New Perspectives

Ted X Carrollwood Day School 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
8:30 am 
CDS Theatre

On March 9, 2017 CDS will host TEDxCarrollwoodDaySchool.  The theme of the event is New Perspectives. The event will include student and community member speakers who will spark new ideas and ways of thought. Students will take part in engaging activities based on speaker talks throughout the day.

Sabrina McCartney, IB MYP Coordinator and HS Humanities teacher is the organizer of this event for CDS along with Co-Organizer, Jenna Cohen, CDS MS Language A teacher, and Nancy Hsu, CDS HS Language Acquisition teacher.

This year, all CDS middle school students will attend this event. All CDS parents are invited to attend the TEDxCarrollwoodDaySchool event.  We strongly encourage middle school parents to attend, so they can continue the conversations from the day at home.  There is no charge to attend this event, but reservations are required. 



About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.



Kim Anstett

The Nielsen Company
CDS Parent

Kim Anstett is the CIO at The Nielsen Company, a leader in independent measurement with over 50,000 associates in more than 100 countries. During her 16 years with Nielsen and throughout her 23 year career, Kim has been a leader of change, focused on aligning IT strategies with corporate business plans. She’s led dozens of transformation initiatives from global technology platform deployments to company acquisitions and large scale IT integrations. Her experience includes software development, infrastructure, cybersecurity, vendor management and corporate ERP systems.

Kim is passionate about diversity and leadership development. She is an executive sponsor, frequent speaker, and contributor to the Emerging Leaders Program and Diversity & Inclusion groups at Nielsen. She is also a mentor to numerous individuals, furthering Nielsen’s goal of growing talent and developing a strong leadership pipeline. In 2016, Kim was recognized by Tech Diversity Magazine as a 2016 Distinguished Chief Information Officer. In addition, Kim recently won the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s CIO of the Year award for public companies. In 2017, Kim joined the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s board of directors as their Community Chair.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. She lives in Odessa, Florida with her husband and three sons. When not working, Kim is cheering for her sons’ baseball teams and practicing her love of photography.



CDS Class of 2019

Suhaib Dahla is  a sophomore at Carrollwood day school. He participates in activities such as football and tennis. He is also  part of grill club, a club where students interact and learn how to grill different types of meat and vegetables. Suhaib is an outgoing, ambitious and engaging student.


Jeff Hornick

Sea World

Jeff Hornick is the Sr. Director of Theme Park Development at SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.  He is in charge of planning, designing and implementing capital projects and new attractions across the company’s 12 domestic parks.  His project resume includes Cheetah Hunt, Falcon’s Fury, Cobra’s Curse, Animal Care Center, and Pantopia and has over 13 years of experience in the theme park industry.

Jeff is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration.  He also holds a Professional Engineering License.  He is a member of Leadership Tampa Bay.  In 2015 he was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus award for the USF College of Engineering.  Jeff also holds two US Patents for new product developments.



CDS Class of 2020

Currently, Aksheta Kanuganti is a freshman who attends Carrollwood Day School. Aksheta loves to dance, sing, play the piano, and tennis. She takes part in Speech and Debate, History Fair and Science Fair most, if not every year. She tries to grab any opportunities around her and is never discouraged by loss. Her motto is, “Just keep trying. You can’t miss every time.”


CDS Class of 2017

Gagan is a senior at Carrollwood Day School. From an early age, he has been involved in music playing the guitar, piano and drums.  He is also the president of the AV league and Treasurer of the thespian group.  He is involved in the CDS musical productions such as Little Mermaid (Sebastian), Wizard of Oz (Tinman), Once Upon a Mattress,  and more recently Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere). He is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Spanish Honor Society. Gagan is still on a journey of exploring his creativity.


Evan Nierman

Founder, Red Banyan Group

Evan Nierman brings deep experience in crisis management and public relations to Red Banyan Group, which provides strategic communications counsel to senior business leaders, government officials, and private individuals. Nierman has advised and represented non-profits and companies across a wide range of industries, guiding clients through high-stakes, complex situations. He has also executed effective PR and public affairs campaigns, steering CEOs and senior executives through interactions with top-tier global, national and local media outlets.  



CDS Class of 2019

Ria is a sophomore at Carrollwood Day School. She is a singer who has been training in Classical Hindustani music for over eight years, and is currently learning to play the harmonium. In her free time, she often volunteers and sings for the senior citizens at the Indian Cultural Center in Tampa. Ria also enjoys acting and performing arts. She is also part of the Thespian Troupe, and competed in Individual Events in both ninth and tenth grade. In addition, Ria enjoys traveling, and exploring and learning various cultures throughout the world.


Vibha Singh

CDS Faculty

Vibha Singh is head of the department of mathematics at Carrollwood Day School since 2008. Currently teaching Mathematics SL/HL courses in the IB Diploma Programme. Her classroom teaching experience of 25 years has inspired her to explore more ideas in numbers interaction directions. Sometimes, even with the best lesson designed to benefit all students, the gap between the art of teaching and science of learning can become painfully apparent.



CDS Class 2021

Arielle is currently in 8th grade at Carrollwood Day School. She is an accomplished musician who focuses on drums, piano, singing, and guitar. Arielle is also academically accomplished as she is a member of both the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program and the Duke Tip Program. This summer, Arielle is going  to attend an intensive study course at Johns Hopkins focusing on International Politics. She is also currently the president of the middle school's 20/20 Club. Arielle describes herself as a hard worker, ambitious, compassionate, strong, and a leader.


Dr. Taylor-Clark

University of South Florida

Dr. Thomas Taylor- Clark is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, College of Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Associate Chair for Research. Dr. Thomas-Clark is  a research scientist who studies how nerves in lungs control breathing and cough. His talk is a story about how specific extreme tastes, like chili, wasabi and menthol are central to our understanding of how the nerves in our skin sense damaging signals and evoke pain.


Carrie Wildes

Promise of Love Foundation

Ms. Wildes and her husband are the founder of Promise Love Foundation partnering with foster parents to raise funds for adoption. As an industrial engineer, she began her career at Abbott Laboratories and worked there for five years in numerous positions in manufacturing, logistics, and internal consulting and process improvement. With that position she  did a significant amount of international travel and worked in Germany, Italy, Argentina, South Africa, and Brazil.  Photography became an interest through her travels. When Ms. Wildes relocated to Florida, she worked for Tech Data and then started her own photography company full time.

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