We’re taking a look at the people who work year-round to make sure everything TEDxGlasgow does is a success, from salons and idea facilitation to the main day. You’ve already met our curator Gurjit and heard from our Head of Partnerships Pauline, so in today’s blog, we speak with our Head of Event Management, Joanne Lynn.
Tell us a bit about you and your background
Having studied Film and Media Studies BA, I went on to work in event management. I now have over 13 years of experience in the industry, both agency and client side, in Edinburgh and London, as well as managing numerous international events, in beautiful places like Vienna and Amsterdam.
Between 2008 and 2010 I was the Event Manager for Amnesty International UK, but in 2012 I went on to set up my own business, Lux Events, with my incredible business partner Elise MacDonald. We’re proud to have some major clients on our books including The Marketing Society, Scottish Government, Visit Scotland, MTV, The Famous Grouse, Scottish Tourism Alliance and, of course, TEDxGlasgow.
We’ve also been honoured to be finalist at ScotEdge 2013, listed in ‘Fab 50 Newcomers 2013’ in Event Magazine, highlighted as one of the ‘top 3 achieving ‘Go-Do’ companies’ at the Entrepreneurial Spark Awards 2013 and come runner up for ‘Best Conference’ at the Scottish Event Awards 2013 & 2014.
How did you hear about TEDxGlasgow?
Back in 2013, I was invited by a production company I work closely with to attend a site visit to help advise Gurjit and the TEDxGlasgow team on event logistics. This was my first run-in with the team and I was very excited to be supporting a TEDx initiative.
How did you get involved in TEDxGlasgow?
After that first meeting, I gave Gurjit my business card and said anytime they needed help to let me know. I was (and am) a big TED fan. Fast forward almost a year, and an email dropped into my inbox asking if I’d like to join the team as the event coordinator – just 6 weeks before the big event I may add!
Tell us a little about your role
As the lead on event management at TEDxGlasgow, I work across the leadership team to oversee:
- Event design
- Delegate management
- Venue and catering liaison
- Event logistics
- Onsite management
My team at Lux support on the main event, bringing our years of experience to the fore. Outside of our annual event, I meet with the other four leadership team members to plan and deliver our strategic vision.
What is the biggest challenge in your TEDx role?
Since 2013, the annual event has become bigger and better than the one before – but with that comes a lot of pressure to pull it off. Being responsible for making the event run smoothly and professionally has its own challenges when there are so many people involved; team, partners, suppliers, volunteers. However, I’m very lucky to work with a fantastic team who make sure the experience for everyone passing through the door is an unforgettable one.
What is your favourite TED/TEDxTalk?
Amy Cuddy – ‘Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are’ (I’ve practised the Wonder Woman pose many times before a big pitch)
Sara Kay’s incredible talk exploring self-expression – ‘If I should have a daughter…’
There have been many awe-inspiring talks from our events over the years, one that always sticks with me is Sir Harry Burns’ talk ‘What causes wellness?’
And, last but certainly not least (nor indeed the last of many favourites), is Frank Warren – ‘Half a million secrets’
What is your favourite thing about TEDx?
Comradery. I’ve honestly never been part of something quite like it.