TEDxCPW Event 2016

It's About Time

Friday, October 28 2016

It Began with a Song and Ended in Flight

Thank goodness it was a Friday! Time to explore how time and attention shape our lives.

Our fourth Annual TEDxCentennialParkWomen conference was another sold-out event with a musical opening, inspiring speakers, engaging xPeriences and incredible networking.

As Courtenay Collins from the Alliance Theatre demonstrated with her dramatic and joyous opening – there is nothing like a little cabaret in the morning.

We were honored to have Rose Scott grace our stage as Emcee and provide her signature banter and transitions as she welcomed our speakers to the stage.

Maryam Alavi, Dean and Professor, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, explored the relationship between humans and machines and shared her new paradigm.

Brooke Beach, Founder and Chairman, Marketwake, talked about getting real and how sometimes our personal brand isn’t as shiny and pretty as our professional brand.

Did you ever wonder how Atlanta became a hub for filmmaking? Shay Bentley-Griffin, Casting Director, Chez Casting Inc., was one of the visionaries who worked tireless to bring the film industry to Georgia. Her next challenge is getting more women represented on the silver screen and in the directors’ chair.

Kathy Caprino, Founder and President, Ellia Communications, told us that it’s time to “brave up” -- 70% of women studied are facing at least one of 12 “hidden” crises, and on average they’re facing 3 at the same time. Over 50% don’t know what to do. . .

June Cline, Owner, Center for Laughing and Learning, demonstrated how to determine the ROI for laughing out loud with colleagues, clients is measurable in retention, loyalty and trust during her xPerience.

With a spotlight on Helene Lollis, CEO, Pathbuilders, we explored the personal side of mentoring and leadership.

According to Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber, access is the great equalizer – especially when it comes to healthcare information. Can acting principles and theatre-based strategies help people enhance their communication and collaboration skills?

In an xPerience workshop, J. Noble, Manager, Alliance Theatre’s Alliance@Work, showed us techniques to slow down to listen, understand and be present.

The Wealthy Yogi, Dr. Roshawnna Novellus confided her blueprint for mindful money management to create a stress free wealthy lifestyle in her xPerience.

Natosha Reid Rice, Associate General Counsel, Habitat for Humanity International, encouraged us to reach a little deeper. She believes that women can change the world, but good intentions are not enough. They must be willing to invite others in and connect with people who may not look and act like them.

Competition is not a four-letter word for Theresa Wenzel, President, The Atlanta Dream, it’s part of an important acronym “COMPETE” and part of her guiding principles for success.

Allison Wonders Gars, Coach, Coaching Wonders, wrote a custom xPerience piece about “time” for this event. Henry Ford said, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that a plane takes off against the wind, and not with it.”

Antonia Wysong, Assistant Chief Pilot, Delta Airlines, personal story fits that description and her ability to take flight is an inspiration to us all.

Rose Scott


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We’re delighted to welcome back an award-winning journalist and WABE host Rose Scott to emcee the TEDxCentennialParkWomen (TEDxCPW) 2017 Event Bridging People and Ideas that Move Women Forward on November 3, 2017.

Rose Scott is an award-winning journalist and host of the midday news program Closer Look heard on Atlanta’s NPR station 90.1 FM – WABE. She is well known for her thought-provoking reporting style and in presenting discussions centered around affordable housing, domestic violence, HIV/Aids, immigration and criminal justice reform. She has been honored with several awards including a Southeast Regional Emmy Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Award and numerous Georgia Association of Broadcaster awards. 

Natosha Reid Rice


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Natosha Reid Rice currently serves as the Associate General Counsel for Real Estate and Finance at Habitat for Humanity International where she initiates and manages financing programs and strategies to generate sources of capital that enable Habitat affiliates to provide decent, affordable housing to families throughout the country.  In addition to her work at Habitat, Natosha also serves as an Associate Pastor, Women’s Ministries at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and founder of Fresh Rain for Life Ministries, a non-denominational ministry that provides a “sanctuary for women in the midst of life” through worship services, retreats, bible studies, workshops, and mission outreach.

Prior to joining Habitat, Natosha practiced law in the commercial real estate practices of Alston & Bird LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City.  While at these firms, she specialized in commercial real estate development transactions, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing.  

