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TEDxJacksonville 2022 Conference: FRICTION


We invite you to join us for FRICTION, TEDxJacksonville’s 10th anniversary conference.

Eleven speakers | Three artistic performances | Multiple engagement activities | Lunch | Afterglow party

Tickets to the conference are on sale now. Note that tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are likely to sell out quickly, so grab your ticket today!

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster. Alternatively, tickets purchased in person will not incur Ticketmaster’s service charges, and can be obtained from the VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena box office, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TEDxJacksonville Conference “FRICTION” Features National and Local Speakers — with Topics Spanning Space Industrialization, Maritime Archaeology, STEAM, Artificial Intelligence, Civic Leadership, Business Innovation, the DNA of Addiction and More on October 22 in Downtown Jacksonville

This year’s conference speakers:
• Basma Alawee, Jacksonville, Humanitarian & Refugee Advocate — Now a nationally recognized advocate for policies that support refugee communities, Alawee believes that when we provide opportunities for refugees to share their stories safely and realize their potential as leaders, it fosters a sense of belonging and agency over their lives. Alawee sees the opportunity to help refugees as one that builds a more vibrant society, as well as a stronger, better America.
• Matt Berseth, Jacksonville, Artificial Intelligence Expert — Many of the modern world’s most dazzling innovations, such as self-driving cars, digital assistants like Siri and Alexa, and facial recognition on our phones, are powered by artificial intelligence. Berseth will share ways in which AI is solving real problems today and how recognizing the limits of AI is essential to using it responsibility.
• Ashton Body, Jacksonville, Student Scientist — As a high school sophomore, Body conducted biomedical research at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. After five years, her dream of creating a novel drug delivery system to treat aggressive breast cancer has become a reality. Now a rising junior studying Social Anthropology and Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard, Body intends to become a physician. She is passionate about increasing health equity and providing better, personal patient care guided by medical innovation.
• Dr. Evelyn Higgins, Jupiter, Florida, Addiction Researcher — New research is showing that the biomarkers for addiction can now be identified, isolated, and measured in our DNA. Dr. Evelyn Higgins, an international expert in the epidemiology of addiction, argues that genetic testing is a vital treatment resource that can change the lens through which society views addiction, and inspire communities to talk openly about mental health and addiction from a solutions-oriented perspective.
• Lainie Ishibia, Bradenton, Florida, Disability Advocate & Entrepreneur — Many people think having a “disability” means you require a wheelchair or walker. But roughly 10 percent of the approximately 61 million adults in the U.S. who have some form of disability suffer from “invisible” disabilities such as chronic pain and illness, genetic disorders, diabetes, or fibromyalgia. As an entrepreneur and disability advocate, Lainie Ishbia believes broadening our understanding of disability isn’t just a moral and ethical imperative — it’s also good business.
• Tanaine Jenkins, Jacksonville, Recidivism Strategist & Reentry Expert — When patients are released from the hospital, there’s a treatment plan in place and a prescription for success. For ex-convicts, there’s a sentence after the sentence. Why do we continue to release individuals into society from prison with no plan? Tanaine Jenkins believes creating viable reentry strategies for our returning citizens is an investment in safer neighborhoods, fewer broken homes, and the power of second chances.
• Duval County Judge-elect Audrey Moran, Jacksonville, Civic Leader — Moran is an attorney and mediator who has been elected County Court Judge and will take the bench in January of 2023. She has previously served as the Chief of Staff for Jacksonville’s mayor, as Executive Vice President for Baptist Health and President of Baptist Health Foundation, and as a trustee and civic leader for many other organizations. Moran will discuss her very public loss in running for mayor and how that loss inspired her to achieve meaningful change through other avenues. Her talk will also cover the strategies that other advocates can examine in making important changes for their own communities.
• Tara Roberts, Atlanta, National Geographic Explorer — Tara Roberts has spent the last four years following Diving with a Purpose — a team of Black scuba divers — in searching for the wrecks of slave ships that carried captive Africans during the Middle Passage. The expeditions seek not only to honor and humanize the forgotten victims of the global slave trade, but also to bring that lost history up from the depths and back into collective human memory. Roberts will explore the transformative power of telling historical stories from a fresh and personal perspective.
• Andrew Rush, Jacksonville, Space Industrialist — An experienced aerospace executive and thought leader, Rush serves as the President and COO of Redwire, overseeing the company’s business portfolio, long-term planning, and strategic investments. A strong advocate for manufacturing technology development and adoption, Andrew has positioned Redwire at the vanguard of in-space servicing, assembly and manufacturing capabilities, leading the company to become the first to manufacture parts in space, sell a space-built product to a customer on Earth, and build the first-ever satellite that will manufacture and assemble parts of itself on-orbit. Rush is showing the world there’s more to space than stepping on the moon. He will share how space exploration — and manufacturing products in space — can enhance life on earth.
• Hamzah Shanbari, Jacksonville, Construction Technologist — As Director of Innovation for the Haskell Company, a global leader in architecture, engineering and construction solutions, Hamzah Shanbari has learned that innovation is the never-ending pursuit of getting better, incrementally and consistently. Shanbari believes that the talk around innovation needs to be much broader, with a much higher tolerance for failures. Innovative organizations cultivate a culture that embraces early and fast failures in order to build on the learnings and achieve greater results in any field.
• Nicole Thomas, FACHE, Jacksonville, Healthcare Leader — How could it be that communities only a few miles apart have such drastically different health outcomes? To eliminate health disparities, we must view solutions through an equity lens and recognize where health and wellness extends far beyond the annual checkup. We need to approach community health in a way that is customized based on resident needs – one size does not fit all. Nicole Thomas, President of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, will share her perspective on how to work outside the hospital walls to build a healthier, more equitable Jacksonville.

This year’s conference performers:
• Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble — Boasting a 16-year history of consistent cultural preservation and performance, and state recognition by the Florida Folklife Program, Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble is Jacksonville’s premier source of Afro-Diaspora performing arts. As a dance and music performance troupe with a concentration in West African (Mande) music, dance and culture, and dances of the African Diaspora, Nan Nkama members pride themselves on being life-long students and cultural ambassadors. Nan Nkama continues to create programming that emphasizes community engagement, accessibility, and education by collaborating with organizations such as James Weldon Johnson Park, Jacksonville Arts & Music School, and sister-company, Kreative Kids and Beyond.
• Spoken word artist Reece the Poet — Reece the Poet is also an artist, musician and communicator who specializes in storytelling. He seeks to educate, equip, and empower students to make healthy life choices through verbal engagement and critical thinking exercises.
• SaysWho — Coming from a range of backgrounds but brought together by their love of music, SaysWho is a band out of Jacksonville, formed with the vision of creating feel-good music. With their take on pop/dance music, they’ve joined forces to bring a different type of charm and flair. The band says “each member brings the kind of energy and passion to the stage that will make you want to move your body.”

The conference will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m.

Registration opens: 9:30 a.m.
Session One: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Session Two: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Break: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m
Session Three: 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m

AfterGlow Party: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Jessie Ball duPont Center

Only events occurring within Downtown Jacksonville will be accepted.
If you have any questions pleascontact us.
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Only events occurring within Downtown Jacksonville will be accepted.
If you have any questions please email lexi@dtjax.org.