Check out this year's student speakers!

    Jenna Clifford


    Check out a sneak peek of Jenna's talk here!

    Matthew Wang


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    Luis Rosales


    Check out a sneak peek of Luis' talk here!

    Thana Hasan


    Check out a sneak peek of Thana's talk here!

    Melisande Short-Colomb


    Check out a sneak peek of Melisande's talk here!


    Take a look at this years speakers!

    External Speakers

    Lise Howard: Government professor at Georgetown who will speak about UN Peace Keeping.


    Ahmad Ashkar: CEO and Founder of the Hult Prize Foundation, the world’s foremost platform for the creation and launch of for-good, for-profit startups emerging from universities, awarding 1M USD each year to the winning start-up. He is also the founder of Falafel Inc. a falafel company that promotes social impact by employing and giving back to refugees.


    Pedro Espinoza: Founder and CEO of SmileyGo. As one of the only Latino CEOs in Silicon Valley Pedro works to connect large corporations with smaller local non-profits and charities and manage their relationship and impact.


    Jeff Galvin: Founder and CEO of American Gene Technologies who will speak about his company's upcoming gene-therapy cure for HIV.

  • FAQ

    Important information for the day of the conference!


    • Doors open till 9:30 AM
    • Registration runs until 10:20 AM
    • Event begins at 10:30 @ Gaston Hall (Floor 3 of Healy Hall)


    • GoCard if you are GU-affiliated
    • Government issued ID for outside audience



    • Attendees do not need to stay all day, but please arrive at the start of the session you plan on attending and plan to stay throughout the session

    • An ASL interpreter will be present the entire time


    • Coffee will be provided in the morning 
    • Lunch will be available for purchase at tasTED
    • Please check the schedule tab for when lunch is 


    • Use the hashtags #TEDxGU and #disruptors throughout the day


    • Sponsored deals and coupons will be sent to attendee emails based on Eventbrite registration

    Take a look at the speakers for the 2016 Conference

    Better Communication | Anthony Anderson

    HIV is affecting the African American community at higher rates than any other racial or ethnic group. In his talk, Anderson shares his experience of becoming HIV positive and finding himself again as a black HIV positive gay man.

    Unsung Heroes | Febin Bellamy

    Graduating high school with a 1.2 GPA, Bellamy’s tipping point in life revolutionized the way he viewed his education and changed his whole perspective on life. In his talk, he reflects on experiences after his high school graduation that led to his acceptance to Georgetown University, and the inspiration behind his initiative-- Unsung Heroes.

    Modern-Day Anomie| Jeong Whan Park


    Thanks to technological advancement, we can now connect and interact with others more easily than we could at any other point in the history of mankind. In this talk, find out why such seemingly positive change has paradoxically projected itself onto our society in the negative form of an increasing suicide rate.

    Undocumented and Unafraid | Agnes Lee

    Twelve million undocumented immigrants in the United States live along the shadows of society, fearing deportation and separation from their families. In this talk, learn about the silenced, secret life of one undocumented immigrant and the community that empowered Agnes to reach her tipping point.

    Unprecedented | Andrew Morse

    This election is unlike any one before and will change the game moving forward. Morse talks about how CNN prepared to cover this unprecedented election, with a total revamp of its political coverage and digital coverage and digital team to dominate as the number one political news outlet throughout the 2016 campaign.

    The Mission Continues | Mary Beth Bruggeman

    Bruggeman served eight years with the U.S. Marine Corps, where her service included leading a company of Marines into Iraq during the 2003 invasion. In her talk, Bruggeman focuses on finding courage and power in embracing difference and advocating for change as a woman Marine.

    Bye Rachel - Being a Biracial Woman in America | Summer Durant

    Intersectional identities challenge the schemas human beings use to categorize themselves. As a result, mixed race people can create tension simply by identifying contrary to how they present or are perceived. The same is true with gender and sexuality. In this talk, Summer discovers how slam poetry can be used to embrace conflicting aspects of your identity by using spoken word to frame your thoughts and explore hidden parts of yourself.

