TED Talk Thursday – Halla Tómasdóttir: It’s time for women to run for office

TED Talk ThursdaysAccording to TED.com: “With warmth and wit, Halla Tómasdóttir shares how she overcame media bias, changed the tone of the political debate and surprised her entire nation when she ran for president of Iceland — inspiring the next generation of leaders along the way. ‘What we see, we can be,’ she says. ‘It matters that women run.’ “

“Icelandic entrepreneur Halla Tómasdóttir believes that if you’re going to change things, you have to do it from the inside. She infused the world of finance with “feminine values,” which helped her survive the financial meltdown in Iceland and nearly made her president.”

“Tómasdóttir’s philosophy is simple: (1) the challenges we’re facing today won’t be solved by testosterone alone; (2) the world would be a better, safer, more sustainable place if we could infuse finance, business and politics with more gender balance; and (3) it’s easier to change things from the inside.”

“True to this philosophy, Tómasdóttir co-founded Audur Capital in 2008, the world’s first investment firm based on “feminine values.” Audur was one of few financial companies in Iceland to survive the crash. Tómasdóttir has since been an active change catalyst, advocating for principle-based leadership and more women around decision-making tables.”

“In 2016, responding to popular demand (and a viral Facebook campaign), Tómasdóttir ran for president of Iceland. A woman in a man’s race. Polls initially put Tómasdóttir as an outsider, predicting 1 percent of the vote. A few weeks later, against all odds, Tómasdóttir came in second supported by 28 percent of Icelanders.”

 Halla Tómasdóttir: It’s time for women to run for office

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