On December 5, 2013 at Austin Music Hall, 350 of the most influential, passionate, and creative men and women will gather for the first TEDxAustinWomen. Innovators and visionaries from around the world will join together as one community to champion the issues of girls and women today.
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Kevin is an author of three highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. Kevin has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change and success. He is an ongoing advisor and active supporter for many global social innovation organizations. In 2013, Kevin was named by SUCCESS magazine as one of 19 “SEERS – changing the world!”
Meghan is a licensed MFT based in San Diego, CA. She holds an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Psychology. As a third year doctoral student of Clinical Psychology she conducts psychological assessments and provides therapy to inmates at a state prison. Her primary position is at a non-profit treatment program where she provides individual, group and family therapy for juvenile sex offenders and sexually abusive youth. She is also a certified hot yoga teacher.
Based in Los Angeles, Caroline Giegerich is the founder and editor of the Daily Marauder, a site devoted to the digital marketing landscape, interactive art, and technology. She is a digital strategist and social media consultant. Previously, she was executive director of consumer engagement for Smashbox Cosmetics, VP, Innovations at Initiative and manager of emerging platforms and technologies at HBO. Caroline holds a Bachelors of Arts in Pre-Medical Sciences and Philosophy from Brown University.
Tom Meredith is the co-founder and general partner of Mertiage, and the Chief Executive Officer of MFI. At Dell Tom held many different positions including Director of Dell Ventures and Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy of Dell Inc. From 2007-2008 he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief. Financial Officer of Motorola Inc. Since 2010 he has been the director and audit committee chairman of Brightstar, and acts on the board of directors for Motorola Mobility, Bazaarvoice, and The Nature Conservancy.
Arturo is currently the Global Vice President of Brand Marketing for Nike Basketball. He is responsible for all Marketing for the category including media, digital, print, grassroots events, player marketing, public relations and retail brand marketing. Arturo’s roster of assets includes LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Skylar Diggins and many others. This abundance helps to make Nike the dominant footwear and apparel company in the Basketball Category and a reference for the Game, Culture and attitude of the sport. He has also worked for PepsiCo, Diageo and Johnson and Johnson. Arturo is a native of Harlem, NY, and son of Venezuelan and Cuban parents, he is fluently trilingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese). He lives in Portland with his wife Ana, son Marcelo 10, and daughter Karina 4.
Carolyn Rodz is no stranger to entrepreneurship, establishing her first company at the age of 25. Currently Carolyn is the founder and partner at Cake Communications, a modern marketing agency specializing in enterprise level interactive campaigns. She recently launched Market Mentor, a startup community providing smaller businesses with the expertise and resources available to their larger competitors. Carolyn’s honors include an American Express Micro to Millions award, and was selected as a Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur.
Former University of Pittsburgh Football player Yogi Roth began his broadcasting career with Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh, where he simultaneously worked as a sideline reporter, studio analyst, and local radio show host. He worked for football coach Pete Carroll and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a master’s degree. Since 2009 he’s host for the “Elite 11,” a quarterback show on ESPN. Yogi coauthored his first book with Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll titled Win Forever.
Dr. Habib Sadeghi
Dr. Habib Sadeghi D.O., is the founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative health center based in Los Angeles. With more than fifteen years of direct patient care, he provides a comprehensive knowledge of revolutionary healing, through a unique and individualized approach to healthcare that includes Western medical interventions and intuitive Eastern healing modalities. His success in integrating Eastern and Western healing practices has earned him a respected reputation and a patient base that reaches around the world.
Lizzie Velasquez is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She is one of only three known people in the world with a medical condition that doesn’t allow her to gain weight or create muscle. Her story has been featured in both national and international media, including The Today Show, Inside Edition, Austrailia’s TV program Sunday Night, Germany’s TV Program Explosiv and Dr. Drew. Lizzie is the author of three books.
Afnan, age 22, is from Damascus, Syria. She studied architecture at Damascus University before moving to Saudi Arabia. She continues to work with her organization, Syrian Missing And Martyrs, which helps to link together missing loved ones, as a result of the Syrian conflict. For the duration of the conflict, Afnan has been very active in human rights work, primarily volunteering her time with youth organizations.
Director, The Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women
Jamie has over 14 years of experience in communications, politics, and international development. In January 2013, she co-launched The Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women (ALI) which seeks to give young women the necessary skills to become leaders in their own communities. Previously she has worked for The Institute for Inclusive Security and for the UN Women’s South Asia Regional Office in Delhi, in the anti-human trafficking and women, peace and security division.
Becca, 23, is a recent graduate of Georgetown University. She currently interns for PeacePlayers International in Washington, DC. Her ALI project delves into her interest in the intersection of conflict, culture, and education: she is working to develop a curriculum for Palestinian and Israeli preschoolers.
