TEDxBrowardCollege Announces Speakers and Schedule

Titled "Ignite and Inspire," the series will focus on the progression of ideas within art, culture, technology, and science

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (Feb. 4, 2019) – Broward College has been licensed to host TEDxBrowardCollege by TED, a nonpartisan non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks, to produce its second TEDx event.

Titled "Ignite and Inspire," TEDxBrowardCollege invites students, faculty, and community speakers to present compelling, interdisciplinary talks related to the progression of ideas within art, culture, technology, science, and society. The event is scheduled for Friday evening, March 15th at the Performing and Cultural Arts Theater (PCAT) located on the Broward College South Campus.

TEDxBrowardCollege will consist of two sessions. Each session will highlight four speakers. The talks are designed to serve as a means of sharing "ideas worth spreading." The invitation-only event will begin with an introduction at 4:15 p.m. and speakers taking the stage at 4:30 p.m. The evening will continue with an intermission following the first four speakers and end with a chance for all attendees to meet with each speaker.

Schedule of Speakers

March 15, 2019 | 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Technology and its Impact in the Operating Room (Dr. John Malloy) - Dr. Malloy has pioneered the use of technology both in and prior to spinal surgery. His talk will be concentrating on new technologies and techniques in spinal surgeries that treat musculoskeletal and spinal injuries and disorders. His techniques involving new technologies continues to change lives for the better. As a published author and national and international speaker he has influenced surgeons from all over the world.

Innovate What's in Your Way (Natalie Butto) - What's Your Problem? We may see problems as negative. However, problems motivate us. They fuel creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in business and in life. What's in the way may actually be the way. Butto is currently a management professor at Broward College and has previously worked as a Fortune 500 in-house legal counsel and executive.

Task Oriented Workforce (Chris Palermo) –Twenty years ago, many people were hired and spent their entire career at one company. This is not the case anymore. People who are currently working as well as those about to enter the workforce need to be prepared for today's working environment, not their parents or grandparents. Palermo is founder and CEO of Global Communication Networks (GCN), one of the fastest growing U.S. firms which represents more than 150 service providers worldwide.

We Need More Boundaries, Less Walls (Kai Zwiebel) - The moment we are able to accept our individuality and, at the same time, look to connect to those around us, we set up boundaries. Zwiebel will discuss how individuals creating boundaries can positively affect humanity on a larger scale. Zwiebel will graduate with her Associate of Arts in May 2019 and plans to pursue a Doctorate in Anthropology.

Culture Trumps Strategy and Goals Every Time (Mark Alfieri) - Yearly and quarterly goals are created by most managers/coaches or even parents. This is the traditional way of thinking. It has been shown that the day to day culture of a group that will contribute to their success more than these arbitrary goals. Alfieri will discuss how the day to day work environment contributes to business success. Alfieri is the CEO of BrandStar, a full-service content marketing agency.

The Strides in Debate (Joseph Loffredo) – Loffredo is a debate competitor for Cooper City High School and Broward College. He will discuss how debate influences future citizens and how debate helped him to find his voice. After years of silence, debate rose to the occasion and brought upon Loffredo, the powers of intelligent conversations and he's exploring the idea of debate helping others to find their voice in our society. Loffredo was the champion speaker in Lincoln Douglas Debate and 3rd place at the FCSAA State Forensics Tournament in Parliamentary Debate.

The Dropped Baton (Brandon Gibson) - Entrepreneurs do not go into business to eventually become bankrupt. Entrepreneurs go into business for longevity to create an idea, service or product that continues for generations. To effectively create this, entrepreneurs need the reinforcement of the right ideas and expertise in business ownership. Gibson has served as Club President for Greatness in the Making (G.I.M.), a Broward College initiative with the mission to assist students in assimilating into today's workforce in a fun and interactive setting.

Social Justice Parenting (Traci Baxley) – Baxley will discuss new ideas in parenting styles used in our current social climate that can lead to more curiosity for learning and turning fear into motivation for positive change. Baxley is the founder and CEO of BrownSchooling, a consulting company that offers professional development in equity practices for schools/organizations and provides a medium through which families can experience and practice radical love.

The TEDxBrowardCollege event was organized by Associate Vice President of Workforce Education, Innovation, and Impact, Henry Mack; and Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Walter Burton.

Location: Broward College, Performing and Cultural Arts Theatre (PCAT)
South Campus, Building 68B, 7200 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.

Parking is free and accessible to guests immediately in front of the building.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on TED.com and other channels.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.

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