TEDxJacksonville 2016: "Fear Less" Conference

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Already sold out and two weeks away, TEDxJacksonville's "Fear Less" conference will be lived blogged by MetroJacksonville. In the months following the event, MetroJacksonville will upload the Talks from the conference. Look for the live blog on Saturday, October 22, at the Florida Theatre.

"For the first time, TEDxJacksonville will host interactive engagement activities as part of a street closure — Forsyth Street in front of the Florida Theatre.

Hope McMath, director of The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, will return as conference co-host, and be joined by Madeline Scales-Taylor, community volunteer and a trustee of the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida.

The annual conference, now in its fifth year, has sold out every year since its inception as the TEDxRiversideAvondale conference in 2012.

This year’s conference theme, “Fear Less,” embraces the fact that humanity’s oldest and strongest emotion is fear. But to live fully — to risk boldly and embrace new challenges — requires that we learn to face fear and be free of it. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of ourselves or the opinions of others — what might we accomplish if focused on what motivates us into action, not what prevents us?

Reach beyond your bubble. Be audacious. Fail forward. Let urgency conquer apprehension. At this year’s TEDxJacksonville conference, we will reject fearful and be fearless."

Speaker line up:

Facebook Fearless: How social media can be good for you

Dr. Tracy Alloway, Jacksonville — Psychology professor at UNF specialising in the understanding of working memory and expert in how social media and technology affect empathy, memory and attention span.

The ubiquitous use of social media has caused many to fear that these personalized  technology platforms are creating a generation that is narcissistic and self-obsessed. But before we dismiss personalized technology as the perpetrator of our current societal ills, Professor Alloway argues that we must take a closer look at how social media can improve not only our memory of events, but also the way in which we observe our own lives and relate to those around us.

Tracy Packiam Alloway is a Psychology professor and Graduate Program Director at the University of North Florida. She was awarded an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015), as well as the Outstanding International Leadership Award (2014). She was also the recipient of the prestigious Joseph Lister Award (for outstanding skills in communicating to a non-specialist audience) from the British Science Association. Tracy’s research has contributed to the scientific understanding of working memory, and specifically in relation to education and learning needs. She has presented her research to national organizations such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and as well as internationally to organizations such as the Japanese Society for Developmental Psychology and the Center on Research on Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk in Germany, among others. She also provided advice to the World Bank on the impact of memory and learning in deprived populations. In addition to over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, seven books, and two standardized test batteries on the topic of working memory, her work also has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and many others. She blogs for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

Building Seamless Cities

Rick Baker, St. Petersburg — Former mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., and nationally recognized speaker on city leadership and urban revitalization.

America has entered an era of re-urbanization. As cities gain renewed growth and prominence, it is important that they be governed with a strategic approach that focuses on safety, quality of life and financial stability. Rick Baker, the former mayor of St. Petersburg, argues that a primary governing principal should be to make each city “seamless,” with no section underserved or overlooked.

Rick Baker has been a business acquisition lawyer, a law firm President, a university Vice President, and now is President of a St. Petersburg-based company involved in development, hotels, real estate, sports, entertainment and hospitality. From 2001 to 2010, he served as mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida’s fourth largest city. Under Mayor Baker’s leadership, St. Petersburg experienced a renaissance unmatched in city history. In 2008, Mayor Baker was named America’s Mayor/Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. In 2011, Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon named Baker”America’s greatest mayor of the decade.” Baker chaired the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida, chaired the Florida Statewide Water Congress, chaired the Florida Governor’s Municipal Mentoring Initiative, vice chaired the Florida Governor’s Energy ActionTeam, chaired the Florida Governor’s Transportation, Environmental Protection, Community Affairs and Fish and Wildlife Transition Teams, and co-chaired the Florida Attorney General’s Transition Team. Baker holds a B.S., an M.B.A., and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from FSU where he was Senior Class President. He studied comparative law at Oxford University. He served as legal intern to Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton, and law clerk to Governor Bob Graham’s special counsel. Baker is an adjunct fellow of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership based in New York City. He has authored two books: Mangroves to Major League in 2000, a history of St. Petersburg; and The Seamless City in 2011, about city leadership and urban revitalization. Baker has been married to his wife, Joyce, for thirty years and they have raised two college-age children.

It's Okay To Be Unreasonable

Gary Chartrand, Ponte Vedra Beach — Philanthropist, STEM advocate with a passion for children’s education and member of the Florida Board of Education.

George Bernard Shaw famously observed that “all progress comes from unreasonable people.” It’s a philosophy philanthropist Gary Chartrand has embraced over the course of his decades-long fight to ensure that Florida children have access to a strong public educational system that embraces 21st-century skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Only by reforming America’s public school system, argues Chartrand, will we develop the next generation of problem solvers.

Gary Chartrand is the Executive Chairman of Acosta Sales and Marketing. Acosta is a leading full-service sales and marketing agency, providing outsourced sales, merchandising, marketing and promotional services to manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. The company employs over 40,000 associates and operates 100 offices in the U.S. and Canada. Chartrand was the pivotal force behind quadrupling the company’s geographic coverage, transforming Acosta into the first national full-service sales and marketing company in the U.S. and Canada. Gary received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida in May 2001, and has been an extraordinary leader in his industry and his community. From 2003 to 2009 Mr. Chartrand was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful leaders in the grocery industry by Supermarket News. Mr. Chartrand also has a passion for educating the children of Duval County and the State of Florida. In April 2007, he led a community effort to bring Teach for America to Jacksonville. In June of 2009 Gary and his wife Nancy made a pledge gift of $1Million dollars to KIPP schools of Jacksonville. The first KIPP School in Florida opened in August of 2010. Because of his passion for education coupled with his business experience and leadership, Governor Rick Scott appointed Mr. Chartrand to the State Board of Education in 2011. He served as Chair of the State Board in 2014 and 2015. Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, City Year, and is currently Chair of the board of the KIPP schools of Jacksonville, FL. He is also Chair of the Northeast Florida STEM HUB. Gary is involved in Guardian of Dreams, Catholic schools and the Diocese of St. Augustine. Gary is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Gary and Nancy reside in Ponte Vedra Beach and have two children, Jeffrey and Meredith.

Helmets Don't Work and Never Will

Dr. Gay Culverhouse, Fernandina Beach — Former president of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers who has become a leading national voice on the impact of brain injuries.

Dr. Gay Culverhouse was the highest ranking woman in the National Football League for ten years. As the president of the Tampa Bay Buccanners, she had an insider’s view of the NFL and the devasting effect of sports-related head injuries on the countless players the League claimed to care about. In 2009, Culverhouse testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries, and offered a blistering assessment of the NFL’s treatment of its former players. With a passion to save brains no matter whom she angered, she subsequently formed the Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program, Inc., whose mission is to help retired NFL players access the benefits to which they are entitled.

Gay Culverhouse is a sought-out expert in the field of concussion and head injury prevention. She has a master’s degree in mental retardation, and a doctorate in special education from Columbia University, and was on the faculty of the medical school at the University of South Florida. She served as President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, President of Notre Dame College of Ohio, and Executive Director of The Cooke Center for Learning and Development. Culverhouse is also the author of Throwaway Players: The concussion crisis from Pee Wee football to the NFL. An advocate for many non-profits, Culverhouse has served on twenty-four non-profit boards in and around Tampa Bay, as well as on the boards of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, All Childrens’s Hospital, Women’s Hospital, and the Moffitt Cancer and Research Center.

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