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​Tallahassee Community College will host its first TEDx event on February 27, 2014 at the Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education. ​
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 TEDxTCC, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxTCC 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.

TEDxTCC 2015
February 18, 2015
Tallahassee Community College
Turner Auditorium

 TEDxTCC 2015 Tickets


 About TEDx


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.


 The Team


Mike Coleman - Organizer

Emily Fox - Co-Chair

Ryan Rogers - Co-Chair

Tavarius Eberhart - Graphics/Publicity

Braze Brickwedel - Speakers




 TEDxTCC 2015


Gerald Djajaputra

Master of Ceremonies

Gerald Djajaputra is a student in his last semester at TCC. Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, he aspires to graduate from Tallahassee Community College, and transfer to a four year university, where he will major in Political Science and Economics and pursue a career in politics. Gerald is captain of TCC’s renowned Forensics Speech and Debate Team, he regularly advances to the final rounds of extemporaneous/impromptu and public address speaking events, and is also the 2014 Florida College Systems Activities Association (FCSAA) State Champion in Persuasive Speaking. Gerald serves as a student representative on the FCSAA Executive Board, which decide policies regarding academic and sports related activities. Gerald expects to use his college degree to give back to a community that has given him so many opportunities.

Farrah Youn
Being an Asian American

Farrah Youn is a college student at Tallahassee Community College with aspirations of continuing her education through Florida State University. She hopes to fulfill a career with Speech and Pathology as a speech therapist. Outside of her education, Farrah works part-time for Florida Fish and Wildlife as well as tutoring. She is passionate about writing, and is in the process of starting a non-profit tutoring organization with her family in the future.


Bret Ingerman

Why isn't technology more helpful and why don't we seem to care


Bret Ingerman is the Vice President for Information Technology at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) in Tallahassee, Florida. He serves as the chief information officer and as a member of TCC’s executive team. In this role, Mr. Ingerman is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction for technology at the College.  Information Technology supports all aspects of technology at TCC including computing, telecommunications, networking (both data and voice) and audiovisual, and supports all members of the TCC community in the use of technology to support and enhance teaching, learning, and administrative functions. Mr. Ingerman is currently the Executive Sponsor for the College’s implementation of the Workday Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, the largest technological undertaking in TCC’s history, and the College’s partnership with Workday to design a new Student Information System (SIS)

Prior to coming to TCC, Mr. Ingerman was the Vice President for Computing and Information Services at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY).  In addition to responsibilities for all aspects of technology at Vassar, Mr. Ingerman also oversaw the campus Card Office (including ID cards, door access, vending, video surveillance, and off-campus merchant sales) as well as a retail computer (and computer related) store.  Prior to Vassar, Mr. Ingerman was the Chief Technology Officer at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, N.Y).  Prior to that he held a number of positions at Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR) including Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, Executive Director of Information Technology, and Director of Academic Technologies.  Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Syracuse University including Manager of the Advanced Applications Group within Computer Services.

Mr. Ingerman received an M.S. degree in psychology and a B.S. degree in psychology from Syracuse University. He has taught graduate courses and served as an academic advisor, and is also a published author.

Active nationally in the field of educational technology, Ingerman most recently served as Chair of the EDUCAUSE Current Issues Committee and has also served on their Professional Development Committee.  He has served as Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC), and as Secretary of the Board of NERCOMP (North East Regional Computing Program).  He also coordinated the EDUCASE Small College Constituent group for over a decade.

A frequent presenter on a wide range of topics, Mr. Ingerman has been invited to speak at a number or local, regional, national and international conferences.  Recent topics have included data security and managing an IT organization in a time of financial uncertainty.

Nicolette L. Costantino
Yoga: Healing through Movement and Observation


Nicolette is in the process of becoming. She nurses chronic wanderlust, and has a habit of gazing at the night sky, lusting after the ocean, eyeing surfboards, sprawling on her screened-in porch, carting her Tibetan singing bowl around, rescuing geckos that wander indoors, scheming new yoga playlists, binging on cheese, and writing her way through. She makes choices after asking, “What am I hungry for?” This credo, so far, has meant becoming a 200-hour registered yoga instructor, acquiring an English master’s degree, teaching college composition, and completing Level Two Reiki Therapy training. Her volunteer teaching with the Boys and Girls Club inspired her to publish an essay on kids yoga, titled, “A Yoga Story with Sprinkles” in Elephant Journal. She is currently pursuing her 500-hour yoga teacher training and working to host a combined workshop for classroom and kids yoga at the studio where she teaches. Nicolette finds that her roles as a yoga instructor and as Assistant Professor of English allow her to guide others to make life discoveries through a life practice.

Micah Widen & Lucas Lindsey
We give entrepreneurs a home

Lourena Maxwell

Tales of the Detoxic Life

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                                                                                            Lourena Maxwell has over twelve years of admissions, enrollment, advising, and leadership experience in higher education.  She has worked in both private and public post-secondary institutions and brings valuable experience from these institutions into her current position as Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services at Tallahassee Community College.  In her current professional role, Lourena oversees college testing services, pre-college activities including high school dual enrollment and recruitment, new student orientation, admissions processes, and international student services.  Additionally, Lourena has over ten years of experience in adjunct college instruction in the subject areas of developmental English, reading and college/university success courses.

Her specific areas of expertise include teaching others self-advocacy, relationship building, strategic enrollment management, career coaching and skill development, recruitment, personality and image transformation, and program design and training.

Lourena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling, both from Thomas University.  In her community, Lourena is active with groups that promote literacy, self-awareness, equal rights, and HIV/AIDS awareness and education.



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