“TEDxPrincetonLibrary: The Cornerstone Event” was held on June 1st, 2011. This page is an archive of our speakers, workshops, team members and sponsors from that event.
Emcee: Todd Reichart
For more than 20 years, Todd has been a passionate advocate for shaping communication to the needs and qualities of targeted audiences, working with clients to find and develop the appropriate media for their particular message A pioneer of software interface design, interactive TV design, website design, and digital video, Todd’s work as an actor, director, and on-camera personality brings a keen sense of audience expectations and response to his work in both new and old media. His combination of technological know-how and empathy for the humanity of the audience has been a consistently distinguishing quality of his work.
Chris Albrecht grew up in East Brunswick. Before joining the Momos, who own such well-regarded Princeton restaurants as Mediterra and Teresa Caffe, he spent more than a decade working with Colicchio. While still at the Culinary Institute of America in 1995, Albrecht began at New York’s Gramercy Tavern, which Colicchio and Meyer cofounded. In 2000, he moved to Colicchio’s Craft, then to Las Vegas in 2001 as head chef at Craftsteak, then to New York’s Craftsteak in 2005. Along the way, he internalized Meyer’s hospitality concept, which places top priority on creating a caring environment that begins with the staff and branches out. “Hospitality comes from within,” explains Albrecht, 38. “Within yourself and the group you work with. If you aren’t happy or the group you work with isn’t happy, you can’t impart happiness to your guests.”
Ethan Casey is the author of two critically acclaimed narrative travel books about Pakistan, “Alive and Well in Pakistan: A Human Journey in a Dangerous Time” (2004) and “Overtaken By Events: A Pakistan Road Trip” (2010). He is writing “Bearing the Bruise: A Lifetime in Haiti,” for publication in 2011.He speaks frequently to university and school classes, Pakistani-American and other organizations, religious congregations, and civic groups. In his books, articles and blogs, he uses his position as an American traveler, journalist and author with 15 years’ exposure to Pakistan to help foster historical and geographical perspective, human connections, and conversation between Americans and Pakistanis. He also is concerned to help improve Americans’ awareness of both the historic and the contemporary situation in Haiti, a country he first visited as a teenager in 1982. He returned to Haiti in March 2010 and is planning another visit in August-September 2010. Ethan jokingly describes himself as a recovering journalist, but it would be more accurate to say he is a journalist who now chooses to pursue both his vocation and his livelihood outside the increasingly unstable and unsupportive traditional institutions of periodical media and book publishing
Marie Eusebe is Founder and CEO of Community2Community (C2C), a non-profit organization, which was created to address the ever-present need in Haiti for clean water, healthcare, housing and schools. But this is only the beginning. The group’s goals is to equip the people of Haiti with the tools for self-sufficiency. “We believe it can happen,” she said. “It starts with community.”
Robert Kurzban is currently an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He founded PLEEP, the Penn Laboratory for Experimental Evolutionary Psychology, in 2003. He has published dozens of journal articles on a wide array of topics, including morality, cooperation, friendship, mate choice, supernatural beliefs, modularity, self-control, and other topics. He received his doctorate at the University of California Santa Barbara at the Center for Evolutionary Psychology in 1998, and received postdoctoral training at Caltech in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, UCLA Anthropology, and the University of Arizona’s Economic Science Laboratory with Vernon Smith. In 2008, he won the inaugural Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the new journal, Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology, and co-Editor-in-Chief of the flagship journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Evolution and Human Behavior. He loves dogs, running, and cooking. His favorite color is blue.
Todd Shea is the Chief Operating Officer of SHINE Humanity, a US-registered nonprofit that specializes in disaster relief and long-term sustainable healthcare initiatives in developing countries. He began life as a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. He was in New York City on September 11th, 2001 to perform at a world famous live music establishment, CBGB’s Gallery. Instead, he ended up working at the site of the fallen World Trade Center for almost a week, assisting first responders by delivering anything they needed to keep them going, from ice to contact lens wash and medications. Realizing that he had an affinity for acquiring and coordinating needed items efficiently in a chaotic and disastrous situation, Todd put his music career on an indefinite hiatus to work in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami, and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In October 2005, Todd was compelled to go to Pakistan immediately after the earthquake as a logistics coordinator for a Pakistan-American medical response team. Todd founded Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) in the Spring of 2006 and serves as its Executive Director. Todd currently works and resides in Chikar (in a remote and mountainous region near the Line of Control in Kashmir), providing primary care and an innovative community-based healthcare empowerment project to a population of 200,000 people who would otherwise be without adequate healthcare services.In April 2009, SHINE Humanity was registered and Todd joined as the COO. Todd and SHINE Humanity deployed in Haiti in January 2010 and are working in Pakistan to provide relief aid to victims of the floods through mobile medical units, livelihood initiatives, and food and non-food assistance. The agency hopes to transition into long- term rehabilitation programs focussed on mother/child care in the areas served.
