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This event occurred on
April 19, 2024
New York City, New York
United States

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

Staten Island
New York City, New York, 10314
United States
Event type:
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Alana Light

Manifestation Coach, Mental Health Enthusiast
As a Manifestation Coach, I empower individuals to rewire their minds for positivity, drawing inspiration from my journey to lower blood pressure with the power of the mind. Passionate about Positive Neuroscience, I share techniques to bounce back from adversity, fostering joy in the present moment. Through immersive workshops and retreats, participants experience energetic shifts with modalities like guided meditation and automatic writing. As a facilitator for The National Alliance on Mental Illness, and a mom of two boys and a GoldenDoodle named Phoenix, I'm dedicated to creating positive change.

Arelie Estevez

Arelie Estevez is a LMHC in NY, LPC in NJ, and an author. She is a woman, a mother, daughter, wife, sister, a friend and a latina. She became a therapist to help her community, to help people struggling with mental health issues, immigration issues, cultural boundaries, socioeconomic and cultural issues that impact mental health as this is what she experienced growing up. As a therapist, she have been working with adults and couples in a private practice capacity, as well as children and families in community based mental health. As an author, Arelie have had the pleasure of creating and publishing two self esteem journals currently for sale on Amazon as well as writing mental health articles for the online publication “choosing therapy.” She continues to stay committed to making social, cultural and economic changes in the lives of people she serves and her family.

Genny Smith

Serial Entrepreneur | Financial Professional
Genny Smith “Lady G” is a serial entrepreneur Lady G has 28 years of experience in Business Administration/Management. With expertise in life insurance and retirement planning, she empowers individuals to secure their financial well-being. As a dynamic speaker, she shares invaluable insights on protecting and growing your finances, helping audiences navigate the complex world of wealth management with confidence. In addition, she is the owner of Smith Funeral Consulting. Her mission is to provide comfort and relief from the often-overwhelming details involved in arranging a funeral: Coordinating services with the funeral home; writing up an obituary; preparing the repast; and planning a Memorial Service. She is also the owner of Lady G’s Executive Support. Providing project management and remote administrative support to busy professionals and clergy across the globe. Lady G loves the Lord. She loves doing the impossible, to show with God all things are possible!

Jaclyn Tacoronte

C.E.O JMT Media
Jaclyn M. Tacoronte is an award-winning marketing and public relations professional with over 20 years of experience in both agency and client-side settings, serving Fortune 500 companies, including Canon, Puma, Harley-Davidson and Proctor & Gamble. She is currently the CEO & President of JMT Media, LLC., a New York certified M/WBE boutique marketing, public relations and design firm that specializes in small business marketing and the non-profit sector. Mrs. Tacoronte has spearheaded all marketing and public relations efforts for the inaugural New York City Winter Lantern Festival and Winter Wonderland Staten Island Festival garnering over 200,000 on and off-island attendees for two years. Mrs. Tacoronte is also the Executive Producer of JMT media; an award-winning podcast and online series featuring the best in Business, Finance, Politics and Community.

Kamor Olayokun, Jr

Founding Principal, NYC Department of Education
Kamor Olayokun, Jr, a dedicated Principal in the NYC Department of Education, is passionate about empowering students and uplifting his community. With over 17 years of experience, Kamor combines a strong educational background, holding a master's degree in special education and a license in School Building Leadership, to excel as the founding Principal of The Waverly Academy Of Empowered Learners- PS 84. Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Community Leadership at the College of Staten Island, Kamor is committed to fostering leadership and a profound sense of belonging among his students. As the district coordinator for the My Brother’s Chapter of Staten Island, serving students in grades 4-12, Kamor believes in the principle of 'We before Me.' He actively engages as both a mentor and a mentee, supporting educators who aspire to become leaders in the future.

Samantha L. Otero

NYS Licensed Social Worker | Trauma and Bereavement Psychotherapist | Senior Clinical Supervisor
Samantha is a Licensed Social Worker and Clinical psychotherapist. Samantha’s clinical specialty is focused on complex trauma and grief. Samantha is passionate about treating individuals who have experienced extensive trauma throughout their lives and bereavement treatment of women. She is an advocate for Mental Health services and she strongly believes in the power of an individual’s ability to heal through great tribulations. Currently, Samantha is the Senior Clinical Supervisor of a team of psychotherapists; as well as a trauma and bereavement psychotherapist with a New York based Mental Health practice. In her own clinical work, she is providing treatment to individuals with ongoing complex trauma and individuals healing through grief and loss. Samantha is also working toward her PsyD in Clinical Psychology and writing her first book.

Steve Harris

Life & Business Strategist | C.E.O. EdgeEcution
Steve Harris, the Chief Executive Officer of EdgeEcution Consulting Nigeria & The Steve Harris Company LLC, in Dallas, Texas. He is an esteemed Management Consultant with a distinguished career spanning 19 years. He is globally recognized as a trusted authority in the fields of Life Coaching and Business Strategy, and holds the esteemed title of UN/ YFP Young Ambassador for Peace. Steve's expertise extends beyond borders, as he is highly regarded as one of Africa's leading Business Coaches. He has had the privilege of designing, managing, and facilitating numerous management and leadership strategy & consulting interventions for prestigious organizations such as TOTAL, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria LNG, ORACLE, Guaranty Trust Bank, Nokia, StanbicIBTC Bank, PenCOM, and many more.

Organizing team


New York City, NY, United States

Adekunle Elijah

Staten Island, NY, United States
  • Allan Feldman
  • Ana Valerio
    Team member
  • Caren Cooper
  • Elizabeth Akindeko
    Team member
  • ifeloluwa olaniawo
    Team member
  • Joshua Harris
    Team member
  • Marianne Callea
  • Onanuga Damilare
    Team member
  • Rosemarie Williams
    Team member
  • Shachena Gibbs
  • Taofeek Oguntade
    Team member