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Theme: A Year in Change

This event occurred on
March 4, 2016
Bronx, New York
United States

TEDxManhattanCollege's 2016 theme will be "A Year in Change." The theme for the inaugural event, "A Year in Change," correlates with 2015 and the many events, topics & discoveries that have effectively shaped our views of how we will react to 2016. TEDxManhattanCollege will present a platform for people to share ideas on these topics that are most certainly worth spreading.

Ticket Sales Begin January 18th, 2016

Manhattan College Raymond W. Kelly Student Commons
3900 Waldo Avenue
Bronx, New York, 10463
United States
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Andrew Skotnicki

Professor at Manhattan College + Author
Andrew Skotnicki is a professor in the Religious Studies Department at Manhattan College in New York City. He is the author of Religion and the Development of the American Penal System, Criminal Justice and the Catholic Church, The Last Judgment: Christian Ethics in a Legal Culture, and numerous articles on the theological and ethical implications of criminal justice. He is also the founder and director of Engaging, Educating, and Empowering Means Change (E3MC), a partnership between Manhattan College and the New York City of Department of Corrections, in which men and women incarcerated in the jail complex on Rikers Island take an accredited college course with Manhattan College students. Upon successful completion of the course, the incarcerated students are given the opportunity to continue, and hopefully complete, their college education at our main campus upon release from confinement.

Ashkán Zandieh

Entrepreneur + Chief Executive Officer
Ashkán Zandieh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Falkon, the leading platform to discover properties and the people behind them. He is an entrepreneur, speaker, and sociological market researcher in commercial real estate. His research focuses on the social and technological innovation of the built environment. His research and company has been featured and published in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and TechCrunch.

Brian Beaulieu

Senior Sales Representative + Family Man
Brian has spent the past 18 years as a Sales Representative for Olympus Surgical America, which provides world class Medical Products for Minimally Invasive Surgery. His position takes him into the Operating Room where he provides education and direction for surgical products, real time during surgery. He has been married to his wife Tracey for 25 years and has a son, Christian and daughter Jacquelyn. Brian enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, boating, motorcycling and photography.

Carolyn Predmore

Professor at Manhattan College + Author
Carolyn E. Predmore, Ph.D. is a Professor of Marketing. She is an active member in the American Marketing Association and Association for Consumer Research. Her research interests cover entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity perceptions of ethical issues by business students, retailing and terrorism, salesmanship, Internet usage and retailing on both a national and international basis. She has published in the e-learning Digest, Management Decisions, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of the Association of Marketing Educators as well as having written chapters on entrepreneurship and social media.

Jeffery Rappaport

Professor + Geo-Scientist
Jeffrey Rappaport is a life-long geo-science educator whom specializes in dynamic teaching, innovative lab techniques, integrated computer technology strategies, and astrophotography imaging. Professor Rappaport possesses a B.A in Geology from Earlham College as well as earned his Masters in Earth & Environmental Science from Columbia University. Out of the classroom he’s a Lieutenant at the Palisade Boat Club with interests in sea kayaking, downhill skiing, power ice skating, bicycling, and hiking.

Kim Breden

Musician + Entrepreneur + Volunteer
Kim Breden is the Chief Executive Muse of Be Mused Productions which specializes in educational entertainment including musical theatre workshops for children, music programs and concerts for museums, libraries and senior residences in the tri-state area. Kim has volunteered for the past 9 years with Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), dedicated to using the creative arts as a tool for social and cognitive transformation behind prison walls. Most recently she directed and musical directed “The Wizard of Oz” at Sing Sing, a maximum security correctional facility in New York. Prior to establishing Be Mused Productions, Kim's singing career took her around the globe, performing in Hamburg, Leipzig and Dresden, Germany and Bloemfontein and Durban, South Africa and throughout the United States. Kim holds Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Voice from the University of South Carolina. She did Masters’ training in music therapy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she

Lois Harr

Professor + Community Organizer
Lois Harr has worked at Manhattan College since 1998 where she serves as the Director of Campus Ministry & Social Action. Recently she was appointed an Assistant Vice President in the Student Life Division. In addition to her administrative duties at the College, Lois teaches a course in Religious Studies. Her husband, John Reilly, and their two grown daughters are all Jaspers - proud graduates of Manhattan College. Finally Lois Is proud to say that she is a life long resident of the Bronx.

​River Castelonia

Student + Enerepreneur
River Castelonia currently studies mechanical engineering at Manhattan College specializing in NX Unigraphics modeling and particle physics. After working on Nobel Prize winning research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, he began his undergraduate in engineering. During his first academic year at Manhattan College, he began working for Tesla Motors Inc. in their sales division to develop skills in both marketing and business. Combining both his technical and business background, he helped to co-found Havenlabs, a non-profit that designs custom 3D printed prosthetics for disabled veterans in the New York area.

Organizing team




  • Andrew Talley
  • Haviland Dunne
  • Kelly Freeman
  • Matthew O'Meara
  • Sean Lehane
  • Thomas Hallinan
  • William O'Brien