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 event, TED Talks, live speakers, and dialogue will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. These events are organized by passionate people who seek to uncover new ideas and the latest research that spark conversations in their communities.
With our own event and theme, "The Right to Dream", we're intent on elevating the voices that are reimagining a new and just society through a creative praxis, combining storytelling and their lived experience as a throughway. Not just from a space of dismantling tired, old concepts and fighting oppressive views, but implanting fresh seeds rooted in new imaginings, curiosity and right relationship.
Sarah Eagle Heart (Waŋblí Šiná Wíŋyaŋ, Eagle Shawl Woman), Oglála Lakota, is an Emmy Award–winning social justice storyteller, entrepreneur, and philanthropic leader. Sarah cofounded Zuyá Entertainment to create multi-platform stories based on her unique worldview infused by her Lakota culture.
Sarah is an Executive Producer on “Lakota Nation vs. The United States”, a documentary feature film about the fight for HeSapa (The Black Hills of South Dakota), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2022 and will stream on Hulu in the late fall.
In 2019, her narrative change partnership with John Legend’s Get Lifted and Baobab Studios “Crow: the Legend”, a virtual reality story about how the crow became black, led to an Emmy in Outstanding Interactive Media.
TINA STRAWN (she/they)
Tina Strawn is a joy and liberation advocate, racial and social justice activist, & the author of "Are We Free Yet? The Black, Queer Guide to Divorcing America." Tina is also the owner and host of the popular Speaking of Racism podcast, and the co-founder of Here4TheKids, an abolitionist movement to ban guns and fossil fuel.
The heart of Tina's work is founding & leading Legacy Trips, immersive, 3-day antiracism weekends where participants visit historical locations such as Montgomery and Selma, AL, and utilize spiritual practices & mindfulness based resources as tools to affect personal and collective change.
As a full-time minimalist nomad, Tina travels the globe speaking, writing, teaching, and exploring where on the planet she can feel safe and free in her queer, Black, woman-identifying body.
QUENTIN VENNIE (he/him)
As the Co-Founder & CEO of The Equitea Co., Quentin is a celebrated wellness expert & advocate for mental health and author of the bestselling memoir, Strong In The Broken Places. He has been recognized as one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Modern Men of Distinction and by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, for his work in mental health and addiction recovery.
He also appeared as the wellness keynote speaker for Colin Kaepernick’s “Know My Rights” Camp in Quentin’s hometown of Baltimore, MD.
Quentin serves on the advisory board for the Partnering for Student Wellness program, a mental health research study conducted by The Universities of Maryland & South Carolina; and has also served on the advisory council for Lineage Project, a non-profit that teaches trauma-informed mindfulness practices to youth in NYC.
As an Afghan social activist and human rights defender, Crystal took the world by storm on August 19 2021, on Afghanistan Independence Day, when she marched in the streets with the flag wrapped around her in resistance to the Taliban, who has implemented harsh Shariah law & removed women from government.
She was subsequently named one of BBC's 100 Most Influential Women of 2021, recognized by the Utah Senate Houses as a warrior, and by the former Afghan president and parliament in early 2020 for activism in passing the minority rights bill.
With threats made to her life in 2021, Crystal fled to the US with the support of charitable activists & friends, and continues to fight through her foundation to ensure Afghan women & children have access to education and libraries.
As a somatic healing practitioner and communications expert whose work centers social change and embodied transformation, Meenadchi utilizes the modalities of family constellation therapy and Non-Violent Communication with a decolonial and trauma-informed lens.
Meenadchi supports inquisitive individuals and entrepreneurial changemakers transform our worlds by healing how we speak to ourselves, each other, and the universe.
Meenadchi holds a clinical license in occupational therapy and has historically served communities impacted by gender-based violence, complex trauma, and serious mental illness. She is the author of Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication.
