12 Speakers | 3 Performers | 1 Day | October 22
12 Speakers | 3 Performers | 1 Day | October 22
The ubiquitous use of social media has caused many to fear that these personalized technology platforms are creating a generation that is narcissistic and self-obsessed. But before we dismiss personalized technology as the perpetrator of our current societal ills, Professor Alloway argues that we must take a closer look at how social media can improve not only our memory of events, but also the way in which we observe our own lives and relate to those around us.
Tracy Packiam Alloway is a Psychology professor and Graduate Program Director at the University of North Florida. She was awarded an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015), as well as the Outstanding International Leadership Award (2014). She was also the recipient of the prestigious Joseph Lister Award (for outstanding skills in communicating to a non-specialist audience) from the British Science Association. Tracy’s research has contributed to the scientific understanding of working memory, and specifically in relation to education and learning needs. She has presented her research to national organizations such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and as well as internationally to organizations such as the Japanese Society for Developmental Psychology and the Center on Research on Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk in Germany, among others. She also provided advice to the World Bank on the impact of memory and learning in deprived populations. In addition to over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, seven books, and two standardized test batteries on the topic of working memory, her work also has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and many others. She blogs for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. Two of her books, Working Memory Advantage and Training Your Brain For Dummies, are available on Amazon.
America has entered an era of re-urbanization. As cities gain renewed growth and prominence, it is important that they be governed with a strategic approach that focuses on safety, quality of life and financial stability. Rick Baker, the former mayor of St. Petersburg, argues that a primary governing principal should be to make each city “seamless,” with no section underserved or overlooked.
Rick Baker has been a business acquisition lawyer, a law firm President, a university Vice President, and now is President of a St. Petersburg-based company involved in development, hotels, real estate, sports, entertainment and hospitality. From 2001 to 2010, he served as mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida’s fourth largest city. Under Mayor Baker’s leadership, St. Petersburg experienced a renaissance unmatched in city history. In 2008, Mayor Baker was named America’s Mayor/Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. In 2011, Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon named Baker”America’s greatest mayor of the decade.” Baker chaired the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida, chaired the Florida Statewide Water Congress, chaired the Florida Governor’s Municipal Mentoring Initiative, vice chaired the Florida Governor’s Energy ActionTeam, chaired the Florida Governor’s Transportation, Environmental Protection, Community Affairs and Fish and Wildlife Transition Teams, and co-chaired the Florida Attorney General’s Transition Team. Baker holds a B.S., an M.B.A., and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from FSU where he was Senior Class President. He studied comparative law at Oxford University. He served as legal intern to Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton, and law clerk to Governor Bob Graham’s special counsel. Baker is an adjunct fellow of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership based in New York City. He has authored two books: Mangroves to Major League in 2000, a history of St. Petersburg; and The Seamless City in 2011, about city leadership and urban revitalization. Baker has been married to his wife, Joyce, for thirty years and they have raised two college-age children.
George Bernard Shaw famously observed that “all progress comes from unreasonable people.” It’s a philosophy philanthropist Gary Chartrand has embraced over the course of his decades-long fight to ensure that Florida children have access to a strong public educational system that embraces 21st-century skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Only by reforming America’s public school system, argues Chartrand, will we develop the next generation of problem solvers.
Gary Chartrand is the Executive Chairman of Acosta Sales and Marketing. Acosta is a leading full-service sales and marketing agency, providing outsourced sales, merchandising, marketing and promotional services to manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. The company employs over 40,000 associates and operates 100 offices in the U.S. and Canada. Chartrand was the pivotal force behind quadrupling the company’s geographic coverage, transforming Acosta into the first national full-service sales and marketing company in the U.S. and Canada. Gary received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida in May 2001, and has been an extraordinary leader in his industry and his community. From 2003 to 2009 Mr. Chartrand was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful leaders in the grocery industry by Supermarket News. Mr. Chartrand also has a passion for educating the children of Duval County and the State of Florida. In April 2007, he led a community effort to bring Teach for America to Jacksonville. In June of 2009 Gary and his wife Nancy made a pledge gift of $1Million dollars to KIPP schools of Jacksonville. The first KIPP School in Florida opened in August of 2010. Because of his passion for education coupled with his business experience and leadership, Governor Rick Scott appointed Mr. Chartrand to the State Board of Education in 2011. He served as Chair of the State Board in 2014 and 2015. Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, City Year, and is currently Chair of the board of the KIPP schools of Jacksonville, FL. He is also Chair of the Northeast Florida STEM HUB. Gary is involved in Guardian of Dreams, Catholic schools and the Diocese of St. Augustine. Gary is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Gary and Nancy reside in Ponte Vedra Beach and have two children, Jeffrey and Meredith.
