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Theme: "Nature and Nurture"

This event occurred on
October 20, 2013
9:30am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Cape May, NJ
United States

Journey back to the Jersey Shore for "ideas worth spreading" at the intersection of "Nature & Nurture" with outstanding and inspirational presenters from various fields of human endeavor. Enjoy 16 outstanding presenters, added TEDTalk videos and gifts. Registration covers the event and Convention Hall, a gourmet boxed lunch and an early evening open bar reception at the Congress Hall Hotel. Sponsored by Exit Zero Publishing, Cape May Forum, Midnight Media Group, Morey's Piers and the Congress Hall Hotel.

Cape May Convention Hall
714 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ, 08204
United States
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Avi Wisnia

Award-winning singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly original songs and inventive covers, finding inspiration in Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950’s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop. Born in New Jersey, Avi has toured the country with his dynamic ensemble and his debut full-length album, Something New, performing in prestigious venues across the country – from The Kennedy Center in Washington DC to Lincoln Center in New York, even spending a month performing in Brazil. Avi has performed alongside artists such as The Roots, Maroon 5, Ani DiFranco, and Arturo Sandoval and his music has been featured on TV and in featured films.

Béatrice Coron

With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. She developed a language of storytelling by papercutting multi-layered stories. In 2011, Béatrice strode onto the TED stage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, Now Béatrice will come to TEDxCapeMay 2013 to explore "nature and nurture" as an artist. Béatrice Coron tells stories informed by life. Her own life colors her work: after briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She has been, among others, a shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker, cleaning lady and New York City tour guide. She moved to New York in 1985, where she reinvented herself as an artist. Coron's oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media. Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.

Dave Girgenti

Dave Girgenti has a very unique job -- he is a wishmaster. He connects people in need with everyday heroes who can help through his website, Wish Upon a Hero. Perfect strangers helping others, hundreds of times a day. Why do they do it? Do people truly like helping others? Is there an emotional connection for the hero? Or are they motivated by guilt, perhaps? Have YOU ever helped a complete stranger? Dave will analyze news and entertainment media coverage of ‘good deeds’ that often forms public perception. He will also cite his own first-hand experiences of wishes that have been granted, and will explore the questions above. Dave will challenge the audience to ask themselves if they, too, have this capacity to do ‘good’ and be someone’s hero.

Eliot McIntire

Eliott McIntire raises a provocative question: If biodiversity is all about “survival of the fittest,” are the fittest always the strongest competitors? According to McIntire, global biodiversity is not just a matter of “dog eat dog,” but rather a matter of one species helping another. Eliot McIntire is a Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria, British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. Highlighted in National Geographic, he has published 24 scientific articles and several book chapters. Eliot seeks to understand how ecosystems work and predict how human actions will affect nature.

Marco Castro

Can you imagine opening your window to a moving garden, or a parking lot converted into a park? Plants and green infrastructure can bring much to the city, but how? Marco Castro shares ways to creatively nurture urban communities with nature in practical and playful ways, such as he did with his award winning public project - Bus Roots - utilizing plants as a creative medium. Marco was a guest contributor to the Rio +20 series to achieve a sustainable planet and has taught workshops at the Queens Museum of Art with a focus on planning and creating interactive projects and prototyping, that culminated in a mobile application for the Museum. Castro holds a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Jen Miller

As a child, Jen Miller was bullied, and the only place she could escape her tormenters was heading down the shore. There, she found solace, and a sense of herself. In her talk, she discusses the importance of having that other place in nature, one that has a sky and not a ceiling." Jen Miller is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner's World, Details, Allure, Philadelphia Magazine and New Jersey Monthly. She's also the author of three books, two about the "Jersey Shore."

Kamau Stanford

Kamau Stanford asks whether perserverance is a matter of nature or nurture, as he perserveres to build schools as places of information, opportunity and exposure, not just for students, but to the community at large. As the Community Engagement and Extra Curricular Director at Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus in Philadelphia, Kamau attended the prestigious Central High School, Howard University and the Howard University School of Law. He left the legal field looking for true purpose in his life and stumbled on education, when a friend pursuing her EdD from the University of Pennsylvania asked him to assist her in an after school program. He has been an administrator in several schools in Philadelphia, including Independence, Hope and Mastery Charter Schools. His passion for education has taken him to develop curriculum and teach in Togo and Benin in West Africa. Currently he is engaging politicians, community leaders, community based organizations and other concerned individuals.

R. Jay Magill, Jr.

R. Jay Magill, Jr. expertly navigates history, theology, art, and politics to create a compelling portrait of "sincerity," an ideal that, despite its abuse, remains a strange magnetic north in our secular moral imagination. R. Jay is a writer, editor, and host of a radio program on NPR Worldwide. He is the author of Chic Ironic Bitterness (Michigan, 2007) and Sincerity: How A Moral Ideal Born Five Hundred Years Ago Inspired Religious Wars, Modern Art, Hipster Chic, and the Curious Notion that We All Have Something to Say (No Matter How Dull) (Norton, 2012), a New York Times Editor's Choice and a Wall Street Journal top-ten book of 2012. Magill holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hamburg and an MA in art history and philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook, and he has taught at the University of Lüneburg and at Harvard University, where he received a Derek Bok award. He has has written for the American Prospect, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Print, Spiegel Online, and the Boston Globe, among other publications.

Sigal Brier

How can we free ourselves to live authentically, fully, with joy and fulfillment? How do we know and live our heart's purpose and passion while living our lives, as they are now? Sigal Brier is a motivational coach, inspirational teacher, rabbi, researcher and artist, with training in psychology, art, integrative methods, and holistic lifestyle. Her innovative approach integrates body-mind methods that rely on the understanding of neuroscience and brain research. She teaches internationally and facilitates experiences of transformation in diverse venues, including Temple University and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning News and on several shows on NPR (National Public Radio.) Sigal is an Israeli-American with two MA degrees who has written for the Journal of Counseling and Development and the Journal of Loss and Trauma. She is also the founder of Integrative Spirituality and the creator of Sh’maYoga™, and is an accomplished musician who has recorded several original music CDs.

