All three woman have a history of championing women and girls, and being role models for what is possible. Tao’s defiant spirit and open-minded uncle allowed her to practice yoga at 8 years old in India when “girls didn’t do yoga.” That was 1926. Later, she convinced yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, who was her contemporary in age, to start teaching women. Tao has been a trailblazer for women in so many ways — as a French Resistance fighter in WWII helping Jews escape the Nazis, a top couture model in the 1940s and 1950s, Vice President at Unitel TV in the 1950s helping to lay the groundwork for TV in places like India, an early international film distributor, publisher of one of the first wine newspapers in America, a co-founder of the American Wine Society (and a Vice President still today), founder of the Westchester Institute of Yoga, President Emeritus & Program Director of the Yoga Teachers Association, and so much more! Her own role models were phenomenal women such as her aunt in France who ran the family vineyard and was a French Resistance fighter, Indra Devi who is called the “Mother of Western Yoga,” and Dr. Welthy Fisher who founded Literacy House in Lucknow, India and World Education — all women who did extraordinary things in their 70s, 80s, 90s and up to 102!
As an actress, journalist and business executive, Janie has worked in the U.S., Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East for five decades with her late husband, Dr. James Scott Kennedy, focusing on cross-cultural communications and leadership development through various media. In the 1950s, they owned and operated one of the first multicultural theatre companies in New York City. In the 1960s, she founded ID: Inner Dignity – a program in Brooklyn, New York that taught self-esteem building skills to girls. In the late 1960s, they lived in Africa, working at the University of Ghana and producing for the 1966 First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal, and the First Pan African Cultural Festival in Algiers, Algeria in 1969. In the 1970s, they were invited as Fulbright scholars by the Prime Minister of Australia to live in Adelaide and introduce new concepts of people–African-American and African–via theater and other arts, to that continent. They also produced for the Papua, New Guinea Independence Arts Festival. In the late 1980s, she was invited by HUD and the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of 14 delegates to go to the People’s Republic of China on the first trade mission of American women which led to her distributing the journal, Building in China. In 2011, she was invited by the President of Senegal to speak at the Third World Festival of Black Arts & Culture in Dakar to lend a historical perspective. A cancer survivor, at 81 years old she continues to write and share her expertise.
After almost dying from an autoimmune disorder, Terri left a successful media career and has spent the last 15+ years inspiring people — particularly women and girls — to reach their highest potential using tools such as coaching, mindfulness, positive psychology, yoga, integrative health and energy management. As President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc., she teaches executives and entrepreneurs how to thrive at work and in life, as well as publishes multiplatform content to empower success. A Harvard-trained strategist with advanced studies in various disciplines, she uses her unique background and supercharged energy for greatest impact — from teaching yoga to global leaders on The Great Wall of China and inspiring women in Chile for the Estée Lauder Global Breast Cancer Campaign to being a discussion leader for “The Economics of Happiness” at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she founded the Young PWR Brokers in Harlem to teach teen and pre-teen girls self-esteem building skills. Called “smart with a heart,” she has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal, in Oprah’s book, Live Your Best Life!, and was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader recognizing her “professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential for shaping the future of the world.” Terri has moderated conversations and events with Tao at the Pentagon, the Indian Consulate in New York for International Day of Non-Violence, the United Nations for International Day of Yoga and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the World Government Summit in Dubai, and various conferences and events across the globe. Alone they are strong. Together they are even more powerful. That’s the Power of She!