TEDxVickeryPlace If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When? Speaker Line Up
Kyle Cox: Think Like a Thoroman
With a passion for lifestyle curation, Kyle has over 20 years of a highly diverse background as a successful entrepreneur in marketing strategy, digital platform development and as a restaurateur. He also served 6 years in the US Navy, playing an imperative role in the commissioning of LPD-23 USS Anchorage and the “Underwater Recovery Test” of the NASA Orion Space Capsule. Kyle has been integral in the ideation and launch of several award-winning projects like Best Mobile-App at CES 2015 for Ballerz World. Now as CEO and co-founder of Thoroughly Crafted Goods (TCG), a men’s footwear and lifestyle brand, Kyle has created the corporate footprint that illustrates the values of perseverance, ethics, and commitment which helps ensure TCGs success as a company. TCG makes Thoroughly Crafted Goods for the Thoroughly Crafted Gentleman (ThoroMan). Kyle’s vision is that as masculinity evolves and men's fashion takes new forms, the Thoroman will blend well in EVERY room.
Dr. Rana Sabra: How To Start Over
Rana is a transformative business advisor and founder, mother, and university professor dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs to start, grow, and scale their dreams. As a business advisor, she channels nearly 20 years of real world marketing experience, the latest in data driven business theory, and timeless creativity to coach my clients on how to produce sustainable, profitable results.
Kenneth Scott: Pressure. . . No Match for Purpose | A Legacy-Driven Mindset
Kenneth Scott is an author, speaker, and musician. He graduated from the University of Utah, where he earned two degrees while being a student-athlete. He received many awards for community service, athletics, and academic performance, which resulted in Kenneth receiving the most Inspirational Male Student-Athlete and opportunities to play professionally in the NFL and CFL.
Kim Zoller: Habits to Awaken Your Potential and Lead With Your Inner Light
Kim Zoller is the CEO and founder of ID360 and the Kim Zoller Method. Kim started ID360 over thirty years ago helping people grow personally and professionally and has worked with over 300,000 individuals. The Kim Zoller Method, the newest digital extension of ID360, is a methodology of mastering holistic leadership skills. The methodology integrates critical leadership skills through shifting mindsets, growing emotional intelligence and living intentionally through our behaviors. She’s the author of 3 leadership development books and another on the way by working strategically with her partners to develop results-oriented programs tailored to her clients needs with trackable and measurable results. Kim’s knack for teaching and equipping businesses globally on the tools needed to communicate effectively and lead with a growth mindset. The result? Each participant has the ability to tangibly enact skills that lead to ROI all rooted in neuroscience and storytelling. Her strength is her ability to understand her clients needs + deliver sustainable solutions and making a positive, measurable impact in her client’s lives with energy and positivity. Throughout the years, Kim has been featured on CNN, CNBC, The New York Times, Forbes; her client roster includes notable clients such as Texas Instruments, Capgemini, World Bank Group, Vans, Mattel, GameStop, Fujitsu, Microsoft, American Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, and Rosewood Hotels among others. Kim is also a contributor to Undergraduate, MBA & Law School programs at a variety of universities, which include UTD, Columbia, UT, SMU, and TCU. Kim will leave you inspired, motivated and ready to awaken your true potential professionally and personally.
Jess Garland: Facing The Music- Finding Your Purpose
Jess Garland is a Dallas-based singer-songwriter, recording and performing artist. She is a multi-instrumentalist who combines harp and guitar loops to evoke her unique brand of celestial avant-garde pop with ethereal jazz tones. Jess most recently opened for Stones Throw artist MNDSGN and Warner Music Group artist Adia Victoria. She has an upcoming concert at Kessler Theater on June 3rd. Jess sold out a concert at Undermain Theatre on February 19, 2022. In 2021, Jess opened for Jackie Venson and Hayden Pedigo. She has also opened for Gingger Shankar and Madame Gandhi. Recently, Garland was awarded the Local Legend award in Nashville, TN from Wild Turkey’s Creative Director, Matthew McConaughey for keeping music alive in Dallas.
Jin-Ya Huang: Longest Love Letter
Jin-Ya Huang is a social impact, community development, and creative innovator with a focus on the intersection of equity, design, and social justice work. She is the founder of Break Bread, Break Borders (BBBB), a social enterprise empowering refugee women economically through the storytelling of food and culture. Jin-Ya is an expert in sustainable global supply chain, and has over a decade of extensive background in marketing for Keurig Dr Pepper, Fossil Group, JCPenney, and Neiman Marcus.
