After a successful first run in the fall of 2017, Broward College has been licensed once again by TED to host a second TEDxBrowardCollege. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks. TEDx is local, independently organized events that follow certain rules and regulations from the TED Conference, which provides general guidance.

TEDxBrowardCollege will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Performing and Cultural Arts Theater (PCAT) located on Building 68 of the Judson A. Samuels South Campus.

TEDxBrowardCollege flyerThe invitation-only event is set to start at 4:00 p.m. and will run until 7:00 p.m. It will be divided into two sessions of four speakers each.


Speakers were selected based on an application process that tested their abstract and sample speech. An internal committee of faculty and staff chaired by assistant professor of Communication Walter Burton reviewed the applications.

Technology and its Impact in the Operating Room (Dr. John Malloy)

As a renowned name in spinal surgery, Dr. John Malloy will focus his talk on new technologies and techniques in spinal surgeries that treat musculoskeletal and spinal injuries and disorders.

As a published author and national and international speaker, he has influenced surgeons from all over the world.

Innovate What’s in Your Way (Natalie Butto)

Natalie Butto is currently a management professor at Broward College. She has previously worked as a Fortune 500 in-house legal counsel and executive. Her presentation will focus on how to turn problems or obstacles into fuel for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Task Oriented Workforce (Chris Palermo)

Today’s working environment differs greatly from 30 or 40 years ago. Chris Palermo, founder, and CEO of Global Communication Networks (GCN) will be talking about how people must prepare and what to expect from today’s competitive and demanding workforce.

We Need More Boundaries, Less Walls (Kai Zwiebel)

Kai Zwiebel will focus on the benefits of individuals creating boundaries and how it affects humanity on a larger scale. Zwiebel is  graduating in May of 2019 with her Associate of Arts and plans to pursue a Doctorate in Anthropology.

Culture Trumps Strategy and Goals Every Time (Mark Alfieri)

Mark Alfieri is the CEO of BrandStar, a full-service content marketing agency. He will be talking about the influence of the day-to-day work environment in business success.

The Strides in Debate (Joseph Loffredo)

Joseph Loffredo is a debate competitor for Cooper City High School and Broward College. He will discuss how debate influences future citizens and how debate helped him to find his voice. Loffredo was the champion speaker in Lincoln Douglas Debate and 3rd place at the Florida College System Activities Association State Forensics Tournament in Parliamentary Debate.

The Dropped Baton (Brandon Gibson)

Brandon Gibson will address entrepreneurship, how to approach it, and how to be a successful entrepreneur. Given his experience as Club President for Greatness in the Making (G.I.M.), a Broward College initiative with the mission to assist students in assimilating into today’s workforce in a fun and interactive setting, Gibson will have plenty of stories to share.

Social Justice Parenting (Traci Baxley)

Traci Baxley is using her TED talk to discuss new ideas in parenting styles that adapt to our current social climate. These styles can offer advantages by turning fear into motivations and fueling positive change. Baxley is the founder and CEO of BrownSchooling, a consulting company that offers professional development in equity practices for schools and organizations.

Tickets are free and food will be provided. If you cannot attend personally, the event will be livestreamed in its totality. For more information, you can reach out to Henry Mack at

Interested in attending the event? RSVP here.