TEDx Gateway Arch Speakers Announced for Ripple Effect


    Once again, HEC-TV is proud to be partnering with TEDxGatewayArch as the official media sponsor of their October 27th flagship event. When TEDxGatewayArch’s 2017 speakers take to the stage at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) campus, The Higher Education Channel will be in attendance and capture the entertainment, buzz, ideas and opportunities at what has been dubbed “the smartest happy hour in St. Louis.”

    All 14 speakers and entertainers bring their different perspectives and “ideas worth sharing” to this TED-licensed event, featuring talks in the renowned TED Talk style, creative performances, and innovative exhibits. The event will take place for the 5th consecutive year on Friday, October 27th, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (doors open 4:30) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) campus. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 and will range from $25 – $125.

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    The 2017 TEDxGatewayArch: Ripple Effect Speakers include:

    Ness Sandoval, Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at Saint Louis University

    Ness Sándoval studies spatial inequality in American cities and Latino and Immigrant Demography as an Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at Saint Louis University. He is also the Co-Director of the Ph.D. program in Public and Social Policy and the founder of the GeoSpatial Research and Innovation lab (GeoSRI) at SLU. Ness currently serves as an applied demographer and consultant to several community organizations in the Saint Louis and Midwest region.

    Dr. Sheyna Gifford, Simulated Astronaut, Physician at Barnes-Jewish

    Dr. Sheyna Gifford’s career has crossed science, space and medicine in numerous ways. With an MD, MA, and MSc, she currently works as a physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Some previous roles include a stint as the scientist-in-residence at the St. Louis Science Center, where she helped design exhibits and outreach activities; a tour as the health and safety officer and crew journalist on NASA’s 1-year mission to simulate Mars; a science journalist for NASA; work in neuroscience at Brown University, Harvard University, and Massachusetts General Hospital; a satellite engineering project at Space Science Laboratories; and an astrophysics researcher for the DEEP2 sky survey at the University of California, Berkeley. She has written more than 100 articles in the fields of biology, engineering, and space science and given over a dozen guest lectures. Gifford is a captain in, and a health officer for, the Missouri Civil Air Patrol air force auxiliary.

    Markey Culver, Founder and Co-Director at The Women’s Bakery, Inc.

    Markey Culver is the Founder and Co-Director of The Women’s Bakery, Inc.
    The Women’s Bakery (TWB) is a business model committed to empowering women through education and business. Through comprehensive training, TWB empowers women to profitably own and operate nutrition-centric bakeries around the world. Rather than build bakeries as an act of charity, TWB harnesses business, and business training, as a tool for positive social change.

    Marcus Adrian, Architect and Principal at Mackey Mitchell Architects

    Marcus is an Architect and Managing Principal of Mackey Mitchell Architects in downtown St. Louis and focuses primarily on the design of learning spaces and accessibility for all ages and abilities.

    His research and design work have been published widely and presented at national and international conferences, and he uses his knowledge and experience to advocate for public policy in support of people with developmental needs.

    Born in Missouri and raised in St. Louis, Marcus received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 1994.  He and Angela live in St. Louis Hills with their three children.

    De Nichols, Civic Innovator and Director at Civic Creatives

    Through a multi-disciplinary design practice, De Andrea Nichols helps change makers nationwide address social, civic, and racial equity challenges within their communities. De serves as Director & Principal Designer of Civic Creatives, a social design organization that produces interactive events, tools, and services that foster the discovery, ideation, prototyping, and actualization of community-driven civic solutions.

    As an arts-based activist, Nichols organizes communities to develop creative calls-to-action for social justice issues through her leadership with the Artivists STL collective, Citizen Artists STL, and FoodSpark. Nichols also serves on the Board of Directors for Forward through Ferguson and chairs the Board of Directors for Creative Reaction Lab.

    De is an alumna of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in communication design, social entrepreneurship, and socio-economic development.

    Antionette D. Carroll, Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab

    Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a social enterprise that educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-create solutions with Black and Latin populations to design healthy and racially equitable communities.

