The Curation Team
George Andriopoulos is the award-winning founder and CEO of Launchpad Five One Six, a New York based management consulting firm providing organizations with the tools and resources to innovate and thrive. A creative disruptor and corporate turnaround artist, George inspires change for businesses and individuals stuck in the mindset of defining themselves by their mistakes. He’s taken his unique journey and experience to the stage as a keynote, motivational, and soon to be three-time TEDx speaker delivering talks that spark inspiration and change. George also owns a digital marketing agency, is the host of “The Launchcast,” a leadership podcast launched in 2019 and featured in the Podcast Magazine March 2020 issue’s “Under the Radar” review, and has recently begun providing coaching services to individuals, expanding outside of his company’s consults. George provides leadership coaching through The Leadership Experience, his company’s leadership coaching division, and public speaking/writing coaching as a guest coach on other programs. In 2019, he became the organizer and executive producer of TEDxFarmingdale and in 2020, after his second year producing TEDxFarmingdale, he co-produced a TEDxWomen event (TEDxDeerParkWomen). A co-founder of the non-profit Shannon’s Fight that provides financial aid to families in medical crisis, George also volunteers with the speaker’s bureau at Ronald McDonald House Charities. George’s first book, “Once Upon a TEDx,” will be released in 2021, fresh off of his win as 2020 Business Executive of the Year from IAOTP.
Fred P. Banny III
Fred P. Banny III is a husband, social entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, leadership coach, and mentor whose passion is to activate people to purpose.
He dedicated his life to traveling teaching leaders in business, education, and faith. Fred often addresses the critical issues that affect every aspect of development – professional, personal, leadership, social, and spiritual development.
To that end, Fred founded Conversations with Kings (CWK) – an initiative dedicated to developing boys into men and men into leaders of impact and influence. With an unwavering belief that in the right environment, anyone can activate the leader within, Fred creates safe spaces and supportive environments where men can be vulnerable and equipped with proven life principles, perspectives, and resources.
Fred is an ordained minister and lives on Long Island, NY with his wife and purpose partner, Cordelia.
Bill Brennan, Ed.D
Bill Brennan, Ed.D is the Assistant Superintendent for Innovation & Organizational Development in Farmingdale School District. Working with the leadership team in Farmingdale, Bill instituted an overhaul of professional practices related to organizational learning and successfully established Farmingdale Schools and the leadership team as an incubator for innovation in learning. He has published articles on leadership, innovation and professional learning for several publications. Over the past decade he has delivered numerous keynotes and consulted in school districts across the United States on school transformation, professional learning, personalized learning, and leadership. Bill holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fordham University and currently teachers in the Doctoral program.
Dylan Gafarian is one of the Academic Counselors for the extremely prestigious Research Aligned Mentorship (RAM) Program at Farmingdale State College. This elite program is dedicated to provide extra benefits and rewards that enhance the learning experience not readily available to other Farmingdale students. Prior to Farmingdale, Dylan worked in the Office of Admissions at Stony Brook University as a New York State Admissions Counselor. There, Dylan sought to make the college application process exciting, fun, and attainable for all. During his time as an Admissions Counselor, he traveled throughout New York State bringing the next wave of young, bright leaders to Long Island. While pursuing his first graduate degree, Dylan dove deep into the research of the lasting effects of student success in relation to a students involvement, leadership, and creativity. Leadership and creativity are among many of Dylan’s favorite topics to discuss with students. In the last 5 years, Dylan has traveled to colleges and high schools and local businesses throughout the Long Island area sharing the benefits of creative thinking, creative problem-solving, and leadership development. Now, holding a second graduate degree from the Buffalo State College’s International Center for Studies in Creativity, Dylan is dedicated to enhancing the world with creative thinking and enhanced problem-solving techniques. Dylan was recently named one of Long Island’s 30 Under 30 by the Young Professionals of Long Island and made his TEDx debut in 2019’s inaugural TEDxFarmingdale event.
