Tessa Lena is a performing artist, a dialogue coach, and an immigrant New Yorker with a dramatic survivor story. She has been featured in a documentary about her adventures and on Douglas Rushkoff’s Team Human. She is on a mission to create social change by bringing people closer together and by helping fellow community members tap into inner strength and have an easier time talking to others.
She has traveled the world, done academic research in Tibet, performed her music at the Moscow Conservatory, worked as a developer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, written about technology, fought off a sex trafficker in China, survived an abusive marriage while maintaining her professional career, and even spent a month in immigration detention after being set up by her abusive ex-spouse (yes, she was able to successfully prove her case before the immigration judge, and she is currently a proud U.S. citizen).
In addition to that, Tessa has spent a few years in the newsroom working with some of the brightest indigenous writers in the country, as well as with some of the classiest people in the media.
Topics and program ideas:
- Domestic abuse and gender-based violence: what you need to know
- Tough and beautiful immigrant's journey
- Emotional intelligence: how to get there
- From grieving to happiness: respecting your own voice
- The art of dialogue is an emergency
- Responsible Innovation: progress, excitement, and bleeding noses
Recent Interview (11/5/2018):
Univision podcast In Our Words with me as a guest.
Featured / interviewed / quoted: @InsideEdition, @TeamHuman, @Univision, @ChicagoReader, @IndianCountryToday, and more.