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TEDxPenn 2021 Conference

Angela Guzman


Angela is a designer and entrepreneur based out of Silicon Valley. Over the last decade, she has worked for Google, Airbnb, and Apple where she has managed, led, and directly contributed to design teams that focus on user experience, interaction, and visual design. Angela is best known for designing the original Apple emojis. Today, she is the founder and CEO of Tijiko, her startup. When not designing, Angela loves to write about design matters, share her experience in the industry, and mentor budding designers.


César de la Fuente is a Presidential Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he leads the Machine Biology Group whose goal is to combine the power of machines and biology to understand, prevent, and treat infectious diseases. Current application areas in his lab include developing novel approaches for antibiotic discovery, building tools for microbiome engineering, and creating low-cost diagnostics. Specifically, he pioneered the development of the world’s first antibiotic designed by a computer with efficacy in animal models, designed pattern recognition algorithms for antibiotic discovery, successfully reprogrammed venoms into novel antimicrobials, created novel resistance-proof antimicrobial materials, and invented rapid low-cost diagnostics for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. De la Fuente is an NIH MIRA investigator, a BBRF Young Investigator, and has received recognition and research funding from numerous other groups. Prof. de la Fuente was recognized by MIT Technology Review in 2019 as one of the world’s top innovators for “digitizing evolution to make better antibiotics”. He was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Langer Prize, an ACS Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry, and received the Nemirovsky Prize, AIChE’s 35 Under 35 Award, and the ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award. In addition, he was named a Boston Latino 30 Under 30, a Wunderkind by STAT News, a Top 10 Under 40 of 2019 by GEN, a Top 10 MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 (Spain), 30 Rising Leaders in the Life Sciences and received the  Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Young Investigator Award in addition to the Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) CMBE Rising Star Award. His scientific discoveries have yielded over 85 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in Nature Communications, PNAS, ACS Nano, Cell, Nature Communications Biology, and multiple patents.



Sonja Dümpelmann is an award-winning landscape historian and Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Trees in cities and our relationship to them are the focus of her most recent book Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin (Yale Univ. Press, 2019). She is interested in the relationships between social, cultural and political processes, the built environment, and landscape transformation.



P. Michael Boone (“P”) is a self-taught barber, entrepreneur, and advocate for underprivileged youth in his community. He founded the Haute Barbershop and the Junior Barber Academy, a youth-based program introducing the art of barbering to children. He also founded the P. Michael Boone Foundation, which is centered on bettering the lives of Philadelphia’s youth and families. Through his foundation, he has provided workshops, seminars, and free haircuts for the homeless. He has developed partnerships with Sneaker Villa, YMCA, Salvation Army, and the Philadelphia Police. P is also an author, writing and publishing his first book, Fred’s First Haircut.



Brandon is entering into his 9th season in the NFL as a starting linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. While many recognize him for his prowess on the football field, others know him as an Ivy League professor, financial education consultant, philanthropist, or real estate developer. As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvaniaʼs Wharton School of Business, Brandon developed a passion for personal finance – which he delivers to Penn students through his own course, “Life 101”. Copeland has also shared his financial acumen with countless others as a member of CNBC’s Financial Wellness Council and a contributing editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. In 2020, Copeland received the Alan Page Community Service Award for extraordinary dedication to service, social justice, and equality. Ending the year on a high note, he was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, highlighting the brightest young innovators across a variety of industries, and was awarded the NFLPA’s Community MVP on Christmas for bringing 19 other NFL players together to give $160K to over 200 families from under served communities across the country. Brandon embodies the“More Than An Athlete” mantra through his work experience and entrepreneurial endeavors. He has used the knowledge gained in internships at firms like UBS and George Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers to become a trusted financial wellness advocate, build a successful real estate development business, and become the first active NFL player who doubles as an Ivy League Professor.

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Paul T. Shattuck, Ph.D., is a pioneering leader in the field of research about autism services and policy where his work has informed national policy and awareness related to the transition from adolescence to adulthood. He now works as a Senior Fellow for health policy at Mathematica where his research focuses on helping disadvantaged communities become more resilient in the face of adverse health impacts related to climate change. Prior to his research career, Dr. Shattuck worked for years as a social entrepreneur developing community-based programs and organizations that serve a variety of vulnerable communities. He is also a long-time mindfulness practitioner and avid nature lover. His happy place is a long walk in the mountains without cell reception.

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Alanis Renell Broussard (Laney) is a young woman with an endless desire to advocate for avenues of change through the power of speech and communication with others across all walks of humanity. Whether it be through a digital means or through speaking on stages across the country, Alanis has made it her mission to inspire and motivate others to walk in their purpose through utilizing her unique voice. Among the many accolades she has received, her most notable achievements include being one of the youngest keynote speakers at the Atlanta World Congress Center in 2019, starting her own public speaking organization called Soul to Speak, being interviewed by USA Today in her own segment entitled "Coronavirus Chronicles," being featured on Good Morning America, earning a full-expense paid internship at the Essence Magazine headquarters, and being asked to speak on the nationally-televised event "Graduate Together 2020" hosted by Lebron James. To her, the call to "speak your soul" has never felt truer, as she continues her journey of inspiring, understanding, and communicating with others.



Dr. Emile Bruneau passed away in 2020 His work will be honored at the TEDxPenn conference by Dr. Emily Falk. Dr. Emile Bruneau was Director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bruneau received his BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, and completed his postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at MIT. Inspired by his time traveling, living, and working in regions beset by group conflict, his research aimed to use the tools of science to understand and transcend the forces in the human brain that drive hostility between ‘us’ and ‘them’.



Emily Falk is a Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania, Director of Penn's Communication Neuroscience Lab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.  Falk is an expert in the science of attitude and behavior change.  Her research uses tools from psychology, neuroscience and communication to examine what makes messages persuasive, why and how ideas spread and what helps people get on the same page when communicating. Her work has been widely covered in the popular press in the U.S. and abroad (e.g., New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Forbes, Scientific American and others), and she has consulted for and collaborated with major corporations, NGOs and government groups. Her research has been recognized by numerous awards, including early career awards from the International Communication Association, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Attitudes Division, a Fulbright grant, and Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. She was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. She received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Brown University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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