About TEDxFenway: GRIT 2014

TEDxFenway: GRIT

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Landmark Center

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Grit – that against-the-grain quality of fortitude and endurance – is one of the most essential traits for personal growth and success.  On April 29, 2014, TEDxFenway will present some of the most foremost cultural, medical, social, and entrepreneurial ideas and practices in Boston today, shared by individuals who had the GRIT to persevere and realize their aspirations.

The talks will cover providing accessible access to quality music education through building a youth orchestra in an underserved community; studying the role of the hormone grehlin on stress, and how it can be reduced pharmaceutically to help mitigate several forms of mental health issues; creating beauty and art while living with Multiple Sclerosis; evaluating the impact of recent education reform policies on various socioeconomic groups; among other novel initiatives that have positively impacted communities, or altered our thinking about the status quo.

The list of confirmed TEDxFenway: GRIT speakers, include the following:

Steven Miller
Executive Director, Healthy Weight Initiative at Harvard School of Public Health

Eric Schwarz
Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools

Jhana Senxian
Founder, Sustainability Guild International

Mahmud Jafri
CEO, Dover Rug and Home

Will Ahmed
Founder and CEO, WHOOP

Sam Aquillano
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Design Museum Boston

David France
Musician and Executive Director, Revolution of Hope

Daniel Souza
Senior Editor, Cooks Illustrated; Test Cook, America's Test Kitchen

Evelyn Berde
Fenway-area artist

Dr. Retsina Meyer
Neuroscience PhD, MIT

Dr. Annie Brewster
Internist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Founder of SharingClinic

Celebrating the wealth of arts and culture in the Fenway and Boston, TEDxFenway will include performances and interactive workshops, including those of Massmouth, a Boston-based storytelling nonprofit; actor Amanda Collins from the Wheelock Family Theatre performing a stirring monologue from the Trial of Anthony Burns; Revolution of Hope, also known as the Roxbury Youth Orchestra, will showcase its talented young musicians; and the ZUMIX A Cappella Ensemble will perform a vocal number.

For this event, TEDxFenway will feature an architectural installation, Hydra, designed by award-winning architect Kim Poliquin. Titled after the water life form that has the ability to regenerate, Hydra, will embody the theme of the day with its beautiful undulating light-filled form. Oakleaf Cakes, owned by Massachusetts College of Art and Design alumnus Amanda Oakleaf, will provide a cake especially designed for TEDxFenway: GRIT. Local coffee favorite Pavement Coffeehouse will provide fresh coffee and espresso.

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