GEORGINA MIRANDA (she/her)
As a mountaineer athlete, activist & entreprenuer, Georgina is in the process of becoming one of less than 20 women in the world to complete the Explorer’s Grand Slam—climbing the highest peak on each continent and skiing to the last degree of the North and South Pole.
With three expeditions remaining, Georgina does so to ignite collective-inspired action to end violence against women, as the project shares the voices of women and places at
Georgina is also the CEO & founder of She Ventures, a social enterprise unleashing the untapped power of women worldwide. She serves on the Board of Directors for 1% for the Planet and is a Lecturer at the University of Colorado Boulder, having launched The Foundations of Inclusivity in the Outdoor Recreation Economy course for Masters students.
LOUIZA DORAN (she/her)
Louiza "Weeze" Doran first began her community oriented work as an equity and liberation educator, strategist and speaker with a healing centered and humanity first ethos.
Featured in the NYT, Forbes, Buzzfeed and many more, she is known for her kind and compassionate yet direct approach. After over a decade in collective liberation work, she turned her focus to the next generation and started the Asafa Collective, a foundation providing an ecosystem of resources supporting young people in their matriculation from secondary school into adulthood.
Outside of work Weeze is just as multi-faceted and multi-hyphenated: Podcaster, Cal Alumni, Bay Area native, boxing enthusiast, coffee aficionado, dog mama, beach baby, music lover and so much more.
As an Indigenous Māori woman, cultural practitioner and Māori cultural consultant from Aotearoa, New Zealand, Amelia is the founder and director of Learn Māori Abroad, a global organization that shares Māori language, culture and performance.
Amelia majored in Māori language, culture and performance in her Bachelor of Arts degree and Māori Land Law in her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Auckland.
Amelia has shared Māori language & culture with many groups & organizations in the US including UCLA, University of Hawaii, University of Washington, Pacific Island Ethnic Arts Museum, Warner Bros Studios, Sony, Tourism New Zealand, Penguin Random House, Atlas Obscura and many more. Amelia is currently based on the lands of the Chickasaw Nation (Memphis, TN).
DR. FRANCISCO NAVARRO (He/him)
As a triple board-certified psychiatrist, a clinical supervisor at UCLA, and the founder of ResWell Health, Dr. Navarro's mission is simple: educate the community, optimize health, and eradicate mental health stigmas.
In addition to providing integrative, evidence-based mental health treatment he is currently on faculty at UCLA and offers clinical supervision for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in-training clinicians.
Dr. Navarro is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (AACAP). He has also held positions as an executive board member in the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
NEHA MISRA (she/her)
As an award-winning climate justice advocate, contemporary eco-folk artist, and poet, Neha's Mother Earth wisdom centered interdisciplinary studio uses the transformative power of art to build bridges between our private, collective, and planetary healing.
She is a Public Voices Fellow on the Climate Crisis – an initiative of the OpED Project and Yale Program of Climate Change Communication to change who writes history, and a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Neha has also been recognized as a Regenerative Artivist by Design Science Studio – a partnership between the Buckminster Fuller Institute and habRitual for world’s leading planet conscious artists.
Her visionary work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, Humanity Rising, New York City Climate Week, Miami Art Week Regenaissance, Revolutionary Voices Rukus Avenue Radio, Forbes, Ms. Magazine, Mothers of Invention, and Voice of America.
TAMELA GORDON (she/her)
Tamela Julia Gordon is an acquisitions editor for Row House Publishing and a New York City-based writer. While she supports self-care, Tamela's message is clear: the care we need must be inclusive and communal. For five years, she's used her work, platform, and even her home to prove that we can get through anything with support and access to resources.
Her forthcoming nonfiction, Hood Wellness: Tales of Communal Care From People Who Drowned on Dry Land, is a collection of stories, essays, and testimonies that affirm the power of communal care.
Her TEDx Talk, "Self-Care is Played Out: We Need Each Other," is based on the brave framework that asserts that, without communal care, self-care is futile. Tamela has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Post, Elle Magazine, and Quartz.
