Post Event Press Release


TEDxCentennialParkWomen, a TED-like experience dedicated to helping women advance and excel as leaders, kicked off the month with its inaugural event featuring talks and networking from Atlanta-based ripple makers. The event took place in conjunction with TEDxWomen 2012 organized by the Paley Center in Washington D.C.

Focusing on the conference theme, The Space Between, speakers discussed topics that empowered and inspired women, taking them on a journey from one stage of their lives to the next and all that it took to get there. Speakers included: globally renowned artist Gyun Hur; victim’s advocate for sex-trafficking Katrina Owens; co-founder of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival Jessica Sherer; WNBA Atlanta Dream player Lindsey Harding; Sparkfly founder and CEO Catherine Tabor; best-selling author and award-winning lecturer Dr. Bertice Berry; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises John Brock; Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas Dr. Kristin Neff; and Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance Program at Emory University Lori Teague.

“It was thrilling to see the audience moved to laughter, tears and even standing ovations,” states TEDxCentennialParkWomen organizer, Henna Inam. “The diversity of ideas and stories presented on the stage created an experience that educated, inspired, and empowered all who were there. They will surely make ripples of positive change in our community.”

The capacity crowd at TEDxCentennialParkWomen included such well known Atlanta figures as: Georgia Women for a Change Executive Director Stephanie Davis; CNN Executive Editorial Producer Maria Ebrahimji; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia President and CEO Annette Cone-Skelton; Google’s Maureen Schumacher; Georgia Power Distribution VP Leslie Sibert; Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta CEO Heather Rocker; IBM Vice President of General Business Marketing Karstin Bodell; and Atlanta Dream co-owner Mary Brock amongst others.

Amy Whitley, VP of Corporate HR at UPS says, “the event was best described as a mental and spiritual spa day.”

TEDxCentennialParkWomen was sponsored by venue host, UPS, Arby’s, Caren West PR, New Tricks Web Design, Standard Press, Baker Donelson, Jan Louie Design, Laser Stream Video, Jennifer Langley Events, Social Box, Lorikay Photography, Complete Computer Solutions,  Events Photo & Video and Uber.

Full information and updates on TEDxCentennialParkWomen is online at and on Facebook at and Twitter at

About TEDx:
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED:
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit Follow TED on Twitter at or on Facebook at

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