Better Together

    December 7th, 2019

  • TEDxDelthorneWomen

    2018 Cohort


    TEDxDelthorneWomen Reel

  • About

    What is TEDx?

    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 Listen to Her. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

    What is TEDxWomenDelthorne?

    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 30th. We will expand upon the ideas brought up at TEDWomen, while also relating it back to the Women of Los Angeles.

  • Speakers

    Alexandra Catalano

    Lifestyle Expert

    Alexandra Catalano is a healthy lifestyle expert, TEDx Speaker, author and creator of the popular lifestyle brand Eat Cute (@eatcute). Alexandra teaches intuitive eating, healthy lifestyle hacks, and self-care practices to enhance daily performance and vitality. Alexandra is a frequent guest on The Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family as well as FOX Good Day LA, CW News, Elite Daily and The Lifetime Network and she has written for publications such as Mindbodygreen, Oxygen Magazine, FOX News Magazine, Paleo Magazine, FabFitFun and Brit +Co.

    Dana Commandatore

    Advertising Exec

    Dana Commandatore is a full-time working wife, mother, advocate, and baker. She grew up in New Jersey and moved across the river to New York City to start her advertising career in the late 1990s. She and her husband, actor Michael Broderick, decided to move their family to Los Angeles in 2004 where their son was diagnosed with autism. She and Michael began RethinkingAutism.com in 2009 to change the autism conversation from causation and cure to acceptance and understanding. Dana and her family still reside in Los Angeles where she is an Executive Vice President at Deutsch Advertising Agency, Autism Acceptance Advocate and avid baker.

    Stella McShera

    Tech Founder

    Stella is an innovator and serial entrepreneur that has supported the growth and success of women for close to two decades. She founded the first business incubator in the U.S. focused on fashion that provided resources to hundreds of female entrepreneurs. She went on to become the COO of a small beauty business that she transformed to a multi-million-dollar company with a "people then profits" strategy. Her work earned her recognition from the Oregon Business Magazine and Women’s Inc. as one of “Six Women Innovators to watch” and the Portland Business Journal as one of the “Top 100 fastest growing companies in Oregon” award.


    In 2015, Stella created equallet (equality + wallet) a local search platform that empowers conscious consumers and social impact investors to find and do business with women. It's mission is to close the gender gap, one transaction at a time.



    Toya Webb

    Media Exec

    Toya Webb is a national award-winning CMO, transformational life coach and motivational speaker. She inspires her clients to live a life with purpose on purpose. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, this former news reporter has a knack for good story-telling and a passion for people. She is a recipient of the YWCA leadership award in Communications and Technology, was named one of the Best Under 40 by the Kane County Chronicle and was recognized as a mover and a shaker as a 40 under 40 honoree by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.


    An executive and influential leader in higher education, Toya believes in the power of lifelong learning and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University in Illinois. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three sons.



    Jeff Shuford

    Tech Founder

    Jeff Shuford is a nationally syndicated columnist whose monthly column appears in more than 44 regional newspapers throughout the country. An award-winning contributor to Forbes, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Entrepruner.com among others Shuford's passion for delivering captivating content extends far past his weekly columns.


    A decorated combat veteran, military spouse, and award-winning innovator, Shuford is a champion for veteran issues nationwide. Shuford is one of fewer than five millennial African-American syndicated columnists in the United States, and one of the country's youngest nationally syndicated columnists overall. Shuford is the president of Tech From Vets, a veteran-owned technology company that merges National Football League veterans and military veterans together in the technology industry.



    Dr. Sarita Jackson


    Sarita D. Jackson, Ph.D. is a global trade consultant, author, scholar, and speaker. Dr. Jackson encourages global trade policies and company practices that put global citizen welfare over economic growth and business bottom line. Dr. Jackson’s passion and efforts have been inspired by her experiences living and working in the Southern African, Latin American, and Caribbean regions.

    She has earned the Fulbright Scholar Award (Dominican Republic); SCORE Greater Los Angeles Certificate of Entrepreneurship; and effective teaching awards from two different universities, with the most recent from UCLA Extension. She was also nominated for the 2017 Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s Award, which recognizes the achievements of women leaders in the business community.

    Dr. Jackson carries out her mission as the founder, president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based research and consulting firm, Global Research Institute of International Trade.



    Martine Kalaw


    Martine Kalaw is an author, speaker and spokeswoman on current immigration laws and reform. Her book "Illegal Among Us" (Nov. 2018) recounts her journey through a 7- year deportation battle with no family or country, to success as a senior level executive with an advanced degree, a father she thought dead, and finally her long-sought U.S. citizenship. Martine was a Huffington Post contributor on the topic of Immigration Reform . She is a graduate of Hamilton College and Syracuse University with a Masters in Public Administration and Immigration Law. She is an Organizational Development consultant with over 8 years of designing professional/ management training and building organizational development strategies for fortune 500 companies and technology start-ups on a global level .



    Chance Cessna

    Actress and TV Host

    Chance Cessna is an American TV Host, actress, speaker, author and producer from Chicago, IL. She was the youngest child of the three children of a real estate investor father, Gabriel Jackson, and a salon owner mother, Cessna Durr. Chance then began to make her mark on the world of media and broadcast journalism, landing internships with The CW Television Network, WUSA 9 News and celebrity gossip site theYBF.com.