Natosha is passionate about providing a voice to the voiceless and opportunities to communities that have been historically disadvantaged. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator for community/civic organizations, churches, colleges and corporate events on topics such as the intersection of faith and justice, race and gender justice, leadership development and community empowerment. In addition,

Natosha is a past Board Chair for Georgia Women for a Change and currently serves on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and Invest Atlanta’s Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. which is a community development entity that seeks to spur job creation, economic development and neighborhood revitalization in under-served parts of the City of Atlanta. She has been actively involved in efforts to pass legislation and policy to protect victims of human sex trafficking in Georgia and provide for a fair workplace for women.   

Natosha has received recognition and several awards for her work and leadership in the community.  Recent honors include the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, the Circle of Friends Pearl Award and the Church Women United (Atlanta Unit) Outstanding Young Woman. Natosha was also a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014.  

Natosha received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Government with honors from Harvard/Radcliffe College where she was a Harvard/Radcliffe Class Marshall and awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize (Radcliffe’s Highest Honor) and the E.P. Saltonstall Prize.  Natosha lives in metro Atlanta with her husband Corey Rice and their children, Kayla, Malachi and Caleb.

Connect with Natosha on Twitter: @natoshareidrice

Hala Moddelmog


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Hala Moddelmog is the first female president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber which serves as a catalyst for business partnerships and coalitions to drive economic growth across the 29-county region. Prior to joining MAC, Moddelmog was president of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group, an international quick-service restaurant chain with 3,500 units and annual system-wide sales of approximately $3 billion. As president, she led the brand to 12 consecutive quarters of comparable store sales increases and increased EBITDA by 80 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Moddelmog also served as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots organization working to eradicate breast cancer. She was also the first woman to lead an international restaurant company when, in 1995, she was named president of Church’s Chicken, a brand with more than 1,500 restaurants in 15 countries and nearly $1 billion in system sales.

Moddelmog is a dedicated community advocate and serves on multiple boards including the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission and the Woodruff Arts Center among others. She has also served on the boards of two New York Stock Exchange companies. Moddelmog received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Georgia Southern University.


Kathy Caprino, M.A.


Career Breakthrough Coach and Founder of Ellia Communications and the Amazing Career Project

Kathy Caprino, M.A. is an internationally-recognized career success coach, writer, leadership trainer and speaker dedicated to the advancement of women in business.  She is the author of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose, and Founder/President of Ellia Communications, Inc. -- a leading career coaching and leadership training firm for professional and entrepreneurial women.  Kathy is also the founder of The Amazing Career Project – an online training course designed to help women globally build successful and rewarding careers of significance.  In 2016, Kathy launched her new Amazing Career Breakthrough certification training for coaches.

A former corporate marketing VP, trained marriage and family therapist, and seasoned coach, Kathy is a leading Forbes, Huffington Post  and LinkedIn contributor and top media source on women’s career and entrepreneurial success, issues and trends, and has appeared in over 100 leading newspapers and magazines and on national radio and television.  For more information, visit kathycaprino.com, and  connect with Kathy on Twitter, FB, LinkedIn.



Maryam Alavi


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As an expert in digital innovations and strategic IT applications, Dr. Alavi is a thought leader on IT strategy, a recognized educator and advisor with extensive experience in leadership development and organizational capability building for a digital age. She advises executives on topics of IT and digital strategies in organizations including Marriott, Siemens, Sodexo, the American College of Physicians, and the World Bank to marry thought leadership and real world experience.

Dr. Alavi is a sought-after speaker at national and international forums and conferences, and has taught in executive programs at some of the world’s most prestigious business schools. She has authored numerous published papers and served on the editorial boards of several prestigious business and technology journals. In recognition of her professional achievements, she received the prestigious Association of Information Systems Fellows Award, an award given by peers in recognition of the recipient as a role model and inspiration to colleagues and students within the discipline. Dr. Alavi was also awarded the distinguished Marvin Bower Faculty Fellowship at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Alavi served on the advisory board of Center for Knowledge-based Enterprise at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and was twice appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia to the Georgia Technology Authority Board. She currently serves as a member of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Strategic Advisory Board of Valor Ventures.

Dr. Alavi holds a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.S. in computer and information sciences, and a Ph.D. in management information systems from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Alavi lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is married to Dr. Henry H. Molouki, a physician in private practice.


Brooke Beach


Brooke Beach is the Founder and Chairman of Marketwake - a digital marketing agency, and the CEO of Kevy - an ecommerce marketing automation company.