Performing since 1991, Jen Slaw was the recipient of the 2002 International Jugglers’ Association’s (IJA) Three Ball Award for creativity and innovation in three ball juggling, and was a featured performer at the 2007 IJA Annual Convention. Her style is influenced by her diverse backgrounds in art, dance, and structural engineering, resulting in a creative, and feminine, presentation. Jen is a nationally touring performer and has entertained audiences of all ages for a variety of corporate, educational and private clients such as American Express, Chase, Delta, Merrill Lynch, Ben & Jerry’s, Holland America Cruise Lines, F.A.O. Schwarz, Cirque du Soleil, Monday Night Magic (NYC’s longest running Off-Broadway magic show), and the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center. Two of her favorite juggling moments include teaching Captain “Sully” Sullenberger to juggle and passing clubs with actor Patrick Dempsey. In 2010, Jen was named Executive Director of Juggling Life Inc., a New Jersey non-profit with a mission to engage, inspire, and emotionally heal ill and disadvantaged children through unique juggling and circus arts workshops and entertaining performance art shows. Young volunteers are trained to become workshop leaders. Jen has appeared on Good Morning America to promote the charity’s work.
Dale G. Caldwell is a CEO, speaker, trainer, author and philanthropist who has become one of the world’s leading experts on the power of influence. He developed the innovative new leadership concept of Intelligent Influence, which utilizes the Caldwell Influence FrameworkT; the Intelligent Influence Equations; and, the Caldwell Spheres of Influence to explain the foundation of exceptional success in every endeavor requiring human interaction.
A leading authority on mental skills in sports and life, an award-winning tennis coach and a sought-after speaker, Ed has spent his life researching solutions to these challenges. He is the author of the book, “Game. Set. Life.” which has been on Amazon’s Top 10 in Sports Psychology and featured at the US Open Tennis Championships. Tseng is also co-author of the forthcoming “Success Simplified” with Stephen Covey (“Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) and “The Pinstripe Principles – Mental Toughness Lessons From The World’s Greatest Team.”
A former Latin teacher and recent library science graduate (with a background in mathematics), Andromeda is interested in people, technology, information, and how they intersect in strange new alchemies. I aim to be boundaryspanner.
Cooking with Chef Albrecht
Chris Albrecht, executive chef at Eno Terra, will take his inspiration from what is in season at the Princeton Farmer’s Market and create some delectable dishes before your eyes.Chris’s “Princeton Eats” cooking workshops were standing room only last summer at the library. Come be engaged with your senses as Chris cooks for TEDx attendees.
Limited to 20 participants.
Discover the Tossibilities! Learn to juggle with professional juggler Jen Slaw. Learning a new skill like juggling, in which the body and mind are fully engaged, has been shown to increase both grey and white matter in the brain, as well as improve hand-eye coordination, focus, balance, sense of rhythm, body awareness and control of movement, stamina, and discipline. It can boost self-confidence and ultimately become a meditative exercise…and it’s fun! Workshop participants will work individually and collaboratively towards the goal of mastering the basic 3 object juggle.
Discover the new and creative art called Zentangle. In this introductory class you will experience the satisfaction of completing your own unique, finished piece of art and enjoy the meditative quality this wonderful art form has to offer. This class is for those who have no previous art training or drawing experience as well as experienced students who want to learn this specific technique. A starter kit is included. Actual tile may vary slightly from class sample.
Kim Dorman is a Programming and Library Associate at Princeton Public Library. Often seen walking through Princeton either reading or with children and dogs in tow, Kim sees life as fascinating and full of wonder and only bemoans the fact that it is unlikely that she will be able to learn everything that she wants to know in this lifetime.
Shelly’s small town roots and big city wings have found a comfortable home in Princeton. As Programming and Library Associate at Princeton Public Library, Shelly has the opportunity on a daily basis to embrace all that she is passionate about: excellent customer service, problem-solving, quality, community, hard work and creativity. Shelly’s experience of working with Fortune 100 and 500 companies, non-profit organizations and raising a son has helped her develop a broad view of the world. She is also an avid documentary film watcher because real life is so much better than anything someone could make up.
Janie Hermann (@janieh on twitter), in her role as Public Programming Librarian at the Princeton Public Library, is driven by both passion and boundless dedication to ensure that the public programs offered at the library not only meet but exceed the expectations of the Princeton Community. Each year she oversees about 1,600 public programs put together by the amazing team she considers privileged to work with. Her work at the library allows her to interact with a wide variety of local groups and organizations and she truly loves the connections she is able to make each day as a result. As a teacher, librarian, wife and mother, Janie has learned that the “devil is in the details” and you have to leave room for some spontaneous actions. Janie’s spare time is spent at hockey rinks cheering on her son or her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs when they are nearby.
