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2023 TEDx Oneonta Speakers

Josiah Brown

(Delhi, New York) "Could Tourists Save Your Town?"    

Josiah Brown, or the New York Sherpa as he is know, is a frequent speaker and advocate for New York State's Visitor Economy. After driving nearly 800,000 miles across New York State and America his work is deploying strategies that make small and rural communities thriving places to live, work and play for generations to come.

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Keneea Linton-George

(New York, New York) "The Paradox of Ethical Fashion”

Jamaican born fashion designer, television executive producer, and social entrepreneur.  Studied Philosophy at The University Of The West Indies Mona; and fashion design courses at The University Of London – Central St. Martins.


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Jean Tien

(Great Neck, New York) "Hard Work Doesn't Have to be Hard”

Jean Tien is a best-selling author and creator of The S.U.C.C.E.S.S.™ Method, a proprietary 7-step program that helps her clients break through their success barriers. Having overcome the corporate struggle, Jean now helps others have more success with less hustle and overwhelm.

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Julianne Kirkand

(Bishop, Georgia) “Managing Multiple Identities”

Julianne Kirkland is a wife of one and a mom of six. As an international best-selling author, former Mastery Trainer for Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi, and speaker and life coach, Julianne uses her expertise as an Overcomer Strategist to help turn life’s stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

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Noemie Florant

(Port Jervis, New York) "Painting a Diverse Future: Inspiring Young Minds to Erase Algorithmic Bias in AI”

Noemie Florant is a visionary high school rising senior and aspiring founder of FutureAI Scholars, a nonprofit bridging children from underrepresented communities to AI. With a deep passion for computer science, Noemie has pursued independent study for four years. Noemie strives to empower underrepresented youth for an inclusive AI future.

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Juan Montenegro

(Bellflower, California) "Unleashing Human Potential through Volunteerism: A Dyslexic's Journey to Self-Discovery”

Juan Carlos Montenegro has dedicated the last 20 years of his life to working with and for young people. He was born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1976 and upon finishing high school he opted for a year of volunteer service in Achuar communities (Ecuadorian Amazon).

He is a commercial engineer, master's degree in business administration, master's degree in youth ministry, certificate in coordination of youth ministry, and doctor in "individuals, family and society, a multidisciplinary vision" from the University of Comillas, Spain. He currently resides in Los Angeles, United States, and is dedicated to offering support to people and organizations in their processes of self-knowledge and in the discovery of their abilities to achieve their freedom and success. 

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