Brooke graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. After graduation, she became a spokesperson for Fortune 500 companies and helped lead nation-wide PR and marketing campaigns. 

A serial entrepreneur and sought-after leader in the industry, Brooke has a passion for helping businesses and leaders grow. 


Antonia Wysong


Antonia Wysong currently holds the position of Assistant Chief Pilot for Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, Georgia.

She holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, and is rated for B757, B767, CL65 and DC9 with Commercial privileges for both Airplane Single/Multiengine Land, and Airplane Multiengine Sea. She also holds Advanced Ground Instructor and Certified Flight Instructor Licenses. She has a BA in Business and Finance from London University, and a degree in International Culinary Arts, and a Masters in Nutrition.

She started her airline career as a Flight Attendant for United Airlines, but shortly thereafter started taking flying lessons at a local flight school in Maryland. After obtaining her ratings, she became Chief Flight Instructor for the flight school, as well as working as a Traffic Survey pilot for two radio stations in Washington D.C. She was hired as a First Officer for SkyWest Airlines in 2002 where she flew Brasilia EMB 120’s and CRJ 200/700’s. She became a Captain in 2005. In 2007 she was hired as a First Officer for Delta Air Lines, and has flown the MD88/90, B757 and B767 until the present day. She joined the Air Line Pilots Association Professional Standards team in 2010 acting as a peer volunteer and counselor. In 2013 she was selected to be part of the Delta Air Lines Pilot Mentoring Team, assisting new hire pilots with their transition to Delta, and the world of Commercial Aviation. She currently serves as an Ambassador for Delta Air Lines, taking part in media and promotional events, and has recently been selected to be part of the Delta Air Lines Pilot Hiring Team.

She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her two sons, Oliver and Matthew, who manage to keep her ridiculously busy with their multiple extra curricular activities.


Shay Bentley-Griffin


Shay Bentley-Griffin:  Georgia's Leading Lady

Shay Bentley-Griffin is one of Georgia’s best-kept secrets. It was Shay, alongside four fellow Georgia Film and Entertainment Advisory Board members, who in 2008 succeeded in getting tax incentives passed that boosted Georgia to the number three state in the US in film production, right behind California and New York.

Not only has Shay been instrumental in revitalizing the economy of Georgia, she has made a significant contribution toward the employment of local actors, launching innumerable careers through her casting company, The Chez Group.  A respected powerhouse in the film industry, Shay has cast more than 200 television and film projects, including the highly-acclaimed movies, "Sully," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, and “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” directed by Ang Lee, to be released in November 2016.

A champion for the acting community, Shay brings to Atlanta regular workshops through Chez Studios, offering industry experts and insider information to aspiring actors.

Shay has served under two governors on the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Advisory Board, was appointed as Georgia’s film liaison to Los Angeles, is founder of the Georgia Production Partnership and is a board member of the Rome International Film Festival.  She has received numerous industry awards, including the Crystal Obelisk Award from the Casting Society of America, the ‘Icons of the Industry’ award from the Entertainment Society of the Technology Association of Georgia and is a three-time Emmy nominee for her work in casting.

A member of Women in Film International, the Casting Society of America, the Cattlemen’s Association and the Farm Bureau, Shay is at home in rural Georgia, where she resides on the family farm.  Her latest project, The Land, is a television series she created pairing her love of farming and film. Stay tuned, as Shay has other big projects in the works that will continue to shine a bright light on Georgia and its $6 billion film industry.

Among Shay’s casting accomplishments:
Sleepless Night (2016), Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016), Sully (2016), Kill The Messenger (2014), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), The Watsons Go To Birmingham (2013), and the miniseries Coma (2012) produced by Mark Zucker, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Remember the Titans (2000), and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). She was the Casting Director on eight seasons of In the Heat of the Night (1988-1995) and the Peabody Award-winning series I'll Fly Away (1991-1993). Through her career, she has worked with numerous directors such as Ang Lee, Clint Eastwood, Kenny Leon, Shawn Levy, Adam McKay, Tyler Perry, Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, Jon Avnet, and Edward Zwick.

Theresa Wenzel


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Theresa Wenzel was named Atlanta Dream Team President on March 1, 2016.