John LeMasney in the Manager for Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University. He was the Manager of Technology Training and Instructional Technology at Rider University for 12 years. He created LeMasney Consulting and Design, which serves the greater Princeton Trenton area of New Jersey. His most recent project is 365sketches.org where he makes one design a day using open source software. John is a husband, father, artist, designer, technologist, designer, open web standard advocate, and open source evangelist living and working in New Jersey.
Hilary Morris is an educator turned blogger and public relations professional. In 2010, after a three-year run as editor/publisher of the popular NJ blog, Mrs. Mo’s New Jersey, Hilary closed operations to focus on her growing family and business. After the birth of her second daughter, Hilary renamed her business to Hilary Morris Public Relations, LLC with a focus on pr, event marketing and social media consulting. But you won’t find Hilary at an office or desk during the week. She balances the unpredictable life of a “mompreneur” with play dates, preschool and MOMS Club. Hilary is also the Managing Editor for NJMyWay.com, blogger for The Princeton Packet and board member of Enable, Inc.
Janice Painter is the Manager of Access Services at Princeton Public Library. She tends the library’s customer and collection databases and the associated software, apps, gadgets, peripherals and servers. Her projects and responsibilities include the library’s catalog, physical and online collection development, new technologies and library programs. A graduate of Bennington College and Rutgers University, Janice has been at PPL for 13 years, after working in archives, records management and corporate information technology. Janice and her family (two-legged and four-legged, great and small) live in Hopewell Township, NJ. Cooking, gardening, knitting, reading, social networking, and Zentangling are all passions. Janice contributes to two 365 photo a day projects, Momentile and Dailyshoot, and draws weekly Zentangle assignments, making friends with fellow enthusiasts from all over the world along the way. She has been on the TEDxNJLibraries and TEDxPrincetonLibrary organizing teams. This is her third TEDx event as a planning team member. Think, share, change things, make a difference!
Beth Plankey is a poet, writer, artist, philosopher, comic better known as Beth NoLastName. Ms. Plankey is an advocate for Open Source Living, believing that the best things in life are free and can be improved upon by anyone with a genuine desire to do so. She has been strongly influenced by the great Chinese philosopher Wok Wha Chu Tok and Erma Bombeck.
Tim Quinn is a writer, graphic designer and community leader in Princeton Borough, NJ. As Public Information Director at Princeton Public Library, Tim is responsible for all library marketing and public relations initiatives. He edits and designs the library’s award-winning Connections magazine. Tim is Vice President of the Princeton Regional Schools Board of Education and is chairman of the board’s Program Committee, which sets curriculum policy for the district’s six public schools. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School and is treasurer of the Anchor House Foundation Board of Directors, which manages the financial affairs of a shelter for homeless and abused children in Trenton, NJ. An avid cyclist, he is the founder and co-president of Penn-Jersey Cycling Club and races for Team GBS&C. He is president of Veritable Graphics, a graphic design and public relations firm based in Princeton Borough, NJ, where he lives with his wife, who teaches middle school math, and his son, a singer, composer and arranger.
Adnan Shamsi has more than 20 years of experience in financial advisory and risk management and is a Financial Advisor with the Professional Economic Growth Group | Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. Adnan was previously with UBS AG, the world’s largest wealth management firm based in Switzerland, and with Bank of America and Chase Manhattan Bank. Adnan received his master’s degrees in business administration and international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and Middle East studies from Rutgers University Adnan currently serves as Co-President of the Thunderbird Alumni Association – Princeton Chapter (TAAPC, http://www.thunderbird.edu or follow on twitter http://twitter.com/PrincetonTbird). As the father of a special needs child, Adnan provides expertise in planning for the specific needs of families of children with disabilities. He the founding moderator of the PrincetonSpecialKids listserv for special needs families. You can follow him on Twitter @adnanshamsi or connect with him at http://www.linkedin.com/in/adnanshamsi
The Nassau Inn will be the site of our event this year. We will have pre-TEDx events at the library (more on that soon), but the talks, dinner and networking will be held in the gorgeous Prince William Ballroom of the Nassau Inn just steps away from the library in the heart of Princeton.
HG Media of Princeton NJ has come on board to be our Media Partner for June 1st. Having first-rate video to upload to our TEDx channel is an important component of the event and we know that we will be in good hands with Ken Greenberg and his crew on hand.
Girl+Camera will be photographing the event! M. Elizabeth Williams has been our photographer for two other events, and she always does a fantastic job of capturing the day.
The following businesses were all enthusiastically and immediately on board with becoming a sponsor for this event and we thank them for their support.