Dr. Gay Culverhouse was the highest ranking woman in the National Football League for 10 years. As the president of the Tampa Bay Buccanners, she had an insider’s view of the NFL and the devasting effect of sports-related head injuries on the countless players the League claimed to care about. In 2009, Culverhouse testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries, and offered a blistering assessment of the NFL’s treatment of its former players. With a passion to save brains no matter whom she angered, she subsequently formed the Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program, Inc., whose mission is to help retired NFL players access the benefits to which they are entitled.
In the 21st century, we are witnessing the erosion of the “human” habitat. Too many American cities are designed in ways that instigate fear, isolation and insecurity. As an engineer and urban planner, Cornelia Dinca will draw on her own experiences in Amsterdam to detail how it’s possible to transform urban environments into places of discovery and joy that foster feelings of community and empowerment.
Cornelia Dinca is an urbanist with a passion for livable cities. She is the founder of Sustainable Amsterdam, a platform devoted to sharing Amsterdam-based approaches for sustainable urban development. She is also the Delegations Lead for CycleSpace, an Amsterdam-based not-for-profit that helps international delegations bring people and bicycle-friendly development to their cities. Cornelia holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam. Previously Cornelia worked on energy, climate change, waste management, and cycling projects in Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The stigma surrounding mental health disorders leads to discrimination and fear. With one in four adults having experienced a mental health disorder, that means a quarter of our population has most likely suffered in silence. But what if we looked at mental illness in our city differently? What if we connected the dots to build an incredible foundation to help survivors, their families and friends? What if we educated corporate America on what mental illness really looks like? Jeanine Hoff will share her own story of how mental illness ravaged her life, and how she found the strength to survive by helping others with mental health problems find positive support and community connections.
Jeanine Hoff is the Founder and President of Where is the Sunshine?, a Northeast Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization and social media resource dedicated to positive mental health advocacy through education, community collaboration, and inspiration. Jeanine is a certified presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) Ending the Silence and Peer-to-Peer programs, and is certified in Mental Health First Aid (YOUTH) and Suicide Prevention. She is a featured contributor for The Mighty and Jacksonville Moms Blog, and has also been featured in Stigma Fighters and the Florida-Times Union. She is currently working on a feature piece for an upcoming published anthology of motivational mental health stories. Jeanine is a classically trained singer, actor, composer and pianist, and holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Theatre Performance from Arizona State University. She also holds a Master’s degree from Arizona State in American Media and Culture, focusing on film and social media. Jeanine spent several years as an associate of International Creative Management in NYC, working with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Upon moving from NYC to Jacksonville, Jeanine taught K-8 music, drama, and improv comedy at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. During that time, she and her student choir performed live in concert with Barry Manilow at Veterans Memorial Arena. Jeanine’s passion for community service and leadership eventually turned into a professional role as a fundraiser and event planner. Now she dedicates herself to bringing our community together to support those who struggle with mental health disorders. She and her husband Mathew are the proud parents of three young boys.
Sheena Koshy immigrated legally to this country in 2001, but obtaining her U.S. citizenship was a journey that took 15 years and four visas to complete. Despite her absolute and rigid observance of the rules, Sheena’s path to citizenship was incredibly expensive, tediously long, and bloated with bureaucracy. As a result, she is passionately committed to dispelling the myth that our nation’s immigration problems would be solved if only everybody would immigrate legally. The legalization process, argues Sheena, is mired in complications and desperately needs a compassionate overhaul.
Sheena Koshy has never voted. That’s because she’s only ever spent 8 years of her life in the country of her citizenship. Born in India, she left at the age of 2 for Bahrain, a small island in the Middle East, where she had her first DQ ice-cream, learned to love alphabets thanks to Sesame Street and ate a lot of shawarmas. She spent her middle school in Abu Dhabi, high school Dubai, her undergraduate in India and moved to the United States for university in 2001. She recently became a citizen in May of this year and is excited to vote in her very first elections.
Sheena will be talking about the ‘Myth of the Legal Immigrant’, a narrative she is very familiar with, having spent the past 15 years trying to become a US citizen. She hopes her talk will help shed light on the difficult process of legal immigration and how imperative it is that it be compassionately rehauled.