Dr. Noelle Cutter
Dr. Noelle Cutter is by training a scientist in the field of molecular biology, currently studying medulloblastoma, a rare type of pediatric brain cancer, and the role that methylation plays in gene regulation allowing tumors to grow and divide. By doing so, she hopes to be able to better diagnose patients so they can be treated more efficiently. She is a mother to four beautiful children, Lily, Lucy, Jack and Isabel. She is a tri-athlete, and recently ran the NYC marathon in support of the Katie McBride Foundation to help support pediatric cancer where we raised over $37,000 in support of this cause. She became a TEDx speaker in 2019 with the inaugural TEDxFarmingdale event.
Estela Lugo was born and raised on Long Island, NY by “the world’s most amazing Puerto Rican parents,” Miguel & Eneida. They believe salsa dancing and gardening are the key to never growing old. Her younger sister, Melissa is usually mistaken as a twin because of their shared laugh and wardrobe. They also share the same progressive disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth; a condition that atrophies the muscles in the feet, legs, and hands. Growing up, Estela was surrounded by community service and could be found most times with crayons and notebooks in hand. After four happy and art-filled years at Farmingdale High School, followed by another four at F.I.T., Estela pursued a career in design and is now combining her creative energy with a passion for the non-profit world. Her children Bella and Devin, along with her partner Jason, keep her laughing and make sure she doesn’t take herself or life too seriously. Estela became a TEDx speaker with the inaugural TEDxFarmingdale event in 2019.
Jason Martin started a small apartment-based business making, packing, and shipping CDs created from seminars. Today, he and his partner operate a large-scale fulfillment center and warehouse based in Cincinnati, OH. Product Fulfillment Solutions offers kitting, packing, and shipping services. They have shipped millions of orders across the globe. Jason is also the owner of PFSMedia.com which has been serving small business independent representatives since March of 2004. During that time they have sought out the top producers, trainers and income earners and have recorded their trainings, messages, and secrets on building a successful business.
Curation Team - Public Relations
Dana Lopez is the Director of Marketing & Communications for The INN, a local non-profit in Long Island dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless population in the community. A graduate of Hofstra University, Dana is also a trained public speaker who loves to talk to anyone who will listen. As a speaker, Dana has visited High Schools and colleges around the country to talk to students about preparing for a successful future, as well as schools, corporate and community groups about the mission of The INN and the importance of giving back. She is a wife and mother of two young daughters and hopes to give her girls a strong sense of confidence and self-worth as they navigate through life. Although her career started in the corporate world having worked for the Walt Disney Company for over a decade, Danafeels honored to be able to now work for a nonprofit organization, helping people in the community where she also lives and raises her family.
TEDxFarmingdale 2020 Host
Tricia Brouk is an international award winning director. She has worked in theater, film and television for over three decades. In addition to her work in the entertainment industry, she applies her unique expertise to the art of public speaking. Tricia is the Executive Producer of Speakers Who Dare, and the former Executive Producer of TEDxLincolnSquare in New York City. She has worked on Black Box on ABC, The Affair on Showtime, Rescue Me on Fox, and closely with John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes, where she was awarded a Golden Thumb Award from Roger Ebert, for her choreography.
Tricia also curates the Speaker Salon in NYC, an incubator and showcase for emerging speakers, giving speakers the opportunity to get in front of influencers, event organizers, television producers, and TEDx organizers, who can put them onto big stages. Her award winning podcast, The Big Talk has over 250 episodes, where she interviews people who talk for a living, including Stedman Graham.
Tricia was awarded Top Director of 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals and also makes documentary films about people doing incredible things. To name a few: Just Enough, featuring Jenn Lederer, about being enough as a woman, This Dinner Is Full featuring Chris Schembra about teaching compassion over pasta dinner, Right Livelihood A Journey to Here featuring Justin Von Bujdoss, the Buddhist Chaplain at Riker’s Island won Best Documentary Short at The Olympus Film Festival and You’re Gorgeous, I Love Your Shirt, An Inside Look at Bullying and Mental Health, featuring Tonya and Lyndsey Harris, won the Award of Merit at the Awareness Festival and both are in circulation for an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.