TEDxAsburyPark offers writers, podcasters, doctors at Bell Works event

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TEDxAsburyPark talks have been viewed over 7 million times, and the organizers of this year's event expect the roster to grow with this year's lineup.

In its 11th year, the event is one of the longest-running TEDx conferences on the East Coast. It takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the new Bell Theater at Bell Works in Holmdel.

The theme of this year's gathering is unity.

“Every TEDxAsburyPark edition chooses a current theme on the minds of Americans. Given what’s going on in the world today, ‘Unity’ feels like the idea where we all want to learn more,” TEDxAsburyPark founder Brian Smiga said in a news release. “AI, war, geopolitics, sustainability [and a] a divided nation point to our collective need to bridge the divides, and discover how to work and live together in a better future.”

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If you've waited to buy tickets, there is a buy one, get one free offer going on. Tickets can be purchased at TEDxAsbury.com.

TEDxAsburyPark 2024 speakers

Ten speakers and performers from the worlds of entertainment, education, healthcare, science and faith will be seen at TEDxAsburyPark, organizers say. Dr. LaNysha Adams: A seven-time award-winning author of "Me Power" and the director of the Student Wellness Center at Santa Fe Community College, Adams is a mother of two, a language enthusiast and avid traveler. She has degrees from California State University San Marcos, Columbia University, and the University of New Mexico. Her passion lies in reshaping professional development as a continual cycle of unlearning, learning and relearning.Scott Carter: The executive producer/co-creator of Regional Emmy-winning talk show "Love & Respect With Killer Mike" (PBS/Revolt TV), Carter has been nominated for dozens of Primetime Emmys as executive producer/writer of the first 1,100 episodes of "Politically Incorrect" (Comedy Central, ABC) and the first 16 seasons of "Real Time with Bill Maher" (HBO). Carter has created and produced talk shows for Lewis Black (Comedy Central), Candice Bergen (Oxygen Media), Kevin Nealon (Spike TV) and Bob Costas (HBO). Dr. Greg Jackson: Best known as the creator and host of the podcast History That Doesn't Suck, he has a doctorate degree in history and is a tenured associate professor and Senior Fellow in National Security Studies, as well as Fellow of Integrated Studies at Utah Valley University. He is a frequent commentator in film documentaries, including the History Channel's three-night event "Abraham Lincoln."

Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore:  Also known as “Dr. Friendtastic,” the author, psychologist and mom of four is based in Princeton. She is the creator of the Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic podcast, where she answers questions from children about making and keeping friends. Her blog, “Growing Friendships” on Psychology Today, has over 5 million views. Kennedy-Moore has been featured on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" and in the New York Times. Recent books include "Moody Moody Cars" (for ages 4 to 8), "Growing Feelings" (for ages 6 to 12), and "Kid Confidence" (for parents). Dr. Manpreet K. Kohli: Director of Breast Surgery for Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, Kohli is a cancer liaison physician for the Commission on Cancer. She was named American Cancer Society’s “Healthcare Professional of the Year” in 2019. In 2021, she created the nonprofit organization I Pink I Can to help provide equality in breast cancer care regardless of financial status. Sydney Montgomery: Executive director and founder of the faith-based nonprofit organization Barrier Breakers, which is dedicated to increasing access to, and success in, higher education for BIPOC and other marginalized students. Barrier Breakers has worked with 7,000 students on the college and law school admissions process. Montgomery speaks and leads workshops on issues of educational equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, corporate, and faith-based settings.

Eric Nuzum: Co-founder of Magnificent Noise and creator of iconic podcasts, Nuzum was instrumental in creating NPR’s original podcasting efforts in 2005 — and remained the organization's chief creative and strategic force for the following decade. At Amazon, he was the leader for short-form content and podcasting at their Audible division. His book, titled "Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling," was released by Workman Publishing in 2020.Dustin Ross: A New York City-based writer, producer, host and social commentator, over 60 million listeners have heard him weekly since 2015 on The Friend Zone podcast collective. For the past three years, he has also been heard as co-host of the NAACP Image Award and Webby Award-nominated podcast Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams. Ross is host of Revolt TV's entrepreneurial competition series "Bet on Black," currently airing its third season.

Dr. Joseph Romm: In 2009, Rolling Stone named Romm one of 100 “people who are reinventing America.” He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media. In the 1990s, Romm helped oversee the U.S. Department of Energy’s work on climate solutions, ultimately serving as Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He worked with director James Cameron on the Emmy-winning climate docuseries “Years of Living Dangerously.”

Alexander Simone, shown in 2021 at Transparent Clinch Gallery in Asbury Park.
Alexander Simone, shown in 2021 at Transparent Clinch Gallery in Asbury Park.

Dr. Jawad N. Saleh: Currently serving as the Chief Pharmacy Officer and Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Saleh is an Assistant Clinical Professor for the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is the co-founder and co-chair of the hospital's Opioid Stewardship Committee, and worked on countless quality initiatives within the organization. He currently holds a position on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leadership council.

Erin Maguire returns to emcee the event. A comic, actor, writer and podcast host, Maguire has been seen on Gotham Live, ESPN and the Game Show Network. Her comedy advice podcast, Dear Pod, charted among comedy pods on Apple. She appears nightly at clubs in New York, and has been featured at the Woodstock Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy, Laugh Your Asheville Off, and the prestigious Lucille Ball Comedy Festival for the grand opening of the National Comedy Center.Alexander Simone and Whodat? Live Crew: Delighting fans at local venues with their eclectic rock-soul sound, the group has been among the featured lineup of the North to Shore and Sea Hear Now festivals. Simone was voted one of the 2024 Most Influential artists on the Jersey Shore by the Asbury Park Press for his original music and work as an educator with the Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park. He is the grandson of the legendary Nina Simone.

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