Wenzel, a 21-year sports-industry veteran, spent the previous 10 years prior to her role with the Dream as a top athletic administrator at Georgia Tech, joining the Yellow Jackets in 2005 before being elevated to the position of Senior Women’s Administrator in 2006.  She was honored as the 2011 Administrator of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

“Theresa has been a tireless advocate for women’s sports, and particularly women’s basketball, for her entire career – as a player, as a coach and as an administrator,” WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew said.  

During her tenure at Georgia Tech, which began in 2005, Wenzel oversaw the women’s basketball, golf, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field and volleyball programs.  Under her supervision, the Yellow Jackets women’s tennis team captured the 2007 NCAA National Championship.

“Theresa Wenzel is a great leader and motivator,” Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach MaChelle Joseph said.  “She is a mentor that brings out the best in those around her. The Atlanta Dream has made a terrific hire. Theresa’s work ethic and commitment to inspiring and supporting those around her will be felt throughout the Dream organization.”

Wenzel was also the athletic department’s non-academic liaison to the Office of Student Affairs while at Tech and was a member of numerous committees including the Georgia Tech Women’s Resource Center Advisory Board, the Title IX Compliance Committee, the GTAA Compliance and Equity Committee, the ACC Women’s Basketball Committee, ACC Softball Committee and the ACC Women’s Tennis Committee.

Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Wenzel served as the Assistant Athletic Director before being promoted to Associate AD for Business Operations at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.  She also handled the head coaching duties for the Saints women’s golf team until her departure in 2005, guiding Siena to five consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles (2001-05).

In addition, she served as Siena’s intramural director and assistant facilities director for one year.

Wenzel began her career in college athletics at Canisius College where she held the position of assistant women’s basketball coach for three seasons (1994-97).

A basketball letterwinner at Marquette University, Wenzel earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration before later earning a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius College.


June Cline


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Do you know people who could use more humor and happiness at work and in their lives? 

Ever see teams in companies whose spirit and energy need a boost? 

June Cline, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), is the Southern, Sassy and Savvy, Harley Riding Humorist passionately showing people, teams and companies how to experience more of both. Her Keynotes, Workshops, Internet Podcast turned co-authored #1 Amazon Best Selling Book and One Woman Show are tools that help guide the way to those outcomes. 

President of The Center for Laughing and Learning: Where ROI Meets LOL, June shares her research and expertise using the power of laughter to boost company morale, engagement and the bottom line. The return on investment (ROI) of laughing out loud (LOL) with colleagues, clients and those for whom they care is measurable in retention, loyalty and trust.

From a college administrator to a 28 year career as a professional speaker, June draws on her experiences in education, banking, and career development which she morphed in to side splitting stories to teach audiences the power of laughter by initiating humor to gain recognition, respect and reward. June’s wit and wisdom has appeared in publications and media outlets as diverse as CNN, The Boston Globe, Inc., Selling Power, Harvard Management Communications Letter, Competitive Edge, Redbook, First for Women and Gannett News Services syndicated columns. 

June is an award winning speaker and leader receiving the Kay Herman Legacy Award, for exemplary leadership from the National Speakers Association, Georgia Chapter, for 2015. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 from her alma mater, Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Utah.

When June isn’t presenting on a stage or recording in a studio teaching audiences about the power of initiating laughter, she is at home with the two favorite men in her life, Jerry Cline, and their recued Shih Tzu, “Lucky Man.” She also can be found riding her Harley-Davidson, Good Golly Ms. Molly, through the scenic mountains of North Georgia. Her riding experiences inspired the creation of her popular and highly acclaimed one-woman show, targeting pre- through post-menopausal women and the people who love them.   "Make it a Great Ride! A night of levity and laughter with June Cline,” inspires all who hear her that regardless of the bumps in the road, we still have the capacity for humor and happiness and the power to lighten up and make life a great ride!  Contact her at June@JuneCline.com

Helene Lollis


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Helene Lollis is the president and chief executive officer of PATHBUILDERS, an organization that partners with clients to develop top-tier talent through mentoring and leadereeborship development, with special expertise in developing high-potential women.  She guides strategic direction and program development, provides high-level partnership with clients, and represents Pathbuilders in the community.  Trained as an engineer, Helene spent 12 years with Amoco and then BP Corporation in plastics process design, product development, marketing, strategic planning and company mergers and acquisitions.

