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Theme: Square One.

This event occurred on
September 28, 2012
12:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Miami, FL
United States

The phrase “back to square one” is often viewed as a dictum of defeat. Rarely do we celebrate the power of “square one” – to reinvent yourself, your work, your art, or the world around you. TEDxCoconutGrove is a chance to reinvent our idea of “square one” as an opportunity rather than a failure.

Ransom Everglades School
3575 Main Highway
Miami, FL, 33133
United States
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Alexandra Bercow

Alexandra Bercow graduated from Ransom Everglades School in 2007 and from Yale University in 2011. At Yale, she was very involved in health and sex education through Community Health Educators as well as improv comedy, joining the campus' premiere troupe, Just Add Water. She now lives in New Orleans where she teaches 9th grade biology and has a little too much fun on the weekends. Alex’s passions are health and education: she is currently applying to medical schools and hopes to spend her life serving the underserved and working to change the country's broken systems. She enjoys watching reruns of 90's teen TV series on Sunday afternoons and may or may not still have a crush on Pacey from Dawson's Creek.

Mindy Cassel

Mindy is a licensed psychologist and thanatologist and the co-founder and CEO of the Children's Bereavement Center (CBC). The CBC provides free peer support to children, teens, and adults (18 years and older), and their families after the loss of a loved one. Opened in 1999, the CBC has since served thousands of individuals in peer support groups in five locations in Miami-Dade, including groups at Ransom Everglades School. This fall, a new site will open at the Mailman Segal Center at NOVA Southeastern University in Broward County. Mindy came to this work after 25 years of studying and working with individuals and families who experienced traumatic illness, accidents and major life transitions. Her doctoral dissertation was in the study of attachment and loss, which gave her the theoretical underpinnings to do her current work.

Greg Cooper

Greg Cooper teaches U.S. History and U.S. Government at Ransom Everglades, where he arrived in 2009 after several years in both teaching and administration in the northeast. Greg holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he had the opportunity to work with incredible professors, lawyers, and judges — including the late Judge Louis Pollak, an amazing legal scholar and civil rights advocate — who inspired in him a love for the messy and chaotic beauty of U.S. constitutional law, and the often maddening genius that is the U.S. Constitution.

Nelson Dellis

Nelson Dellis climbs mountains to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. He is also the 2012 & 2011 USA Memory Champion and holds multiple US memory records. In 2009, Nelson’s grandmother passed away, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years. Seeing first-hand the deterioration of her mind was heartbreaking and scary. As a result, he has developed a passion for memory training and has noticeably improved his memory. He trains his memory daily and competes in memory competitions around the world. Why? Because he wants to keep his memory and mind active, in tune, and fully under his control. He founded a charity, Climb For Memory, in early 2010.

Jean Duty

Jean is a math teacher and the Math Department Chair at Ransom Everglades School. She started teaching at RE in 1984 when a student she taught in an SAT prep course told her there was an opening in the Math Department and that she ought to apply. She applied, got the job, and twenty-eight years later still thrives on the energy and intellectual challenges working with very bright students, faculty, and administrators affords her. She has taught on both the upper and middle school campuses. She is currently teaching Advanced Placement Calculus 1 and Pre-calculus Honors. She is always exploring ways to get the students to “see” the mathematics, incorporating as many visuals as is possible in her presentations. She and Dr. Stavisky co-wrote the Algebra 2 text currently used in the algebra classes at RE She holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics with a minor in Education from Barry University.

Emilio Estefan

Emilio moved to the US from Cuba as a teenager. He formed a band called the Miami Latin Boys that played Cuban dance music, later renamed the Miami Sound Machine. Estefan has been nominated for 28 Grammy Awards, winning the honor 14 times. He has lent his talents to performers such as Marc Antony, Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. Through Estefan Enterprises, he has built an entertainment empire working in music production, restaurants, hotels, television and film production. He currently sits as the second Vice Chair to the Commission for the National Museum of the American Latino, a bi-partisan commission charged with exploring a possible National Latino Museum in Washington, D.C.

Thelma Gibson

Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson was born in Coconut Grove, Florida. She has been a nurse practitioner since 1947 and originally worked in the "colored wards" of Jackson Memorial Hospital. Thelma Gibson founded the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Dade County and helped form the Theodore and Thelma S. Gibson Charter School. In the fall of 2000, she published her autobiography, Forbearance, Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson, the Life of a Coconut Grove Native.

Pamela Golbin

Pamela Golbin is chief curator of the Musee de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre in Paris. Golbin is an internationally renowned figure in the fashion industry with extensive historical knowledge of cultural and design issues. She is a leading expert in contemporary fashion and has organized landmark exhibitions worldwide. Ms. Golbin has organized more than fifteen exhibitions, including major retrospectives on iconic fashion legends such as Balenciaga and Valentino. Her latest exhibition was an award-winning retrospective of the work of Madeleine Vionnet. Pamela has published four books, the most recent being: Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs in Association with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.

