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Defining Your Legacy

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUSFSM, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUSFSM event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

For more information about the TEDx Program, click here.

Applications officially closed on September 26th, 2019.

Meet the Speakers

Speakers include alumni, current faculty, as well as engaging local members of the Sarasota-Manatee community. Their original ideas will be showcased within the beautiful Selby Auditorium on the USFSM campus, where an audience of 100 attendees will get the chance to witness the live recording of the talks.

John Mann, Ph.D.

With a diverse background in leadership and educational development, Dr. Mann has presented over 100 different leadership trainings, workshops, and keynotes.

Elaine Mendoza

Elaine left her safe corporate job in 2015 to pursue a happier life and explore the world in the context of labels. With an understanding of labels, Elaine is empowered to spark change.

Thuy Nguyen

Seven years ago, Thuy realized she wasn't where she wanted to be in life and felt she needed a change. Since then, she has tried something new every single week.

Lukas Oest

Born in Germany and moving to the United States in 2013, Lukas is a decorated USFSM Alumni. He is currently the Head of Global Marketing for Florida Worldwide Citrus.

Lisa Penney, Ph.D.

Currently a Professor of Management at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, she pushes her students to better understand what makes up the stress of their daily lives.

Simi Ranajee, Ph.D.

Dr. Ranajee is the former Miss India Worldwide, who after winning went on to get her Doctorate and found her own company known as IMISCO.

Shannon Rohrer-Phillips

As CEO of SRP, LLC Shannon has over 27 combined years of experience as both a social entrepreneur and advocate for women, children and families.

Crishuana Williams

Crishuana has been drawn to narratives ever since she could read. This passion lead to working in libraries; she is the Senior Technical Assistant at Sarasota’s Jane Banecroft Library.

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