When: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 4 pm - 8 pm
Where: Smith Center at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, CA
ASL Interpreted Event
What (Theme): Breaking Free: (Re)defining the Undefined. In life, there are always new challenges that every human encounters. You try to learn something new, challenge emerges that prevents you from succeeding. You seek to grow, obstacles arise. You attempt to break patterns, you succumb to the familiar, the routine. There are stereotypes, norms, rules, forces that arise and prevent us from being the best version of ourselves. Join us in breaking free, to not let the defined hold us back. We owe it to ourselves to break free and redefine our life on our own terms.
Tickets: $20-$25. On sale now! Visit www.smithcenter.com to purchase your tickets today. Theatre has 400 seat capacity, so purchase your tickets now before they sell out.
Event Parking: $4 (without semester permit)
Organizer: Dustin Phan, Ohlone College student
Co-organizer/Faculty Coordinator: Larissa Favela, Brenda Ahntholz
Please contact Dustin Phan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a speaker.
For questions about the event contact Larissa Favela at email@example.com or call 510-659-6226.
TEDx Ohlone College: Speakers
Professor, Slam Poet, Artist
Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor and Director of African American & African Diaspora studies and holds an appointment in Gender & Sexuality Studies in the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Johnson is a creative scholar with a variety of interests, a published author, and he also mounted exhibitions at the California African American Museum where he managed the History Department. A renowned spoken word poet, Dr. Johnson is a three-time national poetry slam champion, an eight-time national finalist, and has appeared on appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, TVOnes Verses & Flow, The Steve Harvey Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, United Shades of America with Kamau Bell on CNN, and co-wrote a documentary titled Crossover, which aired on Showtime, in collaboration with the NBA and Nike. He is currently finishing up his first book of poems. Pronouns: he/him/his
In 2012, Antonio Reza was released from jail newly convicted of second-degree armed robbery and received a strike. Upon his release Antonio was determined to NOT become a statistic. Instead, he took advantage of his new found freedom as a second opportunity at life and decided to turn his life around. In 2013, he enrolled at Ohlone College where he graduated with 3 associate degrees before transferring to University of San Francisco. In 2018, he graduated from USF as valedictorian with a bachelor's degree in communication studies, minoring in legal studies and sociology. Currently, Antonio is in his first year of law school, attending Santa Clara University School of Law and is excited to study abroad in Oxford in summer 2020. Pronouns: he/him/his
Founder of LifeWork
David Corfield is an expert on the Future of Work and is passionate about empowering individuals to maximize their potential and happiness in an uncertain future. With his MBA and background in management consulting, David spends his time coaching freelancers on how to improve the business side of their freelance career, as well as advising organizations on how to utilize freelance talent effectively and ethically. He has also recently founded LifeWork - a platform that ensures freelancers get paid faster - as a step towards his mission of making remote freelancing a sustainable career choice. David’s other passions include his friends and family, traveling the world, and maintaining a healthy body and mind. Pronouns: he/him/his
Delia Danae Rawdon
Actress, Performance Artist, Mother
Delia Danae Rawdon, is an out and visible Transgender Woman living in Los Angeles with her wife and 3 children. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and presently works as an actress and performance artist. She is an active advocate for the Transgender Community and strives to break down the social constructs around gender and sexuality that society has put upon us. Pronouns: she/her/hers
External Affairs Area Manager for AT&T; Mountain View City Councilmember
Ellen Kamei is public policy professional and Mountain View City Councilmember. A third generation Mountain View resident, Ellen is the daughter of a Chinese and Puerto Rican American mother and a third-generation Japanese American father. Ellen serves as a board member on the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) and Avenidas. She is passionate about youth engagement and chairs the City’s Council Youth Services Committee. She is also a board member of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus. Her professional experience includes city, county, state, and federal government as well as politics and campaigns. Currently, she is an External Affairs Area Manager for AT&T in Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties. Ellen completed her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the UC Santa Barbara. She speaks Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, and English. Pronouns: she/her/hers.
