TEDx Providence has a small but fierce team of volunteers working to make it a reality.

Peter Haas

Peter is the Associate Director of he Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University. Prior to working in robotics Peter was an active voice for poverty issues, speaking at the World Bank, Harvard, MIT and other forums on technology, entrepreneurship and SME finance. His work with AIDG was featured in Fast Company, Popular Mechanics, NPR and Forbes. He has served as a judge for the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet competition. He was a 2006 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2008 Waldzell Institute Architect of the Future, a 2009 TED Global Fellow and a 2010 TED Senior Fellow. Watch Peter's TED Talk: Haiti's disaster of engineering.

Michael Gazdacko


Michael is the Director of Development and Operations for Urban Smart Growth, a Los Angeles based Real Estate Development and Management company specializing in the re-purposing historic structures. He is responsible for all East Coast Projects including the successful Hope Artiste Village (Pawtucket, RI) and Greystone Lofts (North Providence, RI) redevelopments. Michael is on the board of the Pawtucket Foundation, PechaKucha Night Providence (founder/president emeritus), and in 2015 Michael was appointed to the Providence City Plan Commission. In addition, Michael volunteers with other organizations in the greater Providence Area such as PPS, the WBNA, and Farm Fresh RI. Michael is an avid runner and enjoys reading, cooking, music, traveling new places, and watching films in his free time.

Caroline J. Mailloux

Caroline MaillouxCaroline is a connector, capacity builder, and explorer whose work and service lay at the intersections of organization development, design, storytelling, social innovation, system building, design, and entrepreneurship. She has worked and studied in more than 30 countries around the globe but is proud to call Providence home. Caroline is a graduate of Brown University’s Development Studies program and has completed fellowships at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. When she’s not at her desk, on a mountain, or on her road bike, you’ll find her volunteering with social enterprises all over the city.  

Jim Nellis

Jim is the founder of RI FOOD FIGHTS, a social media driven event marketing business that hyper focuses on the Rhode Island food community and the businesses within it. RIFF events draw into the 1,000s and highlight over 100 local businesses.
Jim spent 25 years in investment banking prior to moving to RI and has been involved in numerous startups here. He serves on the boards of the Wolf School, West Broadway Neighborhood Association and Providence Speaker Society (hosts of TEDxProvidence).     TEDxProvidence is brought to you by the Providence Speaking Society. Their Board of Directors are as follows:  
  • President Caroline Mailloux, Secretary Peter Hass, Treasurer Tobias Lederberg, Esq., Director & General Council Jim Nellis, Director

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