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Theme: Living - Smart, Well, Now

This event occurred on
November 9, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Cortland, NY
United States

Innovate. Collaborate. Create. These are words that we strive toward. They are how we want to work, to live. We aim to live smart, to live well, to exist in the now. But how many opportunities do we design that truly originate great leaps for us and society?

TEDxCortland is a half-day event with the goal of spreading ideas and promoting conversation and action in the Cortland community and beyond. With the theme of Living – Smart, Well, Now, we are working to foster constructive, multidisciplinary dialogue and share new and cutting-edge ideas and resources. TEDxCortland is about passion, cohesion, and amplifying extraordinary voices.

TEDxCortland will share perspectives in a multitude of spheres - science and technology, the arts, design, entertainment, education, nature. We want to create a fusion of local and outside thinkers, young and old and in-between, emerging geniuses and recognized innovators alike. Our goal is to catalyze, inspire, and connect people in a way that will cultivate local and global collaboration.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort - Acropolis
2000 NYS Rt 392
Cortland, NY, 13045
United States
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Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research at George Washington University. Inspired by her own childhood illness and then her mother's long battle with cancer, Dr. Wen is passionate about guiding people to advocate for better health-and to living smart, well, and now. She is the author of the best-selling book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. A noted physician, researcher, and patient advocate, Dr. Wen has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the Brookings Institution, and China Medical Board. She is a former Rhodes Scholar and received her training at the University of Oxford and Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, ABC, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, The New York Times, Washington Post, and the award-winning HBO documentary Reporter. She has spoken around the world on the low tech revolution to healthcare reform.

Jen Oleniczak

Jen Oleniczak is the founder of The Engaging Educator, a NYC-based organization that specializes in improv-based workshops and professional developments for educators. With The Engaging Educator, she’s held workshops for institutions throughout NYC and the US such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, New York Botanical Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, NYU, MFA Houston and The Franklin Institute, and has also worked with educators from such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Apollo Theatre, National Archives, School of Art Institute Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, History Colorado and the Indiana Art Museum, among others. She writes for the Huffington Post as well as Jen is a trained museum educator, actor and improviser. Currently she freelances with the Guggenheim Museum, the Noguchi Museum and The Frick Collection. She also is a teaching artist with Sweet Readers, a program designed to reach people with Alzheimer’s through art making and looking. As an actor, Jen has performed in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York and currently she can be found improvising off-Broadway at the National Comedy Theatre.

Nancy Kane

Called a “leader and trendsetter” by Dance Teacher magazine, Dr. Kane is a strong advocate of dance and arts education. She has been dancing, teaching and choreographing since 1986, working professionally in the U.S. and Europe. She is a Past President of the National Dance Association and was the official NDA liaison to Callerlab. For the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, she has taught Irish dance and singing, and is currently their Vice President. She has received grants, awards, and accolades from the National Endowment for the Humanities, several arts councils, and the United University Professions (Fayez Samuel Award for Courageous Service). A New York State native, Nancy earned her M.A. in Dance at London’s Laban Centre and her Ph.D. in Dance Education (with Dance Technology specialization) at NYU. She currently teaches dance and stage combat at SUNY Cortland’s American Musical Theatre program, and is Director of the Dance Program at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. She has a second master’s degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science), and her research projects have helped students and professors understand the physical and psychological demands and benefits of dance and musical theatre performance.

Joshua Bacigalupi

Joshua Bacigalupi is a public school educator currently serving as an Assistant Principal for a large elementary school in a rural district in Central New York. Joshua started his teaching career in 1998 with Fairfax County Public Schools in the Washington, DC area after graduating from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Joshua also taught at an American School in Bogota, Colombia for two years. In 2005, Joshua and his wife moved to Central New York where he continued to teach in local public schools at the elementary level. Joshua earned his Master’s in Education from the University of Mary Washington in 2005 and a C.A.S. in School Building and District Leadership from SUNY Cortland in 2013. After the 9/11 attacks, Joshua enlisted in the Army National Guard, a reserve component of the United States Army. In January 2008, he was deployed with his unit to Afghanistan. While conducting combat operations he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Army Commendation Medal. Joshua’s domestic experiences with poverty in the education setting coupled with his experiences with poverty abroad has helped him focus his work on building relationships with students and families in order to help break the cycle of multigenerational poverty in the education setting.

T. Colin Campbell

For more than forty years, Dr. Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, The China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has more than seventy grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers and coauthor of the bestselling the book, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health. Campbell has lectured extensively around the U.S. and beyond since the book's publication, especially in medical schools and professional venues. He is encouraged that so many primary care physicians, who often have little or no formal training in nutrition, are now enthusiastically embracing plant-based nutrition as the premier medical specialty, not just of disease prevention but for disease treatment and health maintenance.

