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Theme: What Now?

This event occurred on
December 11, 2021
New York, New York
United States

What a time it has been! The past year has upended so much for so many, and forced global reckonings with systems, processes and policies that too often let us down. So … what now?
At this year’s virtual TEDxDeerParkWomen, we’ll hear from speakers who are imagining new possibilities and exploring new ideas for how we might live and work better together in the years to come. We'll learn the “what now?” in fields including design, technology, science and culture — and together, we'll envision a future we can build together!"

New York, New York, 11722
United States
Event type:
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Alyssa Dver

Founder & CEO of the American Confidence Institute
Alyssa Dver is the Founder & CEO of the American Confidence Institute. She has personally empowered over 350,000 people through her many presentations, podcasts, books and 2020 TED talk, which garnered 35,000 views so far. She was recently awarded a Stevie for Achievement in Thought Leadership. Supporting her mission to give more confidence to the world, Alyssa is a TEDx and Boston Best speaker, Real Confidence podcaster and Thrive Global contributor. Her 7th book, “Confidence is a Choice: Real Science. Superhero Impact” is an International Book Award finalist and was endorsed by experts at Harvard Medical School, Wharton’s Neuroscience Center, MIT’s Trust Center, Yale’s Office of Diversity, UC Berkeley Executive Education, and other top academic and business leaders. With a commitment to make diversity, equity and inclusion a reality, Alyssa founded and chairs the ERG Leadership Alliance, the largest association training employee group leaders.

Dr. Alisha Griffith

Audiologist. Speech Pathologist. Author. Business Coach.
Dr. Ali Griffith is a #1 bestselling author, global transformational speaker and startup business coach. Her fiery energy and innate understanding of business strategy has allowed her to share stages and lead support teams with titans such as Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, Steve Harvey, and Lisa Nichols. Her innovative approach seamlessly blends business strategy and personal development, allowing clients to maximize their time, talents, and profitability through a “One, Two, Three” method of simplifying overcomplicated processes. An audiologist and speech pathologist by profession, Dr. Ali is trained to hear people in order to feel them. And as a proud autism mom, Dr. Ali knows firsthand the unique mindset hurdles faced by ambitious mothers and caretakers. Dr. Ali helps women get to the heart of their true purpose in the world and supports them on their journey from brand new to badass business owner.

Dr. Cameron Caswell

Adolescent Psychologist. Family Coach.
Dr. Cam is an adolescent psychologist, family success coach, teen translator, and the author and host of “Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam” podcast. She is on a mission to help parents build strong, positive relationships with their teens through improved communication, connection, and understanding using her PRIME Parenting Method. In a fun, interactive style, Dr. Cam unpacks frustrating adolescent behavior and empowers parents to work with their teen's wiring rather than against it—boosting the development of a positive, healthy sense of self, rather than unwittingly eroding it.

Dr. Michelle St. Jane

Podcast Host of Life and Leadership
Dr. Michelle St Jane, is a pioneer at being a re-emergence strategist for compassionate leaders. Today she is on her fourth career as a video podcaster and host of Life & Leadership: A Conscious Journey, a unique destination for topics on leadership, conscious stewardship, and legacy. Dr. Michelle St Jane is an intergenerational collaborator and global business connector. Michelle’s vision is to pioneer a new frontier and leading the way for women to lean into living their legacy using their voice. She loves to collaborate with powerful women business leaders who are ready to use their unique message to affect change rather than keep the status quo.

Jacqueline Shaulis

Founder and Chief Empress of Awesome Enterprises
'The Excitable Introvert', Jacqueline Shaulis guides introverted women of color to get seen, heard, and respected by embracing their AWESOME! She’s wowed audiences in nearly 20 countries as an international speaker, global bestselling author, and as a coach & advisor to top executives...all while honoring her introversion. Her communication and personal leadership expertise, insights, and shenaniGEMS are featured in numerous media outlets, including Forbes, Doctor Oz, The Washington Post, The Independent, Romper, and International Business Times. When not globetrotting with coffee in hand or loudly singing "tune-adjacent" at home, you can find Jacqueline getting lost in a good (audio)book or hugging her son, his nine cousins, and/or the nearest tree.

