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Theme: Invented Here

This event occurred on
December 6, 2013
9:00am - 4:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Dallas, TX
United States

Turtle Creek rises in north Dallas and winds its way through the posh communities of Highland Park and University Park until it flows into the Trinity River at the foot of the city's emerging communities to the south.
Considered "the most notable waterway in Dallas," Turtle Creek has witnessed the city's history from its farming and ranching roots to its current status as the city with the largest number of corporate headquarters in the country.
Fed by numerous fresh springs, Turtle Creek has never run dry. It is this quiet, consistent strength that has fed the core of what Dallas is, and all it will be. This is where optimism meets opportunity.
TEDxTurtleCreekWomen reflects this same strength with fresh ideas that never run dry. We look to draw our speakers, attendees and staff from all of the diverse communities that make up the areas of Dallas touched by Turtle Creek.
In following the TEDWomen theme of Invented Here, TEDxTurtleCreekWomen is working hard to make this event memorable! Please check back with us regularly to see our progress.

Nancy B. Hamon Hall
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX, 75201
United States
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Mindy Audlin

Published on Dec 18, 2013Mindy Audlin is the Executive Director and Spiritual Leader forSpiritualityToday.TV, a positive, practical spiritual community empowering people to experience and express the living, loving presence of God. The author of "What If It All Goes RIGHT?" Mindy has spent the past 15 years speaking to audiences around the world about mindsets...

Eve Mayer

​Eve Mayer is the Author of Get it Girl Guide to Online Dating and Sextiquette. She is a divorced Mom, a CEO and a humorist. Eve speaks on women empowerment and the secrets of how to do online dating with a smile on your face.​

Karen McCrocklin

Karen McCrocklin is on a mission to celebrate the gift of being gay. As a storyteller, writer and radio host, she is committed to changing the narrative to include the idea that LGBT people are here to elevate the collective consciousness and teach us about how we are more alike than we are different. Karen also believes that being born a lesbian is the best thing that could have ever happened to her.

Brooke Boyarsky

Brooke Boyarsky is a 2013 Harvard Business School MBA grad, where her class was intently studied by school officials regarding gender roles. A native Texan, she returned to Dallas to work for a large, international consulting firm.

Tammy Kling

Tammy Kling is an international best selling author who writes books that change lives. Tammy has been featured on The Discovery Channel and Dateline NBC, among others. Her books are sold in 32 countries. She is well known for her work with the homeless and gang members, through a life skills writing workshop designed for restoration of individuals and families. Tammy is the CEO of The Writers Group, a hybrid company that creates books, websites and intellectual property for corporations, while giving back.

Bethany Williams

Before Bethany Williams became a personal brand expert, published author and healthcare IT executive, she was busy helping women find their career footing as they yearned to climb the corporate ladder. A thoughtful mentor, powerhouse speaker, work/life balance career coach, successful author and high-level business executive, Bethany has taught thousands of people how to propel their careers to higher altitudes. She knows [and does!] what works in corporate and personal settings.

Phyllis Cole

From traditional media companies to trailblazing start-ups to leading Internet brands, Phyllis Cole has more than 20 years of experience building profitable businesses in Dallas. As Senior Vice President of Culturemap, Phyllis is responsible for the day-to-day business management of the site as well as its growth within the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Phyllis has served as Group Publisher of D Magazine (launching titles such as D Weddings and D CEO) and as an account executive for The Wall Street Journal working with major corporations in the southwest, such as American Airlines and TI.

Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells has over 30 years of experience traveling globally speaking to corporations like: IBM, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Internal Revenue Service, Baylor Hospital, Coldwater Federal Penitentiary, University of Michigan, American Assocation of Christian Counselors, The House of Hope, Lutons Bank - United Kingdom, The Electricity Supply Company of Dublin, Ireland, and The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Catherine Cuellar

Catherine Cuellar serves as executive director of the Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous urban cultural neighborhood in the United States and world headquarters of the Global Cultural Districts Network. For two decades she has worked as an award-winning multimedia journalist for national public radio stations and programs, PegasusNews.com, Sojourners magazine and The Dallas Morning News among others.

Lamarque Polvado

Lamarque Polvado is on a mission to change the way healthcare services are delivered to families after the diagnosis of a chronic illness. Doing that means turning the U.S. health care industry upside down. The goal is to replace the hard-to-navigate maze of resources and referrals with a simple, fast system that puts patients and their families in control of the health care choices they face by removing the communications and information barriers that make it hard for families to identify the resources they need.

Tina Slinker

Serving as the Director of Athletics at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Tina Slinker was previously the head women's basketball coach at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where she and her teams achieved numerous milestones, including four Conference Championships, back to back appearances in the WNIT, and Big West Conference Coach of the Year for the 1998-1999 season. She departed as the winningest coach in UNT women's basketball history, posting 241 wins in 19 seasons. Slinker, a dynamic and successful coach, lost her mother in 2002 and turned her passion for writing into a book: For the Love of Mom: For Everyone Who Suffers Loss. Published in 2009, this book of hope offers the reader insight into managing, but not eliminating, the pain of loss, while giving them a look into Slinker's own continuing journey with the loss of her mom and dad. Read more about Tina and learn that she became a part of the first women's professional league—long before the WNBA.

Kimberly Olson

Kimberly Olson is a retired United States Colonel, author and CEO/ President of Grace After Fire, an organization designed for women Veterans. With a foundation of selfless dedication to standing for women Veterans until they can stand for themselves, Kim's military career allowed her to change perception about women serving in the armed forces. Now her work with Grace will drive the knowledge that women Veterans can have immense value and resulting success, with a support network customized for their unique needs.

Jeff McKissack

Jeff McKissack is a noted authority on the subject of preventing violent crime. For the past 26 years, he has personally addressed over 350,000 in live audiences and countless others through radio and television interviews. Jeff is a contributing writer to several state and national trade publications, and author of the book, Power Proverbs for Personal Defense. Jeff regularly conducts seminars to those in the human resource, risk management, insurance, real estate, financial, medical, legal, and educational communities, often for continuing education credit, while also addressing the public sector through various seminars and events. He best summarizes his work and message by saying, "My goal is to teach you how to spot trouble 'before' trouble spots you."

Jacqueline Moore

Jacqueline M. Moore, PhD, is professor of history at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where she has taught modern American and Asian history for the past 19 years. Her special interests lie in African American history and the history of the Silk Road. She is co-editor and founder of Rowman and Littlefield's African American History Series and the author of several books including Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois and the Struggle for Racial Uplift and Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Class and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865-1900, which won the 2010 T. R. Fehrenbach Award for the Best Book in Texas History. She has lectured on her research internationally, including universities in Europe and countries as far flung as Indonesia and New Zealand.

Organizing team


Dallas, TX, United States
  • Cynthia Heyn
    Projects Manager
  • Juli Branson
    Speaker Curator
  • Lucas Sada Nobre
    Website Developer/Graphic Artist
  • Valen Chavez
    Social Media Manager