2019 Conference

CRUSHING THE COMFORT ZONE

TEDxUConn – October 6th 2019


           This Year’s Talented Speakers


Grace Cho
Grace founded Artrepreneur on the premise that artists were lacking the necessary tools and resources they needed to thrive in the creative economy. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services, media and...
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Brandon Emerick
I am a Sophomore Cognitive Science major at UConn, fascinated by how the mind works from multiple perspectives. It is extremely fun researching...
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Matthew Guberman-Pfeffer
Matthew J. Guberman-Pfeffer is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow pursuing his PhD under Dr. José A. Gascón at the University of Connecticut. From research on gold...
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Robert Hale
An award-winning educator, musician, and magician, Bob Hale has been making people wonder what he’s up to for years. For over a decade he has been influencing a new generation of teachers as an adjunct faculty member for the Neag School of Education. Bob served as...
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April Hernandez
Best known for her starring role as Eva Benitez in the award-winning film Freedom Writers where she acted alongside Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. April has also guest starred in...
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Fumiko Hoeft
Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD is Professor and Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at University of Connecticut (UConn). She also holds appointments at Haskins Laboratories and UCSF. She has held faculty positions at...
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Julie Mountcastle
Julie Mountcastle is Head of School and Grade Grade 2 Teacher at Slate School, where she developed and leads the school’s curiosity-driven curriculum that is both developmentally-appropriate and academically rigorous. Each child at...
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Bridget Oei
Bridget Oei is 23 from Hebron, Connecticut and a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Connecticut with an Honors degree in Environmental Chemistry. Bridget was a recipient...
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Monalisa Padhee
Monalisa Padhee is the Program Head of Women Wellness Initiative and Enriche Health at Barefoot College, a grassroots organization based in India. In her role, she works on conceptualizing...
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Ryan Small
Ryan is a senior studying Psychology and Anthropology, and is deeply involved with research at the intersection of spirituality and mental health. He is a member of the Systematic Health Action Research Program...
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Aysha Upchurch
Aysha Upchurch, the Dancing Diplomat, is a seed planter and soil agitator who creates, facilitates, and designs for radical change. This translates to her working as a sought after performer, instructor and education consultant whose work...
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