About Us

Educating, Inspiring & Empowering Women.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help curate and share “ideas worth spreading” that educate, inspire and empower women. We want to bring together a community of men and women in Atlanta who care about seeing women advance in all aspects of their lives. Our goal is to be a catalyst for fresh new dialogues and inspiration that help women grow as leaders who contribute to a strong and vibrant city, country, and world.

Our Team

Henna Inam

Event Organizer

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Henna’s moments of greatest joy are in connection - - connecting one-on-one with people to hear their stories, connecting people to each other, connecting ideas. A citizen of the globe who has lived in 7 countries across 4 continents, she made Atlanta home 10 years ago. She just loves the community of women leaders who are impacting the city and started TEDxCentennialParkWomen to help elevate their voices. Her day job is with Transformational Leadership Inc. (www.transformleaders.tv) where she is CEO and helps Fortune 500 companies grow transformational leaders and advance their female talent pipeline.

Rita Izaguirre

Speaker and Sponsor Lead

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Rita is a passionate advocate for workplace inclusion. Her career experiences include positions in marketing, the practice of law and human resources. She has held senior leadership positions at SunTrust Banks, GE Healthcare and Jackson Spalding. Born in Cuba, her family immigrated to Venezuela and later to Miami. She is a self-described gypsy at heart who has traveled extensively with her family. She counts China and Peru among her most memorable trips. When she isn’t exploring the world, you can find her exploring food, books and championing good words in our community.

Lynn Epstein

Marketing Lead

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Lynn grew up in Phoenix with dreams of being the Tide lady and determining when something was ‘new and improved’.  She took her passion for marketing and dove into the fast-paced world of high tech; enjoying a wild ride during the telecommunications boom. She moved to Atlanta from Portlandia in 2001 to pursue love. Around town, she wears many hats -– community organizer, marketing and social media maven, foodie and recovering food blogger, daughter, sister, wife, auntie and grandmother. Wave if you see her on the Beltline with a jogging stroller.

Rozmin Daya

Treasurer & Volunteer Coordinator

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Rozmin thrives managing projects with lots of moving pieces. She is a strategic thinker and decision maker with exceptional leadership, analytical and communication skills. Professionally she’s a Data Architect at Delta Air Lines. As a volunteer for the Ismaili community in North America, she led the event coordination for one of the largest events in the community, coordinating 900 volunteers at an event with 17,000 invitees over a 5 day period. Her leadership skills are exemplified through her voluntary service.

Barbara Obrentz

Project Manager

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“All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten, “by Robert Fulgham, speaks to Barbara’s philosophy of work and play: Be truthful, speak your mind, play fair, share everything and live a balanced life. Her professional career began as a kindergarten teacher more than 30 years ago, then morphed into the marketing communications field upon moving to Atlanta. Same skills, different audience. Recently retired as chief public information officer for one of Georgia’s largest public institutions, she now creates, manages and implements projects utilizing many of the same organizational techniques she developed early in her career. 

Jennifer Turner

Event Experience Manager

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A native of Atlanta, Jennifer’s 20 years in the creative field has spanned television, web, print and marketing. Meticulous attention to detail and intelligent design are hallmarks of her work. She is passionate about translating brand traits into impactful communications and experiences that leave lasting impressions. Jennifer is also an avid hiker who has trekked hundreds of miles of East and West coast trails. However, her one true passion is spending time with her husband and their two young boys.

Robbin Jorgensen

Speaker/ Sponsor Support

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Robbin recently tweeted: The more you own your thoughts, actions, and words, the more respect, trust, and faith you’ll receive from others. Words of wisdom from the President & Founder of Ignite The Next International™, and Founder of the Women Igniting Change™Movement. With 15 years experience in sales and marketing, training and business development, she works with individuals and corporations to help them create significant impact in their lives, organizations, and the world. Speaker, coach, and facilitator – her passion is to fuel the flames of transformation and help women to unleash possibilities to become change agents in the world. 

Ebony Hillsman

Writer/Producer

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Ebony is a journalist by trade; having spent the first decade of her career in television broadcast. She’s a communication professional with a flair for the creative world of fashion, art and music coupled with a passion for the web and digital marketing communications. She’s lived in Atlanta for 16 years and loves to volunteer for causes dear to her heart. An avid reader, she is prone to live vicariously through her literary heroes and create her own fabulous adventures -- which makes her uniquely talented to lead our run-of-show preparations. 