    Virtually Impossible - The Revolution within Yourself | Amina Gerrbi

    Every day we unconsciously make decisions based on our limiting beliefs and what society has articulated to be “realistic” or “unrealistic” for us. Gerrbi talks about her experience living through the Arab Spring and how she miraculously ended up at Georgetown. In this talk, learn how to break societal norms and overcome any challenge you face in order to maximize your human potential.

    The Photographical Tipping Point of the Refugee Crisis | Elizabeth Ferris

    The photo of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian refugee toddler washed up on a beach, became a tipping point for the refugee crisis and advocacy movement. This photo galvanized world opinion that there was a global and very basic human responsibility to refugees. Find out how this led to two UN Summits and the mobilization of global public empathy on behalf of refugees, by more importantly, why tipping points aren’t enough.

    Pith | Jonah Reider

    While at Columbia University, Jonah created Pith, a renowned supper club in his dorm room. Pith is now an eclectic undertaking to integrate dining into the realms of art, music, design, and entertainment. Jonah’s upcoming web series Nice Food For Not Much premiers in 2016.

  • TEAM

    TEDxGeorgetown is an event supported by The President’s Office, under the leadership of President DeGioia. Student leaders collaborate with President DeGioia and his Office in hosting this event. Please see below for a list of team members.

    Primary License Holder

    President DeGioia


    Gigi Grimes


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "Underwater Astonishments" by David Gallo. Gallo divulges the character of the creatures he studies and provides an incredibly humanizing and empathetic view of life in the deep sea.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    The dumbest way I have injured myself was during a pie eating contest in front of my entire high school. Eager to win, I dove into the pie (face first). Everyone thought my pie was cherry until about a quarter of the way through I lifted up my face and we realized that I had a nose bleed (I know so gross). I then had to spend the rest of the contest in the nurses office making sure I didn't break my nose on a whipped cream pie. I have yet to participate in a pie eating contest since.


    Lauren Stricker


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "The Power of Vulnerability" by Brene Brown. Brown humanizes vulnerability and encourages us to lean into discomfort by telling relatable, hilarious, and genuine stories about her own struggle against shame.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    I got a little overeager doing a stair workout on the Exorcist steps one day and stubbornly tried to match the number of repetitions as the men working out next to me. The following day my muscles were pure jelly, and I limped around my office so pathetically that my boss told me to go home.

    Chief of Staff

    Caroline Moley


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "The Surprising Science of Happiness" by Dan Gilbert. This TEDxTalk challenges the notion that if we do not get what we want we will never be happy. Instead, our “psychological immune system” is resilient and allows us to be happy even if things don’t go as planned.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    When I was in 5th grade, I was on a ski team. Being an overly confident 10 year old, I thought that I was an amazing skier so I decided to go on a double black diamond slope and ski straight down without turning so I could go as fast as possible. In doing so, I ended up running into a much larger 50 year old man. This led to me and the man tumbling down the hill. I ended up breaking my leg due to my overconfidence in my ski racing skills. The man left unharmed but a little triggered that he assisted in breaking the leg of a 10 year old.

    Senior Advisor

    Maddie Schwartz


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "How I Hacked Online Dating" by Amy Web.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    I drilled my finger in shop class in third grade.

    Lecture Fund Liaison

    Will Linde


    1. Favorite TEDTalk                                             Beware online "filter bubbles" by Eli   Pariser. This TEDTalk
      reminds us all now more than ever we must push ourselves and engage with others to know
      better and do better. 
    2. Dumbest way you've been injured                   As a curious kindergartner, I wanted to see if I could move on my scooter without pushing it. Unfortunately, the scooter ran out of momentum and my collarbone hit the handle and broke. I hid my sling under a kimono in a photo for my class' "trip to Japan" and learned a valuable physics lesson.

    Director of Speakers

    Shifaa Alsairafi


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "We should all be feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This speech offers its listeners a unique definition of feminism, one that is based on the personal narrative of Chimamanda Adichie.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    I was on an ATV in the desert in Dubai, and I thought it would a good idea to speed up a hill so the downhill would be more fun. Little did I know that there was a bush right below the peak that stopped my momentum and pushed me off the vehicle. I ended up with a dislocated elbow and a heavy cast to remind me of the dangers of shortsightedness.