    Throughout her career, Carroll has worked for non-profits focusing on social justice, human rights, diversity and inclusion.

    When she is not working (which as a mom, wife, and entrepreneur usually equals never), Carroll is watching science fiction, action and Asian cinema, reading, practicing hand lettering, coloring with her children, and adding to her shoe collection.

    Bert Vescolani, President and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center

    For over 25 years, Bert Vescolani has focused on informal learning – leading teams and students both inside and outside of the classroom environment and has taught high school, community college and private university students.

    As the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Louis Science Center, he leads a team of over 200 staff members and 400 volunteers serve more than one million people each year in igniting and sustaining life-long science and technology learning. It has built a national reputation for education programs and exhibits, community partnerships, and visitor experience. The Science Center is part of many local, regional and national initiatives to build better and stronger links between formal and informal education.

    Vescolani is a member of the boards of the Academy of Science of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever, BioSTL, Higher Education Consortium, Challenger Learning Center of St. Louis, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. Vescolani also serves as a volunteer ski patroller for Hidden Valley ski patrol in Wildwood, Missouri. He was was awarded the Association of Science/Technology Center’s highest honor – the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award – which has only been awarded three times since 2005.

    Theresa Coble, Professor of Experiential and Family Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis

    Theresa G. Coble serves as the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in collaboration with Forest Park Forever. Before coming to UMSL, Dr. Coble was a faculty member at West Virginia University and Stephen F. Austin State University, working in the human dimensions of forestry and natural resources.

    Coble currently serves on the National Park Service Advisory Board Education Committee and as Vice-President for Administration and member of the board for the National Association for Interpretation

    Diane Brockmeyer, President and CEO of Mid-America Transplant

    For more than 40 years, Mid-America Transplant has facilitated organ and tissue donation, and now serves 84 counties covering eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas. As President and CEO of the non-profit organization, Diane Brockmeier oversees strategic operations, including key partnerships with more than 120 hospitals. She has been with Mid-America Transplant for 30 years, first as a nurse and organ procurement coordinator and then rising through the ranks to oversee all organ procurement and clinical services as the chief operating officer before becoming president and CEO.

    Brockmeier serves in an active role in the national Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, where she has chaired and served on numerous committees related to standards and accreditations, strategic planning and procurement. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and is a committee member of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).

    Jade Harrell, Speaker, Talk Show Host, Radio and Television Producer

    Jade Harrell is the creator and executive producer of RareGem Productions. Harrell’s voice can be heard globally through multiple platforms of strictly positive programming. Her work includes charitable efforts, appearances, presentations and productions in television, radio, books, stage plays and conference series.

    Harrell began her career as the primetime lunchroom DJ at her high school’s radio station, and made her presence felt in commercial radio as the host and producer of the community affairs program, “Sunday Morning Live” with Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. She also produces “Let’s Get It! Together”, an empowering weekly “life classroom” radio series and is presently an on-air personality 7 days a week on iHeart Radio with Hallelujah 1600 AM (Memphis, TN and St. Louis, MO) and 100.3FM “The Beat”, ALT 104.9 FM, Z107.7 FM and 93.7 FM The Bull (St. Louis, MO).

    Nicole Paris, Female Beat-Boxer, Artist, founder of Drop The Beats

    Nicole Paris’ passion and appreciation of freestyle beat-boxing encouraged the newly founded organization Drop the Beats. This community-based organization provides educational events and a platform for like-minded artists. Harris now travels around the world to perform.


    The event will also feature a talk from a yet-to-be-announced famous St. Louisan, a performance from a local musician and a demonstration from Nick Droege, Co-Founder of SafeTrek of his app which has been called a modern day 9-1-1 and was recently named the #3 early stage startup in the United States by CNBC. SafeTrek is one of St. Louis’ fastest growing companies.




    It all starts with a drop.

    FRIDAY NIGHT, OCT 27, 2017

    DOORS @ 4:30PM, TALKS @ 6:00


    1 University Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63121

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