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TEDxBuffalo 2019 Speakers Announced

TEDxBuffalo is gearing up to go again in 2019. This is an opportunity to hear from some of the most progressive minds when it comes to driving future enterprises. From the medical front to the environment, these speakers have something important to say, and we could all benefit from listening up.

TEDxBuffalo is proud to announce our lineup for our annual speaker event on Thursday October 24, 2019 at Asbury Hall. The evening will include six engaging presenters covering a wide range of topics:

  • Michael Cyr is a waste industry expert based in New York City. As an operations consultant specializing in waste reduction, he is also the founder of Cup Zero – providing reusable zero waste cups for events and festivals. His talk will focus on why recycling is not enough and how to reduce the amount of waste we create.
  • Jill Jedlicka has been the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper since 2012. She has helped secure and implement over $100 million in federal, state, local and private investments towards local initiatives throughout Western New York that have contributed to the region’s waterfront and economic resurgence. Her talk will focus on the power that informed citizens have and working together to lead for change.
  • Caitlin Dewey is a journalist based in Buffalo. Currently an enterprise reporter at The Buffalo News, she has also published stories for The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic, Medium’s OneZero and the Washington Post. Her talk will focus on the challenges facing media today and how to bolster trust in the community.
  • Balaguru Ravi was born and raised in Texas, but has been living in Buffalo for the past year finishing his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University at Buffalo. His talk will focus on the new standardized treatment approach for concussions that is being developed at UB.
  • Dr. Phil Stokes is the Executive Director of the Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve in Buffalo. Prior to working for big fossil, he has served as instructor, research associate, academic advisor, and community outreach coordinator in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. His talk will reflect on the history of life and death on Earth through the lens of the cockroach. He will discuss ecological specialization, climate-altering events and predictions for the future.
  • John Panepinto is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB. John’s research specialty is fungi that cause infections in humans. His talk will discuss the role of the microbiome in human disease and biological-based treatments that can impact this.

Stay tuned to for additional information and tickets.

Photo: Michael Hetzel – Courtesy TEDxBuffalo

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