ELLA Global Community strives to promote visibility and empowerment by providing positive references of successful lesbian women to our community. To this end we host the ELLA Talks, an event that offers a series of live presentations featuring leaders, experts and entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors including academia, civil society, politics and the private sector.
In past ELLA Talks events, we have welcomed amongst our keynote speakers Claudia Brind-Woody, Vice President and Managing Director for IBM Global Intellectual Property, former Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, and Ulrike Lunacek, a prominent Austrian politician of the Green Party and Member of the European Parliament
The first edition of ELLA Talks – Inspiring to Listen, Inspiring to Tell took place in Palma, Mallorca, and focused on the role of lesbian women in business and tourism. The event featured a wide array of highly accomplished international lesbian entrepreneurs, including Claudia Brind – Woody, Vice President and Managing Director for IBM Global (UK) Intellectual Property, Leanne Pittsford, CEO & Founder of Lesbians Who Tech (USA), Gudrun Fertig, CEO & Co-owner of L-MAG, Germany’s leading Lesbian magazine, Alice Fauveau, CEO & Founder of the travel enterprise Focus on Women, Inspiring Travels (Spain).
The programme of the day was concluded by a presentation on the emancipation of lesbian women in politics delivered by the former Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and her wife, Jonina Sigurðardóttir.
The second edition of ELLA Talks – Be Visible, Be Yourself, focused on lesbian women entrepreneurs in the media and politics. It featured a presentation by Ulrike Lunacek, a prominent Austrian politician of the Green Party, and Member of the European Parliament, Kat Holmes LGBT Film-maker and Founder of the film production company Kat Films (Australia) and Maëlle le Corre, Journalist and Assistant Editor-In-Chief for Yagg magazine (France).
The upcoming edition of ELLA Talks will take place this summer during the ELLA International Lesbian Festival in Mallorca on 2, 3 and 4 September from 20:00 – 22:00 at the Dama de ELLA in Palma.
This year’s ELLA Talks keynote speakers will be Monica Benicio, Brazilian architect and widow of murdered human rights activist and Rio de Janeiro Counsel Member Marielle Franco, as well as Trans Non Binary activist, actress and DJ Daniela Sea.
For more details and information about this event please consult the upcoming events calendar.