Joe Greer

Joe Greer is a physician and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health and Society at the Florida International University School of Medicine. He is founder of the Camillus House Concern, a charity delivering health services to the homeless of Miami Dade County, and the St. John Bosco Clinic, serving disadvantaged people in Little Havana. He was awarded a MacArthur “genius grant” in 1993 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

James Grippando

After twelve years as a trial lawyer, James is a national best-selling author of seventeen suspenseful thrillers. James's first job out of law school plunged him headlong into death penalty cases. That experience was an inspiration for his 1994 debut novel, The Pardon, a legal thriller that critics heralded as a "bona fide blockbuster." As a volunteer in Florida's guardian ad litem program, he helped provide legal representation to neglected children in family court proceedings. James lives and writes in Coral Gables, Florida, with his wife Tiffany, who has been his unofficial editor since book one.

James Jiler

James holds a Masters Degree in Forestry and Social Ecology from Yale University and is the former director of The Horticultural Society of New York’s GreenHouse Program, a jail-to-street horticulture program at New York City’s jail complex on Rikers Island. In 2008, James founded Urban GreenWorks, which integrates hands-on landscape design, garden installation and landscape management with at-risk youth and adults in the Florida criminal justice system. James is author of 'Doing Time in the Garden' (new village press 2006) a personal narrative which explores the role of gardening in prisons and institutional settings.

Catherine Lindsay

As a rising tenth grade student at Ransom Everglades School, Catherine is heavily involved in theatre, as well as writing, and was first published at age twelve, when interning for "The Islander News". Since then, she has also interned for Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Catherine is a passionate activist and an active feminist. Her hobbies include sketch and stand-up comedy and comic-book collecting.

Phil Lord

Phil Lord graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Art History. He co-executive-produced, wrote, and directed MTV's critically-acclaimed animated series Clone High and served as co-executive producer for the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. He may be best known for co-writing and co-directing the animation feature Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs which earned Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations for Best Animated Feature and four Annie Award nominations. Recently, he co-directed 21 Jump Street and is working on Lego: The Piece of Resistance.

Matt Mistele

Matt is a Rising 12th grader at Ransom Everglades School. An Avid TED-watcher (having watched over 100 TED talks), Matt is also an amateur game designer and programmer. He was a national finalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. He has been a “Gamer” since being introduced to Pokémon on the Game Boy in 2000. Matt designed and wrote 35 RE Problems of the Week 2011-2012. He is passionate about education and environmental sustainability. Matt is currently teaching himself piano by learning Pokémon and Legend of Zelda songs.

Ellen Moceri

Ellen Moceri earned her BA and MA from Washington University, with Ed.D coursework and exams completed from Teacher’s College of Columbia University. She held leadership positions for 25 years at John Burroughs School (St. Louis, Missouri) and then became the Head of the Upper School at the American School of The Hague and Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York. She was the researcher for the Independent Schools Innovation Consortium and visited the top 20 boarding schools in the United States to investigate their educational innovations. Mrs. Moceri later served as the Head of School at Christ Church Episcopal School (Greenville, SC) and the American School Foundation in Mexico City. During her headship at Christ Church, that school became the first K-12 International Baccalaureate school in the United States. Mrs. Moceri has been the Head of Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida, for the past 12 years.

Matt Stock

I have always had a need to document the world around me. This need was to not only preserve memories of deeds done, but also because I saw the world differently through the lens of a camera. After college I began to blend my love of the sciences and photography and after seven years of experimentation and research I created my unique photographic process called "Painting with Light in the Dark." My expertise in the area of lighting techniques was recognized by Popular Photography & Imaging Magazine in the May 2008 issue, and my latest series "Stiltsville Illuminated" was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2010 International Photography Awards

Reckless Youth

Reckless Youth, playing under the musical direction of Sammy Gonzalez and Jean Espiritusanto, originally came together to raise money for local charities by performing at concerts and private parities. The band members include: Drums - Anthony Miller, Vocals - Cristi Schlesinger, Keyboard - Luke Civantos, Guitar - Kane Akar, Bass - Matt Hanzman. Last year, the band raised $6,500, enough funds to send a child and her family on a Disney Cruise through the Make a Wish Foundation. Currently, the band is raising money to fund 12 music scholarships for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to study music.

New Birth Baptist Gospel Choir

Pastor Victor T. Curry began a new ministry, ‘New Birth’ on June 2, 1991 in his living room. The New Birth Ministry venture began with its first worship service on June 16, 1991 in the auditorium of the historic Northwestern Senior High School located in Liberty City. Soon after the New Birth Baptist Church Family Choir recorded its inaugural project titled ‘Gifts of Praise”. In 1995, New Birth purchased and transformed AM1490 WMBM; the only African American owned and operated radio station in South Florida. The station has empowered and encouraged millions of souls since its purchase, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Fushu Daiko

Since their beginning in 1990, Fushu Daiko has practiced joyously in the pursuit of ever increasing mastery of taiko drumming, understanding, and appreciation in the way of taiko, Japanese culture, and all of life. Fushu Daiko is made up of many nationalities and backgrounds, yet all have been drawn together by the taiko. Through its sound, Fushu Daiko wishes to create a sense of connection in the hearts of those who hear the taiko's beat.

Organizing team


Miami, FL, United States


Miami, FL, United States
  • James Sawyer
  • Andi Russin
  • Ofe Chiavacci
  • John King
  • Madison Papir
    TEDx Club
  • Rosa Terner
  • Jorge Rosenblut
  • Erin Corbo
  • Charles Housiaux
  • Eric Nelson
  • Jenny Gragg
  • Sean Paul Brian