    In December 2012, she participated in the Miss Illinois USA 2013 pageant and won the pageant's Miss Congeniality 2013 title. Just days after, Chance received an invitation to star in a segment of The Steve Harvey Show which led to a subsequent opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles, CA. Chance is currently a reporter for Essence Magazine and appears as a contributing media personality on several other media outlets. In 2018, Chance will be publishing her first breakout book, Destiny Unstoppable: How To Be Fearless in Pursuit of Your Destiny. She also currently serves as the president and CEO of Christian Women In Entertainment (CWIE). On her free time she loves to travel and serve in her community.


    Roberta Hoskie

    Real Estate Investor

    Before her incredible story went viral, Roberta Hoskie committed her life to helping educate others about their financial well-being and purpose.

    Hoskie was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. Though she became pregnant at the age of 17, she was determined not to live a life of poverty. After obtaining her associate degree in office administration at Gateway Community and Technical College, she worked at Yale University in the Department of Pediatrics. In 2002, she left Yale University and accepted a position in Bronx, NY as a departmental administrator at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She later studied business management at Quinnipiac University.

    As the Founder and CEO of the Outreach School of Real Estate, Hoskie has dedicated herself to educating others on how to end the cycle of poverty. Outreach School of Real Estate is an educational facility designed to prepare students for the real estate world. Mrs. Hoskie's first real estate deal made her over a quarter of a million dollars and dramatically changed her life. She is currently the President and CEO of Outreach Realty Services, a full service Real Estate Brokerage.

    Louise Mbella

    Advocate and Think Tank Consultant

    Louise Mbella “Sinai” also called (Frenchy) is a Native of the City of Créteil in France born and raised. She is a proud immigrant of Los Angeles where she advocates for Homeless Rights, Human Rights, Social Projects fostering Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, Empowerment and more. With a French Degree in Economics and Social Sciences, and a Certificate in The Humanities from a U.S academic institution, her advocacy work on behalf of the homeless in Downtown Los Angeles, particularly Skidrow, is significant.

    Having overcome trauma homelessness and oppression herself, she highlights the importance of listening to the voices of survivors particularly those experiencing homelessness, scarcity, violence. She feels that making them part of the conversation and solutions of our social issues directly impacting them is important.

    Her message suggests the necessity to go beyond just providing shelters and low income permanent supportive housing as an answer to the homeless crisis. She stresses the importance of creating social curriculum platforms while transforming the minds of men and women, as a fundamental element for helping end homelessness.

    Reaa Puri


    Reaa Puri is an award-winning filmmaker, activist, and co-founder of Breaktide Productions, a women-of-color-owned production company. She has won numerous international film awards from New York to China and London, and was selected as a Sundance New Voices Lab semifinalist. Reaa’s credits include being a published photographer in Vogue Magazine, Vh1 Showrunner, and Video Producer at Wear Your Voice Magazine, Carbonated TV, and Hearst Digital Media. Her original work frequently explores gender-based violence, accessibility and holistic wellness. Reaa earned her bachelor’s degree in film from the University of California, Berkeley, and grew up between California, India, and Kuwait, which influenced her decision to intersect media with social justice.

    Sonali Fiske

    Leadership Consultant and Founder

    Sonali Fiske is a Sri Lankan-American women's leadership coach and founder of Pick Your Platform & Raise Your Voice. As a mentor to underrepresented & woman-identifying voices of color, she centers the often suppressed and sidelined stories of those still considered on the margins of society. Her recent online masterclass on "Dismantling White Dominance in Women's Entrepreneurship" went viral, and centered the stories of black, indigenous women of color countering the current narrative in leadership and influence.


    She also leads storytelling workshops and self-care retreats locally and internationally, and conducts a monthly tele-call entitled "Call to Sacred Activism for women leaders" confronting uneasy issues such as cultural appropriation, tokenism, and white supremacy. And in her leisure time, she works on her first anthology of poetry for brown women. Sonali is also currently a council member of the International Council of Interfaith & Indigenous Women. You can find our more about her work at: www.sonalifiske.com.

    Cristina Garcia

    Nonprofit Leadership

    Cristina Garcia has a 15-year track record of service in the non-profit sector, she brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of program development, community outreach, civic engagement, and policy advocacy. Her work has focused largely on advocating for immigrant justice; she has worked with diverse immigrant communities locally, nationally, and internationally ensuring that immigrant voices are heard, and are part of the decision-making process at every level in our democracy.

    Cristina has worked in transnational advocacy where she has been immersed in matters of human mobility and forced migration from an analytical perspective as well as a hands-on approach. Cristina is the granddaughter of Bracero migrant workers, and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She holds Master’s degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University. Cristina is a 2015 fellow of the American Express Aspen Leadership Academy and an alumni of the Latino Policy Forum’s Nonprofit Leadership Program in 2013.

    Aja McClanahan

    Financial Literacy Expert and Bestselling Author

    Aja McClanahan is a best-selling author, blogger, and writer who covers personal finance and entrepreneurship. Her family's personal story of getting out of over $120,000 in debt has been featured in places like Yahoo! Finance, Kiplinger's, MarketWatch, U.S. News and World Report while her writing has appeared in places such as Inc., Business Insider, MSN Money and dozens of other web outlets. She also manages her daughters' acting careers while living on the South Side of Chicago with her husband.

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