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Theme: Unveiling Ignorance: Shedding Light On The World

This event occurred on
June 27, 2021
Virtual, New Jersey
United States

TedxYouth@LakeManalapan is a program meant to introduce and entertain diverse skillsets and perspectives. Our goal is to encourage interaction and promote personal growth during the pandemic. By bringing voices that are often overlooked, we hope to enlighten people and encourage them to look at issues from a new light.

Virtual, New Jersey, 08536
United States
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Arnita Johnson-Hall

CEO, AMB Credit
From financial hardships to building a credit and financial literacy powerhouse, top credit expert and credit consumer advocate Mrs. Arnita Johnson-Hall has made it her primary mission to “Empower” and “Educate” women to invest in themselves and to take ownership of their financial status. This goal is what inspired Arnita to create and launch a credit and financial literacy enterprise that would change the face of credit education and personal money management. Arnita has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Yahoo Finance, The Business Insider,, and International Business Times. To date she has helped over 1,000 professionals become board certified credit consultants. As if her life is not already filled with much excitement and great accomplishments, Arnita is a holistic cancer survivor, wife, mother of five and is pursuing a certification to become a financial health counselor.

Bill & Robyn Brawley

Motivational speakers, Co-founders of Heart Global, Philanthropists, Educators
Internationally recognized creative team, Bill & Robyn Brawley, have travelled the world bringing music and the arts to young people across the globe. As global thought leaders, motivational speakers, and Co-founders of Heart Global, Bill and Robyn have impacted the lives of millions of youths through their work as philanthropists and educators. For over 24 years this dynamic duo has worked in tandem developing performance and arts education programming for schools and cities on five continents. Their creativity and uplifting approach have inspired confidence, empowerment, and kindness around the world by providing a space for young people to explore, dream, create, and express in deeper and more meaningful ways.

Brian Bosché

CEO | The Purpose Company
He likes creating simple, easy-to-follow solutions for leaders. Brian has consulted celebrity brands, spoken on large stages and provided strategic insight to all levels of business including C-Suite executives. He helps leaders keep top talent through e-learning and mastermind training. He has helped 20,000+ leaders worldwide. Brian and his team have been featured in media outlets like: - The Economist - NPR - Bloomberg - SiriusXM Radio - The Washington Times - The Washington Post - Washington Examiner - FOX News Channel

Britt Turpack

Mental Health Advocate, Speaker
Britt is a Mental Health Advocate and Educator with NAMI Westside Los Angeles.

Carl Sam

Artist, Sculptor
He is 'Ha7li' of the 'Bear Clan' from Skookumchuck, part of 'St'at'icmulh Nation, sometimes called Interior Salish. His given English name is Carl H Sam, and his ancestral name 'Ha7li'. He was born in Mission BC and went to residential school there, furthering his artistic studies at Langara College, Emily Carr College of Art, studying all mediums and majoring in stone carving. He finds inspiration walking along a creek and spotting a stone that immediately formulates in his mind as to what it is. Imagining what it is makes it easier carving it out. For Expo '86 he joined a friend, carving at Coquitlam Stone Sculpture Symposium where he created 'The Thinkgress' on permanent display at Blue Mountain Park. Each is a unique sculpture as visioned between the rock and himself to pleasure the beholder. The greatest euphoria he feels is when someone admires a new creation. Besides stone, he also takes to wood carving, painting, drawing, cake decorating, printing, drum making and singing.

Catherine B Roy

Business and Personal Life Coach
Catherine B. Roy is the Founder of LHM International, an internationally recognized Business and Personal Growth Coach with a client base in 14 countries, and a Bestselling Author. Catherine is officially certified by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program for business development. She enjoys the distinction of receiving the Top 20 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers in Future at Work, Top 150 Women B2B Thought Leaders You Should Follow in 2021, Top 100 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers in B2B, and Top 30 Under 30 Young Leaders awards and is also an experienced business entrepreneur & IT expert for the last 15 years, as well as a linguistics researcher with published scientific works in the fields of communication, speech and media manipulation & psycho-linguistics. Catherine is certified in positive psychology, assertive behavior, emotional behavior, and emotional intelligence (EQ).

