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TEDxGoshen: Fountain of Truth

June 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Location: Goshen High School

One of the Speakers is Sandra Fuentes, a Goshen Chamber Board member.


Global Speaker Series to Feature Ten Prominent Local Residents and
Their “Ideas Worth Spreading”

Free June 5 Event will Take Place at Goshen High School

Goshen, NY – May 3, 2021 – TEDx Goshen, the annual speaker series highlighting “Ideas Worth Spreading,” will return on June 5, 2021, with ten compelling speakers from across the Goshen community. TEDx is a grassroots initiative that organizes more than 3,000 speaker series around the world, providing a platform for thought-provoking conversations on important topics.

This year’s speakers include Goshen’s creative business owners, ambitious high school students, social activists and dedicated members of the military. Each participant has an important story to tell about a topic that’s meaningful to them and may change the way Goshenites think about the world.

Organized once again by Goshen residents Eric Harris and Jon Redeker, TEDx Goshen is currently theonly TEDx event in Orange, Sullivan, Rockland or Ulster counties. This fun, engaging experience is appropriate for all ages and will be webcast on the TEDx global platform.

The 2021 TEDx Goshen speakers are:

Dominick Igneri: Dominick is a father of four, a builder, and an electrician who lives in Goshen. Born in Brooklyn, he has a passion for self-improvement and anonymous good deeds. In his Talk, Dominick aims to unearth some of life’s general truths, all of which he has learned on his journey through recovery over the last two decades.

Areyanna McCarthy: In addition to being a junior at GHS, Areyanna is a recently published poet, an avid runner, and a talented gymnast.  She has an insatiable appetite not just for learning, but also for life.  Her Talk reflects this intellectual curiosity as she aims to express the complexities of “time.”

Sandra Carretero- Fuentes: Sandra owns “Bliss Boutique” in the Village of Goshen. Sandra’s Talk highlights the challenges and rewards of being a small-business owner, and provides a lens for the audience to view their own approach to the world around them. Her business “was designed to bring good vibes, a warm heart and happy soul. With all good intentions bringing something new to the community.” Her story will do the same in your life.

Ashlynn Crasa: A senior at GHS, Ashlynn recently had big plans to compete in the Ironman competition, but in an instant all that changed.  Her Talk navigates through self-discovery on her quest to become the best version of herself. Ashlynn hopes to inspire those around her to set out on their own goals.

Fred Miles: Fred is a husband, father, Army veteran, and teacher at GHS. To say Fred’s life journey is unique would be an understatement.  In his Talk, he shares his success story–one of twists, turns, and tribulations–in an effort to illustrate the idea that our definition of success is ever-changing… and that’s okay.

Ysabela Paneto: A junior at GHS, Ysa is an athlete and advocate for the LGBTQ community, and she hopes that her Talk broadens her listeners’ perspectives about acceptance and love. In this honest and vulnerable Talk, Ysabela shares some of her own experiences related to LGBTQ and how she has been inspired by Dolores Huerta.

Megan Kincaid Kramer: Megan is Vice President of Events, Community and Convening at Catalyst, a global nonprofit with the mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. She lives with her husband and son in Goshen and believes that women’s rights are human rights. In her Talk, “Closing the Gender Gap, Opening Opportunities,” Megan shares research and best practices from her two decade career in diversity, equity, and inclusion, punctuated by her own anecdotes as a working parent.

Andrew Rampulla: Andrew has been a maple tree all his life. Constantly growing new branches to try and reach for new heights. He’s done a little bit of everything from music, to athletics, to robotics – always spread just a tad too thin. But well rounded, as all things should be…right? Andrew will address the values of introspection and self-reflection as he shares what he has recently learned about the power of narrowing one’s focus.  He asks his audience to consider whether they are redwoods or maple trees.

Jay Orzell: A youth ambassador volunteer for over 10 years, one of Jay’s many passions is coaching various athletics for the Thunderbolts, one of Orange County’s Special Olympics teams.  Jay also enjoys operating the spotlight in the GHS musical as well as playing the guitar in and out of school. In his Talk, Jay opens up about his experiences with his brother, Eric, who was diagnosed with autism in 2009.  Using his 1,000 point analogy, Jay charges his audience to think differently about the way we judge others.

Sergeant Sara Pastorello: MSgt Sara Pastorello is the Public Affairs Superintendent for the 105th Airlift Wing located at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. In her Talk, “Sergeant Sara” will share the nuances and complexities of crisis communication in addition to personal experiences that have shaped her outlook—not just at work—but also in life.

TEDx Goshen will take place at Goshen High School. Tickets are free, but space is limited. For more information or to reserve tickets, please visit https://www.tedxgoshen.com/. Sponsorships are available for interested businesses or individuals.

About TEDx Goshen:

TEDxGoshen is a local, independently organized TEDx event in Goshen, New York. Our mission is to re-create the unique experience found at TED at the local level. At its core, the fundamental goal is to cultivate “ideas worth spreading.” Our aim is to provide a platform where we empower voices in our community to speak to an authentic audience with a global impact. We believe that while our speakers might not be capable of changing the world on the night of our event, they are certainly capable of changing the way our audience thinks about the world.

About TEDx:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


Media contact:
Jeremy Zweig
Boulder Strategic Communications


June 5, 2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Goshen High School
222 Scotchtown Ave
Goshen, NY 10924
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