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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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

TEDxMiami Leadership Team

Paola Correa, TEDxMiami Executive Director; Client Partner Marketing Lead at 500 Startups: I'm so excited to bring together Miami's thought leaders, ideas, and most important conversations during a very special moment in time. Together, we are reimagining life after a pandemic and we get to highlight amazing stories in our community. Thank you for helping us celebrate our city's most notable ideas worth spreading! 

Flavia da Matta, TEDxMiami Event Production Director; Creative Director at Casamatta Creative Content: My passion is storytelling and when I chose Miami as my home away from home almost 10 years ago I knew the city and its diverse population had amazing stories to tell and ideas worth spreading. Super excited to be part of this amazing group and be able to raise awareness of themes so dear to the city like culture, architecture, art and technology and happy to give back to this wonderful community.  

Vanitha Preston, TEDxMiami Strategic Community Engagement Director; Technology Executive at Bacardi: As a resident of Miami of 6 years, I am very excited to be a part of a growing movement to make Miami the next innovation and technology hub. My passions are building humane technology, creating a future that is inclusive and equitable, and espousing the spirit of optimism in everything I do. I have been active in fields of tech innovation, amplifying causes for underserved groups and giving back to the community via engagement for 15+ years. 

Vivian Belzaguy, TEDxMiami Sustainability Director; Founder of Ascendance Sustainability Group: I have a passion for engaging communities in taking better care of our planet and I've executed sustainability programs that have reached millions of people and have touched thousands through event activations and speaking opportunities. I have almost 20 years of experience in corporate communications as well as a B.S.B.A. in Marketing. 

Sandy Skelaney, TEDxMiami Speaker Director; Executive Director at Mindful Kids Miami and Adjunct Professor at Florida International University: For the last two decades, I have been leading programs combatting human trafficking, accelerating civic technology, and empowering people with mindfulness in Miami. As a former TEDxMiami speaker, I know how transformative the experience can be for both speaker and audience. I am thrilled to help curate and coach a new round of thought leaders in this exciting time of innovation.  

Nev Terzieva, TEDxMiami Partnerships Director; Vice President of Client Success at ChronWell: I have lived in the Miami area for 22 years, and have seen our metropolis grow and grow up. I am excited to be part of this team and to work towards creating a community rich in ideas, cultural diversity, and provocative thinking. My work experience touches on B2B relationships, health care, and fast growth companies.

Alessandra Feuerberg, TEDxMiami Design Director; Product Designer at American Express: After being a TED enthusiast for the past 10 years, I'm very excited to help grow the creative community in Miami--a place where a melting pot of individuals from different nationalities and industries collide. 

Stacey Kawakami, TEDxMiami Marketing Director; Managing Partner and Digital Strategist at dilate: New to calling Miami home, I couldn't be more excited to learn from the talented thought leaders in the Magic City. With 15+ years of experience building inclusive communities online, I love to see what happens when we bring our passions and ideas together to innovate and grow. 

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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