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TEDxDayton Announces Speakers for 2020 Event

September 28, 2020 (DAYTON, Ohio) — The lineup of speakers for this year’s TEDxDayton event, called TEDxDayton 2020, have been announced. This free event will take place virtually on November 10, 12, 17, and 19 at 7 p.m.

Over the course of 4 days, sixteen local speakers will give talks to share the TEDx spirit of ideas worth spreading. All the speakers auditioned earlier this year and were chosen by the Speakers Committee in June.  

“Dayton has always been the home of ingenuity, innovation, and ideas worth spreading. This year our speakers have prevailed over the challenges of the pandemic and are ready to enlighten not only the people of Dayton, but all peoples of the world.” said Julie Servaites, Speakers Committee Co-Chair. “This will truly be an event to watch!”

This year’s speakers are:

  • Charlie Campbell, sharing his personal story about downsizing and how to say “good-bye.”
  • Conor Crippen, speaking alongside his aunt, Conor will share his personal story of releasing the burden of trauma.
  • Anne Marie Romer, speaking alongside her nephew, Anne Marie will share her personal story of releasing the burden of trauma.
  • Daj’za Demmings, sharing her thoughts on the power and importance of intergenerational mentorship.
  • Ronald L. Fletcher, MD, sharing lessons from the HIV pandemic and thoughts on how those lessons can be used to inform our response to COVID-19.
  • Subhashini Ganapathy, PhD, sharing her thoughts on how engineering can be fun.
  • Jodie Mader, sharing how she’s surviving the pandemic as a Luddite. 
  • Joshua Montgomery, sharing his excitement about teaching with droids.
  • Elijah Muhammad, sharing his personal story of labor trafficking and how we can be more aware of this silent issue.
  • Timothy Nevius, sharing his findings on the exploitation of college athletes.
  • Jacquelyn Wright Palmer, sharing her journey of finding pride in her family’s history of enslavement.
  • Shomari Payne, sharing his personal experience on the inheritance of poverty.
  • Ann Puckett, sharing her thoughts on why DIY isn’t really about doing it yourself.
  • Amy M. Riegel, sharing her thoughts on why housing matters and how our zip code defines our life experiences.
  • Kathleen Wiant, sharing her personal experiences on the dangers of hazing.
  • Christopher Wyatt, PhD, sharing his findings on the connection between opioids and breathing.

“Launching TEDxDayton 2020 as a virtual event provides exciting new avenues for our speakers and performers to explore. This year’s speakers are brave, passionate, thoughtful people whose talks may have even more profound impact due to the intimacy of being presented right there in our audience’s homes.” said Bridget S. Hutt, Signature Event Co-Chair. “A virtual event also allows us to expand TEDxDayton’s reach beyond the Dayton area, and to share the strength and resilience that make our city strong.”

Additional streaming details and performer names will be announced soon. More information about the speakers, updates about the event, and access to previous event speaker’s talks are available at


About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published to TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; The Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TED Translate, which crowdsources the subtitling of TED Talks so that big ideas can spread across languages and borders; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also offers TED@Work, a program that reimagines TED Talks for workplace learning. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Pindrop and TEDxSHORTS

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Contact: Jessica Reinsmoen, TEDxDayton Marketing Chair, [email protected]


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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