Inaugural TEDx Tarrytown Women Event Scheduled

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Debra Phillipes Drattell, a native New Yorker, graduated from Duke University and Harvard Law school.  She began her legal career in San Francisco; and then lived in Los Angeles for 25 years, where she raised her children and continued her law practice.  In 2010, Debra returned to NY to marry her high school sweetheart (after 35 years apart!)  Last year, Debra was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Debra Phillipes Drattell

One hundred rivertown residents will come together on Thursday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the inaugural TEDxTarrytownWomen event, a day of networking and dialogue. The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, was organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences.

Taking place at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, the event will feature astellar line-up of speakers on a wide variety of subjects: Pamela Barkley, “Assembling the Pieces: Putting Together Your Personal Puzzle”; Alan Berkson, “3 Essential Skills for the 21st Century”; Debra Phillipes Drattell, “Making Lemonade”; Allison Fine, “Unleashing Your Hidden Capital”; and Lisa Osherow, “Consent Culture Starts with Talking to Kids About Sex.” There will also be workshops led by host Sharon DeLevie.

TEDxTarrytownWomen will also feature live streaming from the TEDWomen 2015: Momentum Conference in Monterey, California. The session of the TEDWomen event that will be shown is “Spark.” “Attendees will be able to hear from a diverse group of speakers and will then be able to take the ideas presented and use them as a catalyst to create exciting ideas and opportunities in their own communities,” said Tarrytown resident, Melissa Baer, TEDxTarrytownWomen organizer and committee member. “The event will offer the Tarrytown community an opportunity to share its passion and ideas with communities in the rivertowns and, later, via the internet, the world, ” she explained. Attendees will also have an opportunity to interact and network at workshop sessions during the event. The talks will be recorded and available later on the TEDx YouTube channel. More information about the event can be found at

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where “x” equals an independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

TED (technology, entertainment, design ) is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

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