Paris-based American violist and educator has a vision to revolutionize the way we approach musical education and practice. With years of world-class playing and teaching experience under her belt, she founded SPARK Practice, the Intentional Practice System, to promote healthy musical excellence through intentional practice. Sarah is a former Division 1 Scholarship Rower and multiple National finalist, proving that she’s not one to shy away from a challenge. When she’s not teaching, you can catch her playing chamber music, various national French orchestras, the Yellow Socks Orchestra, and various other concert and recording engagements. And as if that wasn’t enough, she also facilitates Artist’s Way Paris and hosts the Classical Revolution France pop-up concert series. With Sarah, you’re not just getting a musical education, you’re getting a whole musical experience.
7. Wani Iris Manly Esq – Attorney, Change Expert & Entrepreneur.
Oh, we have a true daredevil in our midst! Wani Iris Manly, Esq. is not your average attorney. She’s a change expert, an entrepreneur, and an inspiration to many. Wani’s story is one of courage and daring. Imagine moving from Miami to Paris on a whim, without knowing a single soul in France or even speaking French! That’s right, she did it! And it wasn’t just a random decision. Wani received signs every day for a year, urging her to take the plunge and embark on this adventure. And boy, did she ever! Wani’s law firm, W. Manly, P.A., is a testament to her dedication and innovative spirit. It’s where Inspiration Meets Law®, and that’s not just a catchy slogan. Wani truly believes that the practice of law can be a force for good, inspiring positive change and empowering people to make a difference in their communities. But that’s not all! Wani’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish the House of Inspirational Business, a Paris-based organization that helps people unleash their creativity and achieve their dreams. And if you think that’s impressive, just wait until you hear her talk at the Paris Talks. Wani will share her insights on how to live life to the fullest, take risks, and embrace the unknown. She’s proof that with a little courage and a lot of determination, anything is possible!
8. Frances Vieras Blanc – Immersive Experience Designer
Frances, the Latina powerhouse creative, has had quite an unconventional journey in the arts and entertainment industry. With over 25 years of experience in theater, cinema, and video games, Frances has always had a passion for creating dynamic and engaging story worlds. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eat the Cake Studio, a women-run immersive entertainment studio that is changing the way we experience storytelling. From writing screenplays to mixing cocktails, Frances is a versatile and curious creator who is always up for a challenge. With a drive to create extraordinary experiences through the magic of immersion, Frances is sure to leave you inspired and ready to eat the cake of life!
Wow! These amazing women are just a small sample of the talented and inspiring speakers you’ll get to see at Paris Talks. From Sumana, the Paris-based singer-songwriter who followed her dreams and released her first album, to Frances, the Latina powerhouse creative who co-founded an immersive entertainment studio dedicated to redefining storytelling, these women will captivate and inspire you with their stories of passion, perseverance, and innovation. Whether you’re interested in neuroscience, law, music education, inclusion, sustainability, or personal growth, you’ll find something to fascinate and motivate you at Paris Talks. Don’t miss your chance to see these incredible women and many more share their insights and experiences. Get your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable day of ideas and inspiration!