FEBRUARY 6, 2015 | 2 PM TO 7 PM

LEWIS FAMILY AUDITORIUM

        

 

 

 


SUSAN AMAT
ENTREPRENEUR

BIO
Dr. Susan Amat is a serial entrepreneur. Before 25, she had started a record label, a national television show, and the first CD-ROM magazine. Susan returned to South Florida to complete her Bachelor’s degree, earned an MBA, and developed products for child health monitoring. While completing her Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship, Dr. Amat co-founded The Launch Pad at the University of Miami. With the support of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Dr. Amat founded Venture Hive. Venture Hive is a technology accelerator based on economic development principals, recruiting new talent in focused verticals based on the strengths of Miami: healthcare, travel/hospitality, and creative industries.
MIKE BECKER
TEACHER

BIO
Mike Becker has been a mathematics instructor and track and field coach at Ransom Everglades since 2004. From 1988-2004, Mike developed an appreciation of the seemingly incongruent fields of mathematics and athletics; while teaching math and coaching track and field at Florida International University. At FIU, Mike developed and mentored a number of All American and Olympic athletes, and directed the Student Athlete Support Unit of the University . Mike is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Biology and Certificate in Science in Human Affairs and earned a master's degree in mathematics education from FIU.
MARC BUONICONTI
MEDICAL ACTIVIST

BIO
A 1985 spinal cord injury left Marc Buoniconti unable to move a muscle below his neck. Yet, each day he moves people; moves them to understand the tragedy of paralyzing SCI -- and to join him in finding its cure. Marc serves as President for both, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, The Miami Project’s fundraising arm. With an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Miami, Marc works tirelessly to overcome paralysis.
FRANCISCO CIVANTOS
PHYSICIAN

BIO
Francisco Civantos, MD is a board certified ear, nose and throat specialist. He co-directs the division of head and neck surgery. His practice includes surgery of benign and malignant tumors of the parathyroids, thyroid, parotid, and neck, as well as cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract, including the sinuses, skull base, nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx, and oral cavity. In addition, he treats advanced skin malignancies and has a research interest in Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, and minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. He also maintains a practice in the surgical treatment of Zenker’s Diverticulum.
MARIAN DOLAN
CONDUCTOR

BIO
When people ask Marian Dolan what she plays, she smiles and answers: people. She is a choral conductor, so her ‘instrument’ is literally the human voice. Together, a chorus and director are artistic storytellers, singing stories-in-song. Breaking boundaries to sing stories means being a bridge-builder of connection and community. Founding Artistic Director of the Choir Project (Naples, Fl) and former university professor, Marian has conducted or given workshops in nine different countries. She is the first doctorate in choral conducting granted to a woman at Yale School of Music.
BOBY DUVAL
ACTIVIST

BIO
Haitian-born Robert “Bobby” Duval has devoted his life to the promotion of organized soccer and sports in his country. Bobby played three Varsity sports at Nichols College in Massachusetts - soccer, basketball and baseball. After college, he became the National Inter-Collegiate soccer champion in Canada. Bobby's very first summer camp for youth in Port-au-Prince was organized in 1981. In 1984, as President of Violette Athletic Club, he led them to the title of CONCACAF Champions League, only the second club to achieve this in Haiti's history. In 1995, he officially created LAthletique d'Haiti - a Soccer and Sport Academy for boys and girls ages 7 to 20.
AMISHI JHA
NEUROSCIENTIST

BIO
Associate Professor and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative, University of Miami, Amishi Jha is currently investigating how to best promote resilience in high stress cohorts using contemplative/mind training techniques that strengthen the brain’s attention networks. She has a Ph.D. from University of California-Davis, post-doctoral training in brain imaging at Duke University, and was formerly a faculty member at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the University of Miami, Department of Psychology. She is a PopTech® Science and Public Leadership Fellow and serves on editorial review boards of several prominent journals.
ERIC LANG
FIRE CHIEF

BIO
After completing his MBA at the University of Miami, Eric Lang integrated the connections between emergency decisions that are made in business and daily life. Presently, he is the Village of Key Biscayne Fire Chief, where he applies “Critical and Strategic Thinking” on a daily basis. The challenge of managing budgets, union contracts, crisis communications, and leading people requires a plan of action that is efficient and effective. Eric has combined his skills and knowledge to teach these strategic thinking concepts to create the right plan for any circumstance, business, or goal.
NATALIA MARTINEZ
FOUNDER, AWESOME FOUNDATION

