Meet This year's TanyaTalkers

In 2013, Tanya Fields was unceremoniously uninvited to TEDx Manhattan and in response she created her own event Not Just Talk, where plenary speakers gave "TanyaTalks". With wit, colorful and accessible language "TanyaTalkers" beautifully articulate and identify the solutions to dismantle systems of oppressions as well as the intersections that create them. We like to say Tanya Talks are like the sassy, go-hard-or-go-home cousin to TED Talks

 
 
Qiana Mickie

Qiana Mickie

Meet Magical mama, Qiana

Qiana grew up in the Bronx and returned back after graduating from Hampton University. Qiana became a mother to her son within a year of graduation and began the hustle of single motherhood and building a career. After years of working in the cable TV and entertainment industries, Qiana was inspired to move into the nonprofit field by her son’s admission to a new arts based public elementary charter school located in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Qiana worked as the Development & Communications Manager at Bronx Charter School for the Arts for 3 years. During the financial crisis of 2007-2009, Qiana moved to Harlem and deepened her practice of Vinyasa Yoga which led her on a road of exploration into healthy food and volunteering with various grassroots organizations. Qiana was the Film Coordinator of Solar One/Green Edge NYC Solar Powered Film Series and eventually landed a spot in the Community Advocacy Training at Just Food. 

Qiana has worked at some of the leading food based non-profits in New York City with a focus of increasing access to locally grown and healthy food to diverse communities, fostering food sovereignty, and developing social enterprise driven equitable business models. Qiana recently worked as a strategic co-leader at a NYC based food hub and as the CSA Network Manager at Just Food. In September, she returned to Just Food as the Interim Policy & Advocacy Director/ Farmer Network Manager. 
Her son is now a freshman in college and Qiana remains active in the community. Qiana is a CSA member in Harlem, serves on the board of The Point CDC in the Bronx, and volunteers around in the city regularly. 

Her son is now a freshman in college and Qiana remains active in the community. Qiana is a CSA member in Harlem, serves on the board of The Point CDC in the Bronx, and volunteers around in the city regularly.

 


Meet Magical Mama, Nadine

Chef Nadine Nelson, the Green Queen of Cuisine, is the sustainable chef and social entrepreneur of Global Local Gourmet, a roving community-supported kitchen specializing in experiential epicurean occasions that cook up delicious adventures for from expected yet close to home in the form of cooking classes, culinary tours, culinary team building events, and wellness workshops. Chef Nadine is from Toronto, considered the most multicultural city in the world. She is of Jamaican Heritage and likes to combine global flavors with local ingredients. She has studied the culinary arts in Paris at the Ritz Escoffier, has a certificate in food styling from the New School and a certificate in fundraising and philanthropy from New York University in New York, and earned a teaching degree from Tufts University in Boston. She is a social activist, cooking instructor, chef, writer, recipe developer/tester, food consultant, experiential epicurean event producer and culinary artist.  Her favorite role is the mother of Soleil a mini gourmand that loves to eat her vegetables along with being a sous chef to her mom in the kitchen.

Nadine Nelson

Nadine Nelson


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