ELIZABETH DIALTO (she/her)
Known for her nuanced, inclusive, and humor-infused approach to spirituality and the healing arts, Elizabeth DiAlto is an Embodiment Specialist and a Spiritual Futurist.
In 2013, she founded the School of Sacred Embodiment, where she developed a range of healing and liberatory frameworks and modalities that blend together movement, energy work, and mystical wisdom. Her specialty is helping people live through what she calls the highest part of all of us - our Wild Soul.
A native New Yorker with Boricua and mixed-European roots, Elizabeth now calls Miami home, is an avid salsa dancer, and has a laugh that has been described as “a sound bath of sunshine and joy.”
Meet the Squad
Our collective passion is to create the most exciting and meaningful TEDx event for you!
Executive Producer & Curator
Sonali is a Sri Lankan-born, California-grown, leadership consultant and Founder of the award-winning Revolutionaries Take the Mic, a creative incubator designed to elevate women of color into positions of power & influence. She's also the host of the Revolutionary Voices talkshow on Rukus Avenue Radio, with 9+ million listeners a month.
Sonali helped successfully produce the most racially & culturally diverse TEDx event in the West last year. This is her third round at producing TEDxDelthorneWomen. In 2018, she gave her first TEDx Talk, addressing the reclamation of BIPoC voices and the ways dominant culture can show up in allyship and duty.
JENNIFER LAHODA (she/her)
Co-Producer & Thought Partner
Jennifer is a seeker, a story teller, a partner, a mother and a heart-centered executive who is passionate about elevating consciousness and connection in work and life. She is the third-generation leader of Pacific Resource Recovery, her family’s environmental services company and a champion for creating workspaces that value people and community as the benchmarks for excellence.
In 2022, Jennifer delivered her first TEDx Talk at TEDxDelthorneWomen, entitled "Questioning My White Woman Worldview." She loves adventuring with her husband and two sons, trying a new recipe or listening to a favorite podcast.
ANDRÉA RANAE JOHNSON (she/they)
As a singer/songwriter, recording artist, speaker & coach, Andréa invites those of us who struggle with feeling like we’re not doing enough for the world to consider that our greatest contribution resides not in what we do, but in who we decide to be. In their debut single, "Shine," she sings: I am free to be all me, to take up space that's mean't for me.
In 2022, Andréa delivered their first TEDx Talk at TEDxDelthorneWomen, entitled "How To Create Peace in Our World." We are thrilled to have Andréa join us as host and collaborater this year.
TABBY BIDDLE (she/her)
Tabby is the bestselling author of Find Your Voice: A Woman's Call to Action 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.
ROB SHERRELL (he/him)
With nearly a decade of experience, Rob has managed events in several different parts of the world for major clients like Live Nation, Big Time Rush, Subaru, and Tyra Banks. His specialty is experiential productions believing that an event is more than just something to attend, but rather a full-on experience for every guest.
Also, with his work as Event Manager for Zynger Events, Rob has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations such as the Aspen Institute, Boys & Girls Club, and the Bezos Family Foundation.
MEREDITH YINGER (she/her)
Through her award-winning female-founded video production company, She TV Media, Meredith is dedicated to spotlighting stories that are not the status quo, striving to amplify the voices of the marginalized in order to create a positive shift in storytelling. Her upcoming documentary, Scars Unseen follows three women who have overcome domestic violence and are paying it forward.
She TV Media has shot five of our previous TEDx events and we couldn't be happier to have Meredith back on board this year.
LACIE ARMSTRONG (she/her)
Lacie is a multi-talented professional in the realms of Television, Film, Radio, and Broadcast Journalism. Her career spans a wealth of behind the scenes experience, as a Producer, Assistant Director, and Production Coordinator, both in the dynamic world of on-set productions and the structured corporate landscape.
With experience as a creative project manager at Paramount and CBS, & with a Bachelor's degree in Film, Television, and Media with a specialization in Broadcast Journalism from California State University LA, Lacie joins our video production team for the first time.
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