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Theme: Emerge!

This event occurred on
July 24, 2021
Houston, Texas
United States

Our first ever TEDxAlief was themed "break the mold" and was a great success during the pandemic. Now it's time to challenge the youths not just to break out but to emerge.
It's paramount that we emerge out of the pandemic, to become someone else in a new system of living. Just like the larva breaks out of its cocoon and metamorphs into a butterfly, so let us all emerge and soar into greater heights we've never reached before.

Come experience our presenters sharing their unique perspective on the world or an idea that has enhanced their lives through TED talks, music, and performances.

Don't miss the opportunity to connect with our speakers, performers, and the local alief community.

How would you emerge in this season?

West Houston Institute
2811 Hayes Rd
Houston, Texas, 77082
United States
Event type:
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James Lynn

Speaker + Personal Trainer + Nutrition Coach + Protector
Born in the big city of Houston, TX but his values are deeply rooted in the small town of Marlin, TX where James was raised. James graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Houston but quickly realized that Corporate America was not his destination, but only his beginning. Soon after retiring, James has been active on the entrepreneurial path within the health and fitness industry. As a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, he co-founded two fitness businesses, TXFIT and The Lynn Twins Lifestyle. James is passionate about motivating both the youth and adults to own their health by helping them find their power within. While fitness is his passion, James also considers himself a protector: specifically of black women. He is passionate about providing a supportive space for black women that honors and pours into their mental and physical through the art of boxing.

Jasmine Poullard

Jasmine Poullard has a heart and passion for Kingdom work; especially women's ministry. She has been involved in women's ministry for the past 17 yrs, serving as one of the leaders of the Role Model of America Women's Ministry under the direction of Dr. Gayla Holley. She has served on the board of The Bridge Over Troubled Waters as an Ambassador. The Bridge Over Troubled Waters is a women's shelter and refuge for abused women fleeing domestic violence. Most recently, she planned, coordinated, designed, and decorated for an annual ladies tea, which was established to honor and celebrate the ladies of Church At The Cross and the community of Alief and surrounding areas. Six years ago, Jasmine turned her passion for planning, designing and decorating skills from a hobby into a business, and Jazzy Events and Decor was born.

Margo Baines

Award winning + venture backed serial social entrepreneur
Margo Baines is a venture backed award winning serial social entrepreneur. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI she served 10 honorable years in the United States Army and had a passion for social impact. Margo graduated with honors from Texas Southern University and received her BA in Finance. She went on to complete her MBA at Capella University again graduating with honors. Baines, innovative in her craft, sought to develop self-esteem based solutions to help youth reach their full potential. From hosting amazing youth conferences that featured celebrity teens and tweens as guest speakers to building the first self-esteem based learning center for girls, Baines had impacted over 10000 children. Baines most recent venture is Enrichly, a self-esteem based e-learning SaaS platform that strategically leverages technology and data for children. Leveraging Clubhouse to raise her pre-seed round and winning over $200k in pitch competitions and grants, Baines is a powerhouse in her own right.

Nia Lewis

12 year old + author + speaker + entrepreneur
She is an 11-year-old 6th grader, motivational speaker, author, and founder of The University of Motivation and Inspiration where she inspires, motivates, and uplifts young girls all across the world. She is also the author of Pillow Talk: A Christian Mother and Daughter Journal that helps mothers and daughters communicate with one another in healthy ways. Nia also included scriptures in the journal to help girls grow closer to God. In addition, Nia has a YouTube channel where she spreads positive messages and inspiration for girls. In her spare time, she enjoys playing Roblox and spending time with her friends. She has also been seen on NBC's Houston Life as a special guest twice.

Nissi Hamilton

Speaker + Creator + Life Style Influencer + Survivor of Human Trafficking
Nissi Hamilton is an award-winning expert in the field of human trafficking, a field she comes to with five years of pain experience as a survivor of human and labor trafficking. With her multicultural background, Hamilton is committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion—making a difference in the decriminalization of human trafficking, poverty, and homelessness with minors. Hamilton is a doctoral learner, veteran, wife, mother of seven, and comedian. She led the nation's first political campaign against human trafficking. Her social enterprise has allowed her to work with billionaire Attorney Tony Buzbee and The Real TV Show Host, Jeannie Mai with the up-and-coming movie Stopping Traffick 2. Hamilton also owns the for-profit corporation “A Survivor's Voice of Victory."