Susan P. Burton
Susan is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law with over 25 years of experience advising businesses in a wide range of employment matters. She currently serves as Vice President at her firm, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody. Susan has been in leadership roles at non-profits and in law firm management for 15 years, which contributes to her ability to advise clients on issues that affect women in the workplace. Additionally, as a mother of two children, her broad perspective is valued by clients and the community.
Gay Gaddis is the president and CEO of The Think Thank, better known as T3. She started the company in 1989 with two other employees and as of today T3 is the largest woman owned independent advertising agency in the country. T3 works with many clients including Dell, Marriott, JCPenney, Chase Card Services, UPS, MSN, John Deere, Universal, Ingenix and MTV.
Robin Goad is a passionate, innovative, sales leader, entrepreneur, Army wife, and mother of 4. Her 16-year career with Dell began in K-12 schools, and post 9/11 she worked with the Federal Alliances to create a Global Cloud Eco-System. Robin belonged to The White House Project, Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Women in Search of Excellence, and is Founding member of YWA. Robin’s honors include Dell Working Mother of the Year in 2011, and Woman of Distinction in 2013 by Computer Reseller News. Robin is passionate about authentic leadership, and founded My Party Palace for young girls and Project 19 for advancing women in leadership.
After an eight-year career as a teacher, Lynn became a full time mother of 4 and community leader. Lynn’s 20 year involvement and influence in the Austin community has been far-reaching as she has served on the boards and chaired capital committees of many organizations. Along with her husband Tommie, Lynn has been honored by the ADL, AFP and the Chamber of Commerce. Lynn is currently focused on engaging a new generation of young leaders for community and public leadership.
Raised by philanthropist parents and through her unusual journey with her first born, Violet Bell arrived at a mission that spoke to motherhood at its core and drew great passion for the work with March of Dimes. Honoring women’s health and babies’ silent voices, she developed a revenue stream that paved a path for awareness nationally and speaking at annual conferences on the importance of the mission, she made a difference. As Managing Director in financial services with Accenture, she continues her work in both Austin and New York.
Susan Can began her career with Johnson & Johnson in 1999 and joined the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Equity Group as Director in February 2011. In her current role, Susan leads Johnson and Johnson digital strategy for the group and oversees several US and Global cross-sector partnerships. Susan’s current areas of focus include mobile health and digital philanthropy. Susan is passionate about the opportunity mobile technology brings to health management and education.
Michelle Milford Morse
Michelle advises organizations dedicated to promoting global health, development and human rights. Her clients include the UN Foundation, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, UBS Optimus Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and mothers2mothers. Michelle has also worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and LIVESTRONG. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas and Masters of Public Health and International Affairs at Columbia University. She is a board member of the Ann Richards School Foundation.
Emily Courey Pryor
Emily Courey Pryor is Senior Director of Women and Girls Initiatives for the United Nations Foundation. In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s work in women’s economic empowerment and gender data, and is senior advisor for adolescent girl programming and partnerships. Previously she worked in the private sector for Gilead Sciences, where she managed the corporate giving program and the Gilead Foundation. Emily received her MPH from the University of Michigan, and her BA from the University of Florida. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, Scott, and delightful baby boy, Lucas.
Anita Coats is a Southern California native who considers herself first and foremost a storyteller through singing and songwriting. In 2005, Anita began exploring spoken word poetry through the writing of her one-woman show, Choose Love. Her poem, I Must Speak is this multi-faceted artist’s exploration of how the inner calling to share her work has deeply impacted her life. She hopes to inspire and uplift others with her words and heart-felt expression.
Part rapper, part singer songwriter, SaulPaul is an entertaining artist who blends his voice, his guitar and his loop pedal to create a live show that is nothing less than an EXPERIENCE. SaulPaul transitioned from prison incarceration to college graduation and is now a “Musician with a Message” who travels the world singing songs of hope and celebration.
DJ Casey Connor
Brooklyn, native, Casey Connor is an internationally recognized entertainer, sought after by A-list clientele like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Apple, Louis Vuitton, and many others. She began her career at age ten and trained with one of the biggest female DJ’s in the industry. This served as a catalyst for Casey, and she began to captivate the celebrity scene with her dizzying array of DJ skills.
Ann Richards Leadership School Girls Choir
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a unique all-girls school founded to educate young women and give them the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college, in their careers, and in their communities. We are a public school in the Austin Independent School District serving girls in 6th through 12th grade. Our vision is to focus on the whole girl, providing academic and enrichment opportunities that engage our students, expand their horizons, and give them the tools to achieve their dreams.