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TEDxLosGatos - Courtney Macavinta - The Respect Institute

Courtney Macavinta, Co-Founder & President, The Respect InstituteCourtney Macavinta is Co-Founder and President of The Respect Institute whose mission is to give youth and their influencers tools to build self-respect so they can end cycles of disrespect and thrive. Courtney is a domestic violence survivor whose multi-racial family struggled for respect amid issues like substance abuse, incarceration, high-school dropout and teen pregnancy. As a young adult, her mission became to create a world where respect for all is the status quo. An award-winning writer, Courtney has created the Respect Rally for youth, a popular blog for girls and women, RespectRx, and best-selling book for teens, RESPECT. She's been featured by CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Teen Vogue and others, and has partnered with organizations such as Girl Scouts of the USA and Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. Additionally, she was invited to the White House in 2010 based on her work in domestic violence prevention. She lives in her native San Jose with her husband, former pro athlete Jeremy Cleland, and son Tru.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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = 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)
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