Traveling the “path of life,” there are intersections at which you can meet other travelers and intersections where you make a decision to change your own trajectory. Even when continuing forward on a path, an intersection is the place to slow down, consider your surroundings and take note of what is crossing your intended path.
For the 2023 TEDxEustis conference, we’re not just interested in the intersections along literal and figurative paths, but also what happens when disciplines intersect, what we can learn from the intersection of different cultures, and how to create intersections for others who need a new direction in their lives.
From identifying off ramps for felons who too often reoffend and take the u-turn back to prison, to identifying the benefits of finding an intersection between education and nature, the 2023 TEDxEustis conference will explore a wide range of topics from 14 speakers and a handful of talented performers.
R.J. Chapman is from Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He graduated from George Whittell High School and was the student body president in 1976. He joined the Navy in 1976 as an Interior Communications Electrician. He steadily rose through the ranks, and in 1992 was selected for the Command Master Chief (CMC) program.
First Generation Advocate
Liz Cohen, a ‘mover and shaker’ in the field of education, received her BS Degree from The Florida State University and is the recipient of two prestigious awards from the university for her outstanding work: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education and the 2021 Grads Made Good Award from the Alumni Association.
Tree Hugger Extraordinaire
Becci is a teacher, librarian and naturalist in Camden County, Georgia for over 30 years. She learned to explore her natural surroundings at a very young age, at the heels of her father. As a single dad and avid outdoorsman, he encouraged her to use all five of her senses to discover the natural world that surrounded them.
CeCe Espeut is a former US Marine, author, TEDx speaker, three-time Distinguished Toastmaster, and a master photographer. As a quiet and shy child growing up in Jamaica WI, with many relatives, CeCe found herself watching them talk their way out of escapades and into amazing adventures.
Dotti was unwell and unable to participate this year as a speaker. We look forward to her being on our stage in 2024.
Dotti Groover–Skipper believes in dynamic living through servant leadership! Since graduating from the University of South Florida, she has facilitated expert programming to impact positive policy change in addiction and sex trade.
Katie McCleary is an author, changemaker, professor of leadership and a lover of people. Earning her MFA, in Writing and Consciousness, led to her belief that handwriting is a path to transform the self, communities and the world. She is also the coauthor of Bridge the Gap, which Inc. named 1 of 3 business books to read in 2022.
Average Daily Driver
Chuck McMaster has been the managing partner of a healthcare supply chain consulting company since 2015. Prior to that, his longtime experience was in hospitals and large groups of hospitals handling supply chain contracting for supplies and services as needed.
Jefferson Noel is a Haitian-American community educator raised in Miami.. He is a three-time published author. Jefferson founded Barbershop Speaks—an organization dedicated to engaging in intelligent discussions inside Barbershops and Beauty Salons to enlighten, educate, and empower the community.
Nic Patterson majored in Piano Performance at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and University of Montevallo. A concert pianist, he represented Steinway & Sons for a time. He started the NicNac Design, a multimillion dollar marketing company at the age of thirteen.
Paralympic Gold Medalist
Jana is a 3X Paralympian, Gold & Bronze Medalist, a champion of overcoming obstacles. For 12 years, she was a media personality, Jana Banana, entertaining and helping listeners navigate the challenges of life using fun and humor.
Prince of Neverwas
Writing is my passion. Reaching others and encouraging them to find theirs is my mission.” Cold War submarine veteran, Winfield H. Strock III, has finally discovered his life’s passion in writing. And it only took a brush with death for him to take his calling seriously.
Dr. Veronica Tomor
Stroke & anti-Vaping Archangel
Veronica Tomor holds a doctoral degree in Pharmacy, is a Clinical Pharmacist and has worked in the medical field for three decades focused in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.
Chief Hope Builder
Michelle Weidenbenner is an award-winning author of several best-selling books. As the proud mom of a recovering addict, she is passionate about changing the stigma of addiction and helping moms let go of the shame, blame, and chaos of their children’s substance use disorders.
Secily Wilson is the founder and CEO of WOW Legacy Group Inc. She began her career as an award winning broadcast news journalist, anchor/reporter and television personality. Secily has spent more than a decade as a storyteller, spokesperson, and communications professional.
Sauda JoAnne Jackson
Dancer & Visual Artist
Sauda is a dancer, visual artist, Women’s group facilitator, Storyteller, and writer. She has studied and performed with world re-knowned African dance artists & musicians.
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