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Data Storyteller & Motivational Speaker

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Keynote speaker Emily Hunt became a well-known name when she decided to get justice by crowdfunding a campaign to fund the private prosecution of a her alleged rapist. Emily has a passion for data and calls herself a data storyteller. As a speaker, Emily helps people understand the importance of data and the hidden story behind it.

Professionally, the keynote speaker Emily Hunt works in communications and evidence-based strategy. She has worked with big companies like O2 and Apple. As a US/UK citizen she is very interested in international politics and current affairs, and as a data strategist she’s been able to predict some major events, like the Brexit referendum.

Today, our speaker Emily Hunt is doing much more than that as she spreads a personal story of being drugged and raped and having the Crown Prosecution Service not press charges against the stranger in her bed, as they didn’t feel there was enough evidence. However, Emily knows herself and her body and believes the evidence is obvious with the right calculations. With their refusal and Emily’s need for justice – not just for her but for every woman in the same situation – she started a crowdfunding campaign to fund the private prosecution of a her alleged rapist. Since the start of her campaign she has met so many supporting people in the same situation, and this has given her a trust in humanity she never had before.

As a data storyteller, Emily’s keynotes are based on facts and reveal the hidden truth behind large quantities of data. Many companies are number-phobic and Emily helps them see the potential of a data-driven culture. However, her personal story has also given her a voice, and she is passionate about making people understand that they’re not alone. Emily’s background and personal experiences gives her unique speaking opportunities, and she regularly speaks at corporate events and has given multiple guest lectures at various universities.

 

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    Headache, or my adventures with the glass ceiling

    • At least three time in her career so far, Emily Hunt hit the glass ceiling at speed, cracking her head and not even making a dent in the glass.
    • Emily has learned a lot about what it takes to transcend gender in the workplace and she’s had quite a few situations including being promoted to her first director role while pregnant to being groped by three different bosses at three different jobs.
    • Emily explores the role of women in the workplace, discusses her theory on why companies with women on their boards are more profitable and explains how companies can better tap into their female talent.

     

    Keynote by Speaker Emily Hunt
    Overcoming Adversity

    • Most people face adversity at some point in their lives, but how they overcome it can become the defining part of who they are.
    • Emily Hunt shares the uplifting story of her journey from victim to survivor, pushing to change the system and raise the voices of those who need help along the way as well.
    • She shares how she has developed a greater hope in humanity than she’s ever had before and lays out her 3 key steps to taking back your life from whatever is holding you back.

    Keynote by Speaker Emily Hunt
    Using our Powers for Good

    • Coming from a background of communications and political campaigning, Emily Hunt suddenly realized that she needed to use the skills she’d developed over her career. But not for a new client. For herself.
    • In this keynote, Emily explains the 5 key steps that will allow anyone to use their powers for good, whether to help with your own cause or to help someone else’s.

     

    Keynote by Speaker Emily Hunt
    The Power of the Crowd

    • If you had 12 months to make a measurable, positive change in the world, what would you do? Since late 2017, Emily Hunt has been campaigning for the UK’s first crowdfunded private prosecution of a rapist. In that time, she’s found a new hope in humanity that she simply didn’t think was possible.
    • That hope doesn’t come from campaigning or even knowing that her rapist may finally go to jail, it’s from meeting all of the amazing people who have been supporting her in her campaign. It’s also led to a massive realisation for her: the people who are changing the world are the supporters.
    • In this talk, Emily inspires listeners to change the world by finding a movement or a person they can support. She asks listeners to go out into the world and change it, just by being themselves.
01.08.2018

Interview with Emily Hunt

What gave you the courage to come forward with your story and seek justice?

I’ve always done a lot of speaking for work – usually about trends, politics or communications. But in late October of 2017 I found myself quite suddenly on a stage, filling in for someone else at the last minute, and I went for it. I spoke from the heart. I started talking about what had happened to me and how I want justice. And really, that first audience I told my story to gave me the courage to launch the crowdfunding campaign and go public. They listened. They listened so intently and compassionately that they made it possible for me to speak out. Afterwards, everyone came up to me and asked me what they could to help. That moment changed everything for me. It showed me that without a doubt, from vulnerability comes a power like no other. And it also showed me that people can be quite amazing if you let them.

What’s your opinion of the #MeToo movement?

I think it’s important to remember that this started from a call on Twitter and Facebook for those who has been sexually harassed or assaulted to post “Me Too” so that people might get a sense of the “magnitude” of the problem. And suddenly, it was everywhere. The magnitude of the problem became really obvious – and from that, with people talking out in the open about what happened to them – change started to happen. It’s been an amazing few months.

How do audiences gain from your keynote presentations?

I talk about a variety of things – so it’s a little different depending on the topic! But, on the surface, I’d say that they probably gain perspective and perhaps some hope.

When I speak about the role of Anger in modern society or about growing intolerance, I help audiences understand that the moment that we are in is completely different to where we were 10-15 years ago. In order to understand anything about what is happening now, we need to understand people’s behaviour, their attitudes and their lives in this moment. I help audiences to grapple with big shifts in the way that people approach life. For businesses, it can change the way they approach their customers (or employees). For a less corporate audience, I can help decode what’s happening around us to make sense of the world.

Obviously, when I speak about vulnerability and the power to change the world, it’s very different. I help audiences to see their of vulnerabilities – and the vulnerabilities of those around them – as a source of strength. I help them to tap into that strength and transform it into power. We all have the ability to change the world if we want to. Sometimes it’s doing something like I am doing now, but sometimes it’s just recognising that being kind to someone could really help them to make the world a better place.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?

As a data storyteller, clients usually hire me to speak because I bring the world to life based on facts and figures, but tell it all in a way that it isn’t dreadfully boring. I can explain what is happening in the world in a robust way – without anyone really needing to start at graphs, charts or slides.

When I speak about vulnerability, power and changing the world: they hire me because of my story and the fact that I am out there trying to change things. My story proves that grassroots campaigns still can work, that anyone can get a meeting with MPs if they try hard enough, and that we all have the power within to do what needs doing.

Who or what inspires you most?

Probably a bit cliche, but definitely my daughter. She’s too young to know the details of what I’m doing right now – but she gets the idea that “mummy is starting a charity to help put more criminals in jail”, and she’s really proud of me for it. Given all of the meetings that I’ve been having with MPs, she’s even decided that perhaps she wants to be an MP when she grows up. And amazingly, she’s already developing her legislative agenda. This is not someone who I can let down. So if I don’t change things now, before she grows up, what world am I creating for her?

What is the most unique experience you have had as a result of your job?

Oh dear – as someone who has done quite a lot of travelling for work over the years, I have a pile of stories. It’s hard to pick just one! It might be the time when I conducted research interviews sat next to a medical outreach tent in rural Madagascar, or it might have been speaking with women in Saudi Arabia about gender roles, or it might have been when I was everywhere from Kuala Lumpur to Buenos Aires asking people about corporate reputation, or maybe it was the focus group I ran in San Francisco on GMOS.. amongst people who spend more on organic food. I’ve worked for everyone from Apple to Unilever, from an armed rebellion (on the right side) to a Royal Family. I have way too many stories!

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