TEDx talks return to FM in 2018

Event will feature several local business people

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College will be hosting another TEDx talk early next year.

According to the college, the second TEDxFMCC will be held Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. in Raiders Cove on the college’s campus.

The event is being supported by the Fulton Montgomery Young Professionals Network of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The college stated in a news release that this TEDxFMCC event will feature talks on Recycling the Past, Re-Purposing Energies, and Re-Positioning for the Future.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

TEDx features independently organized events. The programs are local, self-organized events.

Speakers for the TEDxFMCC event are as follows:

∫ Aneesa Waheed, entrepreneur and restaurateur.

After spending 14 years in publishing and living in Manhattan, Waheed returned to Schenectady to pursue business opportunities. In 2008 Waheed and her husband, Muntasim Shoaib, opened the Moroccan and Indian boutique, TARA. Customers intrigued by the Moroccan products started talking about the cuisine of Morocco.

Lacking this kind of food in the capital region, the couple had the idea to start a Moroccan restaurant. To raise money for the venture, they started small, selling their Moroccan food at the local farmer’s market.

After three years of selling at the market every Sunday, they were able to purchase and open Tara Kitchen in 2011.

In 2017, a second location was successfully opened in Troy. Waheed created a line of Moroccan cooking sauces that retails in more than 300 grocery stores in the Northeast. The sauces won the International SOFI award in 2016.

Waheed and her husband have two daughters, Zoya and Suha Shoaib.

∫ Barbara Madonna, director, Gloversville Public Library.

Madonna is a graduate of Gloversville High School, holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and anthropology from SUNY Oswego, a masters in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a 2016 graduate of the New York Library Association Leadership and Management Academy.

She has been employed with the Gloversville Library for more than 19 years — 12 as director.

A member of the New York Library Association and past president of the Leadership and Management section, she was awarded the 2016 Dewey Fellowship Award which recognizes contributions that advance the library community throughout the state.

She is president of the Mohawk Valley Library System Board of Trustees and Director’s Council Liaison to the board and is active in local groups including the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market board, the mayor’s Marketing Task Force, Gloversville 2020, and the Gloversville Civil Service Commission.

∫ Doug Plummer, mayor, trustee, actor, hospitality expert.

Plummer grew up in Fairview Village, Penn. and earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from New England College in Henniker, NH and Arundel, Sussex, England.

After graduation, Plummer moved to New York City to pursue a career in the theater, eventually working full time for Glorious Food, a catering company, which taught him some valuable skills and prepared him for a future unknown career in hospitality.

Plummer’s acting roles include being cast as an orderly on the soap opera “Another World,” and a stint as the 75th anniversary Nestle’s Morsel.

After 10 years in NYC, Plummer and his husband, Garth Roberts, decided to give upstate New York a try.

In 1993, Plummer and Roberts opened their first business, The Rockville Cafe, in Sharon Springs, which had a 7 1/2 year run, and prepared them for their next adventure, the restoration of the abandoned American Hotel, a catalyst for the revitalization of Sharon Springs, where Plummer has served as a village trustee and mayor.

∫ Jason Radalin, assistant professor at Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Radalin is assistant professor of theatre arts, film studies, and English at FMCC.

Since 1999, Radalin has also served as a freelance technical director and lighting designer for various theatre companies. He has published book reviews in the New England Theatre Journal and was a semi-finalist in the 2003 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting. His screenplay, entitled “Boy Next Door” (co-written with Jennifer Nigra-Radalin), was chosen as one of 130 semi-finalists from a field of over 6,000 entries. The Nicholl Fellowship is administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same organization that oversees the Academy Awards.

Radalin earned a bachelor of arts in English at the College of Saint Rose, a master’s in art in drama at Washington University, and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in drama at Tufts University. He also studied for one year at Harvard University’s Center for Literacy and Cultural Studies.

∫ Tolga Morawski, director of board, Mohawk Valley Collective.

Morawski founded the Mohawk Valley Collective, formerly known as Historic Fort Plain, with two friends in 2011 and currently serves as a director on the board.

Morawski was raised in Fort Plain, just two blocks away from the MVC’s first restoration project, Unity Hall. He earned a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Alfred University in 1997.

Morawski is an active member of the Mohawk Valley community, with involvement in groups such as the Friends of Fort Plain and Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful. He has worked to support historic preservation, including serving as vice president of the NYC chapter of the Society for Industrial Archaeology; documenting architectural landmarks for SUNY and others, assisting local governments in establishing national register historic districts, and advocating for preservation of open space, farmland and important structures.

Tickets for the event are available online through Eventbrite : eventbrite.com/e/tedxfmcc-2018-tickets-38585357844.

There will only be 100 tickets available.