October 9, 2021
Starting at 12pm


Farmingdale, NY
Charlotte's Speakeasy

Catch the LIVESTREAM on Facebook!


2021 Theme:
Origins & Evolution

All ideas have a starting point but what happens when we allow ourselves to be satisfied with the notion that ideas have an endpoint as well? Can ideas evolve and reimagine their original purpose? Our 3rd annual TEDxFarmingdale event will showcase ideas that have evolved from their previous iterations and aspire to innovate while honoring their origin foundations.

x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

What happens at a TEDx event?

TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx.

Ideas worth spreading

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

The Speakers

Ideas worth spreading from speakers worth listening to


2021 Presenter

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John Lee Cronin
& Mark X. Cronin

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Donnelly, PhD

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Chopra, DDS

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TEDxFarmingdale 2021 Schedule

Event schedule will be posted as the event gets closer!

9/7/19 11:30 am - 10/9/21 12:00 pm


Early Registrants Receive a Prime Seating!
Registration in Charlotte's Frozen Yogurt, Upstairs From the Speakeasy

Please arrive early to register and get your beverage/food orders placed. Doors close at 12pm.

10/9/21 12:00 pm - 10/9/21 1:00 pm

Session 1

Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Lisa Mateo, Sonia Chopro, DDS
Speakeasy Stage

Speakeasy doors close at 12pm promptly! Session 1 will begin once all food/drink orders have been delivered to the tables.

1. TEDx Intro Video

2. George Andriopoulos (TEDxFarmingdale Executive Producer) Opening Remarks

3. Tricia Brouk (emcee) Introduction

4. Marie-Elizabeth Mali

TALK TITLE: What Sea Life Can Teach Us About Gender Fluidity

As a Relationship Alchemist and Speaker, Marie-Elizabeth Mali shows women and couples how to cultivate deeper love and connection in their relationships. Drawing on her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine and over 20 years of working with clients, she teaches women how to show up as authentic leaders in their relationships and work instead of twisting themselves to fit in. Marie-Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Thrive Global, SWAAY, and Forbes. Marie-Elizabeth is also an Official Member of the Forbes Business Council, a published author with an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and an underwater photographer who has a thing for sharks.

5. Lisa Mateo 

TALK TITLE: What Happened to Them?

Journalist/Speaker/TV Host

Lisa Mateo is a NY Emmy Award nominated reporter, anchor and TV host with 20 years broadcast experience. A graduate of Rutgers University, Lisa began her career in TV as a production assistant for the PIX11 Morning News, where she grew to fill roles as a writer, producer, reporter and anchor. Throughout her 18 years at WPIX she also wrote, produced and hosted a number of ½ hour specials, including “Island in Crisis,” where she traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Lisa moved on from local news to the national stage as a reporter for CBS News Newspath and anchor for CBS News Radio. 

When she’s not reporting on the day’s top stories or dining with local celebrities on the television series Celebrity Taste Makers, Lisa enjoys feeding her passion for health and wellness as a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, as well as energizing Fortune 500 companies, universities and smaller organizations as a motivational speaker. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lisa lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

6. Sonia Chopra, DDS 

TALK TITLE: The Modern Day Root Canal: How Saving Teeth can Decrease the Global Healthcare Crisis

Sonia Chopra, DDS, is a board-certified endodontist and owner of Ballantyne Endodontics in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sonia became passionate about endodontics after a dental patient experience, where her pain was misdiagnosed, and the wrong tooth was extracted. It wasn’t until she was referred to a caring, thorough endodontist that she was correctly diagnosed, and a root canal saved her from excruciating pain. Now she’s on a mission to save teeth whenever possible.

She is the founder of E-School, an innovative, online continuing education course in endodontics that has trained hundreds of general dentists. She regularly speaks at professional events like the Association of American Endodontists and Women in Dentistry, and contributes to scholarly journals, podcasts, and media outlets for dentists. Additionally, she is co-founder of A Night for Smiles, an annual gala to support Charlotte-area dental health initiatives.

Now, on top of running her thriving practice, Sonia provides groundbreaking digital education and community support to general dentists and endodontists who want to uplevel their technical skills, and patient experience.  Through her thoughtfully designed online course, E-School, she is revolutionizing the reputation of endodontics through the simple, tangible lessons rooted in her own diverse experience. By empowering dentists to perform better root canals and empowering patients to make better health decisions, Sonia is paving a new way forward for the next generation of healthy, confident, empowered people—both in and out of the chair.


