Thursday 18th April, 2013
11:45am to 1:00pm
Bal Arneson is one of the most remarkable and fiercely resilient female speakers today. Growing up in an Indian village during a time when girls were raised only to serve their eventual husbands, Bal felt the weight of her life crushing down on her - and decided to escape this fate.
Drawing on bottomless reserves of energy, and knowing that education was key, she set out on a remarkable journey that spanned continents and decades. Bal came to Canada 19 years ago via an arranged marriage with very little knowledge of English, no family, no friends and no money.
After a few years, Bal left her arranged marriage with her infant daughter; started cleaning people's homes and was determined to get education because she knew education was the key to change the traditional gender suppressed paths.
Bal earned her Master's degree in education, taught in the public school system, and later became a celebrity chef, educator, health advocate, and rising media mogul - all while raising her daughter. Bal then convinced a publisher to produce her cookbook, and talked her way into bigger and bigger TV deals.
With star power, candor, and grace, Bal traces the unforgettable arc of her life, and draws out pertinent lessons for any audience. She talks about her own story so that others might see themselves in it. Today, the feisty Bal is an entrepreneur in full command of a growing media empire and - perhaps more importantly - her life's trajectory.
Author, Educator and Host of Food Network’s Spice Goddess
Bal Arneson is as remarkable and as she is resilient. Growing up in an Indian village during a time when girls were raised only to serve their eventual husbands, Arneson felt the weight of her future crushing down on her, and decided to escape her fate. Nineteen years later, she is the host and star of television's acclaimed cooking series, Spice Goddess, and author of two bestselling cookbooks. She shares her deeply personal and inspiring story with audiences, encouraging her listeners to dream big and act on their desires.
In 2010, Spice Goddess was launched on the The Cooking Channel in the US and on Food Network Canada. It was later nominated for a James Beard Award in 2011 and for a NAMIC Vision Award in 2012. Arneson has also appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America. Her two cookbooks, Everyday Indian and Bal's Quick and Healthy Indian, are bestsellers―Quick and Healthy was the recipient of the "Asian Cuisine Category Prize for Canada" by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Arneson is also the west-coast correspondent for the National Post's "Appetizer" blog, and also writes a monthly column for The Province.
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