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Theme: TEDxDeerParkWomen 2022

This event occurred on
November 5, 2022
New York, New York
United States

A Virtual experience featuring amazing speakers!

New York, New York, 11722
United States
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Aikyna Finch

Social Media Coach and Speaker
Dr. Aikyna Finch is a Podcaster, Social Media Coach, and Speaker. She coaches in Empowerment, Life, and Social Media at the individual and group levels from her company, Finch and Associates LLC. She is the host of the Dr. Finch Experience Podcast broadcasted by her company, Changing Minds Online. She speaks and livestreams on Motivation, Education, and Social Media. In 2018, she founded the Social Power Summit, an event with a Live and Virtual component for Women in STEM and People of Color in Social Media to have a platform where they can shine. In 2020, she started her tech coaching brand called Technically Intuitive®. It began as a tech coaching column. It now includes training on social media and a membership site. She has been interviewed and featured on Huffington Post, Hello Beautiful, Women Speakers Association, International Coach Federation, and many others.

Brujas of Brooklyn

Professors| Co-Founders, Brujas of Brooklyn| Yogis
The Brujas of Brooklyn are identical twin PhDs who merge the magic of ancestral medicine with sharp intellect. As certified yoga instructors, they design multi-sensory workshops that provide sacred spaces to address intergenerational forms of trauma, with a focus on womb imbalances. Both are professors of the Social Sciences within the City College of New York (CUNY). Each has authored academic pieces on the effects of racialized oppression on communities of color, Afro-Dominicans in particular. Their work has been featured across platforms including ABC, NPR, Univision, Google and Facebook. Dr. Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon earned her PhD in Sociology, with a certificate in Gender Studies, from Syracuse University. Dr. Miguelina Rodriguez holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy Formation from Rutgers University. Her academic work investigates the psycho-social affects that gentrification has on BIPOC communities in New York City.

Heather Markel

Full Time Travel and Business Coach, Best Selling Author, Professional World Traveler
Heather fell in love with travel and discovering new cultures (and cows) at age 16 when she lived with a French host family in Normandy, France. After college, she tried living a traditional life sticking it out in corporate for over 25 years, and the wrong marriage for six years. She finally gave in to her heart in 2017, quit corporate before the Great Resignation, for what she thought was a short career break to do what she loves – travel the world and meet people. Now almost five years, 30 countries and six continents later, she has created a life around full time travel, even getting marooned in New Zealand for two years during the pandemic. Heather has been featured in The New York Times, contributes to Travel Awaits magazine, and recently became an Amazon Best-Selling author. She now helps others seeking greater flexibility and freedom to ditch their desk and discover their destiny through full time travel.

Janine Bell

Divorce Coach
Janine Bell is an award-winning entrepreneur, Life Coach and mother of two. She hosts a podcast and divorce recovery brand called Thanks Divorce, where she highlights the positive transformation that can happen after divorce. She also offers divorce coaching, divorce retreats and organizes an online divorce community. Janine is a TEDx Alum and holds a B.A in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Joy Black

Joy Black knew that her life would one day change the moment she held a violin for the first time at age 13. "I had never even seen or heard of a black woman playing the violin, but I knew that's what I wanted to do." She had a dream of herself playing violin for thousands of people, which inspired her to take violin lessons at the age of 14- paving the way for a musician who would eventually work with major corporations and some of the biggest stars in entertainment, including multi-platinum producer BricksDaMane (produced for Drake, Lil Baby, Nipsey Hussle), and star female rap artist Latto. Fast forward to present-day, and the 25-year old has performed at events for the New England Patriots during Superbowl 53, Ford Motor Company, Gatorade, CBS, Essence. She has performed for Prince Yoel and Princess Ariana of Ethiopia, as well as well-known spiritual teacher Sadhguru after his history international Save Soil journey.

Meghna Dassani

Meghna Dassani, DMD is passionate about helping patients with sleep disordered breathing get the treatment they need to live healthier, happier lives. Throughout her career, she has gained invaluable insight into what it takes to implement those services into the practice and currently shares her knowledge and experience in her role as a speaker and educator. She is an international speaker that strives to leave audiences with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver sleep apnea treatments.

Nicolle Surratte

Chief Inspiration Officer of NspireD, LLC/Founder of A Health Coach for Me
Nicolle D. Surratte is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author. Nicolle is a holistic health coach supporting women’s wellness. She helps women decrease stress, increase self-care and embrace lifestyle changes…one step at a time! A graduate of Western Maryland College, Nicolle has a BS in Psychology, Elementary Education and Voice; and a MS in Deaf Education. Nicolle spent more than twenty-five years in the field of education as a classroom teacher and administrator. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a certified Community Health Worker and a trained Master Food Educator and Mindfulness/Well-being Volunteer. Nicolle is also trained in breast cancer advocacy and public policy. In June of 2022, Nicolle celebrated her 11th “cancer-versary.” Her “Pink Sea Journey” is chronicled in The Voice of Victory in the Valley: Diary of a Breast Cancer Thriver.

Novena Riojas

Founder and CEO of Envrio Coaching
Novena Riojas runs a thriving mental health practice dedicated to providing mental health services, evaluations and training to individuals and families located in the Queens and Nassau County New York area. Her mission is to provide quality mental health services, education and support to the people residing in these communities. Novena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified life coach who started her career 20 years ago working with Children and families in New York City Administration for Children’s Services. She has led a successful career that allowed her to serve in many different capacities including her current position as The Executive Director of Central Operations for Foster Care Services. Her principals are deeply rooted in the belief that we are all capable of so much more than we allow ourselves to be. Novena has written several books and has contributed to Mental Health and Wellness for Huffington Posts Thrive magazine and Well and Good magazine.

Tracy Spears

Speaker, Author, Advocate
Tracy is an Internationally sought-after keynote speaker, advocate, and host of the podcast “Shift Out Loud”. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Founder of the Exceptional Leaders Lab. Her organization specializes in developing leaders, inspiring teamwork, and creating inclusive cultures. Her best-selling books, What Exceptional Leaders Know, and The Exceptional Leaders Playbook provide much of the content in the workshops she teaches globally. Tracy's energetic and interactive approach has helped leaders and aspiring leaders all over the world improve their leadership skills, their communication, and their understanding of how people and organizations succeed. Much of Tracy's work centers around inspiring each person to rethink their personal success story and inspires her audiences to strive for the best possible outcome in everything they approach.

Vivian Garcia-Tunon

Founder and CEO of VG People's Advisory
Vivian Garcia-Tunon founded VGT People Advisory to partner with transformational leaders and help them build great companies. She supports heart centered leaders in becoming more vulnerable by doing so creating powerful and empowering cultures. She is best known by her clients for her enthusiastic and straightforward approach to evoking transformational change and getting results. Vivian works with senior executives and founders to provide leadership, management development, and transition services, helping them achieve professional goals and corporate objectives. The good news is that she knew how to take the next steps. Vivian studied hard to become a coach, took endless classes and earned her own PHD in Personal Human Development with the amount of classes she took. Vivan applied what she learned in all of her prior experiences and went out to launch VGT People’s Advisory to help individuals and leaders in all career crossroads.

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