Dakota Blaze Rader

Creator, Connector, TEDx Speaker, Builder of People & Brands
Dakota is a dynamic and articulate young professional hoping to provide clarity and purpose for today’s youth. After high school, he volunteered and worked as an educator for a non-profit organization based in California for 4 years, working with over 150,000 students in 7 countries and 36 American states teaching music and English. Since, he continued working as a business consultant in the nonprofit sector, a college and career readiness counselor, and a volunteer mentor for at-risk youth. From being raised in small-town Nebraska, to working as an educator globally, to establishing himself as a well-equipped professional in Southern California, he has obtained a diverse social and cultural perspective, valuable in today’s ever-evolving social and economic climate. He believes a multi-faceted education, comprising formal schooling, values-based education, cultural education, social and emotional learning, and workforce experience are crucial to developing a well-rounded professional.

Deon Bonaparte

CEO/Strategist at NDVU+LAB
Deon Bonaparte, born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, is a 28-year-old entrepreneur, speaker, brand expert, and was recently featured as a top black entrepreneur to follow in Yahoo finance. As an entrepreneur, he founded NDVU + LAB Brand Marketing Agency and scaled his business revenue to six figures within the first year of launching. As a brand expert, Deon helps small business owners, entrepreneurs, and public figures build their brands and creative ideas successfully through brand clarity. As a speaker, he discovered that his limitation of speech disfluency was actually his superpower and has emerged with confidence, facing his fear, to tell his powerful story in hopes to change the world, leaving his legacy of perseverance for generations to come.

Doug Melville

VP, Head of D&I at Richemont
Doug is a 5th generation leader, executive and diversity change agent. His family before him worked under 10 different Presidential administrations, from US Grant in 1873 to Jimmy Carter in 1978, to help create more opportunities and recognition for all Americans in the military, in government, in law and throughout society. Doug continues this legacy by spending his free time working with the U.S military and higher learning institutions to teach, inspire and help evolve issues relating to equity and inclusion.

Dr. Brian Harman

Executive Coach
Dr Brian Harman is a passionate and energetic executive coach focused on helping his clients achieve extreme levels of trust in their leadership teams. He's a 3-time TEDx speaker and leadership professor from Los Angeles that's married to his first childhood love. After surviving a rare bone disease and enduring 4 spine surgeries, he ditched his corporate job so he could go help leaders bring more love and trust into the workplace. He studied at Pepperdine and Oxford and is obsessed with karaoke, LinkedIn, broccoli and long walks. Brian and his family reside in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Frank King

The Mental Health Comedian, LLC, The Mental Health Comedian
Optimists say the glass is half full. Pessimists say the glass is half empty. Frank King sees both - he plans for the worst and hopes for the best. This talk is for those who seem to lie in their negative thoughts and want to find a way to get through them. Join Frank King as he talks about depressive realism, the good parts of negative thoughts, and his life experiences as an award-winning mental health advocate and a comedian that changed people's lives.

Gabrielle Bosché

Cofounder at The Purpose Company | Bestselling Author | “America’s Millennial Expert”
Gabrielle is the founder and President of The Millennial Solution, an international training and consulting company bridging the generation gap. She is the creator of multiple audio programs and bestselling books including 5 Millennial Myths and The Millennial Entrepreneur. She gives her audience an honest and scientific review of her generation and provides real, actable solutions.

Harry Baker

Poetry World Slam Champion in 2012 and Full-Time Poet
Harry Baker has been a full-time poet since 2015, when he graduated from Bristol with a degree in Mathematics. He became the youngest ever Poetry World Slam Champion in 2012 and published his first collection of poems The Sunshine Kid in December 2014. He is famous for combining his love for words with his mathematics nerdiness.

