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Nineteen speakers will present on this year’s theme—SEARCH. “This year’s theme really captures the spirit of TED,” said TEDxDayton chair Diane Farrell. “We attract an active audience. They inquire. They investigate. When they enter the theatre on Oct. 14, they won’t just be expecting entertainment, they’ll be seeking information, inspiration, and connection—and with this year’s powerful speakers, that’s what they’re going to find.”

  • Salma Albezreh, Student, Morton Middle School
  • Tyler Back, CEO, Mitosis & Meiosis
  • Joe Deer, Professor and Musical Theatre Initiative Director, Wright State University
  • Neenah Ellis, General Manager, WYSO
  • Scot Ganow, Attorney, Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.
  • Cassie Guard, Owner and CEO, Femme Fatale Fitness
  • Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director Emeritus, Alliance to End Hunger
  • Ryan Ireland, Publicity and Marketing Coordinator, Greene County Public Library
  • Moriba Jah, Director, University of Arizona Space Object Behavioral Sciences
  • Linda Jones, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Software Solutions, Inc.
  • Darren Kall, Co-founder, Specific Clarity
  • Heidi Landes, Parent Coach, Courage for Parents.com
  • Deanna Murphy, Co-founder, Brigid’s Path
  • Robert Owens, Educational Consultant, Signature Educational Solutions
  • Lance Salyers, Senior Director, LexisNexis Legal & Professional
  • Jo’el Thomas-Jones, Community Support Coordinator and Co-founder, Neighborhoods Over Politics
  • David Webb, President and CEO, The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center
  • Brenden Wynn, Operations Manager, Providence Medical Group
  • Jonah Yokoyama, Executive Director, Heartland Trans Wellness Group

WHAT IS TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDayton, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDayton event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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