Lindsay Androski: Corporate Purpose through Venture Charity
Lindsay Androski serves as President and CEO of Roivant Social Ventures. Ms. Androski joined Roivant Sciences as one of its earliest employees, and built and led the team responsible for the in-licensing or acquisition of more than 30 therapeutic programs, resulting in the launch and incubation of 16 subsidiary biotechs and several successful IPOs. Ms. Androski has likewise demonstrated a longstanding commitment to public service, including by serving on the MIT Alumni Association Board, as Chair of the MIT Annual Fund Board, on the Board of the Women Lawyers Association of LA, and on the Leadership Council of the LA Center for Law and Justice.
Mione Plant: How To Be An Artist
Mione Plant is an artist, writer and a recovering perfectionist. Throughout her decade-long career in engineering, Mione - inspired by The Artist’s Way - took slow and incremental steps to rediscover her creativity while realigning with her curiosities. Eventually Mione left her career to pursue her creativity as a full-time artist. Today, Mione pulls from her lived experiences and challenges to inspire a body of work rich with meaning and thoughtful transformation. Influenced by her daily practice of morning journaling, Mione weaves both visual and written stories of her personal breakthroughs and discoveries. Mione believes we are all artists, and paints visual reminders to herself and her viewers to pay attention to the beauty and wonder around us, to listen for and follow our curiosities, and to play. While her stories hold a consistent undertone of letting go of fear, Mione - inspired by the reconnection with her child-self along with raising her young son - infuses each painting with levity and playfulness. Her work’s signature elements of whimsy and vibrant color palettes harmonize with its accompanying message. Aided by her time in engineering, Mione blends the left and right brain, creating beautifully mathematical combinations both lovers of structure and playful vibrancy can enjoy. Mione inspires us to find the artist within; to live a life rich with meaning, curiosity and joy. Find her work at www.mioneplant.com
Rev. Edwin Robinson: A World Changer’s Guide to Giving a Damn
Rev. Edwin Robinson is a community organizer and political consultant with a background in organizing Black people and people of faith to develop lifegiving policies, elect progressive leaders, and build the civic and revolutionary power of ordinary people like himself. Edwin believes through the leadership of those who have been made to be "the least of these" we can dismantle the systems of oppression that continue to create the poor and powerless among us.
Terri Broussard Williams: The Great Me-Set
Terri Broussard Williams has built her career on a solid reputation as an authentic, courageous, and impactful change agent. Throughout her journey as an award-winning non-profit executive, lobbyist, and public speaker, Terri has transformed public and community service into a professional art form, positively impacting the lives of millions of people. Over the course of her two decade career as a government relations executive for a large international non-profit, Terri realized her dream of creating significant, community-shifting outcomes. One of her most distinguished accomplishments includes the passage of a key piece of legislation, The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act, an iconic career accomplishment at only 28 years old. Today, Terri's mission and focus is to encourage leaders to embrace The Great Me-Set™ mindset and ignite their passion to drive meaningful movements within their communities and throughout the world.
Ashley Sharp: Organizer
With over a decade of experience in public service, Ashley is a true servant leader whose greatest passion is fighting for the voiceless and underrepresented. Throughout her career, she has excelled at bringing communities together and organizing people in support of her deeply held values: equity, opportunity, and diversity. She brings compassion and dedication to her leadership roles, as well as her role as a wife and mother.
Danielle Rugoff: Organizer
Danielle Rugoff believes in community building, civic engagement, and the transformational power of individuals to change the world. She currently serves as the Director of Venture Philanthropy for the Gen Next Foundation and the Director of Expansion for Alder - an invitation-only organization of successful individuals dedicated to learning about and becoming engaged with the most pressing challenges facing future generations — including global security, education reform, and economic opportunity. Motivated by an insatiable desire to change the world, Danielle has over two decades of nonprofit management and government affairs experience focused on American foreign policy, the U.S.-Israel relationship, Jewish peoplehood, and higher education policy. Danielle ran the Dallas office of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), managing the organization’s efforts to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship throughout North Texas and Oklahoma. Danielle also served as AIPAC’s Senior National Field Organizer, where she managed AIPAC’s campus efforts across 10 states, focusing on the top 15 campuses noted for creating future congressional and civic leaders. Danielle’s passion for public service, civic activism and political efficacy led her to serve as the Statewide Director for Florence Shapiro’s U.S. Senate campaign. She also served as a Major Gifts Officer for Hillel International, an organization focused on values-based leadership and engagement for Jewish college students and their peers. In addition to mentoring local boards of directors in strategic planning and fundraising, Danielle traveled extensively throughout the country, educating nonprofit leaders on the unique needs, desires and perspectives of Millennials and Generation Z’ers.
