A Special TEDxMidAtlantic Salon: EVE

“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Imagine a future free of gender roles and stereotypes, where anatomy doesn’t influence one’s destiny and women can make career, family and personal decisions without societal pressure, stigma or discrimination. In this future, we understand that equality is not about bolstering a gender or group into a position of privilege, but instead about liberating both women and men, by eliminating gender norms, fixed roles and the judgment that comes with living outside these societal constructs.

While this may seem a fantasy, EVE: Everyone Valuing Equality will be an evening of ideas exploring the realities women face in the United States today, and how to move toward a 21st century of equal opportunity regardless of gender and gender identity. Our lineup of speakers will provide fresh perspectives on reinventing the status quo, and will challenge the audience to take part in the change necessary to make our country a better place for all people.

Salon Speakers
Watch Neera Tandon’s talk »

Neera Tanden

Center for American Progress

Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanden has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, Tanden served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.

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Watch Brigid Schulte’s talk »

Brigid Schulte

Bestselling Author

Brigid Schulte is the author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time, which named one of the notable books of the year by the Washington Post and NPR, and won the Virginia Library Association’s literary nonfiction award. She now serves as the founding director of The Good Life Initiative at the nonpartisan think tank, New America, and director of the Breadwinning and Caregiving program.

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Watch Lisa Mallory’s talk »

Lisa María Mallory

DC Building Industry Association

Lisa María Mallory serves as CEO of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) and has over thirty years of leadership experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Previously, Lisa was the Director of the DC Department of Employment Services a state/local workforce development agency where she had responsibility for overhauling one of the most troubled agencies netting millions of dollars in savings.

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Watch Sarah McBride’s talk »

Sarah McBride

Transgender Activist

Sarah McBride is the Campaigns and Communications Manager for LGBT Progress at the Center for American Progress. Sarah joined the Center for American Progress after completing her undergraduate degree at American University, where she served as student body president. At the end of her term, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender in the student newspaper.

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Watch Teresa Hodge’s talk »

Teresa Y. Hodge

Returning Citizen Advocate

Teresa Y. Hodge, a passionate advocate for people with criminal connections, is committed to reducing the lasting harm caused by prison. It was a 70-month federal prison sentence, for a white-collar, non-violent, first-time offense, that introduced her first-hand to the justice system and mass incarceration in America. Upon coming home, she and her daughter Laurin Hodge co-founded Mission: Launch, Inc., a non-profit focused on introducing technology and entrepreneurship to previously incarcerated individuals as a way of ensuring self-sufficiency.

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Watch Heather Foster’s talk »

Heather Foster

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Heather J. Foster is the Manager for Strategic Partnerships for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. In her role she manages the Alliance’s strategic investments in communities serving boys and young men of color. She previously served at the White House as Advisor for Public Engagement and President Obama’s primary strategist and liaison with African American leaders and civil rights advocacy groups.

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Watch Elizabeth’s talk »

Elizabeth Acevedo

Writer, Performer & Educator

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with her Dominican parents’ bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. Acevedo is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C, where she lives and works. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland.

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Watch Loide’s performance »



Lodie sings is jazz with a side of saudade. Afro-Luso rhythms fused with African-American blues. Born in France to her Mozambican mother and Guinea-Bissauan father, Loide grew up in California, at the intersection of seemingly disparate cultural expressions. With only hymnals, doo-wop, and soul allowed in her observant Christian home, these sonic styles formed the first strands of her melodic DNA. Later, she would fuse them with the Afro-luso melodies and verse she heard in the homes of family friends, the hymns she sang in Portuguese with her family, and the European classical compositions she studied and performed at church and school.

TEDxMidAtlantic 2015 Salon Details

Dates: Monday, November 16
Program Time: 5:30PM to 9:00PM
Location: Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
Ticket Price: Free!