    Director of Finance

    Carol Yuan


    Director of Logistics

    Stephanie Lu


    1. Favorite TEDTalk                                                 "Your body language may shape who you are" by Amy Cuddy
    2. Dumbest way you've been                                        I slipped on some slush while wearing heels and tumbled down the staircase and lost consciousness...luckily no broken bones except for my pride

    Director of Marketing & Comms

    Rachel Skaar


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "How to make stress your friend" by Kelly McGonigal

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    Sophomore year, I fell down the dangerous Village A steps and ended up in the ER with a torn tendon in my ankle. After 5 weeks in a boot, months in physical therapy, and 2 years later, I'm still embarrassed

    Speaker Liaison

    Rayo Adenuga


    1. Favorite TEDTalk                                                   "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
    2. Dumbest way you've been injured           While I was giving a Blue & Gray tour, I tripped over Jack the Bulldog since I was walking backwards. Ego was definitely bruised after that but luckily didn't break anything. 

    Speaker Liaison

    Jesse Jacobs


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "The Best Stats You've Ever Seen" by Hans Rosling.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    When I was five, I was naturally excited about recess. As I was running to the yard, the gate swung shut and the metal latch hit my eye and sent me to the ER. Luckily, I had no permanent damage but eye jokes seemed infinite from the family.

    Deputy of Finance

    Alice Wang


    1. Favorite TEDTak

    "The Transformative Power of Classical Music" by Benjamin Zander.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    I was frying chicken and decided to swing the chicken into the oil "for fun." Ha oops.

    Deputy of Logistics

    Nitya Biyani


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "Underwater Astonishments" by David Gallo's because I love scuba diving.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured  

    Once when I was in the 8th grade, I was playing soccer with my brother in the hallway of our house. It was a long and narrow corridor with our goals on either end. I was about to take a penalty but I missed and my foot crashed into the wall, and I broke my pinky toe.

    Deputy of Logistics

    Max Fiege


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "Life at 30,000 Feet" by Richard Branson. Branson has always stood out to me as an individual who reaped immense success without ever sacrificing his personality, or selling out to a more traditional crowd. In recounting his career, I'm inspired to pursue my entrepreneurial aspirations in a way that confirms my charismatic identity while generating positive social impact.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    My dumbest injury came in my sophomore year at Georgetown, when I managed to simultaneously drop a weight on both my foot and phone at the gym. A sprained foot and a cracked screen later, I had to do my best not to make a scene, and came to lament my clumsy self every time I took out my phone going forward.

    Deputy of Marketing

    Franz Sandil


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life" by Danielle Feinberg because of Pixar's ability to create stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    When I was 7 years old, my driver in the Philippines was bringing me and my brother home from school. I sat on the front passenger seat while my brother was seated in the back. This was a time when I hyper and absolutely had no control. On the way home I decided to to take the drivers wheel, and coincidentally there was a mother and daughter crossing the road. So the driver took a very sharp left turn and I then I hear a loud thump. I had hit my head on the windshield and a spiderweb of cracks appeared. Thankfully, I didn't suffer any concussions.

    Deputy of Communications

    Nathan DeGallery


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "Beats that defy boxes" by Reggie Watts. Huge fan because of these ten minutes.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    Long story short but I tried fireworks in the forest once.

    Creative Director

    Kevin Durham


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "This is Saturn" by Carolyn Porco.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    In middle school while running I accidentally kicked a pole and breaking my pinky toe and almost ripping it off of my foot.




    Michael Castano


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    Tinker Hatfield - VP of Creative Design at Nike, Inc.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    I sprained my ankle moving my luggage from LXR to Henle on move-in day this year :)


    Elizabeth Park


    1. Favorite TEDTalk

    "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    2. Dumbest way you've been injured

    Trying to jump over the tennis court net and losing my two front teeth. I ended up having to get an expensive teeth implant two years ago. (Sorry Mom.)


    Rachel Tao


    1. Favorite TEDTalk                                                 "Why we have too few women leaders" by Sheryl Sandberg because Sandberg digs deep into our problem of having too few women in the workforce and how to change it.  
    2. Dumbest way you've been injured                       I was walking down the stairs and texting...next thing you know I'm laying on the ground with a broken toe. 


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