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A portion of the proceeds to benefit local nonprofit Ryan House

Oct. 13, 2020–Scottsdale, Ariz.—Local Scottsdale and Phoenix entrepreneurs Jeanna Valenti, Kelly Sallaway and Tina Bakalis announce the organization of a TEDx Scottsdale Women event November 20, 2020.

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.

“We decided to coordinate this event for many reasons,” says 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 4:00-6:00 pm and from 7:00-9:00 pm on Friday, November 20th at Sneaky Big Studios in Scottsdale. Lindsay Moellenberndt, Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer at Fennemore will emcee the event.  Fennemore https://www.fclaw.com is the lead sponsor.  A portion of the proceeds from the TEDx Scottsdale Women event will go to local nonprofit Ryan House (www.ryanhouse.org) 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 October 14th at http://www.tedxscottsdalewomen.com

“One of our goals is to mentor girls and young women,” says 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,” says Bakalis.  “Our future depends on the strength, leadership and compassion that women leaders provide.”

Call for sponsors and volunteers is open at http://www.tedxscottsdalewomen.com.

“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,” commented  Lindsay Moellenberdt, Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer at Fennemore who will emcee the event. “This will be a power-packed line-up and an event Scottsdale women won’t want to miss.”

“The community support we receive is truly a lifeline for the children with life-limiting conditions and families we serve,” said Ryan House Executive Director Tracy Leonard-Warner.

“We are grateful to be named the beneficiary of this very timely and worthwhile event. Much like the services we provide at Ryan House, this event enables us to shift our focus on stories of re-invention, inspiration and transformation.”

About Ryan House
With our world-class care and programs, we 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, continuity of care from diagnosis to end-of-life, expert care provided by our prestigious care partners and highly-trained staff and a loving community that offers ongoing support and compassion. Ryan House is the only facility of its kind in the state and only one of three in the country. For more information visit www.ryanhouse.org.  Follow us on Twitter @ryanhouseorg and Instagram @ryanhouseaz and join us on Facebook @ryanhouseorg. 

About TEDx
This event is organized by a group of volunteers who are working behind the scenes to bring TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading” to the Phoenix and Scottsdale community. The team, the volunteers, and sponsors have all given of their time and resources, with no expectation of any financial return, with the simple goal of bringing together a diverse group of amazing, involved people to share ideas. In the TED tradition, these are ideas designed to transcend our personal lives and become bigger through the process.  Founded in 1984, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. For more information, visit : http://www.tedxscottsdalewomen.com

About Emcee Lindsay Moellenberndt
Lindsay Moellenberndt is Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer at Fennemore, an NLJ250 law firm that helps businesses thrive, and founder of A-Z Biz Link, an organization that inspires and empowers company leaders to continuously improve operations by challenging the status quo. A Scottsdale woman who wears many fashionable hats – community connector, speaker, podcast host, coach, event producer, book publisher, team builder, culture creator, strategist and philanthropist – she’s the epitome of the phrase, “if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.” This born connector views her career as a lifestyle, and strives to support others whenever possible, which currently includes AZ Talent Coop Board of Directors, St. Vincent de Paul Vinnies Board, Luke Air Force Base/Fighter Country Partnership Blue Blazer Lifetime Member, Valley of the Sun United Way and the Arizona Charter Schools Association. Lindsay is also a member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Valley Young Professionals and a 2020 ATHENA Awards Young professional nominee. Follow Lindsay on Social Media: Linkedin | Facebook | Instagram | www.azbizlink.com

About Fennemore
Founded in 1885, Fennemore is an NLJ250 law firm that helps businesses thrive. Whether launching start-ups with its venture accelerator, leading high-stakes mergers and acquisitions for Fortune 500 companies, or handling bet-the-company litigation for growth-phase enterprises, Fennemore has the back of business. You can learn more about the firm and its offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada at https://www.fclaw.com/

About Jeanna Valenti and LightBox Media
A seasoned marketing and public relations consultant, Jeanna created LightBox Media in 2006.  She’s worked with Fortune 100 clients, bestselling authors, confidential clients in Hollywood and Congressional candidates. Over her 27-year career, her media connections have garnered her clients’ successes such as an HGTV show, film deals, high level placements such as The Oprah Winfrey ShowThe TODAY Show, BBC, Forbes, O, The Oprah MagazineReader’s Digest and other major national television and print coverage. A leader in the emerging field of human potential, Jeanna is a Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga instructor, a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor and a certified Reiki Master.  She is currently writing her first book, The Yoga of Marketing.  For more information, visit: https://www.lightboxpr.com

About Kelly Sallaway and Rushbrook Media
A lover of all things TED, Kelly is returning as a TEDx Co-Organizer after organizing the first TEDx Scottsdale Women event in 2018. She is a TV and film producer specializing in unscripted formats, creating Documentary and Reality series for cable and streaming Networks. Kelly is the owner of Rushbrook Media, a Scottsdale-based video production company and Motormind Production Group, a television production company founded in 2002.  For more information, visit: http://www.rushbrookmedia.com

About Tina Bakalis and Proteus West
Tina Bakalis is a co-founder of Proteus West, a planning and design company founded in 2008.  Proteus West is uniquely qualified to advise members of the educational community in creating and repurposing engaging learning environments so that 21st Century students are safe, centered in their wellness and perspective and excel at reaching their highest level of achievement. Our trusted advisors partner with leadership and educators guiding the process of vision discovery, design and construction.  Research-driven, outcome-based best-practices from around the world ensure the process is envisioned, created and monitored. Proteus West provides these professional services to the K12 and higher education markets as well as in the healthcare and advanced technologies space.  Partnering in the process of creating engaging learning, research and advanced technology environments is our corporate mission and purpose.

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