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NIGHT 1: Tuesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

  • Lisa Wagner (host)
  • Daj’za Demmings, discussing intergenerational mentorship.
  • Conor Crippen & Anne Marie Romer, discussing Conor’s traumatic brain injury and giving up the burden of trauma.
  • Subhashini Ganapathy, sharing how industrial systems engineering is actually fun and improves our world.
  • Timothy Nevius, discussing the exploitation of college athletes.
  • Ted Yoder (performer)
  • Host/Speaker Q&A: Lisa Wagner & Daj’za Demmings

NIGHT 2: Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m.

  • Josh Stucky (host)
  • Ronald L. Fletcher, MD, sharing how the AIDS crisis taught us lessons about the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Kathleen Wiant, discussing the dangers of hazing and bullying, and how it affected her family.
  • Ann Puckett, sharing how DIY isn’t about doing it yourself and actually builds community.
  • Amy M. Riegel, discussing affordable housing and how our zip codes define our opportunities.
  • Rodney Veal, Brianna Rhodes, & Josh Strange (performer)
  • Host/Speaker Q&A: Josh Stucky & Ronald L. Fletcher, MD

NIGHT 3: Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

  • Dr. Karen Townsend (host)
  • Jacquelyn Wright Palmer, discussing genealogy and her family’s history of enslavement.
  • Shomari Payne, discussing the inheritance of poverty.
  • Christopher Wyatt, discussing how opioids, overdoses and breathing are connected.
  • Dana Clark & Ryann Mescher ([email protected] speakers), talking about the non-profit they created to address “period poverty.”
  • Jim McCutcheon (performer)
  • Host/Speaker Q&A: Dr. Karen Townsend & Jacquelyn Wright Palmer

NIGHT 4: Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m.

  • Neal Gittleman (host)
  • Jodie Mader, talking about how it feels to be a Luddite in a high-tech world.
  • Elijah Muhammad, sharing his personal experience with labor trafficking.
  • Joshua Montgomery, discussing how building “Star Wars” droids made him a better teacher.
  • Charlie Campbell, sharing his personal experience with downsizing and saying goodbye.
  • Host/Speaker Q&A: Neal Gittleman & Jodie Mader


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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