10/9/21 1:30 pm - 10/9/21 2:30 pm

Session 2

Aleem Arif, Kristen Donnelly, PhD, Carol Silva, John Lee Cronin & Mark X. Cronin
Speakeasy Stage

Auditorium doors close at 11:30am promptly!

1. Tricia Intro

2. Aleem Arif

TALK TITLE: Waste Can Be Fashionable

Aleem Arif graduated at the top of his class with a Masters in International Business from Boston University. He worked in finance for 3 years in Boston before moving to Canada and setting up Bano eeMee, a sustainable and ethically made luxury leather brand. Aleem won the Best Emerging Fashion Designer from North America in 2015 and presented his designs at Galleries Lafayette, Paris. Building on his fashion manufacturing experience, Aleem currently works with various high-end brands as a fashion manufacturing consultant and helps connect North American markets to high quality suppliers and manufacturers in South Asia. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, drawing on his international trade experience, Aleem set up AmericanMediSupply and helped hospitals and senior living facilities secure critical personal protection equipment supplies at the height of the pandemic.

When not working, Aleem loves to travel and experience different cultures and cuisines. During the lockdown, Aleem realized the toll the lack of human interaction was taking on his and his friends’ mental health. He turned his attention to Instagram and started posting lighthearted “good morning” videos every day with the hopes of cheering and motivating people. Aleem’s good morning videos have been going strong for almost 2 years now and have garnered a small cult following.

3. Kristen Donnelly, PhD 

TALK TITLE: Victims, Survivors, and Unspoken Trauma

Kristen Donnelly (MSW, M.Div, PhD) is a keynote speaker, international empathy educator, and researcher with two decades of experience in helping people understand the beauty in difference, and the power in inclusivity. She is one of The Good Doctors of Abbey Research, COO of their parent company, and an unapologetic nerd for stories of change. Kristen lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, where they are surrounded by piles of books and several video game consoles. 

4. Carol Silva 

TALK TITLE: How Did I Do That: Faith Examined

Carol Silva is a veteran Emmy Award-winning news anchor, most known for her 33 years at the anchor desk of News 12 Long Island. Carol also reported from the road including Ground Zero, Albany, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Texas. She covered the New York State Legislature, Congressional hearings, and Presidential elections, bringing home the impact of state and national events.

Carol’s three Emmys are among her 50-plus journalism awards. In 2019 she was inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences, and the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame. A graduate of New York Institute of Technology, she was their 2018 commencement speaker and awarded NYIT’s Honorary Doctorate. 

Carol’s commitment to making news relatable, led to her being named a New York State Woman of Distinction and a Long Island Business News “Top 25 Most Powerful Women on Long Island” and “New York Icon.” Long Island Press readers voted her ]he “Best Local TV Reporter.” But Carol’s most treasured moments have included her volunteer work as her children’s soccer coach, a longtime PTA Board member and a Girl Scout leader, honored with The Girl Scouts of America’s distinguished “Juliette Low Award.” 

Carol began her career in radio, on Long Island rock stations WBAB and WLIR. She moved onto larger New York stations including WNBC, WOR and the RKO Radio Network. For more than a decade, her “Catching Up with Carol” has been a mainstay column in Long Island Woman Magazine. 

Carol has made hundreds of appearances before professional women’s, corporate, community and school groups. She speaks from the heart about motivation, finding your power, and coming back from defeat. (For more than three decades she inspired herself by hanging her first Cablevision rejection letter on the wall of her Cablevision office.)

One of the highlights of Carol’s speaking career came at the 2019 global WICT Leadership Conference (Women in Cable Telecommunications.) Carol got a standing ovation from almost 900-women as she led the Executive Leadership panel in the Grand Ballroom of New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. 

A Mexican American, Carol was named Hispanic of the Year by the Suffolk County Police Department and a Hispanic role model by the Nassau County Hispanic Cultural Association.  New York’s Catholic Archdiocese gave Carol their TRISCORT Award for “spreading optimism, faith and hope in her daily work as a journalist.”  

