Girls 2 Women Symposium 2017 Speakers and Presenters

Keynote Speaker

Teya Ryan is a 30-year media veteran who’s held leadership positions with PBS, CNN, TBS and GPB Media. Her vision has re-energized GPB’s television, radio, digital and educational platforms, helping to garner more than 60 Southeast EMMY awards in the past five years, including Overall Station Excellence twice. In 2014, Ryan expanded GPB’s statewide radio network to Atlanta for the first time in the company’s history. She also spearheaded the creation of GPB’s Georgia Studies Digital textbook. Ryan formerly served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of CNN/US. Ryan has received eight Emmys and four Cable Ace Awards. Crain Media named her one of the ten most powerful women in media, and she received the 2012 POW Award from Womenetics.

Ms. Ryan’s professional affiliations include board membership for Oxfam America; serving as a Vice President and founding member of The Society for Environmental Journalists; serving as Vice President of the board for LEAD International, and being active with Women in Film and The Women’s Leadership Forum. Ryan is also a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and serves on the board of GEEARS, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, The Woodruff Arts Center, Georgia Governor’s Digital Task Force and Georgia’s SHAPE Council for Childhood Health.


DDP Teen Graduate

Angeney Metelus is a daughter of Haitian immigrants. She learned from her parents to value: faith, family, and education. This year, she’s graduating from R.L. Osborne High School in the top 2 percent of her class. Through hard work, Angeney’s earned a 4.1 GPA. She is also an active member in many clubs and organizations that serve the community, such as, Key Club, Student Government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Project Leap, Art Club, Destiny’s Daughters of Promise, Chick Fil A Leader Academy, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Société Honoraire de Français, Trio, and the Red Sea of Sound Marching Band. Yes, it may seem overwhelming; however, Angeney has been able to maintain a well-balanced and a dedicated membership to each club and organization.

Angeney plans to go to a four year college in Georgia; majoring in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine and French Literature and minoring in Art History. “It has been my dream of mine, since, I was a young girl to become a pediatrician.”


DDP Teen Graduate

Myriam Vega was born in a town with no more than 200 people, and only 2 schools that served grades Kindergarten to 6th grade. In 2008, her family moved the United States to have a better life. Myriam struggled academically and socially because of the language barrier. However, when she started 6th grade, Myriam joined Destiny’s Daughters of Promise and that’s when she started to open up once again.

In high school, Myriam joined the Acworth Chief of Police Young Adult Advisory Board, and volunteered often at Dogwood Forest of Acworth, an elderly assisted living facility, while still participating in DDP. Myriam was voted in as president for the Girl with Promise 2016-2017 school year. “Not only do I try to stay involved in my community, but I also work part-time as I finish up my senior year at North Cobb High School. I am proud to say that I was accepted into Kennesaw State University where I plan to major in International Business.”


Workshop Title: 21st Century Career Opportunities in S.T.E.M.

Dr. Karen Hypolite is a TED Speaker, Innovator, and Science Educator at Kennesaw State University. She is the author of Think. Create. Innovate. | S.T.E.M.™. She conducts trainings for teachers and business executives alike and is also the inventor of the Schalero® – Scarf, Shawl, Bolero All-In-One. This innovative product is featured on QVC®. Dr. Hypolite is a community volunteer and the Board Chair of the Atlanta S.T.E.M. Foundation.

Workshop Title: Positive Thinking: Setting SMART Goals

As CEO of Pazzion, Inc., Monique Knight delivers motivational workshops that empower at-risk youth to make choices outside of adversarial environments. Monique founded Phase II, Inc. in 2009. Phase II provides youth with a support network. Her mission is to utilize her vision and passion for helping and empowering women and young ladies to drive toward continual growth, development, and success.


Workshop Title: I Am…

Vanay R. Butler is the Founder of Women of Virtue, Inc. which was established February 2012. Women of Virtue, Inc. acts as a support system, loving, healing and empowering women through self-discovery sessions.