North Tatum Times, November 2020

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Community TEDx Scottsdale Women Event Benefits Ryan House on November 20


cottsdale and Phoenix entrepreneurs Jeanna Valenti, Kelly Sallaway and Tina Bakalis announce the organization of a TEDx Scottsdale Women event on November 20. In the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program helps communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, under a license from TED. “We decided to coordinate this event for many reasons,” says Valenti. “We want to inspire, motivate, educate, engage and entertain our audience during a time when the community wants and needs to come together.” The event will be held in two sessions: from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 20 at Sneaky Big Studios in Scottsdale. Lindsay Moellenberndt, Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer at Fennemore, will emcee the event. Fennemore is the lead sponsor. A portion of the proceeds

from the TEDx Scottsdale Women event will go to local nonprofit Ryan House, whose mission is to embrace all children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys through palliative and respite care that addresses the emotional, spiritual, and social needs of the family. “One of our goals is to mentor girls and young women,” says Sallaway. “We want to create a culture of excellence that shows them what’s possible for women in our community.” This year’s theme is Re-Write Your Script. Speakers will bring their stories of re-invention, inspiration, and transformation. “As a licensed therapist, I want to educate and empower girls and women,” says Bakalis. “Our future depends on the strength, leadership and compassion that women leaders provide.”

of remarkable female leaders to share inspirational ideas,” says Moellenberdt. “This will be a power-packed line-up and an event Scottsdale women won’t want to miss.”

“I am honored to be the emcee the TEDx Scottsdale Women 2020 Rewrite Your Script event that is focused on bringing together a diverse group

“The community support we receive is truly a lifeline for the children with life-limiting conditions and families we serve,” says Ryan House Executive

Director Tracy Leonard-Warner. “We are grateful to be named the beneficiary of this very timely and worthwhile event. Much like the services we provide at Ryan House, this event enables us to shift our focus on stories of re-invention, inspiration and transformation.” Learn more and purchase tickets at

Connie Health Launches Medicare Services Throughout Arizona


onnie Health, a personal Medicare advisory service combining Medicare expertise and local advisors with data-driven insights, to help individuals make confident and informed decisions about their Medicare options, has launched its services in Maricopa, Pinal, and Yavapai counties. Local resident David Luna and partners Michael Scopa and Oded Eran, all Medicare experts with decades of experience, formed Connie Health in 2019. “Shopping for Medicare coverage can be complex and overwhelming for many individuals because Medicare offers a multitude of plans by varied insurance companies,” says Luna. “By combining our healthcare expertise with technology-powered tools, personalized local guidance and support, Connie Health’s advisors will work with our communities’ Medicare beneficiaries to ensure they make confident, worryfree decisions around Medicare plans and coverage.” In addition to providing individuals with guidance on finding the right Medicare coverage for their personal needs, the local advisors at Connie Health offer ongoing support in navigating a range of healthcare

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choices. These services help consumers get the most out of their plan, optimize prescription costs, and find providers in their area. The service is provided at no cost to consumers. As licensed advisors, the insurance companies compensate them when someone joins a plan. The maximum compensation an insurance company can provide is regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is the same for all insurance companies. Therefore, Connie Health recommends plans solely based on an individual’s needs and not financial incentives. Due to its choice to affiliate with all major Medicare insurance providers, Connie Health can use its technology to advise individuals – either in-person from a safe distance, on a video call, via phone or otherwise – about the best options based on personal healthcare needs, lifestyle, and budget. The team is also able to identify Medicare providers in the area including those in Medicare Advantage HMO or PPO networks. Medicare’s open enrollment period is through December 7. For more information, visit