About Us

Educating, Inspiring & Empowering Women.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help curate and share “ideas worth spreading” that educate, inspire and empower women. We want to bring together a community of men and women in Atlanta who care about seeing women advance in all aspects of their lives. Our goal is to be a catalyst for fresh new dialogues and inspiration that help women grow as leaders who contribute to a strong and vibrant city, country, and world.

Our Team

Henna Inam

Event Organizer

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Henna’s moments of greatest joy are in connection - - connecting one-on-one with people to hear their stories, connecting people to each other, connecting ideas. A citizen of the globe who has lived in 7 countries across 4 continents, she made Atlanta home 10 years ago. She just loves the community of women leaders who are impacting the city and started TEDxCentennialParkWomen to help elevate their voices. Her day job is with Transformational Leadership Inc. (www.transformleaders.tv) where she is CEO and helps Fortune 500 companies grow transformational leaders and advance their female talent pipeline.

Rita Izaguirre

Speaker and Sponsor Lead

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Rita is a passionate advocate for workplace inclusion. Her career experiences include positions in marketing, the practice of law and human resources. She has held senior leadership positions at SunTrust Banks, GE Healthcare and Jackson Spalding. Born in Cuba, her family immigrated to Venezuela and later to Miami. She is a self-described gypsy at heart who has traveled extensively with her family. She counts China and Peru among her most memorable trips. When she isn’t exploring the world, you can find her exploring food, books and championing good words in our community.

Lynn Epstein

Sponsorship Lead

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Lynn grew up in Phoenix with dreams of being the Tide lady and determining when something was ‘new and improved’.  She took her passion for marketing and dove into the fast-paced world of high tech; enjoying a wild ride during the telecommunications boom. She moved to Atlanta from Portlandia in 2001 to pursue love. Around town, she wears many hats -– community organizer, marketing and social media maven, foodie and recovering food blogger, daughter, sister, wife, auntie and grandmother. Wave if you see her on the Beltline with a jogging stroller.

Rozmin Daya

Treasurer & Volunteer Coordinator

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Rozmin thrives managing projects with lots of moving pieces. She is a strategic thinker and decision maker with exceptional leadership, analytical and communication skills. Professionally she’s a Data Architect at Delta Air Lines. As a volunteer for the Ismaili community in North America, she led the event coordination for one of the largest events in the community, coordinating 900 volunteers at an event with 17,000 invitees over a 5 day period. Her leadership skills are exemplified through her voluntary service.

Barbara Obrentz

Project Manager

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“All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten, “by Robert Fulgham, speaks to Barbara’s philosophy of work and play: Be truthful, speak your mind, play fair, share everything and live a balanced life. Her professional career began as a kindergarten teacher more than 30 years ago, then morphed into the marketing communications field upon moving to Atlanta. Same skills, different audience. Recently retired as chief public information officer for one of Georgia’s largest public institutions, she now creates, manages and implements projects utilizing many of the same organizational techniques she developed early in her career. 

Jennifer Turner

Event Experience Manager

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A native of Atlanta, Jennifer’s 20 years in the creative field has spanned television, web, print and marketing. Meticulous attention to detail and intelligent design are hallmarks of her work. She is passionate about translating brand traits into impactful communications and experiences that leave lasting impressions. Jennifer is also an avid hiker who has trekked hundreds of miles of East and West coast trails. However, her one true passion is spending time with her husband and their two young boys.

Robbin Jorgensen

Community Engagement Lead

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Robbin recently tweeted: The more you own your thoughts, actions, and words, the more respect, trust, and faith you’ll receive from others. Words of wisdom from the President & Founder of Ignite The Next International™, and Founder of the Women Igniting Change™Movement. With 15 years experience in sales and marketing, training and business development, she works with individuals and corporations to help them create significant impact in their lives, organizations, and the world. Speaker, coach, and facilitator – her passion is to fuel the flames of transformation and help women to unleash possibilities to become change agents in the world. 

Allison Germaneso Dixon

Marketing Lead

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Since promoting backyard performances by the neighborhood kids in her native Ringwood, New Jersey, Allison has been in the business of event marketing. As an art history major, her passion for cultural connections and visual communication was cemented. A career in marketing Atlanta’s cultural institutions transitioned post-MBA to business-to-business brand marketing with an emphasis on conferences and events as engines of prosperity. She is excited to channel this experience into her volunteer work. Allison is an aunt to five and is slowly but surely transforming her yard in Decatur into a productive organic landscape to provide learning experiences for her family as well as sustenance for pollinators and people.  

