TEDxBuffalo promotes ideas that are centered in and relevant to Buffalo, by Buffalonians.
TEDx is ENGAGING
TEDxBuffalo does not have keynotes, panels, or hotel shuttles. It’s a day of engaging and refreshing your brain.
TEDx is PEOPLE
Teachers, brewers, dancers, organizers, astronomers, business leaders—all with something to say to you.
Ideas Worth Spreading
In the spirit of TED, a global platform devoted to 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 videos 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.
About: With a masters-level background in the social sciences, Rebecca Sophia Strong is a social artist, movement educator and Founding Director of The Embodied Cosmology Project. Rebecca brings the 13.8 billion-year scientific timeline to performance art through a piece she wrote called “Cosmogenesis: The Story of Us.” She also works to bring the body back into education through a movement- and arts-based non-formal science curriculum of the 13.8 billion-year journey. She has been working from the premise that as we deepen our understanding of and alignment with the creative and historical 13.8 billion-year track record of the universe and Earth, we will become more intelligent and innovative shapers of the future.
About: Rhonda Frederick, MPA, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of People Inc., a leading not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 12,000 people with special needs, their families and seniors throughout Western New York. With an operating budget of $143 million and 3,400 employees, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity since 1971. Frederick joined the agency as a direct care staff member in 1980 and rose through the ranks to become agency’s president and CEO in October 2014.
The TEDxBuffalo team is pleased to announce two more speakers for TEDxBuffalo 2015: Illuminate. Stay tuned as we announce the rest of the lineup tomorrow, June 19.
About: Kaitlin Garrity is a senior at Canisius College studying communication and hopes to work as a Campus Minister at a Jesuit college or university. She is currently a resident assistant, a Campus Ministry intern and a singer in the Contemporary Music Ensemble. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and sharpening her wit.
About: Kara Oliver is currently the Program Specialist at the National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York. A native New Yorker, Kara moved to Western New York in 2007 to pursue her degree in communications and has not looked back since. Her passions involve creative problem solving, volunteer work, youth engagement and community building.
The TEDxBuffalo team is pleased to announce the first two speakers for TEDxBuffalo 2015: Illuminate. Stay tuned as we announce the rest of the lineup through Friday, June 19.
Dr. Christopher W. Kerr
About: Dr. Christopher W. Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. His background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life lead and the death anticipated.
About: Danielle Twum is a third year pre-doctoral candidate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute studying cancer immunology. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Danielle received her B.A. in Biology from Vassar College, where she studied the effect of climate change on corals. It was in college that she became fascinated with the immune system and decided to pursue a degree in immunology. When Danielle is not making magic at the bench side, you’ll find her touring Buffalo in her running shoes, joyfully exploring the local food scene and scheming to get her family up here more.
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