With very grateful thanks to all of our keynote speakers, supporters and panelists for an incredible conference.

Event Video

Recordings of all our key seminars and workshops from the Stoic Icons event.

Justin Stead | Introduction
15m 59s

Justin Stead is the Founder of the Aurelius Foundation, a community interest company with the vision to increase awareness and to share the principles of Stoic philosophy based on the four cardinal virtues of Wisdom, Justice, Temperance and Courage in the pursuit of happiness.

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The Foundation endeavors to share this philosophy across multiple spectrums of society including Business, Prisons and particular focus to help young people consider how they might plan their journey through life and support their considerations of how to live a life of deeper purpose that contributes to the greater good.

Stead is currently the Chairman of multiple international consumer brands: Desmond & Dempsey, Le Col, Baby Mori and Navy Grey. All businesses originate and operate from London and are backed by private equity/investors. Previously, he was the CEO of Radley London Aurum Holdings, now the Watches of Switzerland Group, which portfolio of brands includes Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland from 2006 to 2014. He maintains Board roles with Radley London and Digital MR which is a leading AI technology data translation company.

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Dr John Sellars | The Life of Marcus Aurelius, Stoic Icon
25m 59s

Following our online virtual series examining the lives of Stoic Icons Cicero, Seneca and Epictetus, John provides us with an overview and insights into the life of Marcus Aurelius.

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John is a lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, a Visiting Fellow at King's College London and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is also the author of 'The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy', 'Stoicism', 'Hellenistic Philosophy' and 'Lessons in Stoicism'. John is a founding member of 'Modern Stoicism', the group behind Stoic Week and Stoicon and a Founding Member of the Aurelius Foundation.

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Angie Hobbs | Marcus Aurelius: A Leader for Our Times?
28m 04s

Angie considers the relevance of Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism in modern times, is Marcus still a leader we can look to for guidance in todays age?

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Angie Hobbs FRSA is Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, having gained a degree in Classics and a PhD in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

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Kathryn Koromilas | How to Write Like a Roman Emperor
37m 28s

How can we write our own version of Meditations? Kathryn takes us through central exercises to begin constructing and developing our own therapeutic writing programme.

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Kathryn Koromilas is a writer, teacher, and a writing and creativity coach who uses ancient wisdom and writing practices in her teaching. Kathryn studied English literature and philosophy at the University of Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English, philosophy, performance studies); a Graduate Diploma in Education; and a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing. She also has a background in academia, teaching academic writing at Charles Sturt University, Australia and was an English professor at Bentley University and MCPHS University in Boston USA.

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Epictetus & The Prison Stoics
44m 55s

Through our partnership with the HM Prison Service we bring Stoic thought to the UK prison system and have made significant breakthroughs in offender rehabilitation. In this workshop, Andy Small and Jay Adam, Advisors to the Aurelius Foundation, demonstrate central teachings from Epictetus in challenging and shaping your mindset.

Stoics in Business Workshop
30m 04s

Justin Stead is joined by an esteemed panel of business leaders including Michalis Michael (CEO, Digital MR), Yanto Barker (CEO, Le Col) & Richard Malley (Entrepreneur & Investor) to discuss the importance of Stoicism in business and leadership.

Mark Tuitert | Master your Stoic Mindset
28m 32s

‘How do you hold yourself up in the storm of life? How do you deal with uncertainty, when things don’t go the way they should? No struggle, no victory’, Mark Tuitert.

Olympic champion Mark Tuitert takes us through the journey of his Stoic Mindset and his upcoming book, “Drive: Train Your Stoic Mindset”.

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Mark Tuitert is a former Dutch speed skater who won Olympic gold in the 1500 meter event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. After retiring from competitive speed skating, Mark has continued to make a positive impact as a published writer, sharing his experiences and insights on topics such as stoicism. Mark shares his wisdom and knowledge on how to develop a resilient and focused approach to life, drawing on his experiences as an Olympic champion and adopting a Stoic Mindset.

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Justin Stead | Closing Comments
28m 04s

Stoic themes are prevalent throughout popular media and often depicted in the struggles and successes of characters in books and film. Our closing presentation makes reference to the plight of the character Andy Dufresne in the film, “The Shawshank Redemption.” Due to copyright reasons we are unable to include this for you within our recording. however you can view the clip here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njJ41irPjTc

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