Carol says if we just stop and listen, we’ll hear that everybody has a story. She’s writing her next chapter right n

5. John Lee Cronin & Mark X. Cronin

TALK TITLE: My Son is My Hero and Not Because He Has Down Syndrome: Challenges Become Possibilities

Combo bio:

John and Mark X. Cronin are the father-son team that founded John’s Crazy Socks, the world’s largest sock store. John is an entrepreneur who just happens to have Down syndrome. You may know them for being named EY Entrepreneurs of the Year or testifying before Congress or speaking at the UN. You may know them because John became “Sock Buddies” with President George H.W. Bush. Or you may know them for having grown a bootstrapped start up to a multi-million dollar business in four years. 

John’s Crazy Socks is an internationally recognized social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness and show what people with differing abilities can do. 

Their mission infuses all aspects of their business. More than half their employees have a differing ability. Their Giving Back Program starts with a 5 percent pledge of profits to the Special Olympics and has raised over $450,000 for their charity partners. They have attracted over 29,000 online reviews five start reviews.  John’s Crazy Socks has over 240,000 Facebook followers and 55,000 Instagram followers. 

You will love their socks, but the socks are just the physical manifestation of the happiness they share. 

6. Tricia Closing

7. George Closing

8. Speaker Bow

9/7/19 1:00 pm - 9/2/19 1:20 pm

Intersession 1

15-20 Minute Break For Drinks and Restroom
Make the most of it!

Time to order your second round of drinks, clear your tables and hit the restroom! A brief reprieve until we get back to greatness.

Important Dates

1. September 13, 2021

Speaker announcements! Tickets go on sale later this week for TEDxFarmingdale 2021 on 10/9/21. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold so act fast!

2. October 9, 2021

TEDxFarmingdale 20201: Origins & Evolution at 12pm at Charlotte’s Speakeasy! We return to a live, in-person event and this year’s TEDx will be the most unique event we’ve ever had!

3. November 2021

The videos from our 2021 event will be released on the official TEDx YouTube channel. Keep yourself updated on our social media accounts for news.

4. Spring 2022

Official TEDxFarmingdale 2022 date announcement. Stay tuned for details as we await licensing from TED. Details on event date and location to come & the CALL FOR 2022 SPEAKERS will open!

Pricing & Registration

This year's event is live once again!

We can't wait to present our special event to you on October 9th. Tickets go on sale on September 18th at 12pm EST. Please keep in mind that ticket sales include ONLY entry. There will be a 2 drink minimum for attendees at our venue, Charlotte's Speakeasy.

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    Location and Venue

    area full of great hotels and restaurants.

    On October 9, 2021, we’re bringing a in-person TEDxFarmingdale BACK to the home of the green and white! Our upcoming TEDxFarmingdale, the 3rd annual event of its kind, is coming soon. Stay tuned for details and tag us with #DalerTEDx2021 on social!


    Charlotte’s Speakeasy

    It’s time that we give the thought leaders that surround us a stage to discuss their ideas worth spreading. Join us at our IN-PERSON event to be held at Charlotte’s Speakeasy in Farmingdale, the epicenter of #DalerPride in the heart of Long Island.

    294 Main St. Farmingdale, NY 11735

    Nearby Accomodation

    Courtyard by Marriott Republic Airport Long Island/Farmingdale

    The Courtyard by Marriott Long Island/Farmingdale is the newest Marriott hotel serving the Farmingdale/Melville Route 110 Corporate Corridor. Enjoy Long Island’s beautiful scenery while staying close to all the action in the heart of Long Island.

    Two Marriott Plaza, Farmingdale, NY 11735

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    Melville Marriott Long Island

    Blending the urban style of New York City with the quaint charm of Long Island, Marriott Long Island welcomes you to an inviting stay in Melville. Our hotel offers convenient access to popular destinations including Adventureland, Belmont Lake State Park, Bethpage State Park and Walt Whitman Shops as well as the corporate headquarters of Canon and Nikon.

    1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, New York 11747

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    Hilton Long Island/Huntington

    Hilton Long Island/Huntington features a seasonal outdoor pool and an indoor pool that is open all year. Guests can also take advantage of the fitness center, business center or the lit tennis court. In the Melville business district, in the heart of Long Island, this hotel in Huntington, New York offers on-site recreational activities and dining options.

    598 Broadhollow Rd, Melville, NY 11747

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    Additional details

    If you're staying in town, feel free to contact us for local recommendations on accommodations, food, and nightlife! info@tedxfarmingdale.com