TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary Steering Committee

The team bringing you TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary is a unique group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni formed under a college-wide committee. The Steering Committee is in charge of applying for the TEDx license, organizing event logistics, and managing team volunteers.

Meet the Team

Amanda Williams ’16: Steering Committee Chair

Amanda is a senior at the College of William & Mary majoring in economics, but spends most of her time writing for the student paper, The Flat Hat. In her spare time (whatever that is) she can usually be found outdoors hiking with the cutest dog in the world, Chaco.

Caroline Wiles ’17: Steering Committee Chair

“I am a junior Accounting major Public Health minor from Farmville, Virginia. In my free time, I enjoy walking in Colonial Williamsburg, hanging out at coffee shops with friends, and binge watching Netflix shows. I love the spark that so many people feel after hearing a TEDx talk that inspires them to do more and truly think about issues. I am excited to see what this year’s speakers bring to the table!”

Michelle Tansey ’16: Finance Committee Head

Michelle is a senior at the College hailing from NoVa and majoring in Government. You can find her running down DoG street, hiding from school work at Lake Matoaka, or tasting new things in one of Williamsburg’s many restaurants and bars.

Sudeep Kalkunte ’16: Speaker Relations Committee Head

Sudeep is a senior at the College who loves eating Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups and the smell of Barksdale field at 8:00 AM. He is finishing a bachelor’s in biology but plans to make better use of his social skills by entering the consulting industry after graduation. He loves TedxCollegeofWilliam&Mary because of the way it brings together gifted speakers, groundbreaking ideas, and an informed audience to create an environment that can only be found here. 

Emily Schaefer ’17: Speaker Relations Committee Head

“I’m a junior from Chicago, Illinois, majoring in Biology and English at the College of William and Mary. I love exploring, writing, and all things TED. I’m hopelessly dependent on coffee and a firm believer in the power of novelty socks. In my free time, I enjoy reading, dancing, and attempting to play the harmonica.”

Sruvee Sathi ’16: Logistics Committee Head 

“Hello….it’s me. Sorry, not Adele, my name is Sruvee and I’m a senior and the co-chair of Logistics for TEDx. I’m a Neuroscience major and public health minor at W&M. On campus you can probably find me trying to get you to support some kind of cause, or getting excited over new ideas and the people who have them. So thrilled to bring another TEDx event to William & Mary that’s bigger and better than ever!”

Scott Campolongo ’17: Logistics Committee Head

“Scott is a junior from Midlothian, Virginia. In addition to being a double major in Applied Math and Economics, Scott also works and gives tours in the Wren Building. For this year’s TEDx event, Scott is most looking forward to hosting all the fantastic speakers in a new location, Phi Beta Kappa Hall!”

Mary Ellen Garrett ’17: Public Relations Committee Head

“I am a junior International Relations and Hispanic Studies major from Washington DC. I love the community spirit and global perspective of TEDx. I enjoy listening to public radio, playing my ukulele, doing yoga outside, hiking, cooking, and generally making a fool of myself.”