From the spines of their backs to the rich stories from their lips, the women of New Mexico inspire, empower and transform ideas into reality. They build bridges, cross them, and sometimes they even burn them. TEDxABQWomen 2017 explores the many aspects of this year’s theme—Bridges—through talks from local leaders, performances and audience engagement.

During this time of deep divides and rising global challenges, TEDxABQWomen 2017 brings together ideas from entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, and activists—bridge builders in our community who are shaping the future of New Mexico.

Meet The Speakers

The Speakers


Emcee: Natalie Kossar

Emcee: Natalie Kossar

Creative consultant, comedian, and creative writer for the Shoebox division of Hallmark, Natalie Kossar is also a recently published author. “Pattern Behavior” was released in October 2017 from Running Press. She delights in discovering ways to “find the funny” in every event.

Jackie Apodaca

Jackie Apodaca

Give a person an website, and you can entertain them for a day. Teach a person to code, and you will empower them for the 21st century. Coding teaches kids skills for the jobs that are available today, but it also creates brain pathways for learning the skills necessary for tomorrow’s jobs.

Jackie Moss Apodaca co-founded Open Source Kids with Anthony Lupinetti in 2015 to teach elementary-age children computer science, robotics and coding. Their goal is to ensure every child in New Mexico has skills to compete in tomorrow’s job market.

Alannah Avelin

Alannah Avelin

What if every belief you hold and rule you follow was made up by someone just like you? After three decades of photographing and coaching some of the world’s most boundary-pushing, status-quo-debunking visionaries and game changers, Alannah offers a unique perspective on the challenges and transformative power of making up your own rules.

As a self taught photographer Alannah Avelin built a successful career by breaking the rules and making things up as she went along—she was simply more committed to following her own way than she was to following the “right way”.

Val Day-Sánchez

Val Day-Sánchez

We don’t talk about race, and it’s killing us. Why do we refuse to acknowledge racism in New Mexico? On a larger scale: Why are we refusing to discuss race in America? Having these conversations, even when they are uncomfortable, builds empathy and compassion, leading to bridges of acceptance.

Val Day-Sánchez co-founded All This Publications with her friend Kendra Berglund to discuss difficult topics and increase diverse representation in media.

Rosanna Dill

Rosanna Dill

Can remembering the buenos modales (good manners) of our abuelas and tias be adapted to modern discourse and be a kind of “civil” engineering to build conversational bridges between people of differing opinions? Respect and active listening can encourage openness and dialogue to enable people to change their views.

Rosanna Dill is from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and grew up with relatives on both sides of the US–Mexico border. Her work has ranged from architecture to IT to film to project management.

Magdalena Sandoval Donahue

Magdalena Sandoval Donahue

Today, our education system encourages fields that are highly specific. However, truly explosive growth requires highly collaborative ideas, bridging disciplines, and bringing new perspectives to enrich and strengthen scientific processes—and our future.

Dr. Magdalena Sandoval Donahue combines her background in geoscience, mobile technology and art to create data visualization tools, science-outreach efforts and education programs, with the goal of increasing sciene accessibility and applicability.

Sidni Lamb and Sophie Toth

Sidni Lamb and Sophie Toth

Red or Green? Problem solving in New Mexico requires unconventional thinking to the challenges we face. Reciprocal mentorships and mindful behaviors positively impact collaboration and creativity in community problem solving. The arts of mindfulness and poetry can be a creative bridge for facilitating intergenerational community building and mentorships.

From international humanitarian aid worker and United Nations diplomat, to university professor, mindfulness facilitator and social entrepreneur, Sidni Lamb’s work has always aimed at facilitating connections. Sidni is a soft-spoken, courageous activist for compassion and peace.

A senior in high school, Sophie Toth is an award-winning slam poet, who writes and performs poetry for empowerment and social change, as well as mentoring other poets. She has practiced mindfulness since the age of 12 when she and her family refused prescription drugs to treat her anxiety.

Abrianna Morales

Abrianna Morales

After being sexually assaulted at age 15, Abrianna Morales was inspired to create a resource for young sexual assault survivors that focused on emotional, social, and legal support, as well as empowerment: The Sexual Assault Youth Support Network (SAYSN).

Abrianna Morales is a sexual assault survivor, activist, and advocate for victims’ rights and empowerment for survivors of sexual assault.

Mia Napolitano

Mia Napolitano

How do you form your identity when your adoptive family is a different race and from a different country? Race, ethnicity, and nationality tend to clash, and yet society inextricably links all three. Mia Napolitano discusses the challenges she’s faced defining her identity as an adopted child in a place where few people share her heritage.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mia Napolitano was adopted at six-months old by a family from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She grew up not only being the only Asian person in her family, but also one of the few Asian people in New Mexico’s capital city. Today, she’s assistant general counsel for the State of New Mexico Environment Department.

Performer: Crystal Zamora

Performer: Crystal Zamora

Crystal Zamora, aka B-Girl Smallz, has been dancing since she could walk. Her family taught her the rhythms and dances of the Aztec, or Mexica, people. She then fell in love with flamenca during her mother’s dance classes, and was introduced to B-Boys and hip-hop in 1998. Since the age of 18, Crystal has continued dancing all three styles, and although she’s studied many others, these three remain at her core.

Performer: Amanda Valdez

Performer: Amanda Valdez

Known as bgirl manda, Amanda starting dancing at the age of 10 on an all-star dance team called The Santa Fe Starts, where she was introduced to many styles of dance. She was first introduced to hip hop by 3HC and fell in love with the scene when she moved to Albuquerque for college, training everyday, traveling and entering every battle she could to learn the culture.

Performance: ABQ Circus Arts

Performance: ABQ Circus Arts

EXPANDING POSSIBILITIES THROUGH CIRCUS

Founded on the principle that circus is accessible and empowering to people of all walks of life, ABQ Circus Arts seeks to broaden the impact of circus in Albuquerque through weekly classes, community performance, and workshops.

Performance: The Ladies of FamJamily

Performance: The Ladies of FamJamily

The Famjamily showcases some of the strongest female musicians in the city, bridging many musical genres with love. The ever-changing lineup features people from different musical backgrounds, providing a unique musical experience every performance.

Event Partners

INSIGHT

T-Mobile

Innovators


Osceola Energy

Club Pilates Juan Tabo

Enthusiasts


Strategies 360

Lilly Barrack



Lumen

Christopher James

Range Café

Supporter


Michael Thomas Coffee Roaster



When

Thursday November 2
5pm to 8pm


Where

Kimo Theater
423 Central Ave
Albuquerque, NM
505-768-3522 or 311

Logistics

  • Free parking on street
  • Paid covered parking one block north of theater on 5th and Copper
  • Additional paid parking lot one block east of theatre on 6th and Central

About TEDx

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

WHAT IS TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxABQ, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxABQ event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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