Helene is frequently invited to speak on the topics of mentoring, women in the workplace and career planning.  She has been published in HR Magazine, Diversity Executive, and Talent Management and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal.  Extremely active in the community, Helene is the immediate past chair and on the executive board of Junior Achievement of Georgia.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Rotary Club, and served 10 years on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber.  She serves on the advisory boards for the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women’s Leadership Forum and the Private Bank of Buckhead, and she is a graduate of the 2008 class of Leadership Atlanta.

In 2015 Helene was awarded the Gold Leadership Award by the Junior Achievement USA Board of Directors for her service to JA.  She was named a “Woman Worth Watching” in 2014’s Profiles in Diversity Journal, a Business to Business Woman of Excellence honoree in 2012, a POW! Purposeful Woman in 2010, and the Guiding Star in 2007 from the Emory’s Executive Women of Goizueta.  In 2011 and 2012 Helene served as a subject matter expert and session chair focused on mid-career issues at The Wall Street Journal Executive Task Force on Women in the Economy.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from N.C. State and Purdue Universities.  

Allison Wonders Gars

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Allison Wonders Gars is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. She is a Life Coach helping women to achieve their dreams,  a Speaker Coach working with TEDx Events and helping clients to deliver authentic presentations, a spoken word artist, an actress starring in her original One Woman Show, and the organizer for Billion Rising Atlanta, a worldwide campaign to end violence against women and girls.


J. Noble


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J. Noble is currently the manager for the Alliance Theatre’s Alliance@work program. In this role, he manages Alliance@work, a professional development program that uses theater-based strategies to help people enhance their communication and collaboration skills. Previously, Noble served as professional learning coordinator for the Woodruff Arts Center and facilitated the Professional Learning Initiative, which supported local educators with arts integrated curriculum design and delivery. Before coming to Atlanta, Noble was the Director of Performing Arts for the Tennessee Arts Commission where he managed the performing arts grants program and provided technical assistance to arts organizations across the state.   @alliancetheatre

Roshawnna Novellus


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Roshawnna is on the leading edge of technology, finance, and ground breaking spiritual expertise and all rolled into one. Having difficulty understanding advancements in technology and how they improve financial organizations? Need assistance with focusing on tasks, mindfulness and being present? She is the ultimate guide to mastering finances, mindfulness, science, technology, and business intelligence. Her integrated background of travel, science, business, faith, and real world experience, makes her a one of a kind source to teach, motivate and inspire new age thinking. 


The future is not the collection of unique sets of skills but rather the integration of mind, body and faith, science and spirit to build a harmonious lifestyle. Dr. Novellus has mastered these skills and wants to share them with you. She bridges the gap between spiritual mindfulness and growth, intentional financial planning, and scientific predictability. You can eliminate the uncertainty in your life, by adopting this multi-faceted lifestyle management system. Eliminate insecurity, fear, instability, and the clutter in your life by recognizing that all the ingredients to financial, physical, emotional and spiritual health are accessible. Dr. Novellus will deliver the sheet music to play the life you’ve always dreamed of.  


Dr. Roshawnna Novellus helps clear the fog of finding balance within your finances, work, life and goals. She is better known as The Wealthy Yogi because of her agility and foresight in science, entrepreneurship, fitness, travel, and creativity. Dr. Novellus can share the valuable lessons from her personal life including being awarded over $600,000 through scholarships to pay for 11 years of higher education, being a real estate investor in her early 20’s, and developing a sense of peace surrounding money through yogic principals of mindfulness. Novellus is an Enrolled Agent that is federally licensed to represent and resolve high-level tax disputes. As a world traveler she has journeyed to over 50 countries and 5 continents, and became certified in yoga philosophy and instruction in Thailand. 


Courtenay Collins Eckhardt


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Courtenay Collins Eckhardt is a professional actress, singer and vocal coach living in Atlanta. A graduate of Juilliard, she toured the U.S., Europe and Canada as Christine in “ Phantom of the Opera.” Other New York roles include Babette in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” as well as leading roles in “ Grease,” “Showboat,” “Love’s Labors’ Lost,” “Eating Raoul,” “ Brigadoon” and many others. She most recently appeared in the Alliance Theatre production of “ The Prom,” a new Broadway hopeful. Since moving back to Atlanta, Collins frequently headlines Libby’s Cabaret and highlights shows which she now performs throughout the country for various events and theatres. @MammasezCollins