This year, Metro Jacksonville is proud to announce that we will be adding another TEDx Event to our sponsored coverage: In addition to TEDXJacksonville, we will also be there for the fourth TEDx talk sponsored by FSCJ. This year, the group has really stepped up their game, and will be presenting their series of talks on October 8. The theme this year is 'Engage'. TEDxFSCJ has revealed the presenters for the upcoming, which aims to elevate locally driven ideas ranging from arts education to rehabilitating shelter dogs. More after the jump!
TEDxFSCJ is a motivating one-day event inspired by TED and produced by a diverse group of FSCJ students, faculty and staff. This year’s theme of “Engage” challenges attendees to engage with ideas, social issues and different local Jacksonville communities.
TEDxFSCJ will feature talks from 10 speakers who directly or indirectly impact FSCJ and the Jacksonville community. Their presentations will convey thoughts and ideas that educate, ignite passion and leave a lasting impression. This year’s speakers and topics include:
Jared Rypkema – “The Role of Storytelling in the Community”
Jared Rypkema is a writer and community builder. He is the founder and executive director of Bridge Eight, Inc., a nonprofit publishing company based in Jacksonville, Florida.
A New Jersey native and graduate of the University of South Carolina, he has developed a love for the Southern landscape and the people who live in it. Today, he lives in downtown Jacksonville, where the city lights – and all they represent – shine through his windows.
Allishia Bauman – “Paying Positivity Forward with #withlovejax”
Allishia is a proud graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), where she was the first student government president for Open Campus/Deerwood Center. Allishia recently earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Leadership and Organizational Studies from the American Women's College at Bay Path University.
She spent several years with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, beginning as a featured student in the “ONE in THREE” art exhibition and “ONE by ONE” campaign. Prior to joining the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, she worked at FSCJ in the Office of the President, first as outreach coordinator and then operations associate. She is currently in her third year working for City Year Jacksonville, where she has held roles such as teacher pipeline coordinator; corps support and career services manager; learning and development manager; and now chief of staff.
An alumna of Jacksonville's Collegiate Leadership Experience (Leadership Jacksonville) class of 2012, Allishia was also a member of Jacksonville's Downtown Rotaract and has been involved in organizations such as The Self Movement, Take Stock in Children, Mayor Brown's Learn to Earn Camp and Youth Leadership Jacksonville. She is currently a board member for the Leading Ladies 904 group and a member of the community advisory team for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, where she has been a part of their Power Up Jax team, an emcee for the “ONE by ONE” Convention and dedicated volunteer.