Joe Karlsson

Software Engineer and Developer Advocate at MongoDB
Joe Karlsson is a Software Engineer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He spends most of his time working on open source projects, watching movies, spreading his message about programming or making weird internet art.

Johnny Marines

CEO, Johnny Marines Enterprises
Johnny Marines is a native New Yorker from the Lower East Side. Before entering the music business, he started his career as an NYPD police officer. In 2016, Johnny and bachata star Romeo Santos launched a newly formed Latin division for Jay Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation. In the midst of his success, Johnny speaks sincerely of his struggles and mistakes not only growing up in the Lower East Side, but also of the impediments he has had to overcome once in the music industry. Marines’ lectures on the importance of diligence and always putting your best work forward, and relays his messages in ways that people from all walks of life can relate. Johnny’s story is a true testament to the American Dream, that with hard work, dedication and motivation, anything truly is possible. More recently, Johnny has grown into a serial entrepreneur who owns several nightlife/restaurant venues. He is also a real estate investor creating generational wealth through real estate.

Leslie Marshall

Democratic Strategist, Fox News Contributor & Opinion Columnist, Radio Host, TEDx speaker
Leslie Marshall is a Democratic Strategist, Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Host & a Columnist. Leslie's been hosting a liberal radio show for over 30 years heard worldwide. She is a Fox News Contributor providing political analysis from a left point of view. She has written blog columns for US News & World Report, The Huffington Post & Fox News, she received the Excellence in Journalism Award for her coverage of Immigration issues & was voted one of the hottest political talkers in the nation by the Washington Times. Leslie received her Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern University & attended the Master's Program at Emerson College.

Nada Nasserdeen

Leadership and Confidence Coach, Amazon Best Selling Author, Founder of Rise Up For You
Nada Lena is the founder and CEO of Rise UP for You, a Leadership and Career Confidence Coach and a TEDx Motivational Speaker. With over a decade of experience, she understands the importance of combining education, empowerment and leadership for her clients and audiences worldwide. She has toured the world as a singer, has a Master's degree in Administrative Leadership and has coached and mentored tens of thousands on career strategy, self-empowerment and soft-skills. She has been featured on hundred of podcasts and radio shows. She has also been a motivation and education speaker on platforms such as The Female Quotient, The California Human Resources Conference, Wonder Women Tech, The Human Gathering and more. She is a proud TEDx Women speaker and Best Selling Author on Amazon and was mostly recently awarded the 40 Under 40 Award for Orange County Professionals in 2020. Nada believes that to create change, we must first create change within ourselves.

Phillip Robinson

Media & Digital Freelancer
Phillip ‘Phenom’ Robinson knows how to push through the pain. Born and raised in one of the country's fastest-growing cities for entrepreneurs, Phillip has always been dedicated to finishing whatever he puts his mind to. After crossing the finishing line in a championship cross country race on a broken leg at his Division 1 university, he realized that nothing was going to get in his way from completing a goal. Phillip graduated college a year early then began working for an Emmy Award-Winning news station as a sports reporter. Soon after Phillip made the decision to switch the trajectory of his to by starting a career at Apple and beginning P.H.E.N.O.M. brand. In the span of three years, Phillip has become an ESPN+ producer at his alma mater, started a solo podcast, began mentoring and public speaking, created a day trading course, released an affirmational EP, and has written two books, one of which became an Amazon best-seller in two categories.

Prem Jani

State President at NJDECA | Founder of Beyond Business
Prem Jani is a rising senior attending Monroe Township High School. He founded Beyond Business, a company focusing on providing business and leadership education to the next generation. He is also a part of DECA, where he served as the Central Region VIce President in 2020-2021 and will now serve as President for 2021-2022. He is an avid sports fan, loves to cook and loves to spend time with friends and family.

