The Big Picture

TEDxTampaBayChange is happening Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Where: Poynter Institute 801 3rd St. S. St. Petersburg, FL  33701

When: 10:00 am – 11:00 am Registraton

11:00 am – 11:30 am Networking

11:30 am – 1:00 pm TEDxChange live stream viewing

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm Lunch provided

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Live presentations

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Networking with the presenters and attendees

Cost: $25 cash donation requested at the door

We’ll be viewing the live stream of TEDxChange from Berlin in the morning. In the afternoon, we’ll be hosting powerful presenters with plenty of opportunities for deep discussions.


Tickets: http://tedxtampabaychange.eventbrite.com ($25 donation (cash) requested at the door to cover fees.)For the latest event updates, follow the TEDxTampaBay Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tedxtampabay.


Cesar Hernandez – Human Rights Activist

Cesar HernandezCesar Hernandez is the former USF Student Body President and Trustee. Cesar was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, the first generation born in the U.S from Guatemalan Immigrants. He is currently pursuing his double Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Medical Science/Political Science and is a proffesional Community Organizer for the University Area Community and Development Center (UACDC).

Cesar represented the United States at the Education Without Borders World conference in Dubai against 4,000 students from all over the world, At the conference he was ranked #1 in the world in policy on his research on immigration. Cesar also holds the unofficial record for longest political speech ever. He spoke for 24 hours straight surpassing the previous record of 9 hours held by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Cesar is the CEO and founder of the Seraph Foundation, Chief Operating Officer forTrendsetter Clothing Company, Executive team for the Haiti Recovery and Development Company and the former President of the USF chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. Under his leadership the fraternity achieved  2010 NALFO National Chapter of the year, 2009 USF Chapter of the Year, 2009 Florida State Chapter of the Year and 2009  National Chapter of the Year Award.

He is the recipient of 2009 Overall Chapter President of the Year, Outstanding Student Leader of the Year, 2009 Florida Undergraduate Brother of the Year, 2009 USF Hispanic Heritage Leader Honor, 2009 Leadership Legacy Award.

He is a proud Alumnus of the Hesselbein Global Academy and is dedicated to multiplying the light throughout the world.

Blane Friest – Real food activist

Blane FriestBlane Friest, an Iowa native, is a lifelong food enthusiast and passionate food activist since reading Michael Pollan’s book, Omnivore’s Dilemma. Shortly after the last presidential election, Blane was inspired to write the Pollan for Secretary of Agriculture petition (later the Pollan for Agriculture Organization) that garnered international media attention. Blane continues to use his unique perspective as a man who grew up in a small rural community working on farms who now works on Wall St. — to spread the principles forwarded in Pollan’s book while representing his organization at the National Farm Food Lobby Day. Each year on Capital Hill, Lobby Day gathers the community — where farmers from across the United States assemble to feed members of congress and lobby for the rights of small farms to produce natural and healthy food for their communities.

Blane is a serial entrepreneur. He is an inspirational speaker and Executive Coach specializing in entrepreneurship, small business transformation and team building. He is the founder of DDM Production LLC, a live event production company producing C-suite events for many Wall Street firms. Additionally, Blane has been Adjunct Professor in the Carroll College Theatre Dept, Production Manager for the International Tour of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros performed in Moscow and Tashkent, Uzbekistan in Spring of 1996, and is a teacher of Zen and facilitator of the Big Mind Western Zen Process ™.

Erik Proulx – Film Producer

Erik ProulxAs a 15-year veteran of the advertising industry, Erik once created commercials for brands like Volvo, Fidelity Investments, GMC Trucks, and Perdue Chicken.

Then, two days after being offered a raise and a promotion, his agency laid him off without ceremony.

Erik is now a documentary and commercial film director. As both the creator and a subject of his first film “Lemonade,” Erik has front-line exposure to a profound shift in attitude around work and careers.

His experience, combined with the collective experience of the hundreds of people he’s interviewed for Lemonade (the book), has made him an insightful speaker, author, and advocate for personal and professional reinvention. He has appeared on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook, ABC News with Tory Johnson, and several other national print and broadcast media to discuss his expertise in careers and re-employment.

Erik is currently filming a feature-length documentary called “Lemonade, Detroit” about the reinvention of a city trying to redefine itself after the collapse of the auto industry. A 17-minute short version of the film can be seen here.

Dr. Bruce Ramshaw – Surgeon and Change Agent in the medical community

Bruce RamshawBruce received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Florida and completed a general surgery residency in Atlanta, Georgia. He has had the privilege of performing surgery and presenting laparoscopic and advanced hernia procedures and concepts around the world.

After eight years in private practice, he moved to be on the Emory Endosurgery Unit at Emory University for three years and then served as Chief of General Surgery and in a tenured professorship at the University of Missouri for five years. At Missouri, he redesigned General Surgery to implement patient-centered care teams and saw the potential of a new model for healthcare.

He quit his job to find a place that would be willing to completely implement this new model for academic medicine. After two years of searching and planning, the Transformative Care Institute has been incorporated in Daytona Beach, Florida as the first academic medical center in the country to be designed with divisions based on patient problems rather than the physician specialty.

Starting in July 2012, surgery residents will be trained in a patient-centered, team approach learning from patient care managers, engineers, organizational design experts, psychologists and patients and their family members in addition to surgeons and nurses.

Bruce has also been an entrepreneur, having started several companies in the healthcare field. He is also the author of several patents involving medical education, software and medical devices.

Michelle Royal, The Official TEDxTampaBay Graphic Facilitator

Michelle RoyalMichelle Royal is an Innovation Consultant, and founder of HDYI: How Do You Innovate?. For the past 17 years she has facilitated the development of the creative capacities and innovation potential within individuals and businesses both in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. The HDYI process utilizes a unique fusion of visual and design thinking to accelerate business innovation. Her custom workshops and programs result in united company visions, mobilized teams and sustainable innovation leadership. Michelle is the Board Chair of Creative Tampa Bay, a Board Member of Tampa Bay WaVE, and a founding Trustee of Awesomeness with Awesome Tampa Bay.

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Tampa Florida Attractions

TEDxChange 2012 is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris

Anderson, TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and

development. TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around the live

webcast of TEDxChange, and also feature local speakers. Our event is called

TEDxTampaBayChange, and is one of many TEDx events happening around the

globe on April 5th that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2010.


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