TEDxBrookdaleCommunityCollege is proud to present its highly anticipated event themed “Are We There Yet?” on May 23, 2024, at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the Lincroft Campus. From 3:00 to 5:00 P.M., attendees will immerse themselves in an afternoon of thought-provoking talks, diverse perspectives, and inspirational insights.


This year’s TEDx event promises to ignite curiosity and stimulate dialogue around the question of progress, exploring whether humanity has reached its desired destinations or if there are new horizons to pursue.

Here are some compelling reasons why you will want to attend TEDxBrookdaleCommunityCollege 2024:

Inspirational Insights: Prepare to be inspired as our lineup of speakers delivers profound talks that will challenge your perspectives and spark creativity.

Diverse Perspectives: Our speakers come from various backgrounds and disciplines, offering a rich tapestry of ideas and experiences that will broaden your understanding of the world.

Networking: Connect with like-minded individuals, including students, faculty, professionals, and community members, and engage in meaningful conversations that can lead to new collaborations and opportunities.

Future Vision: Leave TEDxBrookdaleCommunityCollege 2024 with a renewed vision of what lies ahead, both for yourself and for society as a whole.

Get a glimpse of what’s to come by our speakers.

Chiapas, Mexico: Fighting Police and Judicial Corruption
David Bassano specializes in the Central American Human Rights Movement during the 1980s. As an Associate Professor at Brookdale Community College, he teaches US History, Human Rights, and Latin American History courses. Beyond academia, he delivers public talks on indigenous rights and ethical consumerism and runs the “Human Rights Education” YouTube channel.

What Influences Women to Pursue Careers in STEM? And, Why Should We Care?
Oscar R. Diaz is an accomplished educational leader with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Currently serving as the Administrative Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction at the Freehold Regional High School District in Monmouth County, New Jersey, Oscar is dedicated to transforming lives through accessible education.

Science Reimagined: Creating Harmony through Awe
Sarbmeet Kanwal has a PhD from Caltech in Theoretical Particle Physics. After an extensive career at Bell Labs in research and engineering, he now teaches physics & astronomy at Brookdale Community College. Sarbmeet was recognized as an outstanding instructor and is a sought-after speaker on topics that range from popular science to its intersection with spirituality. He is the recipient of the Earl Thomas Teasley Humanitarian Award from the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission for founding an interfaith youth leadership program called MOSAIC. He spoke at TEDx Asbury Park in 2019 on the topic, “Chaos to Cosmos”.

Grit, Gratitude, Glimmers: Discovering the Power of Resilience
Yesenia Madas is a dynamic leader in higher education, renowned for her extensive experience in counseling, academia, and student affairs. With a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Rowan University, she currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Brookdale Community College.

Garrett Morgan and the Spirit of Black Entrepreneurship
Philip Musey is a multifaceted professional, excelling as a writer, director, editor, and creative producer, leveraging a robust background in strategy consulting and digital marketing. His narrative interests span across politics and socioeconomics, identity, technology, and the complexities of modern-day coming-of-age experiences.

Innovations in Motion: Racing Towards a Safer Future
Christian Rutty is a young auto racing enthusiast captivated by speed since childhood. Transitioning to larger karts, he excelled regionally and nationally, showcasing talent in STEM with an IQ of 147. Now, an Early Entrance College freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering, he combines his passions.

Redefining ‘We” in Education’s Narrative
Tracey Severns has been an education professional since 1992, holding various roles from teacher to Chief Academic Officer. She’s recognized for her leadership, data analysis, and professional development expertise. Severns is also a host, creating platforms like DisruptEd TV and Wins and Wonderings to address educational challenges.

Make Yourself: Being Good with You in a World of Comparison and Uncertainty
Ali J. Taylor is a dynamic force in entrepreneurship, leadership, and personal development, dedicated to unleashing the full potential of individuals and organizations. As the Founder of Wisdom & Wayfinder and CEO/Creative Director of BelMarketing Design Studio, he empowers solopreneurs and micro businesses to thrive through strategic guidance and transformative insights.

With topics ranging from personal development and social justice to innovation and inclusivity, these speakers will captivate and inspire the audience with their unique perspectives and insights.

Join us at TEDxBrookdaleCommunityCollege 2024 for an unforgettable afternoon of enlightenment, empowerment, and engagement. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot now for this must-attend event!
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of discovering and spreading ideas, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to discovering, debating and spreading ideas that spark conversation, deepen understanding and drive meaningful change. Our organization is devoted to curiosity, reason, wonder and the pursuit of knowledge — without an agenda. We welcome people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world and connection with others, and we invite everyone to engage with ideas and activate them in your community.

TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, but today it spans a multitude of worldwide communities and initiatives exploring everything from science and business to education, arts and global issues. In addition to the TED Talks curated from our annual conferences and published on TED.com, we produce original podcasts, short video series, animated educational lessons (TED-Ed) and TV programs that are translated into more than 100 languages and distributed via partnerships around the world. Each year, thousands of independently run TEDx events bring people together to share ideas and bridge divides in communities on every continent. Through the Audacious Project, TED has helped catalyze more than $3 billion in funding for projects that seek to make the world more beautiful, sustainable and just. In 2020, TED launched Countdown, an initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis and mobilize a movement for a net-zero future, and in 2023 TED launched TED Democracy to spark a new kind of conversation focused on realistic pathways towards a more vibrant and equitable future. View a full list of TED’s many programs and initiatives.

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