A bumper audience is expected for the first of the togetherTalks series of webinars which launches on Tuesday evening (May 5th).
Canadian Jennifer Jones, one of the most recognisable women in Rotary, will be leading off the interactive event which is being organised by Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland.
Since the togetherTalks were launched 10 days ago, more than 500 people from around the world have signed up for the 40-minute showcase, which kicks off at 19.05 London time.
It will be hosted by Dave King, editor of Rotary magazine, and Nicki Scott, Rotary Director nominee for 2021-23.
Nicki said: “We have been blown away by the amazing response we’ve had for the togetherTalks, and I can’t wait for Tuesday night.
“We’re so excited to have Jennifer Jones as our first guest. I spoke to her last week, and she was looking forward to getting involved with something which is new for Rotary and very different in feel.
“It’s been amazing to see how quickly Rotary has adapted by going online, and I have attended and spoken at a number of Zoom meetings. But the togetherTalks will be a very different experience. It will be fast-paced, multi-faced and interactive.”
The first series of the togetherTalks will run weekly through to the end of July, and already tops names from the world of business and entertainment have been lined up over the next few months.
We have been blown away by the amazing response we’ve had for the togetherTalks, and I can’t wait for Tuesday night.”
Next week (May 12th), Karl Wilding, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, will be in the host seat, followed by award-winning Australian speaker and trend forecaster, Michael McQueen (May 19th).
And just over a month before he takes up office as President of Rotary International, Holger Knaack will be joining the togetherTalks from Germany on May 26th.
The togetherTalks will be live steamed on Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland’s YouTube channel, with the audience able to submit questions during the event.
Nicki said that the togetherTalks concept had been pulled together in just five weeks, working with a team of Rotarians from Great Britain & Ireland, as well as the Rotary Support Centre in Warwickshire.
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They include Phil Dyer from Prescot Rotary, Vicky O’Farrell from Hayward’s Heath Rotary, and Jennifer Allen, publisher of Rotary magazine.
“We’ve had a couple of interesting rehearsals to make sure this format works, so fingers crossed we’ll be all right on the night,” added Nicki.
“This is new Rotary and exciting Rotary, but the togetherTalks will not become Rotary-centric.
“We have invited exciting and interesting guests who have something to say, and who will appeal to a global audience, whether you are a Rotarian or not.”
There’s still time to register for the Jennifer Jones togetherTalks, and from Wednesday (May 6th) you can get in early for a front row seat to join Karl Wilding’s appearance on May 12th.
How to tune in
Each togetherTalk is being hosted on Zoom and then live streamed on the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland’s YouTube channel.
You can register for the event via our official Eventbrite page. Doing this will give you email reminders and immediate access to the stream, so you don’t miss a moment! There are two types of free ticket available:
Zoom Room Access:
- Get front row access to the togetherTalk and be part of a limited audience who join in the conversation live within Zoom, including the opportunity to put a question to our speaker.
- YouTube live stream access – Sit back, relax and watch the togetherTalk live from your preferred device.