Geo Espinosa

Dr. Geo Espinosa shows how men can thrive after cancer through CaPLESS living. Dr. Geo is a recognized naturopathic doctor known for his expertise in integrative management for urological conditions and prostate cancer. He is the director of the Integrative Urology Center at the NYU Smilow Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center, a center of excellence in research and multidisciplinary treatments for prostate cancer. Dr. Geo is also the director of the NYU CaPLESS retreat , a 2-day lifestyle implementation program to help men apply the science of lifestyle medicine after prostate cancer. Dr. Geo is an avid writer and lectures internationally on the application of integrative management of urological conditions. On his time off he enjoys writing on his blog, participates in athletic activities and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and 3 kids.

Ryan Krill

Beer is just another beverage. Or is it? Craft beer is made of natural ingredients which brings people together in common social experiences. Explore the nature of beer, how it is made, and understand how beer nurtures the soul. Ryan Krill is the co-founder of Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore's first micro-brewery. The Cape May Brewing Company won the Best IPA at the 2012 Atlantic City Beer Festival, won the Business Venture Award and Conservation award by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and was given an Economic Development loan to assist in the most recent expansion and the brewery is already planning its next move. Ryan holds a bachelor degree from Villanova and a masters degree from NYU. He has lived and worked in Spain, California, and New York City, travelled to over 40 countries and is an avid pilot.

Pam Dorr

Pam Dorr, the social entrepreneur recently featured on the CBS Evening News for helping to turn her town around, shows that a natural nuisance can help nurture her town's economy. A native of the Bay Area, Pam Dorr spent the first 18 years of her career in product development and management for companies like Esprit, Victoria's Secret Catalog and BabyGap. Seeking a more meaningful contribution, she escaped to rural Alabama in 2003 to join the Auburn University Rural Studio as an Outreach Fellow. Her architectural fellowship soon led to a job with the Rural Studio and the creation of the Housing Resource Center at HERO. HERO supports sustainable housing development and positive change for over 400 families a year in impoverished Hale County. In addition to working with HERO, Pam founded Habitat for Humanity Hale County in 2006. Community development capital and equity for both organizations now totals over $8.5 million. In her spare time, she volunteers for the West Alabama Youth Services and Girl's Group Home.

Bill Clement

Bill Clement claims that his greatest achievement was simply surviving 11 years in the National Hockey League with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Washington Capitals, and The Flames, both in Atlanta & Calgary. A closer look at his career, however, shows that he was on both Flyers Stanley Cups teams, captained an NHL team, and played in 2 NHL All Star games.Since retiring as a player, Bill Clement has become one of Television's top sports commentators. He was TV's National color analyst for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 19 consecutive years on ESPN and you may also have seen him on NBC or Versus. He can also be seen regularly on Flyers TV games on Comcast SportsNet and is one of the voices of EA Sports NHL Video Games.Bill is also an author, having just released his autobiography titled: "EveryDay Leadership: Crossing Gorges on Tightropes to Success" Bill Clement has won an Ace Award as Cable TV's best analyst in any sport, as well as an Emmy for ESPN's coverage of the Stanley Cup finals. And in spite of his busy life, he was able to develop a successful acting career, appearing in over 250 TV Commercials, as well as the Soap Opera, All My Children.

Taylor Negron

An accomplished standup comedian, actor, and writer, Taylor Negron has directed a musical salute to Telly Savalas, called “ Who Loves you Baby” that has been running now for almost a year at the The SoHo Playhouse in N.Y.C. and recently debuted at Joes Pub at the Public theater. As a director, Taylor staged Patricia Scanlon’s play Three Feet Under at the Evidence Room, produced by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner and starring Kate (The Office) Flannery. Recent projects include the writing award-winning PSA, “What Kind Of Planet Are We On?” selected 2010 Most Innovative Non-Profit You Tube video; and a new stage show The Mayan Countdown, featuring songs by written by both Negron and Logan Heftel. He starred in his own HBO special, and appeared on The Tonight Show As well in such films as, Stuart Little, The Last Boy Scout, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Aristocrats, and the classic Punchline along side Sally Field and Tom Hanks.

Alex Meyers

Alex was selected by Lower Cape May Regional High School to make a short presentation regarding the struggle of overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Through various forms of nurturing, such as exposure therapy, the psychological nature of the disorder have been greatly diminished. Growing up at the shore has given Alex the opportunity to be surrounded by many supportive friends and family members. His artistic talents (you will often find him sketching or painting in his free time) have been nurtured by many of these relatives, especially his older brother Chris. Currently a senior at Lower Cape May Regional High School, Alex is an active member of the school community. He is the vice president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the student body, member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, and a freshmen Peer Leader. As part of various AP and honor courses at the school, Alex challenges himself with a rigorous academic course load that also includes the fine arts.

Organizing team


Cape May, NJ, United States
  • Patrick Logue
    Program and Venue advisor
  • Richmond Shreve
    Audio / Visual Advisor
  • Marguerite Chandler
    Program Advisor
  • Curtis Bashaw
    Program Advisor
  • Steve Miller
    Program Advisor
  • Jack Wright
    Program and Promotion Advisor
  • Sandra Bloodworth
    Program Advisor
  • Gail Pierson
    Program Advisor
  • Jennifer Vana
    Program Advisor
  • Jack Morey
    Set and Program Advisor
  • Jackie Romano
    Event Planning
  • Mark Stansbury
    Audio Visual