 

Mary Barton

Print Production Lead

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A native Georgian, Mary has been collaborating to reach marketing goals with clients for almost three decades. She has run her own successful business and worked in the corporate world. Her expertise spans various communication channels - integrated marketing, lead generation, lead nurturing and getting the attention of C-level decision-makers. Currently, she is a Senior Account Executive at Standard Press. Weekends are spent with two sons and family enjoying classic cars, motorcycles, cooking and entertaining.

Randi Drinkwater

Communications/PR Co-Chair

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Randi is a results-oriented, highly strategic, marketing executive known for building pipeline and brand. The cornerstone to her long-standing success with B2B, technology and healthcare brands is closely tied to her work ethic and approach.  Put simply, her proven and progressive track record as an innovative strategist, exacting planner and inspiring leader who develops strong partnerships internally and externally to drive optimal results that have a measurable impact.

Randi’s personal brand, “…living life powerfully – living a life that I love…” She is often quoted as saying: “My single best accomplishment – my two grown children- Alli and David.  My best friend, my husband Bob.” When she’s not partnering with the C-Suite, you can find her taking long walks with her black lab – Reagan – or curled up reading a good book.

She is currently in transition - after having gratefully and successfully packaged out of EarthLink, post their acquisition by Windstream earlier this year.

Lacey Facer

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Starting her career in accounting, Lacey quickly found that her true passion was more creative and turned her focus towards business marketing and events in a wide spectrum of industries, including insurance, legal, HR, technology, financial services and hospitality. Lacey is a true advocate for women's empowerment in the workplace and served as a director for Women in Technology here in Atlanta for three years. She is thrilled to be a part of the TEDx event and looks forward to seeing the impact on Atlanta's female workforce. Born and raised north of Atlanta, Lacey enjoys traveling, reading and spending time outdoors in parks with her dog or on the tennis courts. Her most recent and favorite role is as a new wife and stepmother to two daughters.

Millisa Jackson

Graphic Designer

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Millisa is an art director with over a decade of experience with both print and web projects. Although she is currently based in Atlanta, she has lived in Japan and has traveled to more countries than she can remember. When not working, Millisa is probably at the movies, walking her two dogs or on an exciting adventure.

Marianna Magee

Marketing Committee

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Marianna has spent her career working with some of the nation’s largest restaurant and retail brands, focusing on brand marketing, strategic planning and integrated messaging.  Her personal purpose is to

“Leverage my passion for personal growth as a catalyst to inspire others to achieve their best self”.

She served in numerous executive roles, including President and Associate Executive Sponsor, for the Popeyes Women’s Leadership Forum and is excited to translate that experience to volunteering with TEDxCentennialParkWomen.  One of Marianna’s true passions is travelling with her husband.  When not exploring a new city or country, discovering local restaurants and spending time with her dog are top priority.  A native of South Carolina, you can find her most fall weekends in the upstate cheering on the Clemson Tigers.

Yelena Cooke

Web Admin

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Having lived and worked in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta over the last 15 years Yelena values diversity, cultures, and impactful groups and projects.  She is a digital advertising professional that has worked on PR, promotions, research, digital and social projects. Travel, podcasts and books make her happy. On the weekends you can find her running on greenways in Northern Atlanta suburbs or at the Fernbank Museum with her dinosaur-obsessed  5-year-old son.

Christina Sursky

Social Media Chair

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After years of working in journalism and stints as a TV producer in Miami and Atlanta, Christina is now bringing her communication and content strategy experience to UPS. Born and raised in south Florida, she's still adjusting to seasons, and commits to walking everywhere on the weekends. Most of her interests are fueled by curiosity and a love of learning. Her passions are running and hiking, travel, and trying to train her dog, Owen. As a longtime fan of TED talks, Christina is excited to volunteer for a group that's focused on educating, inspiring and empowering women.

