Meet your Organizer



Janie Lazar is first and foremost a changemaker, a connector of people.  A collaborator. Someone who likes a challenge.  An Event Strategizer. Being a qualified Coaching Professional, Speaker, she also puts her toastmaster skills to good use as an MC and Celebrant.

In 2016 seeing a need for specialised coaching to build confidence through personal development, she founded Much More Than Words for non-native language speaking professionals, which in turn she feels gave her the courage to step up and do a TEDxTalk herself in Drogheda in November 2017 . “Perhaps too, that’s what woke me up early one morning and apply for the licence for TEDx Dun Laoghaire!”

Her engaging talks draw on both her life business experience spanning many years, inspiring people to make life changes as they  overcome personal challenges.

As Lead Organiser, her vision is to engender a more open and socially minded, inclusive community in which more people thrive and through ‘Ideas worth Sharing’

Meet The Team

One our greatest strengths comes from the passion of the people on our team, contributing their knowledge, time and energy to inspire action for a better tomorrow. Meet the Heros and Dreamers of TEDx Dun Laoghaire 


Lead Finance Organizer

Liz Harpur is a Fellow of Accounting Technicians Ireland and is a highly skilled non-executive director of the board of Core Credit Union Ltd.

Currently she is Chair of the board and previously held positions of Vice-Chair and Secretary.

She has 10 years of extensive experience in many aspects of the Credit Union both as an ex-staff member and board director including membership of many of the board’s committees including Credit, Strategy, Remuneration and Complaints Committees.

She holds a diploma and certificate in Credit Union Governance and has qualifications in Ethics, GDPR, Anti-Money Laundering and Leadership.

Liz is also a member of Toastmasters International.


Graphic Designer

Having spent ten years working as an art director for clients such as Hyundai, Birdseye and Bank of Ireland, in Oslo and Dublin, as an employee of QMP D’Arcy and McCann-Erickson, May set up Trumpet branding and design ten years ago.

Trumpet branding and design can provide a range of solutions across all media. While May’s principal areas of expertise is graphic design, she has a team of talented people with excellent skills in marketing, copywriting and web development.


Lead Coordinator – Morning Speakers

Susan Adams is totally committed to Environmental Education in schools.

As the Founder/ Director of Education for Sustainability schools programme  (  she continues to spearhead  and deliver this flagship programme which saw Newpark Comprehensive become Ireland’s first plastic free school.

Susan is the Lead Coordinator for our morning session with young speakers from schools across the DLR area, who we very much see see as ‘Young Changemakers of the Future.‘  Her experience as a TEDx Speaker in Ballybofey combined with her work in schools makes her an invaluable member of the TEDx Dún Laoghaire Organising Team.


Venue and Event Manager

Patricia Lynch manages the venue hire at dlr LexIcon. She has managed 100’s of events since joining the team in December 2015 and enjoys the unique and challenging events most. When approached by Janie to hold the first TEDx Dun Laoghaire in dlr LexIcon, she was delighted to say yes!

Simon Sinek is one of her favourite TED speakers and turns to his inspirational videos when faced with challenges in work and life. She believes that the speakers at TEDx Dun Laoghaire will inspire and is looking forward to sharing their ideas.


Speaker Media Mentor

When you want to create and OWN your video & LIVE universe, to connect, engage and build #GlobaLIVE interactive communities, Lottie is who you video-call!

As an international trainer, stage to screen speaker, influencer and global expert, Lottie was Ireland’s first #VideoCoach in 2010. She wrote the first #ConfidenceOnCamera guidebook, mentors businesses and individuals to overcome negative camera-perceptions, and leads you to #LIVEStylePresenting POWER on any size screen.

She co-Founded the first all female-#Inspircation virtual summit & speaker community #LadiesGoLive, and regularly speaks for BeLive FB community events. She’s an Irish Cancer Society survivor-ambassador and, while going through MS ‘life-change-learnings’ , is now shifting to share “Ideas Worth Spreading” with local young speakers & #TEDxDunLaoghaire.

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