Our theme for TEDx McKinney 2022 comes at a time when we as a collective generation have gone through a transformation. One that we did not ask for but one we sure got.
This year, we’re bringing stories of individuals who have managed to break through shackles and emerged victoriously.
WHY JOIN US?
Ada Crenshaw is the founder/CEO of Nfinite Legacy Mobile Notary. She started Nfinite Legacy with a heart to support and serve clients in the fastest, most convenient, and most effective way possible. She is also a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. Through Mary Kay, she teaches workshops on healthy skin care routines and self-esteem to teens, young adults, and adults. In addition to running two businesses, she is the primary caregiver of her mom.
Kristen Cano is an inspirational speaker, a channeler, an intuitive, a professional fire dancer, a magical energetic being, and, in their core authentic self, part human. They believe in the abundance of life, and that to get there, we must cultivate personal well being. One pathway Kristen offers for cultivating that wellbeing is Fire Moon Gatherings and Ceremonies. At these ceremonies, they speak on the Law of Attraction, offering enlightening experiences that tune most into alignment with universal source energy.
I am Arsalan Ishaque, moved to USA five years ago from Pakistan. A raw youngster in 20’s having standing no where professionally, made to believe since childhood that I cannot reach anywhere professionally because I was never good in studies, lacked personal development. But I always knew, I will reach where I want to because I have the right attitude and self belief ! As soon as I landed in USA, I worked day and night on myself, my personal development, supplemented by enrolling into formal Masters Degree. Today I work as data scientist in country’s one of biggest corporate that is Verizon!
Dr. Lusia Fomuso is a pharmacist and public health expert with years of experience in pharmacy and leadership capacities. Dr. Lusia has a burden for medication safety and collaborating with physicians to provide excellent care to her patients. She now serves our community as an expert in precision medicine at a virtual consultancy practice called RxKnowledge PLLC. Her passion for public health and safe medication practices has her excited to share about breaking through barriers and eliminating trial and error when it comes to medication therapy.
Monique Walker is the founder of PURE U, a self-inquiry and self-discovery coaching and consulting practice, based in Houston, Texas. After many years of providing creative strategy, conducting interviews, writing scripts, and producing segments in the media and marketing industries, Monique decided to switch gears and offer her clients a more holistic approach to achieving their goals through the employment of more personable, relational tactics. She has since added the practices of introspection, meditation and body-movement to her toolbox, as a Perception and Image Coach.
Lisa Hammett is a Success Coach, helping stressed and burned-out business owners and executives develop mental fitness, manage stress and anxiety, and get healthy. She spent 26 years in the corporate retailing industry. She was the stressed, burned-out, unhealthy individual she now serves. After leaving the corporate world in 2005, she started her wellness journey, losing 65 pounds. For the past 10.5 years, she has been a health and wellness coach for a global wellness company, helping thousands of members create sustainable healthy habits, lose weight, and maintain their weight loss.
Keyla Kirton is a tech consultant with a focus on enterprise resource planning implementations. She has been married to Alex Kirton for 20 years, and lives in Plano with their two children. Keyla also lends her expertise in leadership, team building, and talent acquisitions by training non-profit executive boards. She is a frequent guest on the podcast, Ally’s Digital Diary, a platform for teens focused on mental health, dating, spirituality, and managing the pressures of school. Her personal statement is: God’s daughter, wife, mother.
Arianne is an established Emergency Manager with over 17 years of experience at the local, state, and federal level. She is a native of New Orleans, LA; her personal experiences with hurricane evacuations molded her passion for meteorology and emergency management at a young age. She currently serves as a Regional Hurricane Program Manager for FEMA and is responsible for delivering support to state and local officials to prepare for and respond to tropical cyclones.
Leia T. Hunt is a 2x childhood cancer survivor, founder of the nonprofit known as Leia’s Kids, podcast host, inspirational speaker, and author of My Battle Plan Journal. Leia was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer when she was two years old. Leia’s battle with childhood cancer resulted in her undergoing 26 surgical procedures, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and ultimately the insertion of a radioactive plaque in her left eye. The radiation ultimately defeated her cancer but left her blind in the left eye.
