Speakers being announced for TEDx Syracuse University

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TEDx Syracuse University is announcing speakers for its upcoming event April 21, 2018, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Slocum Auditorium.  This theme of this year’s event is NOW.  It is sponsored by the Syracuse University iSchool, the Ruth Ivor Foundation, and the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University.  Event details are here http://tedx.syr.edu

Speakers for this year’s event are being released here on a scheduled “teaser” basis:  http://tedx.syr.edu/events

Speakers announced to date include:

Jill Catherine —Jill was born and raised in Syracuse but currently living in Hawaii, is a wellness coach, mentor and body image educator who was previously the director of communications for the department of student affairs at Syracuse University. She will be discussing how our culture’s obsession with image-based body ideals can be reformed so we as people can reach our full potential.

Anthony DeMario —Anthony is a senior business development representative at Terakeet, and an on-air talent on HOT 107.9 Syracuse. He will be discussing his personal battles with anxiety and depression, being impacted by suicide, and the importance of sharing your unique voice to help others find their voice.

Duane Hughes —Duane is an executive in financial services in New York City. Entitled “Check Your Preference,” Duane’s talk will explore the origins of our preferences for certain types of people over others, how those preferences may affect our effectiveness at work and tangible strategies we can adopt to check our preferences and improve our results.

Jonathan Jackson –Jonathan is the Head of Corporate Brand and Co-Founder of Blavity, a media and technology company focused on empowering Black millennials, and a 2018 Knight Visiting Neiman Fellow at Harvard. He will be talking about how we perceive about Black people from places we have not heard of, and what it means to make it “out of nowhere.”

Elisee Joseph — Elisee is a statistician, Google programming scholar and an economics professor at Queens College and Marymount Manhattan College. He will be explaining how we can determine the outcome of a sporting event without the explicit use of a scoreboard.

Neha Kulkarni —Neha is a researcher, technologist, and world-backpacker. Her talk will discuss how ancient philosophy, when combined with empirical data, may be the best source of practical solutions/insights for today’s toughest issues.

Komal Sharma –Komal is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, and the winner of several pageants, such as Miss Teen India International 2012. She will be discussing her “elixir of life” and will be explaining her Theory of Imperfection.

John Torrens —John is an entrepreneurship professor at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University who is also the founder and president of multiple companies in health care and education. He will be examining how ADHD is an superpower for entrepreneurs, not a disability.

David Zuelta —David is a native of Colombia, is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University and the founder of ModoScript, a healthcare company that has received interest from some major players in the healthcare industry. He will be discussing the drug abuse epidemic in the United States and explain how to cut the cycle that leads to drug usage.