#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Penni Cox


Penni Cox is a well established psychologist spending the past decade working in a variety of contexts, from patient clinics to private practice, and the humanitarian sector. These roles in the world of psychology, contributed to her vast experience in working with addiction, adolescents, as well as family and organisational systems. Additionally, Cox has devoted much of her time taking part in missions with humanitarian organizations, both in Africa and abroad including Liberia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. These missions supplied her with the opportunity to form part of health teams working with issues such as the Ebola outbreak and Xenophobia attacks.

Penni took a few minutes to answer our random questions and share a little more about herself with our audience.

What inspires you to get out of bed in the morning/ who or what inspires you?

Two of my mantras in life are "It's all about heart" and "why not?" These beliefs are drivers for me, and definitely motivates me to get out of bed in the morning. Additionally, I love meeting people from all walks of life, travelling and exploring my creativity.

What motivated you to be a TEDxCapeTown speaker?

I feel so humbled and privileged to be selected and be part of a group of people that inspires others to think new thoughts, and aim to shift some traditional paradigms. I like to step out of my comfort zone, and so I was motivated to apply and to challenge myself. Furthermore, I have been fortunate to have some powerful encounters as a humanitarian worker, and I would love to share my stories.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Being a bit of an experience junky, I hope to get experience from this TEDx journey. I hope to stretch myself, gain some skills and meet new people. In the end I hope to feel proud of myself for going for it!

What's your favourite TED/ TEDx talk?

Brene Brown, ‘Listening to shame’.