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Speakers 2012


Loreen Arbus

Loreen Arbus is currently the President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Her philanthropy supports a broad scope of interests, including advocacy for women and girls, and for the world’s largest minority, people … Continue reading


Sue Austin

Sue Austin is a multimedia, performance, and installation artist with a socially engaged practice shaped by and emerging from her experience of disability. As Artistic Director and Co-founder of Freewheeling, she “recognises the power of starting at the ‘personal’ and … Continue reading


Maya Azucena

Award-winning singer Maya Azucena is a natural fit for her work as a cultural ambassador. Among other acknowledgements, Maya has been awarded a Grammy certificate for her collaboration with Jamaican star Stephen Marley; a Proclamation from Congress for co-producing Hope … Continue reading


Shabana Basij-Rasikh

Shabana was born and raised in Kabul, where she completed her secondary education at Maryam High School. After finishing high school in Onalaska, Wisconsin, through the competitive Youth Exchange Studies (YES) program sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Shabana attended … Continue reading


Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones, a book about bullying to be published in February by Random House. She is also a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the … Continue reading


Charlotte Beers

Texas-born Charlotte Beers began her career as an account executive at J. Walter Thompson Advertising, becoming its first female Senior Vice President. She next served as CEO at Tatham-Laird & Kudner, followed by five years as Chairman/CEO of Ogilvy & … Continue reading


Julia Bluhm & Izzy Labbe

Julia Bluhm, 14, is a feminist-activist from Waterville, Maine. She blogs for a girl-fueled activist group called SPARK Movement. She is passionate about girls’ and women’s issues. As part of a SPARK Movement action, Julia wrote a successful petition asking … Continue reading


Sister Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of this age. For over thirty years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community, and has … Continue reading


Inch Chua

Being with Inch Chua moves you into quite a different world. One that seems far richer in life’s intricacies, with blisters of puerile joy and kooky jolts of introspection. Her music—a potpourri of surprising beats and honestly crafted indie-rock melodies—will … Continue reading

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Hyun Kyung Chung

Dr. Chung is a professor of Inter-faith Engagement at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is a Korean Eco-Feminist (Salimist), Christian scholar-activist, writer, and international lecturer, who has been working with different faith communities around the world. As … Continue reading


Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. She is an author (three books), performer (nine CDs, three DVDs), columnist, film and stage actress, and TV commentator; and as a blogger, vlogger, and tweeter, she is … Continue reading


Radmilla Cody

Radmilla Cody is an award-winning Native American recording artist, international performer, former Miss Navajo Nation, and founder of the “Strong Spirit: Life Is Beautiful Not Abusive” campaign, which brings awareness to teen dating violence.  As a survivor of domestic violence, … Continue reading


Janine di Giovanni

Janine di Giovanni has won four major journalistic awards, including the National Magazine Award, and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She writes for the British, American, and French press, and has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Algeria, Gaza, … Continue reading


Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes

Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes is a mother, wife, daughter, educator, event producer, spoken word artist, and community servant. Rooted in the cultural soil of New Orleans and watered by the writings of her literary idols, Asali has grown to bask in … Continue reading


Tiffany Dufu & Marie C. Wilson

In June 2012, President Tiffany Dufu was selected as a member of Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, amongst luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton. As President of The White House Project, Tiffany is moving forward as a … Continue reading


Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is a Tony Award–winning playwright, performer, and activist. She is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve’s newest work, I Am an Emotional Creature: The … Continue reading


John Gerzema

John Gerzema is a pioneer in the use of data to identify social change and help companies anticipate and adapt to new interests and demands. A best-selling author, columnist, speaker, and social strategist, his books have appeared on “best of” … Continue reading


The GIMP Project

Heidi Latsky (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer) first received recognition as a principal dancer for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1987–1993). Since then she has been a choreographer for stage, theater, and film. Latsky has toured extensively throughout the United States … Continue reading


Girls Rock! DC

Girls Rock! DC is providing DJs for the TEDxWomen closing reception. With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive and creative space for girls to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up and … Continue reading


John Hagelin

John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a world-renowned quantum physicist, science and public policy expert, educator, author, and leading proponent of peace. Dr. Hagelin has conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator … Continue reading


Arshi Saleem Hashmi

Arshi Saleem Hashmi specializes in Religion and Violent Conflicts, and is an Assistant Professor at National Defence University (NDU) Islamabad. She studied at the American University Washington, DC, and at SAIS, John Hopkins University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD … Continue reading


Lynne Hurdle-Price

Lynne Hurdle-Price, a native Bronxite, was born to entertain. At an early age she discovered a love for dancing, singing, acting, and writing. In her role as educational consultant for Hurdle-Price Professionals she incorporates the performing arts into her work. … Continue reading


Musimbi Kanyoro

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a public foundation that invests in women-led organizations and courageous women to advance the rights of women and girls worldwide. Prior to the Global Fund, she served … Continue reading


Archana Kapoor

Archana Kapoor is an independent filmmaker, author of Leading the Way, activist, and publisher of Hardnews, an independent political monthly magazine from India. She founded Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART), an NGO working with marginalized communities in India. … Continue reading


