Speakers

TED Talk: Design Behind Bars

Chris Ratcliffe is the co-founder of Triple M Productions, a marketing firm founded in 2002. He has extensive experience in the radio industry, including years as a national and local advertising sales manager. Chris also served as the Vice President of MGP Media, a unit of Merv Griffin Productions.
He is currently leading an initiative to teach entrepreneurship skills to inmates at the RI Department of Corrections in an effort to reduce the rate of recidivism. He teaches at Bryant University and the Community College of Rhode Island, as well as teaching sales and marketing for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.

Christopher wants the audience to (1) recognize the creative talents that incarcerated men possess and (2) encourage companies to hire formerly incarcerated people, thus helping to reduce recidivism.

Brooke Tomasetti

TED Talk: Money As a Tool For Creating the Life of Your Dreams

Brooke Tomasetti is a Bryant University Alumni who is passionate about the fact that anyone can pursue their wildest dreams by mastering personal finance. Brooke started Money Life Mentor to help other freedom chasers use money as a tool for creating their dream lives by getting organized with their money and making the most of their income every month. Currently, Brooke works as head Personal Finance Consultant and CEO of Money Life Mentor, and is the Director of Financial Education and Community at Carbon Collective. Brooke has been traveling around the world while working remotely for over six years. Her focus is on building a location-independent business and career that I never want to retire from.

Brooke hopes that the audience will walk away knowing that they are 100% responsible for creating the life of their dreams. Everyone has the responsibility and the opportunity to intentionally design their lives, and money is a tool everyone can use to build our dream lives.

Brooke Tomasetti is a 2015 Bryant University Alumni.

Dustin Cabral

TED Talk: The Evolution of Data Visualization

Dustin Cabral is a data analytics consultant at Cleartelligence who specializes in bringing information to life through data visualization. He has broad experience building analytics communities in many industries including retail, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and more. His belief is that data visualization can provide clarity, insight, and value to any industry, role, or profession and it’s his mission to deliver on that promise. That’s why he has also dedicated his time teaching 14,000+ eLearning students how to leverage data visualization tools like Tableau in their work lives.

Dustin hopes that the audience learns how anyone can use data visualization to improve their work, understand their world, and find insights which would otherwise stay hidden.

Dustin Cabral is 2009 Bryant Alum. He is a data analytics consultant at Cleartelligence who specializes in bringing information to life through data visualization.

Emily Grossman

TED Talk: Starting Up Small

Emily Grossman is currently a Bryant University student majoring in Marketing and Leadership and Innovation Management, with a minor in Communications. At the age of 20, she started her own Limited Liability Company, in which her mission is to promote campus inclusivity through fashionable styles at affordable prices. Since starting her own company, she became the first student on her campus to open up her very own Pop-Up Shop at athletic games. When asked how to describe herself in one sentence, she states, “I am a pioneering woman encapsulating strong ambitions with an enthusiastic goal-oriented mindset.” There is no limit to where her small business journey will take her, as she constantly expands her ideas into realities through custom graphics and new products featured within her company. She notes not to neglect your personal brand when building your business persona.

Emily hopes that the audience feels a sense of motivation leaving her talk, in efforts to consider their personal brand and individual innovation when exploring our vast world through new experiences and bumps in the road.

Adam Alpert

TED Talk: The Stoic Entrepreneur: Ancient Wisdom For Your Entrepreneurial Journey

Adam is the co-founder of Pangea.app, a VC-Backed startup based in Rhode Island that connects companies with students from more than 1,500 different schools for remote work. Pangea.app was selected as a Top Startup in MassChallenge RI in 2019 and recently graduated from Y Combinator. They’ve raised $3mm to date. He was named one of the 25u25 in Rhode Island in 2018, and has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Techcrunch, and the Boston Globe. He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in History.

Adam hopes that his talk empowers the audience with how to deal with life’s challenges and inspires them to push forward with their goals and be capable of dealing with the bumps in the road.

Nicole Craig

TED Talk: Finding Your “First” – From a First-Generation College Student

Nicole Craig is a senior international business major at Bryant University with concentrations in global supply chain management and Spanish. Her identity as a first-generation college student led to the foundation of Rhode Island’s first chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri-Alpha): A National Honor Society for First-Generation College Students on Bryant University’s campus. She aims to spread awareness for this student population and inspire others to find their “first.”

Nicole hopes to leave the audience with a stronger understanding of first-generation college students and encourage individuals to harness the power of being first in an increasingly innovative world

Daniel Vaquerano

TED Talk: Innovative You

Daniel Vaquerano is a Creator, Communicator and a Coach. Seasoned as a people leader for sales and operations in various industries, Daniel finds the most fulfillment in helping empower others to find their potential. Professionally, he strives to inspire and create a massive impact in the teams he works with. Personally, he has worked with with charities and non-profit youth organizations to give back to the communities in Greater Boston. He has two children, Jasmine and Daniel Jr. and is married to his loving wife Melissa. Besides leading sales teams, Daniel is the Co-Founder of EPIC ME Growth which a coaching & personal development platform set to launch in mid 2022. The goal is two help improve the lives of people across the globe who are seeking personal development resources of all types.

Daniel hopes that the audience leaves with the idea that we are greatness waiting to happen. It all starts with who we are but more importantly, who we CHOOSE to be.

Alexandra Meise

TED Talk: The Monster of Management

Alexandra Meise is a senior team and project management student at Bryant University who loves to create. Her years of experience in the arts as a painter, actress, and writer have given her an alternative approach to the business practices taught in school. She firmly believes that the arts are a physical representation of curiosity in the unknown and proof of individual power in everyone. Currently, Alexandra is involved in a wide variety of academic and social clubs, including Bryant Players, Bryant Sales Team, Student Programming Board, and Yoga Club, where she can exercise her ability to create.

Alexandra hopes to empower the audience to fearlessly take on leadership roles and apply her tips to their own teams at work or at home.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBryantU, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBryantU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.