I help folks lean into their power, poise, and presence by using my background in Healthcare. I use a healthcare concept, “biomarkers” to help people find their own biomarkers for power, poise, and presence. Biomarkers tell that something is present or predicts something typically within you. It’s bio – because it’s biological. It’s a marker because it highlights or marks something, like a temperature. A temperature is a biomarker of health or infection. Simple. Now the twist, I help my clients discover their own biomarkers so that they can make power, poise and/or presence appear, like magic.
Jamal French also known professionally as “J French” I’m an artist, producer, author in the works, Grammy Voter, Speaker, Podcast Host (Fireside With French) and Mental Health advocate. I’ve overcome a lot in my life and have had to climb out of dark holes from learning to speak fluently as a teenager with a bad stutter through the art of writing and reciting. To leveling up my mentality enough to pursue my dreams and make achievements independently in an industry that only wants one to be unionized with the companies that run it unfairly. I only live to inspire others.
Nicole Blackwell, your quintessential multi-hyphenate! I wear many hats and have many diverse interests, but above all, I am a writer and storyteller at heart! Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, the DFW Metroplex is my second home and where I currently reside. I have a background in media production and have worked as a content creator, producer, copywriter, project manager, and creative director for various media-related projects. It is at the creatively intertwined intersection of all of these hats that I wear that you will find my love for storytelling! I am passionate about using my God-given talents and gifts to inspire and empower other women, one story at a time!
Rachel Kite is a widow, mother, creative thinker, and successful entrepreneur. She has become a progressive leader in her industry helping to positively impact the lives of her clients. She is passionate about helping our communities, being her most authentic self, being the voice for those who are not heard, and finally sharing her story with others, She joins us now to share her breakthrough - Life After Extreme Trauma: How You Can Survive
Rayquotez Butler, a small town Mississippi Delta boy who transformed himself from Poor struggling resident and college student to the youngest and only black senior HR leader of a Global Parts distributor at the age of 26. Not only that, I own a Motivational speaking company where breakthrough is a constant result for all that listen. Through my career and my work as a speaker I exude passion through stories of struggle that yield evidence of triumph.
Tatiana Vilarea is a hypnotherapist, best-selling author and speaker, obsessed with helping entrepreneurs and leaders overcome emotional wounds and trauma that show up as business fears and blocks. Helping them fully step into their visibility, confidence and impact. As a result of her personal journey and over 10 years of experience working with emotional healing, she developed a modality that releases negative emotions and traumatic memories stored in the body’s neurological patterning, that she combines with subconscious work.
Elizabeth is dynamic, high-energy, and positively focused on helping others realize their full potential. She graduated with a chemistry degree and master's degree and is an expert in thought transformation. With over 21 years of sales and leadership experience, she's trained thousands of people to overcome negative thinking while implementing proven systems that create a growth environment. As a sales and leadership coach with Southwestern Coaching, Elizabeth helps her clients transform their habits while multiplying their time and income.
Born in Dallas and raised in McKinney, Justin has been witness to much of the city's new growth. He has since been on a journey of personal and professional growth. He has spent over 10 years professionally educating and developing people, namely in the areas of Performance Management, Learning & Development, and Coaching. He has led small and medium teams on three continents and has lived on four. He enjoys triathlons and is passionate about human potential. Justin has earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master's degree in Talent Development and Human Resources.
Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja is a tech entrepreneur passionate about leveraging technology in building a diverse and inclusive workforce of the future. In 2012, Ram founded Colaberry while on a mission to help U.S. veterans transition into rewarding civilian careers and pass on the American Dream. Ram was recognized as a MIT SOLVER in 2018 and his work received numerous awards including ‘Artificial Intelligence for the Betterment of Humanity Prize’' by McGovern Foundation.
Kimia Penton is an International recording artist, and Director of PMO for a fortune 10 company, based in Dallas, Texas. Combining her love for the performing arts, organizational psychology, and project management, Kimia believes we should develop the whole self to build a holistically fulfilling career. Founder of independent label and production company KimiaQProductions, and the Dallas Coalition for Live Music, Kimia writes and produces for artists she believes in, hosts events to facilitate community for creatives, and promotes education.