TEDxWomen Speakers

  • Suza Scalora

    Suza Scalora


    Suza Scalora is a life coach, speaker and the best-selling author of: “The Fairies” (1999), which was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the 10 best picture books of the year; “The Witches and Wizards Of Oberin‚” (2001); “Evidence of Angels,” (2009). Suza has been profiled in: American Photo, PDN, Communication Arts, Elle, GQ, and Forum.

    In 2001, Suza underwent a transformational spiritual shift that resulted in 10 years of intense spiritual study and development. After a life-altering health challenge that radically changed her perception of life; she awakened to her life’s purpose to serve and share her gifts with others. She Co-Founded Love 365™, with Kelly Thornton Smith to assist people in “Being the Love they wish to see in the world,” by focusing on their relationship with themselves.

    Suza has taught at The International Center for Photography in NYC and The Omega Institute in NY. Presently, she is teaching monthly workshops at The Center for Living Peace in Irvine, CA. Suza writes a bi-monthly blog for the Huffington Post.

  • Ally Woodard

    Ally Woodard


    Ally is an award-winning speaker, writer and advocate for children’s rights. She has traveled to Haiti, Mexico, the Philippines, India and China as an Ambassador for The Art Miles Mural Project.  In that role she has personally deliver thousands of pairs of new Art Miles Shoes of Hope.

    Ally has written and produced two documentaries. Her first, “Shoes of Hope – Hope for Peace” profiles her effort to deliver shoes as part of a peace-building project between countries.  Her 2012 short film, “Saving the Children” chronicles her recent journey to one of the world’s most dangerous cities, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

    Ally has been recognized and honored around the world. In 2010 at the age of nine, she became the youngest ever recipient of the White House Project’s EPIC Award in New York City. In Chula Vista, California, she was recognized by the Deputy Mayor because of her “spirit, drive, and pursuit of Children’s Rights.”  In 2009, The Esperanza Learning Foundation of San Diego appointed Ally the Global Ambassador for Youth Builders of Education. Internationally, Ally was presented a key to the Philippine province of Benguet by Governor Nestor Fongwan for her work with their special needs youth. Whether it’s creating art with 135 children at an orphanage in Mexico, working with special needs youth in the Philippines, or entertaining 2000 post-traumatic earthquake victims in Haiti, Ally has shown a unique ability toconnect with children of all cultures. She has been profoundly influenced by heroes she has met in herjourneys.  Her view of life, and its possibilities, has been forever changed by the idea that no man or woman is an island; we are all connected in some way.

  • Javier Espinoza

    Javier Espinoza


    For six years now Javier Espinoza has directed “In A Box,” an initiative that provides essential items to women and children living in domestic violence shelters. Through this program, necessities such as underwear, feminine products, clothes, toiletries, baby supplies, seasonal gifts and school supplies are aesthetically packed into big boxes and sent to shelters.

    As a senior at the University of Redlands he is a double major in Women/Gender studies and Sociology. In Redlands he teaches workshops on gender equality to incarcerated youth in San Bernardino’s Juvenile Hall. His passion for domestic violence prevention and gender education stem from his childhood as a low-income, first generation, Mexican American male. He was raised by a single, affectionate mom who took her kids and fled from a life of domestic violence. Because of this, he grew up thinking, “if my mom could raise five kids on her own, on a house cleaning salary, there’s nothing women can’t do.”

  • Barbara Seymour Giordano

    Barbara Seymour Giordano


    As an Executive Communications Coach specializing in speaker coaching, writing and directing, Barbara has advised Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs and TED presenters on the art of creating global talks that unite, influence and inspire audiences worldwide. In her career, Barbara has worked as an assignment editor with CNN and E! Entertainment Television as well as produced internal videos, global sales meetings and events for Amgen, Cisco Systems, and Nike to name a few. In front of the lens Barbara has been an on-camera national TV spokesperson for Lands’ End, Neiman Marcus, and TJX Corp. With an uncanny knack for turning highly complex subjects into stories that spark imagination across cultures, Barbara helps her presenters get to the WHY of the story – the meaningful gift that inspires audiences to action.


  • Joanne Tawfilis

    Joanne Tawfilis


    Joanne Tawfilis is a retired UN Executive (Director of Human Resource Management Services, United Nations Environment Program; and Director, Management Services, International Atomic Energy Agency) and former Director of the Women of Srebrenica Project in the former Yugoslavia under the Clinton Administration.  She is an award-winning careerist; winner of the Bob Marley Peace Award; recipient of the Peacemaker of the Year Award/My Hero Project, United Nations Association UNA USA (regional and local chapter); honored by the International Committee of Artists for Peace, the Youth For Human Rights International Peace Hero Award and a commendation from the California State Superintendent of Schools, to name but a few of her honors. Joanne was recently featured as a keynote speaker at the United Nations Youth Forum and 2nd World Conference on Arts Education held in Seoul, South Korea. In Seoul, she convinced the Incheon International Airport to display an exhibition of Art Miles Murals for the more than 18 million visitors, who will be able to view a sampling of more than 12 miles of hand-painted murals on canvas.  In December 2010, Joanne was one of 4 women selected by AOL/AT&T to attend the lst TED Women’s Conference in Washington, DC.  Work of Art Miles and the Tawfilis’ is also featured in the recently published important book, “Sea Voices” authored by Elizabeth and Duffy Healey.

    As Co-founder/Executive Director, with her husband Fouad, of The Art Miles Mural Project and Art Miles Shoes of Hope, together have accomplished the incredible feat of mobilizing more than ½ million people from more than 125 countries to paint more than 4,000 murals, which were highlighted in a recent exhibition at the famous “Culture Wheel” in Cairo, Egypt, with live webcasting to over 200 million people throughout the world in collaboration with the Unity Foundation and Peace Day TV. Over the past five years, Joanne has also assisted in the facilitation, painting and delivery of more than 68,000 pairs of hand-painted shoes to disarmed child soldiers, children in need, and victims of human and natural disasters across the globe.  Joanne was recently appointed as a Commissioner by the US State Department to the US National Commissioner for UNESCO.

    Joanne and her husband are passionate advocates for youth, and together they have dedicated their lives to unifying people through the language of the arts in a meaningful, fulfilling, and fun way. Their work teaches and promotes collaboration, understanding, and respect on a global scale with the hope of generating sustainable educational programs and actions that prevent violence and promote peace.

    Joanne earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from L’Acadiana Art School and several other certifications in Management and Crisis Counseling Intervention.

  • John Jolliffe

    John Jolliffe

    Organization: HOST and TEDxChallenge Prize


    Fifteen years as syndicated daily radio broadcaster, John Jolliffe maintains a busy international Psychotherapy and Consultancy Practice.

    He maintains the largest counseling and advice archive on the Internet – with over 12,000 call-in counseling segments – www.TheIssuesofLife.net

    He joins us again this year as one of our host of TEDxOrangeCoast 2013.
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