Her day job involves helping organizations find their niche, seek their community and connect the two by telling their stories. Her career has centered on leveraging the unique ways in which brands can engage digitally in this connected world we live in today. Her volunteer efforts include being on the board of directors for Access Health Africa, a non-profit improving access to quality health services, education & resources in Malawi. She can be found on twitter @sheenakoshyc.
Leadership, power, empowerment—they never meant a lot to Donna Orender growing up. Being a strong young woman was about opportunity. She just wanted a level playing field. But she discovered that the path to enlightenment, to a passion focused on girls excelling and women rising, began with not being afraid to ask a simple question: WHY NOT? Orender will discuss the power of asking Why Not as something we must embrace in the interest of personal growth, transformation, and broader social opportunities.
Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited, a Jacksonville-based consulting and advisory firm, is a recognized business leader, trailblazer, game changer and executive. Prior to Orender Unlimited, Donna served six years as the President of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). During her term the league solidified its base and grew double digits in all key business metrics. With her focus on revitalizing the brand, its value and relevance, the league experienced five years of consecutive attendance growth, after eight years of decline. Prior to the WNBA, Donna spent 17 years at the PGA TOUR, the men’s professional golf tour. She led the negotiating team that changed the paradigm for how PGA TOUR golf was both packaged and sold for television, resulting in billions of dollars in growth for the TOUR. Her last position was in the Office of the Commissioner, as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Development. Donna’s business career began after playing three years in the Women’s Professional Basketball League, the WBL, where she earned All-Star status. This experience enabled her to work in network television sports at ABC and later in cable television at SportsChannel before forming her own production company. As the CEO of Orender Unlimited, her current work has included the development of a strategic plan for the golf industry focused on the development of new consumer markets and the accompanying transformational changes necessary to realize success. Donna authored “Connecting with Her,” a guidebook on the impact of the women’s market, and how to understand and access it. In 2011, Orender launched GENERATION W and GENERATION WOW, which have become vibrant communities for enhancing and motivating people’s lives and creating change and impact in their worlds. The signature event is an annual gathering of nearly 50 national level speakers that provides the spark for year-round activity, conversation and action.
Fear has been one of the strongest motivators in political discourse for almost the entire history of mankind and government. One of the most important aspects of fear as a political motivator is that it is not spoken about in terms of why the fear exists. Rather, political opponents either exaggerate or discount the causes of the fear driving the discussion, which only serves to increase the anger generated by fear. In such an environment, governance becomes difficult if not impossible, and the stage is set for violence, upheaval and revolution. Through his TEDxJacksonville talk, Dr. Mark Tumeo hopes to start a civil discourse about the fears our society faces, explore how that fear is being used to direct political consequences, and discuss how we might move beyond the politics of fear in the development of sound public policies.
Dr. Mark A. Tumeo is the Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of North Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California Davis, a J.D. from Cleveland State University, and B.S. degrees in civil engineering and biology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Florida and Alaska. He is also a member of the Ohio Bar. Dr. Tumeo came to UNF in 2011 from Cleveland State University, and was previously a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Tumeo has over thirty years of experience in environmental consulting and research, and has extensive experience and publications in environmental risk assessment, policy and regulation. He was a participant in the young Scientists Summer Program in Laxenburg, Austria and spent four months teaching Environmental Engineering and conducting environmental policy seminars in Peru as a Fulbright Scholar. In 1993, Dr. Tumeo was the recipient of a Congressional Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which involved serving for one year as a Legislative Aide to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on environmental issues. In 1997, Dr. Tumeo was selected by AAAS as one of three individuals nationally to work under the Clinton Administration with the newly formed USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis and helped develop guidelines for risk assessments required under law. In 2001, Dr. Tumeo was elected to the rank of “Fellow” in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2014, he was elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Most recently, he was a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2016. He has served on local, state, national and international panels in the area of environmental management and law. In 2005, he was elected to the Cleveland Heights City Council, and was re-elected to a second term in 2009. While on Council he served two years as the Chair of the Public Health and Safety Committee, and another two years as Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee. Dr. Tumeo has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters and numerous conference proceedings in the area of waste treatment, management and risk analysis. He is actively involved in several professional organizations. He has served as an Associate Editor of the American Association of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Environmental Engineering, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for ASCE’s Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice.
Racism, sexism, and other interlocking oppressions can create an “outsider-within” status for many black women in higher education, particularly those who are working as professors. But an informal rule in academia is that one must never speak openly about this divide, nor fight back against the persistent devaluation of black female intellectualism. Dr. Wilder will offer a personal narrative of her own experiences at mostly white educational institutions, and address the challenges, risks and rewards she encountered when she finally decided to break her silence.
Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder is a sociologist and scholar specializing in diversity, race relations and gender issues. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of North Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida. In addition to her studies in sociology, JeffriAnne also completed a concentration in Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Dr. Wilder completed her M.A. in Sociology from Cleveland State University, and a B.A. from Allegheny College. Her areas of research interest include race and ethnic relations, minorities in higher education, women of color in the U.S., qualitative methodology, and the sociology of teaching and learning. A key area of JeffriAnne’s work focuses on examining the impact of this persistent issue of colorism within the black community, specifically among black women and girls in the era of “post-racialism.” Her book on this issue, Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century, was published in October 2015. Dr. Wilder is the recipient of many research and teaching awards, and was named as one of Jacksonville’s Top 30 Women of Influence in 2015 and 2016. Dr. Wilder’s work has been published in an array of academic journals and publications, and she regularly speaks on race, gender, and diversity issues. As a public scholar, Dr. Wilder has been featured in a host of local, national, and international media outlets including First Coast News, the Florida Times-Union, Black Enterprise, The Grio, National Public Radio, HuffPost Live, The Takeaway, Nightline, 20/20, and the New York Times.
The world is a better place when we support each other and lean in together. When we fall into the trap of believing preconceived notions and stereotypes such as “girls can’t be scientists or mathematicians,” we are tearing down ourselves and preventing humanity from accelerating forward. As a teenager and passionate advocate of STEM education, Amber Yang will share the story of how she learned to be fearless about pursing her goals and making a difference. The encouragement of the next generation of potential scientists, argues Yang, should never be undermined by preconceptions about gender.
Amber Yang is a 17-year-old innovator and scientist who attends Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, FL. For the past two years, Yang has been studying novel and effective techniques for the tracking of space debris. When Yang was 16 years old, she developed a novel Artificial Neural Network system capable of tracking the orbits of space debris to an accuracy that is ten times more effective than current systems. Later that year, her research was accepted and is pending review for publication in Harvard University’s Journal for Emerging Investigators. In March, Yang was awarded the Grand Prize (Best-in-fair) award at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair and was named an International Grand Prize Ying Scholar for her work. In May, Yang received second place and an all-expenses-paid trip to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Yang has presented her research at scientific conferences and has been recognized by both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Additionally, this summer, she was a keynote speaker at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Yang is a competitive extemporaneous speaker, has her own science blog in Nature Publishing Group’s Scitable publication, and is Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper. In Yang’s spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and running.
Born to a drug-addicted mother and an absent father, Roderick “Odd?Rod” Borisade struggled hard during his preteen years. After losing his brother to cancer, he pushed himself through high school and then earned a full college scholarship. In starting an open mic night at his college, Odd?Rod developed leadership and speaking skills that brought in 200 students a month to express themselves. He learned that sharing his story of perseverance was helping others to cope with what they were going through. The notion that he could be an example to others catapulted him into every school, rehab, and jail he could find so that he could let people know that they can make it, too. Since 2011, he’s toured over 300 cities and earned many awards. Most importantly, he’s inspired a nation of students to push through every obstacle placed before them and to live their life as leaders. Named the 2014 APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, Rod’s dedication to giving an uplifting message over his poems/stories are aligned with his passion to involve and entertain his audience.
A native of Chicago and long-time resident of Jacksonville, Florida, vocalist Chris Thomas has performed with various bands within Florida for the past 15 years. On June 1, 2014, he formed The Chris Thomas Band in order to bring the highest level of quality and showmanship to his fans and audiences. A professionally trained and competitive dancer, he combines dance, vocals, and the best musicians in north Florida to deliver an unforgettable performance. Whether it’s with his small combo or 19-piece big band, Chris Thomas has the style and swagger of Sinatra and the performance excitement of James Brown and Bruno Mars.
Tomboi is a queer indie electronic band from Jacksonville, Florida, whose music incorporates psychedelic pop vocals, driving guitar leads, and a combination of live and electronic beats. The trio consists of Alex E (vocals/beats), Paige McMullen (guitar), and Summer Wood (drums). Recently featured as TOM TOM Magazine’s Video of the Week, their latest self-titled EP, TOMBOi, is now available on iTUNES. Lobos + Remixes, is available on cassette now from Wiener Records. Their first single off their upcoming Remix Tape: Runaround (Remix by ∆LEX E.)