An Independently Organized TED Event

Session 1

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.