Claire Kennedy: Licensee and Curator, TEDxExeter – Exeter’s Ideas Festival

Claire Kennedy: Licensee and Curator, TEDxExeter – Exeter’s Ideas Festival

Biggest professional achievements to date

I started out as a refugee lawyer, leading a specialist team representing survivors of torture and unaccompanied children seeking safety asylum in the UK. I was privileged to meet some incredible people and learned so much about hope and interconnection in this globalised world.

Fast forward a few decades and I’m really proud of what we’re achieving through TEDxExeter. Over the last 7 years I’ve worked with a truly fantastic volunteer team to establish Exeter’s Festival of Ideas. Those strands – stories, hope, interconnection – are at its heart. We support our speakers to connect with our audience and encourage our community to turn inspiration to positive action. With 18 million views of our talks online, and ranked the 4th TEDx in the world – with over 1 million views of our talks on, the ripple effects are endless.

Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni

The longest (Harvard) study on human happiness shows that connection is key, so stay connected to what you love, who you love and the experiences you share.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Video From The Celebration




100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’ – AVAILABLE NOW!





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