Asif Jessani

IT Specialist

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Asif is a professional volunteer. He’s been involved with TEDxCentennialParkWomen since its inception. He currently serves on the Board for Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, is on the steering committee for the Educate GA Summit, and on Leadership Gwinnett’s education subcommittee. Additionally, as a part of the Ismaili Muslim community, he volunteers as a pre-school teacher, leads the marketing and media team for the United States Ismaili Games, and is actively involved with the Ismaili Council for Southeastern United States. When he isn’t volunteering, he is the principal marketing and technology consultant with Complete Computer Solutions. 

Mary Barton

Print Production Lead

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A native Georgian, Mary has been collaborating to reach marketing goals with clients for almost three decades. She has run her own successful business and worked in the corporate world. Her expertise spans various communication channels - integrated marketing, lead generation, lead nurturing and getting the attention of C-level decision-makers. Currently, she is a Senior Account Executive at Standard Press. Weekends are spent with two sons and family enjoying classic cars, motorcycles, cooking and entertaining.

Mike Parsons

Event Videographer

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Mike moved to Atlanta just after the 1996 Olympics, where he became the regional Director of e-Commerce for one of the country’s largest automotive groups. In 2005, he saw the rapid rollout of high-speed Internet access as an opportunity to transition his entrepreneurial spirit into a video production service for the web – Laser Stream Video. Mike’s passion is helping businesses further succeed by incorporating video into their corporate communications, live streaming meetings and events, as well as creating service and product introduction videos.

Jan Louie

Designer

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In 1993, Jan and her husband Jordan started a successful graphic design business in Atlanta. In 2005 she completed her biggest project to date - the design of their home, studio and barn on nine acres in Dallas, Georgia. For the last ten years she and Jordan have been working and raising animals. Along with graphic design, Jan also does event design, interior design, she designs for her church and other non-profits. Besides riding her horse, the biggest thrill she gets is the satisfaction of creating something for her clients better than they could have imagined and receiving the blessings from the gratitude they express.

Erica K. Faulkner

Social Media

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Erica has been a leader and collaborator on digital projects for almost a decade with emphasis on using strategic communications to build online communities and drive digital and social media engagement.  Her professional background spans across corporate, nonprofit and higher education industries. A journalist by trade, Erica is passionate about stories and uses storytelling in the digital space to delight audiences and connect people. Around Atlanta, you can find her at a local used bookstore, or tucked away in a corner at one of the many coffee shops around town. She loves to travel, listen to marketing and productivity podcasts, and grow her knowledge of new and emerging technologies.

Ilani Lorber

Marketing

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Ilani is a native Atlantan, returning to her home city after living in Charleston, SC and Edinburgh, Scotland. This is her first year working with TEDxCPW, and she is thrilled to be part of the team. She is passionate about storytelling and creating compelling content, and serves as Marketing & Enrollment Director for Jewish Kids Groups. In her spare time, you can find Ilani reading, traveling, sewing, enjoying live music, and watching Arsenal FC matches.

Rebecca Rakoczy

Marketing

Rebecca left Michigan after college and came to Atlanta seeking a brighter future—and warmer climate! She fell in love with the south, writing for metro Atlanta newspapers before switching to public relations. She’s been a public relations coordinator/writer for Georgia State University for eight years.  A mom of four daughters who have made their way in the world after college, she lives with her husband in Madison, Ga., spending the weekends restoring their antebellum home. This is her first TEDx experience, and she’s excited about this energetic and inspirational team. 

Maggie Stansell

Marketing Intern

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Maggie is from Rome, Georgia and still resides there finishing up her Bachelors Degree in Communication/Public Relations from Berry College. As Student Director of the Berry College Office of Admission, Maggie enjoys public speaking and professionally training other students. As Hive Manager of The Berry Bees, a student run enterprise, Maggie enjoys beekeeping and teaching others about honeybees Being only a little over an hour from Atlanta, Maggie enjoys taking any opportunity she can to explore the city and visit the High Museum. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys hanging out with her twin sister and hiking on Berry's campus.

