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Amanda de Cadenet        

Founder & CEO of #Girlgaze

Amanda de Cadenet, Founder and CEO of Girlgaze is a creative force with a lifelong, impactful career in media. Her own experience with gender bias motivated her to executive produce and host The Conversation, a groundbreaking interview series featuring female thought-leaders and innovators which aired in 18 countries. Amanda also executive produced and hosted Undone, a live late night show focused on news and pop culture through the female point-of-view. Amanda’s latest endeavor is Girlgaze, a global online community that through its recently launched Girlgaze Network, aims to close the gender gap one job at a time by providing paid jobs for a network of female identifying and non-binary creatives. Considered “one of the most influential feminists of our time,” Amanda frequently collaborates with the likes of #MeToo and the Times Up organisation around initiatives focused on ending sexual violence towards women.

Speech Topics

Self-Esteem Building For Women

What does that really mean? Amanda talks from her own experience struggling with a variety of issues. Institutionalized at age 14 to 15 for addiction issues, she spent a year in Juvenile Hall. Married at age 16, a mother at age 19 and divorced at 21, Amanda shares how she had to find things about herself that she liked , even if it was just one thing.

She says, " I am about solutions and helping the individual find what works for THEM and I do that by telling my story and what helped me. "

Amanda has been speaking at a variety of public venues, including correctional facilities, since she was 21 years old. Her ability to relate to audiences of all kinds gets her positive message through and inspires them into action.

Body Image and the Media

From her unique experience being both in front and behind the camera, Amanda talks about the false version of reality young women are sold in the popular media , which often distort a young mind's sense of what is "normal" around beauty and body image.

In her talk, she includes before and after images that have been manipulated to make the subjects appear thinner and with flawless skin. Most of these images are recognizable subjects whom she has photographed for high profile publications.

The Conversation

Like many before her, huge fame at such a young age came at a price.

An insider in the fast lane, de Cadenet overcame those hurdles and put her own mark on an industry that doesn't particularly value realistic images of women in the media.

Her work both in front of and behind the camera champions girls and young women to realize their potential on their own terms. She offers practical information and advice gleaned from women of all walks of life, and opens the doors on the universal language of women.

By sharing her story and those of other role models, she is a refreshing voice of candor and inspiration helping women undergoing similar challenges.

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