Local Scottsdale and Phoenix entrepreneurs Jeanna Valenti, Kelly Sallaway and Tina Bakalis announce the organization of a TEDx Scottsdale Women event Nov. 20.
In the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program helps communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, under a license from TED, according to a press release.
“We decided to coordinate this event for many reasons,” said Ms. Valenti. “We want to inspire, motivate, educate, engage and entertain our audience during a time when the community wants and needs to come together.”
The event will be held in two sessions from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 at Sneaky Big Studios in Scottsdale.
Lindsay Moellenberndt, chief business development and marketing officer at Fennemore will emcee the event. A portion of the proceeds from the TEDx Scottsdale Women event will go to local nonprofit Ryan House, whose mission is to embrace all children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys through palliative and respite care that addresses the emotional, spiritual, and social needs of the family.
Tickets are available starting on Oct. 14 at tedxscottsdalewomen.com.
“One of our goals is to mentor girls and young women,” said Ms. Sallaway. “We want to create a culture of excellence that shows them what’s possible for women in our community.”
This year’s theme is Re-Write Your Script. Speakers will bring their stories of re-invention, inspiration and transformation.
“As a licensed therapist, I want to educate and empower girls and women,” said Ms. Bakalis. “Our future depends on the strength, leadership and compassion that women leaders provide.”
Call for sponsors and volunteers is open on the event’s website.
“I am honored to be the emcee the TEDx Scottsdale Women 2020 Rewrite Your Script event that is focused on bringing together a diverse group of remarkable female leaders to share inspirational ideas,” said Ms. Moellenberdt.
“This will be a power-packed line-up and an event Scottsdale women won’t want to miss.”