Hannah Lambert

Marketing Intern

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Hannah is a senior at Berry College, graduating in the spring of 2017 with a B.A. in public relations and a minor in dance. She has been welcomed onto the TEDxCPW team as a student intern and hopes to pursue a career in some facet of the public relations field, with a special interest in event planning. Hannah works as the Manager for the Berry College Dance Troupe as well as the Social Media Director for the campus newspaper. Hannah's ideal day would include a ballet class, a cup of iced coffee, and an organized desk

Abby Degennaro

Marketing Intern

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As a Georgia native, Abby has frequented Atlanta—a city that is able to fuel her deep passion for storytelling, education and the arts—all her life. She has a heart for service and is an advocate for human rights and environmental conservation. She is a currently a senior at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where she is majoring in public relations and minoring in English. In her spare time, Abby enjoys visiting used bookstores and spending time with her friends, family and dogs.

Henna Inam

Rita Izaguirre

Lynn Epstein

Rozmin Daya

Barbara Obrentz

Jennifer Turner

Robbin Jorgensen

Ebony Hillsman

Asif Jessani

Mary Barton

Mike Parsons

Jan Louie

Erica K. Faulkner

Ilani Lorber

Rebecca Rakoczy

Maggie Stansell

Hannah Lambert

Abby Degennaro

FAQs

What is TEDxCentennialParkWomen?

An independently organized conference operating under license from TED. The group was organized in 2012 and we held our first conference on December 1, 2012. We have organized a TEDx event each year there has been a national TEDWomen conference (2012, 2013, and 2015). TEDWomen skipped a year in 2014 and we followed suit.

Who is behind TEDxCentennialParkWomen?

TEDxCentennialParkWomen is a Georgia non-profit and is run by an all-volunteer team led by Henna Inam. Check out our amazing group of volunteers above.

How are speakers selected for the conference?

The TEDxCentennialParkWomen organizing team curates speakers based on the national TEDWomen theme and by taking a look at the events and people driving change, innovation and conversation in Atlanta. Interested parties may self-nominate or nominate another individual by contacting us at info@tedxcentennialparkwomen.com.

Where can I get tickets?

Click here to purchase tickets.

Pricing for the 2016 TEDxCentennialParkWomen conference:

  • Early Bird (August 5 - September 16) - $65

  • Tickets (September 17 - October 24) - $80

Space is limited and our events sell-out! Typically we do not sell tickets at the door. See you October 28th for a not-to-be-missed event.

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes entry into the conference, morning coffee, lunch, an afternoon snack -- and of course a program full of innovative ideas, speakers and incredible networking. Plus a live-stream of a talk being given at the TEDWomen conference in California. You can check out the conference program here when it is a bit closer to the event.

What can I expect at the conference?

TEDxCentennialParkWomen is one of more than 800 TEDx groups across the globe. This conference held in conjunction with TEDxWomen to be held in San Francisco. We will also have our own roster of live speakers. It is an immersive one-day experience comprised of the official spoken program and extended networking breaks in between speaker sessions. Attendees are encouraged to converse with conference speakers during breaks, get to know new people and explore new ideas and perspectives throughout the day.

Finally, in the spirit of TED, talks are non-commercial and non-partisan in nature.

Attendees are expected to stay the entire duration of the conference.

What is the dress code?

Business casual. Attendees of the creative persuasion are encouraged to dress to express.

Where did you come up with TEDxCentennialParkWomen? It’s awfully long to type into an address bar!

Good question. Here is an equally long answer.

Atlanta’s Centennial Park is part of the rich history of Atlanta. It first came into being during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and was a great gathering spot for visitors and residents of Atlanta. It’s a great legacy of the Olympic games in Atlanta. We chose this name not just because it represents a great gathering spot for the Atlanta community, but also because Olympic athletes represent a drive to excel, to change the game, and a belief in themselves. TEDxCentennialParkWomen likewise represents the gathering of the Atlanta ripple-makers to help us excel and change the game for the advancement of women in our city, country and the world at large. We’ve given ourselves the nickname TEDxCPW and you’ll find us on social media using TEDxCPWomen and the hashtag #TEDxCPW.

How do I attend the conference?

Typically tickets for TEDxCentennialParkWomen events go on sale 3 to 4 months prior to the event. Get on our mailing list to stay in touch and be the first to know about upcoming conferences, events and gatherings.