Asif Jessani

IT Specialist

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Asif is a professional volunteer. He’s been involved with TEDxCentennialParkWomen since its inception. He currently serves on the Board for Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, is on the steering committee for the Educate GA Summit, and on Leadership Gwinnett’s education subcommittee. Additionally, as a part of the Ismaili Muslim community, he volunteers as a pre-school teacher, leads the marketing and media team for the United States Ismaili Games, and is actively involved with the Ismaili Council for Southeastern United States. When he isn’t volunteering, he is the principal marketing and technology consultant with Complete Computer Solutions. 

Mike Parsons

Event Videographer

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Mike moved to Atlanta just after the 1996 Olympics, where he became the regional Director of e-Commerce for one of the country’s largest automotive groups. In 2005, he saw the rapid rollout of high-speed Internet access as an opportunity to transition his entrepreneurial spirit into a video production service for the web – Laser Stream Video. Mike’s passion is helping businesses further succeed by incorporating video into their corporate communications, live streaming meetings and events, as well as creating service and product introduction videos.

Henna Inam

Rita Izaguirre

Lynn Epstein

Rozmin Daya

Barbara Obrentz

Jennifer Turner

Robbin Jorgensen

Allison Germaneso Dixon

Mary Barton

Randi Drinkwater

Lacey Facer

Millisa Jackson

Marianna Magee

Yelena Cooke

Christina Sursky

Asif Jessani

Mike Parsons

FAQs

What is TEDxCentennialParkWomen?

An independently organized conference operating under license from TED. The group was organized in 2012 and we held our first conference on December 1, 2012. We have organized a TEDx event each year there has been a national TEDWomen conference (2012, 2013, and 2015). TEDWomen skipped a year in 2014 and we followed suit.

Who is behind TEDxCentennialParkWomen?

TEDxCentennialParkWomen is a Georgia non-profit and is run by an all-volunteer team led by Henna Inam. Check out our amazing group of volunteers above.

How are speakers selected for the conference?

The TEDxCentennialParkWomen organizing team curates speakers based on the national TEDWomen theme and by taking a look at the events and people driving change, innovation and conversation in Atlanta. Interested parties may self-nominate or nominate another individual by contacting us at info@tedxcentennialparkwomen.com.

Where can I get tickets?

Click here to purchase tickets.

Pricing for the 2016 TEDxCentennialParkWomen conference:

  • Early Bird (August 5 - September 16) - $65

  • Tickets (September 17 - October 24) - $80

Space is limited and our events sell-out! Typically we do not sell tickets at the door. See you October 28th for a not-to-be-missed event.

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes entry into the conference, morning coffee, lunch, an afternoon snack -- and of course a program full of innovative ideas, speakers and incredible networking. Plus a live-stream of a talk being given at the TEDWomen conference in California. You can check out the conference program here when it is a bit closer to the event.

What can I expect at the conference?

TEDxCentennialParkWomen is one of more than 800 TEDx groups across the globe. This conference held in conjunction with TEDxWomen to be held in San Francisco. We will also have our own roster of live speakers. It is an immersive one-day experience comprised of the official spoken program and extended networking breaks in between speaker sessions. Attendees are encouraged to converse with conference speakers during breaks, get to know new people and explore new ideas and perspectives throughout the day.

Finally, in the spirit of TED, talks are non-commercial and non-partisan in nature.

Attendees are expected to stay the entire duration of the conference.

What is the dress code?

Business casual. Attendees of the creative persuasion are encouraged to dress to express.

Where did you come up with TEDxCentennialParkWomen? It’s awfully long to type into an address bar!

Good question. Here is an equally long answer.

Atlanta’s Centennial Park is part of the rich history of Atlanta. It first came into being during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and was a great gathering spot for visitors and residents of Atlanta. It’s a great legacy of the Olympic games in Atlanta. We chose this name not just because it represents a great gathering spot for the Atlanta community, but also because Olympic athletes represent a drive to excel, to change the game, and a belief in themselves. TEDxCentennialParkWomen likewise represents the gathering of the Atlanta ripple-makers to help us excel and change the game for the advancement of women in our city, country and the world at large. We’ve given ourselves the nickname TEDxCPW and you’ll find us on social media using TEDxCPWomen and the hashtag #TEDxCPW.

How do I attend the conference?

Typically tickets for TEDxCentennialParkWomen events go on sale 3 to 4 months prior to the event. Get on our mailing list to stay in touch and be the first to know about upcoming conferences, events and gatherings.