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Theme: In Full Bloom

This event occurred on
April 8, 2023
Baltimore, Maryland
United States

This event hosted at Johns Hopkins University by TEDxJHU will feature three speakers from the DMV area. The theme is "In Full Bloom" and each speaker will express how this idea has transcended into their respected fields of study and work.

Mudd Hall
3400 N Charles st.
Baltimore, Maryland, 21218
United States
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Almira Zaky

Recording Artist & Songwriter
Almira Zaky is an Indonesian-American R&B/Pop recording artist, songwriter, and performer from Virginia. Almira has always been known as “the little girl with the big voice” and her journey as a vocalist began at a young age, performing for thousands all around the DMV. She went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University where she planned sold-out concerts at 19-years-old. In early 2022, Almira was casted as a contestant, representing her home state, on NBC's "American Song Contest". Her debut TV performance of "Over You" garnered over 505K views in 7 days by fans from all around the world. She describes her sound as modern R&B with pop-infused lyrics, and 90's/2000's rhythmic production. With an unapologetically-herself personality, outspoken lyrical skill, and a commanding vocal range, Almira is always eager for the next chapter of her career. But she also knows that with growth, comes pain.

Andrew Cameron

Surgeon-in-chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital | Professor of Surgery
Dr. Cameron was born at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and raised in Baltimore. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and his PhD from the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. He returned to Johns Hopkins in 2006 and is now leading the Department of Surgery as the director and surgeon-in-chief. As a Professor of Surgery, he has an active surgical practice in treating alcohol associated liver disease and hepatocellular cancer at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and maintains an NIH-funded research laboratory studying severe alcoholic hepatitis, as well as efforts to increase organ donation using social media. Dr. Cameron's talk will discuss the science of transplantation surgery with some discussion on xenotransplantation. He will also discuss an app he created to tackle the organ donation crisis. His app matches organ donors with individuals in need of organ donations.

Liz Vayda

Entrepreneur and Activist
B.Willow is a specialty houseplant and flower shop in Remington, Baltimore which opened in 2017. Liz received a Bachelor's in Psychology from Earlham College in 2009, and a Master's in Environmental Science from JHU in 2013. Her mission is to provide meaningful, insightful, and beneficial ways of sensorially engaging with nature on a frequent basis. With a focus on Baltimore, she works to integrate nature into people's homes, schools and organizations. She is especially interested in the conservation of plants in the wild, and regularly partners with the IUCN (International Union on the Conservation of Nature) to educate indoor plant enthusiasts about the illegal plant trade, as well as to organize fundraising efforts. Liz's talks is about the hidden truths of where our everyday houseplants come from, her efforts as a small business owner to ensure the sustainability of the plants she sells, and what consumers can do to make sure they're getting ethically sourced plants.

Organizing team


  • Andrea Villicana
    Team member
  • Brian Min
    Team member
  • Samantha Sarlin
    Team member