What is TEDx Oneonta?
Ideas worth spreading.
TEDx Oneonta is designed to bring together a diverse group of community members to share ideas and become change-makers.
TEDx Oneonta is just the start of the conversation - it makes new connections, reinforces or reignites new ones.
It will open the door of passion and possibility and keep inspiration a part of our lives.
2021 Speaker Lineup
(Timmins, Ontario, Canada) “Ending Rape Culture One Word at a Time”
Rosalia Rivera is a passionate consent educator, sexual literacy advocate, speaker, change agent, and survivor turned thriver. She is the host of AboutCONSENT™, a podcast for survivors and those who support survivors. Rosalia is also the founder of CONSENTparenting™, an online platform for survivor parents to learn how to protect their families from abuse. And she is soon launching CONSENTwear™, a clothing brand for kids, teens and adults to create consent culture.
(Washington, DC) “How to Build a Motivational Workplace Culture: Reinventing Compensation”
Rebecca Ahmed is an award-winning human resources expert. Ahmed’s experience stems from 10+ years in the hospitality industry, overseeing HR through major mergers and acquisitions, including Pinnacle Entertainment, Allegiant Travel Company, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. She most recently leveraged her expertise to join Savills, an international commercial real estate advisory firm. Additionally, she is CEO of Laugh Thru Life, a professional coaching organization. Ahmed serves as a Board Member for Suited for Change.
(New York, NY) “Why Justice for Wildlife Affects You”
Gohar Petrossian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Director of the International Crime and Justice Masters Program at John Jay College. Her research interests include crimes against wildlife, with a particular interest in Illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing; spatial and temporal analysis of crime and GIS mapping; environmental criminology and opportunity theories; and crime prevention. She is the author of the book Last Fish Swimming: The Global Crime of Illegal Fishing (Global Crime and Justice Series. ABC-CLIO, LLC, Praeger Imprint), published in 2019.
(Oneonta, NY) “Climate Change and Sustainability in the Age of COVID”
Rachel is an enthusiastic environmental educator who has spent the past 15 years bringing environmental and outdoor learning opportunities to students around the world. Rachel currently works as the Director of the Office of Sustainability at SUNY Oneonta. Rachel has taught outdoor field studies to students in Brooklyn, NY, taught undergraduate Education students how to include hands-on science in their future classrooms, and produced live-stream webcasts from rural Tanzania to highlight the issues associated with water scarcity.