Rahul Rana

Summer Associate @ Lux Capital // Author, Making Moonshots
Rahul Rana is a venture builder and investor, specializing in and studying finance and astrophysics as a sophomore at Rutgers University. He works for Lux Capital, a $2.5bn deeptech venture capital firm. He authored Making Moonshots—a deep dive into the mindsets, philosophies, and strategies conducive to building moonshot companies. "Moonshot company" entails three things: taking an advanced science or deep technology and using it in a radical solution to solve a big problem in the world. In the past, Rahul has worked at SafeStamp—an anti-counterfeiting nanotech startup—and Knowt, an AI-powered app that turns notes into review quizzes, flashcards, and assignments. For both, Rahul worked in all things nontechnical (operations, sales, business development, marketing, finance, etc.). He also has worked at the Alchemist Accelerator and at Contrary Capital in content creation roles. Furthermore, Rahul also interned in the NJ-6 Congressional District Office doing public policy work.

Shi Heng Yi

Headmaster of Shaolin Temple Europe
Shi Heng Yi belongs to the 35th Generation of Shaolin Masters and is the headmaster of the Shaolin Temple Europe located in Germany. For more than 30 years, Master Shi Heng Yi has been involved in the Shaolin Arts and the studies of Human potential. In his first appearance at the TEDxVitosha event 2020, he shared his profound insights on the 5 Hindrances to Self-Mastery.

Souhardye De, FRAS

Author, Columnist, Podcaster and Elected FRAS
Souhardya De, born in 2004, is an Indian author of Historical Fiction, a Columnist, and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He writes a fortnightly article on history, art, and culture at The Sunday Guardian and the Lokmat Times Zest. For his contributions to art and culture revitalization, De was awarded the Rashtriya Bal Shakti Puraskar 2021, the highest Indian Civilian honor bestowed upon exceptional achievers under 18.

Stuti Chakraborty

Occupational Therapist at Christian Medical College, Vellore | Co-Founder, Stimulus
Stuti Chakraborty recently completed her undergraduate degree and is currently working as an Occupational Therapist at Christian Medical College, Vellore. Her contributions to healthcare are specifically centred around research, raising awareness, communication and advocacy. She was selected as one of the 3 young persons on behalf of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth to represent India at the Global Conference on Primary Healthcare, organized by the WHO and Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan, in 2018. On various occasions in the past, she has represented her country and was one of the few people selected from India to attend the Harvard Medical School and MIT Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp in 2019 and is also currently a Harvard Public Health Review fellow 2021 cohort. Her major work areas include raising awareness about the impact of disability on marginalized communities, young people, and women.

Todd Dewett, PhD

Live & Virtual Keynote Speaker around the Globe
Dr. Todd Dewett is a best-selling leadership author, educator, and coach. After beginning his career with Andersen Consulting and Ernst & Young, he completed his PhD in Organizational Behavior at Texas A&M University and enjoyed a career as an award-winning professor. Today he a widely recognized expert on authenticity, leadership, relationships, and success. He speaks, writes, coaches, and has created an educational library of courses enjoyed by millions of professionals in nearly every country in the world

Vedant Bahel

TEDx Speaker | AI Dev Intern @LYTiQ | MITACS GRI @Université Laval, Canada | RA, University of Pennsylvania | Speaker | Author | Student
Vedant Bahel is an Indian author and researcher. Vedant's primary area of research is in the domain of applied machine learning in education and medical imaging. Vedant was awarded the IEEE Richard E Merwin award in early 2021 for his volunteerism in advancing humanity with technology. His work has also been published at various platforms as research articles, chapters and books in multiple domains.

Organizing team


Monroe Township, NJ, United States


  • Aashish Codada
  • Ansh Bhatti
  • Katie Zelvin
    Team member
  • Lavanya Jasra
  • Niranjan Deepak
    Team member
  • Rahul Jain
  • Rauhin Sahu
  • Sara Baheti
  • Shreya Ghosh
    Team member
  • Sushant Chadha