In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDelthorneWomen, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDelthorneWomen, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion around the topic Fearless. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TEDWomen is a TED event curated by TED that focuses on women and women’s issues. TEDxWomen events are TEDx events that follow the live webcast of TEDWomen, and also feature live and local speakers. Our event is called TEDxDelthorneWomen and we are one of the many TEDx events that will happen around the world on November 28th, 2020. We will expand upon the ideas brought up at TEDWomen, while also relating it back to the Women of Los Angeles.
Eraina Davis-Ferguson is a creative nonfiction writer currently penning a memoir about raising a daughter with autism and deafness. Her story was featured in “The New Haven Register” She holds an M.Ed in Education and an MAR in Religion from Yale University. As a TEDx speaker, her story has been featured in Fairygodboss and Black Enterprise Magazine.
For over a decade, Tabby Biddle has been working at the forefront of the movement for gender equality and the advancement of women and girls -- as a writer, leadership coach, consultant and educator. She has been hailed by the United Nations Foundation as "a voice for women and girls around the world," and by Global Girl Media as "one of the true feminist and fierce leaders of our movement for gender equity in media and representation." Through Tabby’s speaking appearances, group classes and private coaching practice, she has supported thousands of women on their path into greater leadership, from business leaders, to media personalities, to filmmakers, to celebrity activists, to artists, to students, to entrepreneurs.
Tabby is the bestselling author of Find Your Voice: A Woman's Call to Action, the creator and lead facilitator of Women on the TEDx Stage, and the co-creator and co-director of 50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment. Tabby has been both a TEDx speaker and United Nations Press Fellow, and has been featured by The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, UN Dispatch, Current TV, NPR, among other international media. She received her Masters in Education from Bank Street College in New York City and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Colby College. She lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and young son.
Founder of She Angels Foundation
As aproducer, author, speaker and podcast host- Catherine’s focus is to to empower female entrepreneurs. She enjoys working on socially conscious projects that are impacting the world in a positive way.
Aftera successful careeras the top account executive in the country for a Miami based cable advertising firm, Catherine became a filmmaker and serial entrepreneur with a focus on making a difference.
Currently she is working on launching a new original series for television called She Angels. It covers the exciting journeys of female entrepreneurs who win funding and mentorship at the She Angels Pitchfest. This is part of creating a global initiative to fund women around the world. In addition to this endeavor, Catherine recently co-founded the creation of the SHE ANGELS FOUNDATION to further the efforts in generating a fund to support female founded non profits that are helping women.
To support the women’s empowerment vision, she hosts the podcast series “INVEST IN HER”, a weekly live broadcasting on YouTube, iTunes, iHeart, Spotify and other popular podcasts networks. Every week she interviews phenomenal female founders and funders. The purpose of the show is to discuss ways to accelerate the funding of women, and provide resources and inspiration to her listeners.
You can also find her book, "Live Love Thrive" on Amazon, that tells true women’s stories of adversity to triumph.
Catherine produced several award-winning films including the very first documentary film about gay marriage called "I Can't Marry You," narrated by Ellen DeGeneres's mom Betty, which aired on PBS in more than 60 cities nationwide.
Her favorite quote is from Mahatma Gandhi "Happiness Is When What You Think, What You Say, and What You Do Are In Complete Harmony." She also believes in the quote of the Dalai Lama, “The Western Women will save the world”!
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CEO of Sexy Boss Babe
Arzo Yusuf is the Executive Producer and Hostand of The Sexy Boss Babe Podcast focused on relevant female centric topics that matter; like self esteem, overcoming adversity, body positivity, empowerment, motivation and success. She interviews notables and celebrities from time to time. The Sexy Boss Babe podcast is available on iTunes, Apple Podcast, Spotify, iHeart Radio and over 20 platforms with reach in over 15 countries. Season 3 just launched with an interview with Suze Orman that Suze’s long time fans tout as, “the best interview of Suze Orman I’ve ever heard.”
She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and as a newborn, escaped the U.S.S.R. invasion in 1980 as her parents carried her in a blanket, holding the corners while she oscillated between the mules they rode. She was raised in San Diego, California, later moving to L.A. where she attended the University of Southern California to study Accounting. Her work history has mostly been as an Operations Director for start ups to mid-size companies, Business Development as well as consulting on process improvement strategies for billion dollar corporate, legal and insurance companies.
For 4 years, she was President of the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization called, Angels Nest where they provide homes, food and resources to youths that have aged out of foster care. She learned how broken the foster care system was and that 1/3 of the homeless, 90% of incarcerated inmates and 80% of sex trafficking victims were all foster youth. She helped build out their programs, created a life skills curriculum for the youth as well as helped raise over $10,000,000. Angels Nest is currently partnered with the Cal State University system providing financial subsidies to former foster youth that are attendingcollege.
