Sneak Peek at TEDxCPW 2017 Speakers

TEDxCentennialParkWomen announces a number of exciting details for its Friday, November 3 event in Atlanta, constructed on the theme, “Bridges,” beginning with the naming of three confirmed speakers, James Dallas, Jennifer Hidinger and Raj Sisodia.


James Dallas

James Dallas – Author, Executive in Residence at Emory University and retired senior executive

James Dallas is an accomplished senior executive who was born in a segregated hospital in Atlanta, raised by a single mother and went on to C-Suite positions Georgia-Pacific and Medtronic. The majority of Dallas’ career has been focused on bridging the gap between strategy and execution, using IT for competitive advantage and leadership development. He will share how by building bridges and relationships he achieved success.


Jennifer Hidinger

Jennifer Hidinger – Staplehouse Restaurant/The Giving Kitchen

In her role as co-founder of Staplehouse Restaurant, Jennifer Hidinger orchestrates the development and execution of all aspects of the restaurant, and is  co- founder and spokesperson for The Giving Kitchen Initiative (TGK), an Atlanta nonprofit organization that supports area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated crisis. TGK was inspired by the overwhelming expression of support from the restaurant industry when Hidinger’s late husband and business partner, chef Ryan Hidinger, was diagnosed with cancer in December 2012. She will share the challenges and lessons of her journey launching a business while dealing with a very personal loss.

​​​​​​​Raj Sisodia, PhD

Raj Sisodia, PhD – FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College, and Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

Raj Sisodia is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business” (2013) and Wall Street Journal bestseller “Everybody Matters” (2015). He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America. He will share how business can be a source of healing and social good.

“Our volunteer leaders, professional women themselves, are thrilled to deliver this stimulating program to the community,” noted event organizer Henna Inam. “Our goal is to curate a variety of speakers, performances, and experiences to stimulate conversation, inspire innovation and networking opportunities for Atlanta’s professional women well beyond the event itself. Atlanta is booming as a city for business, science, medicine, and education and much more – we also want the city to be known as a place where women can thrive and advance in their profession.” 

TEDxCentennialParkWomen also confirms that registration for its November 3 event has opened, with a limited number of early-bird tickets available online. Early-bird tickets are $85 and the first 60 registrants are invited to a roundtable lunch the day of the event featuring senior-level professional mentors. Once early-bird tickets are sold out, general admission tickets will be available for $99.

The 5th TEDxCentennialParkWomen event would not be possible without our talented all-volunteer team, generous corporate and in-kind supporters, friends and attendees. TEDxCentennialParkWomen welcomes Jackson Spalding, Standard Press, The Coca-Cola Company, ADP Women in Leadership, and LexisNexis Risk Solutions as its initial partners for 2017 event. Additional partnership opportunities are available; for information email

The 2017 TEDxCentennialParkWomen event will be held Friday, November 3 at the Goizueta Main Auditorium at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. Stay in touch for additional speaker announcements!