261 Empowerment Talks
Knowledge and information are the keys to Empowerment. 261 Fearless Inc. aims to provide these important tools to all women worldwide via the 261 Fearless Empowerment Talks in cooperation with our partner adidas.
Internationally renowned women speak during these sessions, share their knowledge in their fields of expertise, discuss the challenges they have faced and offer new insights, knowledge and information to viewers. Interesting insights into different societies, fields of work and global issues are waiting, as well as helpful advice to apply and take forward in your own life.
261 Empowerment Talks on Demand
Helena & Feven Yohannes of 2-4-1 Cosmetics
Twin sisters Helena and Feven Yohannes arrived in the United States from Eritrea as political refugees. While growing up they developed a love for make-up and saved their wages from their Saturday jobs to buy the latest beauty products. They found they didn’t connect with brands and as women of color didn’t feel represented by them. They took the brave step to set up their own company called 2-4-1 Cosmetics. In this empowerment talk they share their journey from a refugee camp to company Founders and Directors. They believe makeup is a way to enhance a woman's beauty, not to conceal it. More importantly, makeup is transformative and is a vessel that can inspire deeper conversations. Their mission is to create an effortless beauty brand that instils confidence, kindness and integrity.
Jay Ell Alexander
CEO Black Girls Run
Women's Running Is Colorful
Jay Ell Alexander is a public relations practitioner with a genuine commitment to giving back to the local community through her passion for communications, health and fitness. She has served as the National Manager and Public Relations Director of Black Girls RUN! since 2012. In April 2018, she became the owner and CEO of the organization. She is the also owner of The Vaughn Strategy, a public relations strategy consulting firm.
A native of Norfolk, Va., Alexander graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (2008), with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. She also received a Master of Science degree in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. (2010). Alexander has a passion for running (completing her first marathon in 2014 and numerous half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks since 2010), loves shopping (sneakers!) and traveling.
Professional boxer and current Commonwealth Champion talking about:
Closing the Equality Gap
Stacey Copeland is a professional boxer and the current Commonwealth Champion, she became the first British woman ever to win the title when she fought in Zimbabwe in 2018. A former England footballer, Stacey also played in Sweden and completed an athletic scholarship in America. Stacey gives motivational talks for schools and businesses and has talked in European Parliament, the United Nations & at TEDx Manchester 2020 about equality in sport. In 2017, Stacey set up the 'Pave the Way' project. Pave The Way aims to create a world where gender is never a barrier to human potential. Challenging gender stereotypes for boys, girls, men and women and working to spark a social change in attitudes so that everyone can be free to pursue their passions regardless of gender. It became an official charity in March 2020. She is also ambassador for the 2020 Women In Sport ‘Unlocked’ project and presents a weekly show on BBC Radio Manchester.
MEET FATIN NABILA SAM & TASHA JACKY
The two Adidas Runners from Kuala Lumpur talk about:
Overcoming cultural barriers for women when they start running
Fatin and Tasha are captains of the Adidas Runners Kuala Lumpur Crew. Fatin is an all-round sportswoman - she runs, bikes, swims and practices yoga. Tahsa lives the quote "A moment of pain worth a lifetime glory" since she started running. For her running is not about doing it alone, it is about competing with yourself, pushing limits and motivate others. Both are running with hijab.
Both are fearless women and share their thoughts and experiences about running with a hijab and overcoming cultural hurdles.
MEET GHITA EL KHYARI
Head of Secretariat of the Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund talks about:
The Power Of Women In Crisis
Ghita El Khyari heads the Secretariat of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, a United Nations and Civil Society Partnership that empowers women to prevent crises and build peace. Prior to joining the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, she acted as the Deputy Representative of UN Women in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Before joining UN Women in 2012, Ghita served at different positions within the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, including as an Advisor to the Minister and as the Chief of Staff of the Secretary General. She also worked with the Terrorism Prevention Team of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Vienna) and with the Regional Council of Ile-de-France (Paris) where she established the Gender Equality Committee of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). Ghita holds two Masters Degrees in International Relations (Sorbonne University – Paris) and in Economic History and Economic Development (London School of Economics – LSE).
Ghita shares with us her thoughts about how women can support each other in crisis and what we can learn from women how are overcoming crisis.
Meet Kathrine Switzer & Edith Zuschmann
The two founders of 261 Fearless Inc. discuss:
Being Fearless: Stepping Up and Making Decisions
Kathrine Switzer, Activist, Speaker, Board Chair and Founder of 261 Fearless Inc. and Edith Zuschmann, CEO, President and Co-Founder of 261 Fearless Inc. discuss about how women can cope with fearful situations and grow through them. They share experiences and tips to become fearless in stepping up.
Meet Eva Rossmann
Bestseller author and multi talented - journalist, lawyer, female activist, chef and TV presenter, discusses:
How to activate our society to wake up for change
The Austrian bestselling author Eva Rossmann started her career as a lawyer in the Federal Chancellery of Austria. However, strict bureaucratic rules were not her thing and Eva Rossmann decided to change her profession and become a freelance journalist. She was among the initiators of the petition for a referendum for women's rights in Austria in 1997 and since then, she has been an advocate for women's rights through her work as an author. Besides working as a political activist, she is a passionate author of crime novels and has received several awards for her society-critical crime books with two fearless women as the main characters. Furthermore, she works as a chef in a highly rewarded traditional Austrian restaurant and since retiring from her professional basketball career, she is a passionate hobby runner. In her latest book she deals with the climate crisis and the populism behind the scenes.
Meet Flavia Bittencourt and Esther Paranha
Two strong women who are busy smashing the glass ceiling in Brazil
Flavia Bittencourt is the General Manager of adidas Brazil. Prior to that, she held various leadership roles in multi-million dollar businesses in Brazil in the technology, food and beauty sector. Additionally, she is a mother of 4 young children.
Esther Paranha is a passionate runner and engineering student. She is on her way to become one of the first ten women of colour to graduate in Engineering. To feel safer while running in the city, she joined a group of friends. This became a diverse and colourful women’s running group called Elas que voam.
Two strong and fearless women who live their dreams and sow the seeds for a new generation of self-empowered women in Brazil.
Meet Pamela Forster
How to pursue your dream - in a male dominated field
Pamela Forster is a professional Parkour and Freerunner. She participated in the German Ninja Warrior series and is a stunt woman for several TV shows broadcast in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Excitingly Pamela has filmed stunts for the new TV show Wonder Woman which will be released in June 2020. She is also a board member of the Austrian Sports Federation and an advocate for sports for the future.
Meet Dr. Zoe Williams
Inspiring the Next Generation of Active Women
Dr Zoe Williams is a General Practitioner and television personality in England. She has a particular interest in lifestyle medicine – using physical activity and healthy eating to prevent and manage ill health. With a childhood passion for sport, Zoe played netball and hockey at county level before taking up rugby at University and playing at Premiership National League level. Whilst a junior doctor, Zoe took on the role of Amazon in the UK series of Gladiators. Her natural ability in front of the camera has led to a career in television and she is frequently on the screen as the resident doctor on This Morning (ITV) and Horizons and Trust Me I’m a Doctor (BBC). Zoe’s enthusiasm and drive to steer the public towards healthier lifestyles is infectious and her commitment and hard work is demonstrated in the Fit4Life Community Interest Company which she founded to inspire, educate and motivate young people to be physically active.