TEDx Flatbush

Meet the Team

Dr. Donna-Lee Granville​

Organizer & Curator

Dr. Donna-Lee Granville is a sociologist that studies and teaches about pop culture, race and ethnicity, and immigration. “I love being in the classroom, interacting with students of all backgrounds, and engaging with challenging topics of contemporary significance. I had a chat with a TEDx organizer and friend about my neighborhood while she was in town visiting. Her response to my observations and questions: You should plan a TEDx conference. Started from that convo, now we’re here.”

Dominique Dowd​

Producer - Speakers & Sponsorship

Dominique D. Dowd is a sustainability professional and holistic lifestyle advocate. She is an Urban Green member and LEED Green Associate working in facilities management & operations. Born and raised in Flatbush, Dominique embraces the improvements, but rebukes the cultural loss attributed to gentrification. She believes in the power of community—neighbors united—to create the world of our dreams. Through TED, she aspires to witness how these talks promote community engagement that yield results.

Tanzee Silver​

Producer - Marketing & Event Production

Day to day, Tanzee Silver works in the transportation industry with a focus on the engineering of energy efficient and sustainable buildings and operations.
She strongly believes in contributing to the communities she is apart of. “Some of the biggest impacts can be made by supporting efforts to create a safe space to facilitate conversation and the sharing of ideas between different members of the community.” She has joined with the TEDXFlatbush team to do just that.

Asiah Charles​

Speaker Team Lead

Asiah Charles is currently a supervisor with energy utility in NYC. At her day job, she prides herself in being involved in volunteer initiatives and people development. Through TED, she hopes to aid in educating her community and continuing the pipeline of giving back!

Odamea Akomah Gbamuse

Webmaster & Production Lead

Odamea Akomah Gbamuse is currently the manager for innovative ambulatory care information systems for a New York based health care facility. She also runs a small women’s group called Akwaaba Awujo. She jointly runs a African fashion and wellness company Ohemia, with her sister, and runs an African home and event decor company: MASAKO. “I joined TEDx Flatbush because I know the impact that TED has had on my life. It’s an honor to bring this to BK.”

Lauren Varnado

Social Media & Marketing Team Lead

By day, Lauren Varnado is a clinical document coordinator for a home health care agency. By night, she is an undiscovered singer/songwriter who also attempts to make people laugh as she tells personal tales of woe and want into a microphone. “Dr. Donna-Lee Granville shared her vision for the conference with me and I was an instant believer in the kind of spark she is looking to ignite in the Flatbush community. It brings me pride to serve on a committee where the members are an actual reflection of the inhabitants of the neighborhood we wish to impact.”