John Hoeschele

John Hoeschele has lived in Cortland since 1988 (with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Max and Margaret). Originally from Rochester, NY, Hoeschele is a marketing executive at Syracuse-based Anaren, Inc. Hoeschele has headed up the creative departments at several CNY ad agencies; was a partner in an industrial dot com; ran his own company in Cortland for six years (Drum Creative Corp.); and is an active contributor to Cortland's non-profit organizations, including: past membership in the noon Rotary Club and Downtown Business Association, and Cortland Rural Cemetery Foundation – and past chairmanship of the Lime Hollow Nature Center board. His strange and unexpected interest in old cemeteries led him to join and become president of the Cortland Rural Cemetery Board of Trustees, where he is currently exploring innovative ways to tackle that historic cemetery’s many financial and operational challenges.

Michelle Courtney Berry

Michelle Courtney Berry, Principal and CEO of Courtney Consulting Enterprises, LLC, a national award-winning stress management speaking and training company, is an American of African, Irish and Cherokee heritages. Considered an authority on the psychology of workplace behavior and infusing wellness in all facets of work and life, Michelle has served as an opening speaker, confidant, and life coach for top performers, national leaders, front-line workers and other visionaries around the U.S., Canada and Africa since 1990. From that time to the present, Michelle has delivered more than 3,000 inspirational speeches, talks and keynote addresses. It has been her distinct honor to open in verse and song for Dr. Maya Angelou, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and (the late) Howard Zinn. An internationally certified critical incident stress de-briefer and group conflict management expert, Michelle is also a mom, entrepreneur, author, second Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, actor/performer, standup comic and a Usui Reiki Master Teacher and Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher. Called “a transformative radio and TV personality,” Michelle has appeared on “Good Morning America,” and in “O-The Oprah Winfrey Magazine,” among other publications. Founder of the Working Well, one day at a time® model for stress management, she is the author of two books of poetry, two plays, three works of non-fiction, hundreds of business articles.

Kendra FitzRandolph

Kendra FitzRandolph is a planner who understands design + process. She works to interpret a built environment in all its splendor and complexity. In each project she works on, Kendra will develop a plan grounded in urban planning rationale + ecological urban design systems to enable a cohesive process that will run with both the vernacular of an urban fabric and enhance the livability of an area. Her overarching goal is to contribute to enhancing the physical landscape to be adaptable and resilient to a changing environment as well as establish spaces that are both socially and economically engaging. With a Master Degree in Urban Planning and Design, she is currently completing a Graduate Degree in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University where she is exploring resilient design methods to mitigate climate change in coastal cities. She has over 8 years of experience consulting on urban growth projects and has worked with many different stakeholders as well as all levels of government, NGO’s, private organizations and community groups. Kendra uses her multidisciplinary skillset as a public engagement tool to help educate people about the relations between climate change, water and the built environment. Currently, she is taking part in an urban growth study with the Shanghai Group, in China. Kendra is a skilled public speaker, conference organizer, and a regular presenter at National and International planning and design conferences and events. She is also a contributor to planning and design magazines and blogs. Learn more by visiting her website at

Allan Gandelman

Allan started his urban farm, Main Street Farms, to connect people to their food. As a former public school teacher he realized students couldn’t learn if a substandard school lunch and poor eating habits at home weren’t meeting their nutritional needs. Main Street Farms is comprised of two urban farms that focus on growing food year round while providing educational programming to local schools, colleges, and other community organizations. Allan is heavily involved with the local food movement of central New York. He sits on Cortland County’s Local Agricultural Promotions committee, is the Local Food Director for Sustainable Cortland, has taught classes on urban agriculture and aquaponics for Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, and has been on various panels about local food and food policy. Allan has traveled all over the country visiting urban farms and doing research on aquaponics.

Paul Speight

Paul Speight is a storyteller and artist of many mediums. He has performed for folks of all ages and using the Didgeridoo along with some audience participation brings wordless creation myths to life. His latest accomplishment is the installation of 5 Totem Poles on the Eric Kroot Art Trail at Lime Hollow Center for Environment and Culture. Over a hundred people were artistically involved with this project and what Paul enjoyed the most was standing back and observing folks be present in the moment of creation. He is here tonight to provide the context for you to be in the moment of ….now.

Jeremy Holmes

Jeremy Holmes is a wood sculptor and designer who graduated from the University of New York at New Paltz with a BFA in sculpture and currently lives and has a studio in Ithaca, NY. Holmes’s work emphasizes materiality and an engagement between the viewer, the site, and the work which seeks to evoke a curiosity in a traditional material. His pieces are seen as three-dimensional line drawings in space, the large bent wood installations and sculptures collaborate with unique found architecture to construct a new and unexpected space made by joining long lengths of wood together. Holmes had been a part of numerous public installations and was a 2007 Windgate Fellowship Award Winner, he was recently a part of Torqued and Twisted: A Traveling Bentwood Show. He was the 2012 Featured Artist at Mountain Jam Music Festival, resident Artist at UNC Ashville, and has shown extensively in New York, including at Exhibit A in Corning, the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn, Echo Art Fair in Buffalo and KMOCA in Kingston to name a few. His work has also been shown internationally in the UK, Germany, and Singapore. He has upcoming commissions in Manhattan, NY, Houston, TX, Washington, D.C., and Regensburg Germany, as well as a Solo Exhibition in July 2014 at Exhibit A in Corning. His work can be viewed at

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