Style Coach & Director, The Style Core
Erin Mathis has been styling women and men into greater confidence and opportunities for over a decade. Through her innovative online approach she coaches clients from around the world. Erin first experienced the power of a style transformation in her own life as a young woman, going from invisible to empowered—from overlooked to open doors. In 1994 she earned a bachelor's degree in visual communications from California State University Chico. A few years later, she met Image Industry pioneer, author and trainer—Carla Mathis, who would become her mentor, mother-in-law and business partner. Since 2003, their company, The Style Core, has grown as an international resource for training, products and services. Erin oversees the company’s Institute and global network of 350+ Image Consultants in 17 countries. She is passionate about helping people create style that is authentic and supports the impact they want to have in the world. Pronouns: she/her/hers
College Professor, Performance Artist
Isabel received her master's degree in fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently an Assistant Professor of Multimedia and Graphic Arts at Ohlone College. Prior to joining Ohlone, she taught courses in art, design and critical theory for California College of Arts (CCA), the University of California at Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork has been screened at international film festivals and her multimedia artwork has been featured in galleries and museums. For the TED talk, Isabel will appear with her husband and artistic collaborator, Sean Fletcher. Pronouns: she/her/hers
Student, Activist, Current Congressional Candidate
Sam Campbell is a student at San Francisco State University majoring in communication studies and minoring in queer ethnic studies. As an indigenous scholar they dedicate their time to advocating for indigenous rights and issues surrounding missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. As a queer studies scholar they continually fight for trans* and two Spirit equity along with safety advocacy. As a congressional candidate for the 2020 election, Sam is pulling the election focus off white men for the first time in many years in California's 15th district. In office Sam will be a voice for change and fight for people who are so often silenced. Pronouns: they/them
Jacquelyn Ollison. Ed.D. is a committed educator with extensive education experience as a teacher and school site, district, and state administrator. Aside from her tenure as a teacher, school Principal & Vice Principal, she also coordinated numerous educational programs. Dr. Ollison works at the California Department of Education (CDE), serving as an Education Administrator for the Equity Office and supports the State Superintendent’s Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative. Recently, Dr. Ollison earned her doctorate at the University of the Pacific. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education. She lives in Northern California with her husband, three stepchildren, and her dog Seo. Pronouns: she/her/hers
Professor and Lifelong Learner
Professor Jeff O’Connell is a proud community college graduate with an associate's degree from Diablo Valley College. He has his bachelor's degree in Applied Math from UC Davis and a master's in Math from San Jose State University. He started teaching in the Ohlone College Math Department in 1995. In addition to teaching classes, Jeff has given several speaker series talks, including Math is Beautiful, the Golden Ratio, Card Counting, as well as Math in the Movies and on T.V. He is one of the teachers in the Ohlone Math Gateway Program which helps STEM majors accelerate math courses while fulfilling other requirements. This past summer, he completed an Ignited Summer Fellowship in the Dynamic Design Lab at Stanford University where he studied design and control of motion, especially as it relates to vehicle safety. Pronouns: he/him/his
Cognitive Scientist, Neuroinclusivity Activist & Advocate, Entrepreneur
Nader Noori introduces himself as a Cognitive Scientist, Inclusivity Activist, Neurotechnology Entrepreneur and Neuroinclusivity Advocate. He earned his Ph.D. from USC by studying the human working memory. His research interests lie at the intersection of Cognitive Science and Cognitive Technology. He has worked as a researcher and scientific advisor to non-profit organizations such as ICCATS and MindLA. Dr. Noori is the founder and CEO of MindQue a public benefit corporation with Neuroinclusivity as its public cause. Before his graduate studies in the United States, Dr. Noori worked in a leadership position at the National Organization for Developing Exceptional Talents (NODET) in Tehran/Iran where he managed a large-scale experimental project for developing a multifaceted educational system to accommodate for a diverse set of cognitive and learning styles. His current efforts are focused on developing technologies which enable casual monitoring of the brain health for the ordinary users.
Professor, Ska Music Lover
Nick Chivers is a tenure-track faculty member of Communication Studies at De Anza College in Cupertino, and previously an adjunct instructor at several Bay Area Colleges and Universities. After receiving his master's of arts in communication studies from San Francisco State University, Nick’s work has focused on bringing social justice and critical theory into the community college classroom. He is a regular presenter at the Western States Communication Association annual conventions regarding application of critical communication pedagogy. He is also a lover of ska music and distance running. Pronouns: he/him/his
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