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TEDxGeorgetown 2017: Disruptors

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Gaston Hall - Georgetown University

3700 O St NW

Washington, DC 20057

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The theme of this year’s conference is Disruptors. In changing times and constraining situations, disruptors courageously pivot from the status quo to drive change. They challenge stereotypes, uproot injustice, and stand firm in the face of opposition. On October 28, in Gaston Hall, a group of selected Georgetown students, faculty and community members will present their TEDx Talks to a live audience on how they themselves have been disruptors or witnessed moments of disruption.

Doors open at 9am, conference starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. Schedule is subject to change. A sign language interpreter will be present throughout the event.

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Mélisande Short-Colomb COL '21: Will talk about her experience as an admitted student through the legacy program as a descendant of the 272 enslaved people that Georgetown sold, attending Georgetown as a freshman at the age of 63.

Luis Rosales MSB '19: Will speak about his experience as an undocumented student and the meaning of an immigrant in America.

Matthew Wang MSB '18: Was unable to speak until he was 9 and now owns his own company, and will tell the story of his trajectory.

Jenna Clifford COL '18: Will share her research into her own community in rural Maine and speak about college accessibility.

Thana Hasan GSAS'18: Will use poetry to describe her experience living in America while her home of Libya remains war torn.

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 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.

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

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

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. TEDx is a new program that enables local communities such as universities, businesses, libraries, neighbourhoods or just groups of friends to organise, design and host their own independent, TED-like events.

For more information, check out our website here: http://www.tedxgeorgetown.org/

And our Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/tedxgeorgetown/

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