BIO
Having lived all over the world, Natalia Martinez most recently relocated to Miami. She now serves at the Chief Innovation & Technology Officer for Roots of Hope, serving on the management board of this Miami-based global network students and young professionals whose mission is to empower youth in Cuba through technology, entrepreneurial support, and cultural exchange. Natalia founded the Miami chapter of the Awesome Foundation in 2013, joining a global network devoted to awarding monthly micro-grants to unique ideas with local impact, and have awarded more than $40,000 in the Miami community. She was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service.
CHE SCOTT
AUTHOR/CHAPLAIN

BIO
Ché Scott was born in Clarendon, Jamaica. Without any football background, Ché walked onto the University of Miami Football team while pursuing a B.A. in Sociology. As a General Contractor in South Florida, he worked on projects such as the United Way Center for Excellence. Ché is a licensed minister, life coach, and chaplain for the Miami Heat and Miami Hurricanes. Ché is committed to engaging our community in a conversation about honor at the center of all relationships. In this first book, I Like Girls: Honor The New Guy Code, he challenges men to consider the true value of women and explains the reasons why they should always be honored.
SARA SEAGER
PLANETARY SCIENTIST

BIO
Sara Seager is a planetary scientist, astrophysicist and pioneer in the unknown world of exoplanets, planets that orbit stars other than the sun. Her ground-breaking research ranges from the detection of exoplanet atmospheres to innovative theories about life on other worlds to development of novel space mission concepts. Dubbed an "astronomical Indiana Jones", she is on a quest to discover a true Earth twin. Dr. Seager earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University and is the Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science and Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Seager is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and named Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential in Space in 2012.
APRIL YVETTE THOMPSON
ACTOR/WRITER

BIO
April Yvette Thompson is a Tony-winning producer, writer and actress. April starred in Clybourne Park, which won a Tony for Best Play and was on the Tony-winning producing team of the longest-running Broadway production of Porgy & Bess. She has acted with such stars as Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow and Susan Sarandon April’s Film/TV credits include Accidental Husband, Blue Caprice, Blue Bloods, Law & Order. April produced four award-winning Sundance features and has been in too many off-Broadway productions to name. April is writing her second play in The Miami Trilogy, Good Bread Alley, after her first play, Liberty City, was nominated for four major awards.

 

 

 


Our project began when a parent, a student, and a faculty member, each inspired by TED in different ways, shared their interest in hosting our own TEDx conference.

Our Mission: To engage our community in a discussion of ideas, to expand perspectives and to make a philanthropic impact.

We applied for a license with TED, which we received along with a toolkit and guidelines for organizing a TEDx. This event is independently organized without supervision or financial support from TED.

   

 


Tom Bales
Jenny Carson
Ofelia Chiavacci
Riccardo Di Capua
Charles Housiaux
John A. King, Jr.
Ahan Malhotra
Eric Nelson
Andi Russin
Connie Ryan
     

 

 

 


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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.)

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TED.

 

 

 


VISIONARY PARTNERS
Symbiosis Foundation


LEADING PARTNERS
Ashley Cusack, Realtor
Esslinger Wooten & Maxwell
Leslie & Gregory Ferrero
Jeffrey Miller
REACH Design


COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Comscore, Inc.
Meland, Russin & Budwick, P.A.
Bethany & Robert Millard


CONTRIBUTING PARTNERS
Biscayne Bank
Maureen & Larry Gragg
Alan and Alice Lash
Lash & Goldberg


FAMILY PARTNERS
Raquel & Riccardo Di Capua
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TED has established the annual TED Prize, which has come to be known as the TED "wish", where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action. The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives a $1,000,000 monetary award and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." Over the life of the prize, wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.

For TEDxCoconutGrove, we have modeled our own "Hope Prize" after the TED Prize and though we cannot offer the same monetary award as TED, we hope to offer the talent, expertise, and tradition of service and community that will be present in our audience. We believe that the TEDxCoconutGrove Hope Prize will have a tremendous positive impact on our community just as the TED Prize has had on the world.

 

 

 


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