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TEDxDayton Announces Speakers for Third Annual Event


September 16, 2015 (DAYTON, Ohio) — In anticipation of another sell-out year, TEDxDayton organizers have released the list of speakers for the 2015 event, which will take place on Oct. 16, 2015, at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton.

“This event keeps evolving, and we now have a community interested in engaging with ideas and learning something new in the spirit of TED,” said TEDxDayton co-chair Sean Creighton. “Our region is full of new, challenging ideas and we can bring those to stage to an audience that wants that experience.”

The speakers committee chose candidates from a combination of recruitment methods and from an open call for auditions earlier this year. “We plan to push our audience to new, even unknown places; surprise them; and leave them feeling they have really learned something,” said TEDxDayton co-chair Stephanie Gottschlich. “We want to take a subject the audience thinks it might already know and present it with a new twist. We want TEDxDayton attendees to reimagine, rethink, reconnect — it’s the central theme to our 2015 event.”

Speakers include:

  • Rebecca Benná, Executive Director, Five River MetroParks
  • Harriet Kamakil Brown, Student, University of Dayton
  • Chinonye Chukwu, Assistant Professor, Motion Pictures at Wright State University
  • Matt Coatney, Artificial Intelligence Software Executive, Five Spot Research Ltd.
  • Patrick Flynn, Sustainability Group Leader, IO
  • Dave Gasper, Software Entrepreneur, Assisted Patrol
  • Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Manager of Watershed Partnerships, Miami Conservancy District
  • Shannon Isom, CEO, YWCA Dayton
  • Katrina Kittle, Author
  • Gary Klein, Founder, ShadowBox LLC
  • Lennard Moses, Associate Professor and Chairman, Central State University
  • Matthew Purkey, Vice President of Resource Development, United Way of Greater Dayton
  • Chelley Seibert, Retired Dayton Police Officer
  • Joshua Stucky, Owner, Square One Salon
  • Karin VanZant, Executive Director of Life Services, CareSource
  • Kim Vesey, Vice President of Mission Support, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton
  • Performers this year include: Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company; poet, comedian, and motivational speaker Ed Mabrey; Dayton band Meghna & the Majority; and The Zoot Theatre Company.

Val Beerbower, TEDxDayton marketing committee co-chair

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Rachel Graves, TEDxDayton speakers committee co-chair

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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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