Phillip Robinson

Best Selling Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Mentor
Phillip ‘Phenom’ Robinson knows how to push through the pain. Born and raised in one of the country's fastest-growing cities for entrepreneurs, Phillip has always been dedicated to finishing whatever he puts his mind to. After crossing the finishing line in a championship cross country race on a broken leg at his Division 1 university, he realized that nothing was going to get in his way from completing a goal. Phillip graduated college a year early then began working for an Emmy Award-Winning news station as a sports reporter. Soon after Phillip made the decision to switch the trajectory of his to by starting a career at Apple and beginning P.H.E.N.O.M. brand. In the span of three years Phillip has become an ESPN+ producer at his alma mater, started a solo podcast, began mentoring and public speaking, created a day trading course, released an affirmational EP, and has written two books, one of which became an Amazon best-seller in two categories.

Raj Subrameyer

Tech Career Strategist + Keynote Speaker + Author
I'm a tech career strategist focusing on how people can navigate their way through the digital space to have a positive life and career transformations. I'm passionate about helping professionals maximize their opportunities and discover their zone of genius. I use my 15+ years of experience in the tech industry to research, speak and write about how we can embrace technology and become full-on digital citizens. I am a sought-after speaker at various conferences and have been featured in numerous podcasts and publications, including Authority Magazine, Career Addict, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success, and The Good Men Project. I am also the author of the new book - Skyrocket Your Career. My areas of expertise include the human impact of technology, career advancement, leadership, productivity, and entrepreneurship. In my spare time, I love traveling and enjoying craft beer.

Stephanie D. McKenzie

Award-winning Marketer+Multi-Certified Coach+Eight-Time Author+Hero Support
Multi-certified "SUPER Coach," Sozological™ healer, spiritual counselor, and transformational educator with three decades of entrepreneurial and award-winning marketing expertise...these are just a few phrases that describe Stephanie D. McKenzie. She openly and laughingly professes being "drug into coaching kicking and screaming." However, Stephanie has found that after serving thousands of clients--single, coupled, groups and teams--that she is phenomenal at empowering those who feel overwhelmed and undervalued to heal and shift so they can show up powerfully, live abundantly, and be their own SUPERERO! Spending the last 10 years as a professional coach, Stephanie has been overjoyed to serve her international clientele as the Lead Coach of two coaching practices (The Healing Firm and The Relationship Firm) umbrellaed by her personal brand, Recently, Stephanie released her eighth book aptly entitled, "Be Your Own Superhero: No Capes!

Suzan Nguyen

Happiness Coach + Instructor + Entrepreneur.
Suzan experienced a life-altering event after a traumatic car accident. In waking up from this near-death experience, she was introduced to her new self, with the loss of her dominant arm. While re-learning how to accomplish basic life tasks, she also experienced re-learning to live life. Emotionally, she ventured into a very dark place, one that left her hopeless, bitter and vulnerable. Until one day- she decided to take her life experience and #bebetter instead of bitter. With the help of those around her, Suzan coached herself out of that bitter place. She learned how to create joy from within and began helping others do the same. Her mission in life became clear- to help others turn adversities into advantages. To empower others to be better, not bitter.

Terrence Sani

CEO + 2X Author + Certified Speaker & Coach + Web & Graphic Designer
"Terrence Sani is a true advocate who speaks the importance of discovering who you are and associating yourself with your life's purpose. He builds your confidence to go toe to toe with excuses and obstacles until you win. While many bury setbacks in misery, Terrence shows you that success is the sum of consistent effort. After always receiving straight F’s in school Terrence quickly learned it’s better to cheat than to repeat or so he thought. Giving up and getting comfortable led him to experiencing: repossession, eviction, debt and abandonment. He was once a stranger to hard work and more importantly a stranger to himself. Until he receiving the wake up call that would punch him in the face harder than MIKE TYSON ever could in his prime. His step father died unexpectedly in his sleep. With remorse, he was suddenly faced with the reality of what happens when you get comfortable. Therefore deciding to live and teach with a purpose."

Organizing team


  • Jameka Bingham
  • Karl meangui
  • Louis James Chatman, CLC, CPDC
    Team member
  • Naddy Frank
  • Nike Famojuro
    Team member
  • Paulina Peliwo
    Team member
  • Tracie James
  • Ukeme Etuk