TEDxFrisco announces 13 speakers for January event

Thirteen speakers will be present at the Jan. 11 event.

Thirteen speakers will be present at the Jan. 11 event.

Thirteen speakers, with backgrounds in music, athletics, healthcare, business, law and more, will be part of TEDxFrisco’s first event in January.

Each speaker will touch on the new year's theme: "next level."

Here are the 13 speakers, according to the TEDxFrisco website:

Asal Azizoddin
Azizoddin is an oncological pharmacist in Los Angeles. Her profession led her to create “The Growing Gratitude Moment,” a program in which people share messages of gratitude and kindness through written “gratitudegrams,” through a workshop called “Attitude of Gratitude” and through speaking engagements.

Danyel Surrency Jones
Jones is the co-founder and chief executive officer of POWERHANDZ Inc., a global designer of products focused on human performance, injury recovery and injury prevention in athletic training and rehabilitation. She has over two decades of executive leadership, sales and marketing experience.

David Gaschen
Gaschen is a vocalist and stage performer who performed in “The Phantom of the Opera.” He has performed in more than 20 musical plays in Chicago, including leading roles in “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Student Prince.”

Gouzia Sivarajah
Sivarajah is a Frisco ISD senior at Heritage High School. She is the founder and CEO of SIINNO Technology LLC, which creates devices to help people live safer lives, and the president of TYPDA, a nonprofit organization.

Jaco Booyens
Booyens is the president and CEO of film company After Eden Pictures and the founder of SHAREtogether, a nonprofit fighting against sex trafficking. He directed and produced the film “8 Days” to raise awareness about sex trafficking in the United States.

Jessica Vittorio
The business attorney is based in Dallas. Vittorio also offers pro bono service and provides counsel to veterans, homeless populations, disaster victims, religious organizations, mental health charities and immigrants.

Maelyn Jarmon
The singer, a native of Frisco, is the winner of the 16th season of the American talent competition “The Voice.” She will perform at the TEDxFrisco event Jan. 11.

Mr. Talkbox
Mr. Talkbox is a musician and four-time Grammy Award winner— in several categories for Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic” album and single, and for "Best Rap/Sung Performance" for Kendrick Lamar's “Loyalty.” He performs the intro of "24K Magic."

Ryan Calvert
Calvert is a chief felony prosecutor at the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office in Bryan, Texas. He has tried nearly 300 cases in his 17-year career and has experience in crimes involving domestic violence, homicide and child abuse. Several times a year, Calvert speaks at schools and professional trainings in Texas.

Sebastian Mejias
Mejias is the head instructor and owner of Samurai Inti Martial Arts in Frisco and will perform at the TEDxFrisco event in January. He holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a black sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu and a fourth-degree black belt in karate. Mejias is also a Muay Thai practitioner and a certified personal trainer.

Sherrie “Candy” Zantea
Zantea is the CEO of the Dallas Poetry Slam Organization. She has written and performed poetry for over 25 years and made the Dallas Poetry Slam Team in 2007 in addition to being a part of 13 other teams. Zantea will perform at TEDxFrisco in January.

Stefanie Wagoner
Wagoner is the director of business retention and expansion for the Frisco Economic Development Corporation. She has over 20 years of experience in economic development and planning positions in North Texas.

Tomasz Kwiatkowski
The Poland native is a financial services sales executive, podcaster and philanthropist. Kwiatkowski moved to the United States in 2006 at age 19. He is a business development executive at PlainsCapital Bank in Frisco and is involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County, the American Heart Association and Project Unity.

For more information on the speakers, visit www.tedxfrisco.com/speakers.
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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