Zhen Barrientos: Organizer
Zhen Barrientos is a Latina business executive turned Licensed Professional NeuroCounselor and Community Champion. She has a passion for helping individuals and organizations overcome obstacles to achieve success. She has a private practice called Zhen Counseling where she utilizes neuroplasticity and brain-based clinical approaches to bridge the gap between the brain and the behavior. She also has a small nonprofit called Elevate to 528 that focuses on providing access to mental health services to communities in need. She is Commissioner for Community Development for District 7, sits on the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas Board, and is incoming President for Dallas MSC.
Karyne Nguyen: Organizer
Karyne Nguyen is an Inclusion InstituteTM Certified Diversity Practitioner and serves as Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with At Home, The Home Décor Superstore. In her role, she focuses on fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the team member experience. Karyne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Technology from The University of Texas at Dallas, where she returned and is pursuing her Master of Business Administration. Karyne also enjoys contributing to the community through nonprofit volunteerism and public service, where she serves as a Commissioner on the City of Carrollton, Texas’ Neighborhood Advisory Commission and as a Member of the K-12 Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Curriculum Project Outreach and Advocacy Subcommittee.
Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew: Emcee
Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Ph.D. is a Network Weaver who believes relationships are the key to our personal, professional, and organizational growth. She has been quoted/featured in Forbes, Ozy, Bustle, Huffington Post, Modern Luxury, and other media outlets, due to an extensive background in leadership, nonprofit management, philanthropy, partnership development, training, and education. She is the CEO of Soulstice Consultancy, LLC providing DEI, leadership training, community engagement strategies and philanthropic/partnership guidance for institutions and the CEO of R2 Foundation (Restoration and Reconciliation Foundation) providing support for Black led nonprofits. Formerly the Vice President of Community Affairs for the State Fair of Texas, Froswa’ was responsible for grantmaking, educational programming and community initiatives. More than 70% of organizations funded were led by people of color. As the previous National Community Engagement Director for World Vision, she served as a catalyst, partnership broker, and builder of the capacity of local partners in multiple locations across the US to improve and sustain the well-being of children and their families. She is also co-founder of HERitage Giving Circle, one of the first Black women Giving Circles in the state of Texas and co-founder of both Power in Action-Dallas and the South Dallas Employment Project. Dr. Booker-Drew was a part of the documentary, Friendly Captivity, a film that follows a cast of 7 women from Dallas to India. She is the recipient of several honors including 2020 Each Moment Matters Awardee, 2020 Dallas Leadership Foundation's Leadership Award, WFAA's While I Have Your Attention (2020), 2020 TEDxSMU speaker, 2019 Dallas Business Journal's Women in Business honoree, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Global Big Heart 2014, , 2012 Outstanding African American Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Arlington, 2009 Woman of the Year Award by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and was awarded Diversity Ambassador for the American Red Cross (2012). Froswa’ graduated with a PhD from Antioch University in Leadership and Change with a focus on social capital, diverse women, change management, and relational leadership. She attended the Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley for training in Relational Cultural Theory and has completed facilitator training on Immunity to Change based on the work of Kegan and Lahey of Harvard. She has also completed training through UNICEF on Equity Based Evaluations. Booker-Drew is currently an adjunct professor at Tulane University in the Master of Public Administration Program teaching the course, Governance, Leadership and Sustainability and is an affiliate faculty member at the Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University. She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Capital Seminary and Graduate School. She is the host of the podcast, The Tapestry and author of 3 books for women, Fly Away, Ready for a Revolution: 30 Days to Jolt Your Life and Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last. Her latest book, Empowering Charity, published by Baylor University Press, will be available Spring 2022. Froswa’ serves on multiple boards including Buckner International, For Oak Cliff, Mayor's Star Council, and Soul Rep Theater Company. She was a workshop presenter at the United Nations in 2013 on the Access to Power and in 2021, trained the Humphrey Fellows, a program of the US State Department. She has been a contributor for several publications globally, including as an advice columnist for professional women in The Business Woman Media, a global platform based in Australia and as an inspirational columnist for Texas Metro News.