2018 EDITION - DISRUPTORS
Loving Where You're From | Emilio Joubert
Major in Italian
"The most important moments, the most life-changing ones, are not always dramatic. After years of rejection, poverty, and struggle, I give the story of how one trip to Bodega, one high school, and one conversation gave me a second change -the chance to succeed against the odds."
Despite struggles with homelessness, abuse, and a fight for financial independence at the age of 15, Joubert devotes his life to the pursuit of joy. He has crafted a lifestyle that is both fulfilling and productive, and hopes to teach us all how to ignite ourselves with positivity.
Why I Love | Timothy Garcia
Major in Mathematics
Minors in Economics and Philosophy
"Three years ago, I moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Georgetown while Alice stayed back in California. I made a decision for myself that ultimately affected the both of us - one that took time for us to fathom and realize that damn, long-distance relationships are hard as hell."
Garcia is no novice to love; he's been in a relationship for eight years. He understands the temptation to close oneself off from emotions and intimacy, but he wants to inspire us all to make ourselves vulnerable, to allow ourselves to love and be loved.
Overcoming the Desire to Deserve | Matthew Park
Major in Biological Physics
Minors in STIA & Biology
"We all deserve something better, but how do we go about showing the rest of the world that we really do deserve to have it all? In a world where being entitled is frowned upon, we can aspire to and better position ourselves to be entitled to the things we want to deserve."
Too often, we smother out our own fires - be it our passions or beliefs - because we fear they stray too far from the status quo. Park will show us that if we can admire not just others, but also ourselves for daring to actively pursue our passions, then we'll find success. Not all things have to be refined or fit a certain mold to be considered complete. Perhaps, our jagged edges are the cornerstone of our personal successes.
I Believe You: Three Words That Can
Change A Survivor’s Life | Jazmin Pruitt
Major in Biology of Global Health
Minor in African American Studies
"Black women have started 'talking back,' but it is still a fact that Black women’s stories have been erased, ignored, and generally unacknowledged. For my talk, I'm going to discuss what Black women, as well as society, can do to address the original injuries inflicted and preclude recurrence, as well as what remedies exist that'll make black women whole again. "
Pruitt is excited both about the knowledge she will gain from those listening to her speak, as well as the knowledge she will gain from those speaking alongside her.
I Have No Friends | Courtney Ryman
Major in Government
Minors in History & Sociology
"Meaningful connections are crucial to our wellbeing, but what is life like without friends? As someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder, I will discuss the struggles of forming and maintaining friendships, and how I'm working to be brave."
Strength can be found even in times of weakness and Ryman hopes to inspire the Georgetown community to find the bravery to reach out for help. Her non-traditional journey to the Hilltop brought an underlying struggle with mental illness to the surface as she works to actively destigmatize mental illness and speak about the value of human connection.
Going Beyond Exceptionalism | Kendell Long
Majors in Government & African-American Studies
"Exceptionalism: the condition of being different from the norm. We must go beyond a praxis of change centered around creating exceptions to the norm and statistics of marginalized communities. We ignore a large group of people who are both worth and capable of change. We place an unreasonable burden on those we deem as the exceptions to be the measuring stick and leaders of change. This talk will challenge how we think of our communities and the people in them."
Long considers himself a community project. Traditions of storytelling and oral histories from his youth have caused him to take on a larger responsibility to a legacy that connects back to the African diaspora. Long seeks to ignite a long-term commitment to expanding attitudes of inclusion and diversity.
The Two Sides of Failure | Desiree Tims
Georgetown University Law Center 2019
"What do you do? That is the most common question spoken in this city, but each of us is more than a career choice or school choice. I hope to challenge everyone to intentionally listen to the stories of all the people you will meet in this life. My personal story has taught me that the GPS guide to the road not taken is in our gut. Find out how I reconnected with my internal GPS from a Washington DC hospital room to this very stage with all of you."
Desiree has deep roots in community engagement, political campaigns, and government affairs. She has worked for several national nonprofits, The White House, and U.S. Congress to name a few. She is a member of the Black Law Student Association and serves as a peer mentor-advisor.
The Importance of Curious Teaching | Jerome Smalls
McDonough School of Business 2019
Major in Marketing
Certificate in Entrepreneurship
"For the “by-the-book” teacher who sees their job solely as a means to educate students about a particular subject, I commend you, but this talk is not for you. This talk is for the teacher that values building relationships with their students. The ones who believe that understanding the lives of their students builds trust and increases performance. This talk is for the teachers who want to become more curious."
In addition to being a student on the hilltop and a Community Scholar, Jerome is also a motivational speaker, youth influencer, and author from Charleston, SC. He is the founder and CEO of SmallTalk LLC, a youth speaker's bureau dedicated to the missions of motivating youth, empowering educators, and connecting students and teachers through storytelling.
A Fighting Chance | Josephine Lupa
Majors in Economics & Philosophy
"When my brother was diagnosed with autism, everything changed. Growing up with adjusted expectations for his life taught me to value what I would otherwise take for granted. Let me change the way you think about opportunity."
Inspired by her family, Lupa seeks to challenge issues faced by people on the autistic spectrum. Through a reflection of her brother's struggle with autism, she wants to ignite her audience members with excitement about their opportunities and insists that we all have the right to make a life for ourselves.
Undocumented and Afraid: My Life As An Undocumented Christian | Jaquelin Martinez
Major in Economics
Minor in Portuguese
"Partisan politics that demand we pick a side for all issues make us forget that the complexity of our humanity cannot be reduced to one simple identity. I will be sharing about how I processed my identity as an undocumented immigrant in the evangelical Christian space after the 2016 election."
Martinez is most looking forward to unpacking the intersection of her identity as an evangelical Christian and a DACAmented immigrant through the platform of TEDxGeorgetown.
2018 EXTERNAL SPEAKERS
Imam Yahya Hendi
Office of Campus Ministry
A sought-after speaker, Imam Hendi has presented a multitude of interfaith and general lectures in the USA, Asia, Africa, Europe, central Asia, Eastern Europe, Australia, and the Middle East over the past 10 years, and he has been to more than 63 countries and 45 US states for conferences.
Mr. Hendi was one of the Muslim leaders who met with President Clinton during his presidency. He also met with President Bush in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy and continued to meet him many times during his presidency.
Watch Tiffany's TEDx Talk
FOUNDER & CEO
As a senior at Georgetown in 2009, Yu noticed that disability was missing from conversations about diversity. As such, she started Diversability, a movement committed to raising disability awareness and reshaping conceptions of ability. Yu also works with Lime Connect, the Disability Interest Forum at Goldman Sachs, and B-ABLE at Bloomberg. Yu is determined to show the world that people with disabilities are more than just "people with disabilities." For a sneak peak into her 2018 TEDxGeorgetown talk, check out her "Power of Exclusion" talk earlier this year for TEDxBethesda here.
Watch Robert's TEDx Talk
PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT
Executive Master's in Leadership Program
Mcdonough School of Business
Bies is currently working on research that focuses on leadership, the delivery of bad news, organizational justice, and revenge and forgiveness in the workplace. He has over 80 publications in these fields and has co-authored the book Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge -- And How to Stop It.
Watch Daniela's TEDx Talk
Global Health Corps
Daniela was born and raised in Mexico City, where she learned the importance of being an active part of society in order to catalyze change. She’s devoted her career to fostering strong leadership in social innovation, which is critical to sustainable development and transformation.
Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes the movement for health equity by building the next generation of health leaders. Since 2009, GHC has placed and developed creative young professionals from diverse backgrounds into high-impact health positions in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.