This work inspired her to Produce and Direct a documentary about the problems youths face in the foster care system and possible solutions called, Breaking The Cycle.
In addition to podcasting, Arzo is CEO & Founder of Sexy Boss Babe a new indie beauty brand. The brand promotes women empowerment, positive body image and inner confidence. The company is also a social enterprise and a portion of proceeds of each product is donated to charities that help foster youth and survivors of sex trafficking. Sexy Boss Babe started a grassroots support and awareness campaign called the #SBBMOVEMENT. Purchases and sponsorships support this demographic to receive life skills/self esteem workshops, donations of product and comfort bears are given to foster kids during court hearings through their charity partners; CASA Los Angeles, Journey Out, Penny Lane, Glamour Gowns and Angels Nest.
Instagram: @thearzoyusuf Twitter: @ArzoYusuf
Founder and CEO
Adrienne considers it an honor to serve as a guide to women who are overcoming traumatic experiences to successfully achieve their most deeply held hopes and dreams.
A history of traumatic experiences brought her to her knees. This ultimately led Adrienne to acknowledging her own inner strength, the power of trauma informed care, and to embark on the quest of creating communities and processes which guide women on the journey to thriving after trauma.
A personal and professional understanding of success patterns and a database with hundreds of trauma informed resources helps Adrienne lead clients to achieving concrete and life changing results. Naturally divergent thinking patterns and formal investigative training result in solutions which are far from status quo, and which address the complexities of living life after complex traumas.
A demonstrated lifelong learner, Adrienne is continually expanding and deepening her expertise.
When she isn't spending time with her family, she enjoys hiking in national parks, traveling the country, voraciously reading the newest management and physics theories, running in 5k races, and volunteering time and energy to her community.
Founder and CEO of Passion Fit
Reena Vokoun, Founder and CEO of Passion Fit, is an entrepreneur, writer, public speaker, content creator, media spokesperson and certified health and wellness expert through AFAA, ACE and IDEA Fitness.
She graduatedwith a B.B.A. in Marketing and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Advertising and Communications from Boston University.She spent several years in corporate America working in marketing, sales and business development roles for companies such as Google, Yahoo, Reebok, CNET, GE and a start-up called Grokker.
Today, she serves companies, nonprofits, universities, schools and the media through Passion Fit products, services and content focused on wellness education and training in the areas of fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, work-life balance, stress management, productivity and personal and professional development.
In addition to running Passion Fit, Reena is on the Entrepreneurship Alumni Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and is a Women in Management Facilitator for Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. She was also nominated to be a candidate for Woman of the Year Silicon Valley 2020, a fundraising campaign through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where she raised tens of thousands of dollars for blood cancer research.
Reena is a wife, mom and first-generation-born Indian-American and she and her family currently live in California.
National Vice President, Independent Consultant, Arbonne International
After a 20 year career in fashion and building my brand to $30M, I left the industry to fulfill a dream!! I adopted a baby late in life and became a single mom by choice! 16 years ago I took a giant leap of faith in myself and decided not to settle!. As a single mom the work-life balance was at the top of my list to be a present mom and that’s why I decided that Arbonne was my solution. I was not looking for a network marketing biz, but I was looking for something that I was passionate about, something that made me jump out of bed each morning raring to go, and something that I could set as an example for my son, that anything is possible when you have faith and passion. I can tell you today, that I am leaving a legacy for my son and that I live a life filled with time, freedom and choices. I’m proof Dreams do come true!! It just takes some belief and passion sprinkled with vision that there is a brighter future out there for each of us when we don't settle!
I am an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, single mom, and community activist, currently on the executive board for 20 years at United in Harmony, a program designed to help children develop positive self esteem.
Executive Producer and Showrunner for Entertainment Studios
Patricia Wilson, a five-time Daytime Emmy nominee, is Executive Producer and Showrunner for Entertainment Studios; she coordinates its signature court shows and their 24-hour legal network – Justice Central, including America’s Court with Judge Ross, We the People with Gloria Allred, Justice For All with Cristina Perez, Supreme Justice with Judge Karen, Justice with Judge Mablean and The Verdict with Judge Hatchett.
Patricia majored in Political Science at UCLA with an emphasis in American Politics and a minor in Urban Planning and U.S. Poverty . As an undergraduate, Patricia served as a reporter for UCLA’s radio station and covered stories ranging from South African Apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela, abortion rights for women, and the civil disturbance in Los Angeles following the Rodney King vs. LAPD verdict.
Patricia relocated to Washington, DC where she worked for a democratic lobbyist firm during President Clinton’s first term. This internship deepened Patricia’s investment in politics and compelled her back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in network news.
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