TEDxJacksonville Speaker Lineup

TEDxJacksonville invites you to attend this year’s “Fear Less” conference at the Florida Theatre. The October 22ndevent will play host to 12 speakers who will encourage the audience to embrace the emotion of fear.


Dr. Tracy Alloway, Jacksonville — Psychology professor at UNF specializing in the understanding of working memory and expert in how social media and technology affect empathy, memory and attention span

Rick Baker, St. Petersburg — Former mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., and nationally recognized speaker on city leadership and urban revitalization

Gary Chartrand, Ponte Vedra Beach — Philanthropist, STEM advocate with a passion for children’s education and member of the Florida Board of Education

Gay Culverhouse, Fernandina Beach — Former president of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a leading national voice on the impact of brain injuries

Cornelia Dinca, Amsterdam, The Netherlands — Expert in urban and regional planning with a passion for building smart, sustainable and livable cities

Dane Grey, Jacksonville — African-American who overcame challenges as a Jamaican immigrant to become an entrepreneur and build a multi-million dollar business

Jeanine Hoff, Saint Johns — Singer who became a mental health and suicide prevention advocate after struggling with depression and axiety

Sheena Koshy, Silver Springs, Maryland — Adult third-culture kid who endured a costly, 15-year path through the legal process to become a U.S. citizen

Donna Orender, Jacksonville Beach — Former president and commissioner of the WNBA who is a highly respected leader in business innovation and CEO of Generation W

Mark Tumeo, Jacksonville — Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at UNF, former legislative fellow for the U.S. Senate and former risk assessment fellow for the USDA

JeffriAnne Wilder, Jacksonville — Founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at UNF and sociologist specializing in diversity, race relations and gender issues

Amber Yang, Windermere — 17-year-old astrodynamics researcher, who has been recognized by MIT and NASA among other awards and who has served as keynote speaker at the European Organization for Nuclear Research

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