Lavada Humphrey

Founder & CEO of PureRising Group
LaVada D. Humphrey is a keynote speaker, coach, author, development strategist, and an organizational consultant. he is the Founder and CEO of PureRising, LLC, a professional development group that specializes in maximizing potential, leadership, burnout, conflict and conscious communication for existing and emerging leaders in small and mid-size organizations, credit unions and entrepreneurs. A Chicago native and a born communicator, LaVada uses her voice and words to shift mindsets, inspire, empower, educate and encourage her audience. She believes every person is born with potent possibilities. She is passionate about helping others to amplify their voice, and align to their natural strengths to lead, transform and elevate. LaVada holds a bachelor's in business administration and a master's in organizational development from Lewis University. She is a certified John C. Maxwell team member and holds several certifications in human development.

Melissa Fleury

Founder of The Branded Career
Melissa Fleury is an executive coach and founder of The Branded Career, a coaching and consulting agency focused on developing and retaining diverse millennial talent in the workplace. The Branded Career has helped clients secure on average 30% increases in salary, leadership roles, and strengthen soft skills to stand out in the workplace. The Branded Career’s mission is to provide services, programming, and content that empowers professionals and provides companies with resources and training to develop their top talent. Professionally, Melissa currently works as a senior asset manager for a large REIT and has managed nearly $1B in property value across the country. She has a passion for all things real estate and leadership development. She received her B.A. in Economics from Stony Brook University and currently resides in Long Island, New York.

Randi Crawford

Certified Life Coach.
Randi Crawford was the co-founder of a women's health care company. After that, she decided to stay home and care for her children. During that time, she wrote a local newspaper column called Rant with Randi, about any issues that parents dealt with. She then worked as a stylist at Anthropologie where she enjoyed working with women. Randi Crawford became a life coach because of her focus on serving others. She discovered her passion for helping young women to navigate through the pressure of social media, peer pressure, school, and work, and emerge into womanhood in a more purposeful and fulfilling way.

Sakinah Bunch

Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Sakinah Bunch is a Certified Integrative Nutrition health coach and wellness advocate, best-selling author, keynote speaker, Army veteran and home-grown chef. After the untimely death of her husband and business partner and autoimmune complications suffered by her daughter, Sakinah realized life was no longer business as usual. She made the collective decision to redefine how she and her family approached health and healthcare. Sakinah has a passion for helping families come back to the table by focusing on the cornerstone of the family, the woman. Sakinah believes when women learn to restore healthy relationships with food, others, and themselves, it creates a ripple effect for the entire family and for generations to come.

Sarina Jain

Founder of Masala Bhangra®
Sarina Jain is called the "Indian Jane Fonda," as she is the pioneer in bringing Indian dance to US Fitness at a global level. Recognized as a global game changer, she successfully moves, touches and inspires many people around the world with her knowledge and passion for Bhangra and Bollywood and fitness. Sarina has over 15 workout videos under her belt with Masala Bhangra® classes offered in over 12 countries around the world. In 2021, she will be celebrating 21 years of the inception of Masala Bhangra®! She has successfully bridged the gap of bringing people together of all cultures for one cause – to stay fit, while smiling as part of a positive community!

Serena Brothers-Mohamed

Author. Educator. Community Leader.
Serena is an international best-selling author, educator, youth advocate, community leader, authorpreneur and transformative life coach. She is also a college & career advisor, certified by Teacher's College, Columbia University as well as a wedding officiant and yoga & mindfulness instructor. Of all her accomplishments, she is most proud of her three children Mark, Zaria, and Aaliyah alongside her husband of 25 years. She has created a wellness movement to inspire, motivate and empower others to walk in their purpose by sharing their stories of trials and triumph while unleashing their gifts and talents. Serena is the founder of Young, Talented & Gifted, a non-profit organization. She is also the co-founder of Staten Island S.T.R.O.N.G. HBCU College Tour and the recipient of the NYS Women of Distinction award.

Tracy Gray

Founder & President of the Sankofa Global Project
Tracy L. Gray is a founder, innovator, educator and changemaker. She has devoted her career to bringing change to organizations and communities. In 2013, Ms. Gray launched the Sankofa Global Project with the mission to increase the number of women and people of color in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The Sankofa Global Project has grown significantly since its inception. From the first West Oakland California Food, Fitness, and Tech Hack-A-Thon to the current GED+ Ed Tech Program, Tracy L. Gray brings communities together from California to New York, from Ghana to China, in a thriving global teaching and learning platform.

Organizing team


Central Islip, NY, United States
  • Dawn Cotter-Jenkins
    Team member
  • Jillian Gibson
  • Marsha Guerrier
    Team member
  • Sharon Harleston