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  • TEDxWomen




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11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET


The way women regroup, rebound, and rebuild after experiencing setbacks or loss, always moving forward

Hosted by Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is the author of the New York Times best seller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, and writes economic stories focused on women and girls as a fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing editor at Newsweek Daily Beast.

Lamis Zein is the first Lebanese woman who has qualified to conduct demolitions of cluster submunitions.

Nicholas Kristof is an American journalist, author, op-ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes.

Jill Iscol is a donor activist and president of the IF Hummingbird Foundation whose mission is to support domestic and global efforts that strengthen democracy and reduce the social justice, economic and educational inequities that threaten it.

Katie Wreed Bell is partner, Global Well-Being, for Gallup.

Rachel Simmons is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. Claire Sannini will join her.

Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi is a seventeen-year-old eleventh grade student at Rand Girls’ High School in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Morley, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer breathes sensuality into activism with her unabashed love songs, humorous takes on life, and worldly lyrical stance. (Performance)


2:15 pm – 3:45 pm ET


The ties that bind us—to each other, to our communities, and to our most important institutions

Hosted by Trevor Neilson, Cofounder and Partner, Global Philanthropy Group

Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur and business executive.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress, spokesperson, and advocate.

Matt Petersen is president, CEO, and board member of Global Green USA.

Laura Turner Seydel is a national environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.

Noel Bairey Merz is the director of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center.

Marilyn and Alan Bergman are lyricists for film, stage, and television and have created many unforgettable images with their lyrical mastery. (Performance & talk)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm ET


How extended health, longevity, and an untapped potential is redefining women in their third act

Hosted by Jane Fonda, Actress, Author, Producer, Activist, and Exercise Guru

Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo is a Nigerian-American poet and musician. (Performance)

Laura Carstensen is a member of the Psychology Department at Stanford University.

Michelle Warren is the founder and medical director of the Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health since 1997.

Mehmet Oz is the host of the Emmy Award–winning The Dr. Oz Show and a renowned cardiac surgeon.

Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor, and nationally recognized authority on women and family issues and media.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. Interviewed by Salamishah Tillet.

Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist

Project Girl Performance Collective is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation which gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. (Performance)

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm ET


How women and girls imagine a better life – and a better world – and make their vision a reality, shaping a brighter future for us all

Hosted by Lisa Ling, Journalist

Julia Easterlin is a singer, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, and guitarist who uses a looping machine to build her multi-layered sound. (Performance)

Shahira Amin is an Egyptian journalist, the former deputy head of Egyptian state-owned Nile TV and one of its senior anchors.

Piya Sorcar is the founder and CEO of TeachAIDS.

Google Science Fair Winners:

Shree Bose (winner in the 17-18 yrs. category)

Naomi Shah (winner in the 15-16 yrs. category)

Lauren Hodge (winner in the 13-14 yrs. category)

Shamila Kohestani is captain and founder of the first female soccer team in Afghanistan.

Ivy Navarrete and Shayne E. Welcher, former LA gang members, are learning the restaurant trade at Homegirl Café.

Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards.

Jackie Wilson has the kind of unique voice you get when you blend the talent of Whitney Houston, the savvy of Joss Stone, the heart of Mary J Blige, and pepper it with the soul of Aretha Franklin. (Performance)