#WomenBehindTEDxCT Lauren Uppink Calderwood

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Lauren is one of TEDxCapeTown’s longest standing volunteers - having started soon after the program’s inception in 2010. 

She was so eager to join the Cape Town initiative that she nagged the two founding curators for an opportunity to jump on board, back when TEDxCapeTown was still only an idea worth exploring.

“I was part of the original team of five that rolled out TEDxCapeTown 2011, undertaking the role of Speaker Liaison. Since then I oversaw TEDxMfuleni in 2011, and have been leading the TEDxCapeTownWomen team since our first event in 2013.”

Lauren shares why she enjoys working with the team so much… “I have always loved the vast diversity in background, skills, and creativity that each member brings to the team, and the opportunity it has provided to get to know some brilliant humans. Coming together to collaborate to deliver TEDx events creates some kind of magic that otherwise wouldn't exist, and witnessing the palpable energy, tolerance for ambiguity and selfless commitment is both motivating and enormously fulfilling.”

We fired the following questions at her with the hopes of giving you a glimpse at what makes Lauren so uniquely Lauren! 

If you could steal the credit from a great work of art, film, book, song etc. which one would it be?

It would have to be art. If we're talking Modern art, it would be Gustav Klimt's 'The Kiss'. His work is visually spectacular, but I am also drawn to his fascination with women and the female body. Considering contemporary artists, I am obsessed with the work of South Africa's own Lady Skollie and Kate Arthur. I would steal the credits to any of their work in a hot second!

If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

I would perform At Last with Etta James. Of course in this bold imagining, I have a voice equally as superb and powerful!