TEDXDAYTON 10 Year Anniversary
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 10th Anniversary TEDxDayton Signature Event’s triumphant return to the live, in-person format at its original home—The Victoria Theatre.
TEDxDayton is made possible by a committed, exceptionally hard-working team of volunteers, speakers, entertainers, sponsors, mentors, and friends. Thank you to everyone who appeared on stage, the dozens of volunteers who helped make this event happen, the community sponsors who support TEDxDayton financially—and, of course, the audience for being there to share it with us.
We hope a few hours of insight, learning, sharing, entertainment, and connection left you feeling empowered, energized and inspired to enact change in our community.
If you have an idea worth spreading, we would love to hear about it! Look for the speaker application announcement in the coming months.
Madelyn Leembruggen is a Ph.D. candidate in theoretical physics at Harvard University. Her research interests are broad; she wants to understand how microscopic (dis)order gives rise to macroscopic structure.
Bryan Suddith is a storyteller and foodie raised in Southwest Ohio. He once drove 180 miles round trip for lunch. After college in Kentucky, he lived in Baton Rouge and on the Space Coast of Florida, before returning to the Miami Valley with his wife Melissa to raise their two sons.
Dr. Terry Oroszi is the Director of the Graduate and the Chemical Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Programs at Wright State University. Her subject matter expertise is Homeland Security, with several collaborations in CBRN, terrorism, and crisis decision-making.
Innovative and transformational change leader with an extensive career in creating a vision, developing strategy, and translating goals into results are trademarks of Stacey Lawson’s career.
In a career span of nearly 12 years, Deena has served in a range of industries including local government, higher education, and the non-profit sectors. Her expertise includes working with GIS tools, spatial storytelling, video production, marketing communications, and media relations.
Jeffrey Wall, 17, is a senior at Chaminade Julienne High School and began his martial arts training at the age of six. Jeffrey was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2015. Inspired by his grandparents, he developed a nonprofit organization in 2019 to host free martial arts classes in nursing homes.
Scott Swanson is a retired USAF officer, pilot, and acquisition professional with over 20 years in the Special Operations, Rescue, and Special Reconnaissance communities. Scott flew rescue and special operations helicopters and was credited with 9 saves over his career.
Jonathan Platt is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and now enjoys life in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his wife Heidi, 13-year-old daughter Stella, dog Winnie, and cat London.
Jyllian’s industry background began as a high school teacher in Orlando. After a failed audition for American Idol, she did the next best thing and attended law school at the University of Dayton School of Law.
Maggie Beecroft is a native Daytonian with a passion for sustainability in architecture. During her Master of Architecture thesis, she developed a strategy for mitigating global food chain problems and waste, and their contribution to climate change through extensive research into vertical farming.
Layla Aiklan is a Human Factors Engineer, with a background in Psychology and UX design. She studies the intersection of humans and technology in the workplace and then helps design software solutions to support the work they need to accomplish.
Richelle Frabotta is a Certified Sexuality Educator and Supervisor from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). For the last 30 years, she’s taught candidly from a sex-positive perspective to increase comfort level and knowledge on historically, traditionally and potentially uncomfortable, awkward and challenging subjects.
NaAsiaha “Ny” Simon is the Chief Executive Officer of NaAsiaha Simon & Associates Public Relations and Planning Firm, and she is excited to take charge and make a positive imprint through all things public relations and planning.
Dr. John Dinsmore is a professor of Marketing at Wright State University. His academic research primarily focuses on two areas: financial decision-making and mobile applications.
Corey Mitchell is a Tony Award winner and the inaugural recipient for Excellence in Theatre Education. He received The Cato Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Award.
Annie is a married mother of 3 who relocated to the Dayton area in 2019. Born and raised in Southwest Georgia, she spent most of her early years in and out of foster care before being adopted.