Lourds Lane

Lourds Lane is the creator of the 2013 Broadway-bound original musical, CHIX 6 (http://chix6.com). She wrote the book, music, and lyrics, and is one of the stars of the show—the electric-violin-playing superhero, “Rise.” Critically acclaimed, the NY Daily News raves: … Continue reading


Zahra’ Langhi

Zahra’ Langhi is a gender specialist, civil society strategist, political activist advocating for peace, human rights and women’s leadership, scholar, and researcher in the field of Middle Eastern history, metaphysics, mysticism, and female spirituality in comparative religions. Ms. Langhi is … Continue reading


Elizabeth Lindsey

Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey is the first Polynesian explorer and female fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society.  With a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, specializing in ethnonavigation, Elizabeth shares the distinction of National Geographic Female Explorer with only … Continue reading


Courtney Martin

Courtney E. Martin is an author, blogger, and speaker. She is also the author of five books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection Is Harming Young Women. … Continue reading


Emily May

Named one of twelve women to watch in 2012 by the Daily Muse, Emily is an international leader in the anti-street-harassment movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! (iHollaback.org) in New York City, and in 2010 … Continue reading


Pat Mitchell

The Paley Center for Media, President and CEO

Pat Mitchell’s diverse background in media includes work as a journalist, producer, and executive. She has worked in front of the camera and behind, anchoring the news and reporting for broadcast networks, producing award-winning documentaries as president of CNN Productions, … Continue reading


Malehlohonolo Moleko

Malehlohonolo Moleko is a baker, small-business owner, mentor, and mother from Boipatong Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. Six years ago, at 32, Malehlohonolo opened her first business—a bakery—near the local factory. The bakery grew popular and now serves full-plate meals to the … Continue reading


Jessica Pabón

Jessica N. Pabón is ABD in the Performance Studies Department at New York University and specializes in Transnational Feminisms, Latina/o and Africana Studies, Queer Studies, and Visual Art and Performance. Recognized by the American Association of University Women (American Fellowship) … Continue reading


Gaby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco, an undocumented American, is an immigrant rights leader from Miami, Florida. She has been speaking about her lack of papers since high school. As one of the creators of the Florida-based, youth-led group, Students Working for Equal Rights, … Continue reading


Eboo Patel

Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. Author of Acts … Continue reading


Angela Patton

Tragedies are always difficult to overcome, but for Angela Patton they can be used as inspiration to pursue endeavors that positively impact the community. When Diva Mistadi Smith-Roane, the 5-year-old daughter of Patton’s friend, lost her life through the careless … Continue reading


Emily Peal

Emily Guegbeh Peal holds a Master of Science degree in Administration and Human Resource Management from Michigan State University. She has also attended several microcredit training programs and summits around the world, and has served on panels with Professor Muhammad … Continue reading


Rosie Rios

Rosie Rios serves as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. She has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and FortKnox, and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Treasurer … Continue reading


Amber Rubarth

Winner of NPR’s prestigious Mountain Stage New Song Contest, Amber Rubarth writes songs of courageous vulnerability so personal that they touch the universal. Rubarth’s fifth album, produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones), debuted at No. 13 on iTunes’ … Continue reading


Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian is a media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture, … Continue reading


Edit Schlaffer

Edit Schlaffer, PhD, is a social scientist, author, and activist who founded Women without Borders (WwB), a Vienna-based international NGO, in 2002. Her research and activities focus on women in international politics, and women as agents of change and driving … Continue reading


Tanyaradzwa Ashleigh Tawengwa

Tanyaradzwa, whose name translates to “we have been comforted” in Shona, was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. Tanyaradzwa launched her musical career at the age of three with a church solo début of Whitney Houston’s “Who Would Imagine a King.” Once … Continue reading


Isatou Touray

Isatou Touray is a women’s rights activist and currently the Executive Director and Founder of GAMCOTRAP. She worked with the Management Development Institute, as the Deputy Director General, from 1990 to 2005, and founded the Gender and Management Unit of … Continue reading

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Since leaving ABC News for Harvard Business School, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon has written about people changing the fortunes of their community and their country.  Her stories about economic development and entrepreneurship, with women at the center of the story, have … Continue reading


Meggan Watterson

Meggan Watterson is a spiritual mentor, speaker, and scholar of the Divine Feminine who inspires women to live from the audacity and authenticity of the voice of their soul. She facilitates the REDLADIES, a spiritual community that encourages women to … Continue reading


Brittany Wenger

Brittany Wenger, a high-school senior, is well on her way to making the diagnosis of breast cancer less painful and more accurate. Wenger began studying neural networks when she was in the seventh grade. And this year, she won the … Continue reading


Bob & Lee Woodruff

Bob Woodruff is an award-winning American journalist. He joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories including Hurricane Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, the alleged “axis of evil,” and the continuing unrest in Iraq. He was named co-anchor of … Continue reading


iO Tillett Wright

iO Tillett Wright is an artist whose work focuses on the leading margins of contemporary life and culture. Her photography is regularly featured on two blogs at the New York Times: “Notes from the Underground” and “The Lowdown.” iO created … Continue reading


Jacki Zehner

CEO & President, Women Moving Millions

The youngest woman and first female trader to become a partner at Goldman Sachs, Jacki Zehner left Goldman in 2002 to fully commit herself to the social and economic empowerment of women. She is the inaugural CEO of Women Moving … Continue reading