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The first TEDxDaytonSalon event was held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Cox Arboretum from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. TEDxDaytonSalon | Education included eight Speakers who each has expertise, commitment and a strong point of view on various aspects of Education. Thanks to all who came and supported our first TEDxDaytonSalon event!

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MODERATOR: Shannon Isom

President and CEO, YWCA Dayton. Shannon leads a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and to the elimination of racism. She also lends her voice towards injustices through various platforms such as TEDxDayton. Shannon has been recognized as one of Dayton Business Journal’s Top 50 Most Influential Women and was the recipient of Antioch College’s Inaugural Coretta Scott King Justice Award.

SPEAKER: Shannon Cox 

Answering The Question

Associate Superintendent, Montgomery County Educational Service Center. Shannon’s current role includes working directly with all 16 public school districts in Montgomery County as well as with various communities, private, and charter schools. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton, and a community activist who has led many grassroot initiatives including those focusing on volunteerism, fundraising, political campaigns, and health awareness.

SPEAKER: Donnell Wiggins

Yes You Can

Assistant Vice President, University of Dayton Admissions. Donnell is an experienced higher education professional with over 15 years of experience, and currently has broad oversight for international recruitment, the development of new markets, and the development and strategy to recruit underserved and underrepresented students both domestically and abroad. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wilberforce University and a Master in Higher Education Administration Services from McKendree University.

SPEAKER: Cheryl Taylor

Hope Beyond Bars

Program Director, Sinclair Community College Advanced Job Training. Cheryl has 20 years of experience in the fields of law enforcement and higher education. In her current position, her dream job, she has grown the Advanced Training Program and the Returning Citizens Initiative at Sinclair Community College. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Capital University and a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Science from Wright State University.

SPEAKER: Steve McIntosh 

Programming As A Second Language 

Student, Sinclair Community College. Steve is a former [email protected] event Speaker, and is currently studying Computer Science and Software Engineering at Sinclair Community College. He started his passion for programming in the 8th grade, and graduated from the Game Programming & Web Development program at The Miami Valley Career Technology Center. In addition to being a student, Steve is a Junior Software Technician at The University of Dayton Research Institute.

SPEAKER: Marc Scancarello

Give Me A Wrench

Director of Materials Engineering, Emerson. Marc is an accredited Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio with more than 35 years of experience, and he holds 13 patents. His corporate laboratory team of Materials Engineers and Scientists support manufacturing, engineering, research and development, with the goal of promoting better product performance and reliability. Marc is also active in global environmental and safety stewardship initiatives relating to the heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry.

SPEAKER: David Taylor

Salt The Oats

Deputy Superintendent, Dayton Early College Academy. Dave currently oversees operations of Dayton Early College Academy’s three campuses, and has previously served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal at DECA as well. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from Cedarville University and completed the program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School.

SPEAKER: Jocelyn Spencer Rhynard

More Than Cupcakes

Member, Dayton Board of Education. Jocelyn currently serves on the Dayton Board of Education, and cares deeply about addressing systemic inequality and fighting for strong public education. Born and raised in Minnesota, Jocelyn earned a degree in American Studies at Brigham Young University before moving with her husband to Dayton in 2003. They are now the proud parents of four children who attend Dayton Public Schools.

SPEAKER: David Melin 

The Time To Invest Is Now

Regional President, PNC Bank Dayton. Dave is a 30-year veteran in the financial services industry. His professional experience includes commercial lending, mergers and acquisitions, wealth management, and retail banking. In addition to banking, he has been involved on numerous boards representing non-profits, human services, and economic development initiatives. Dave is committed to minimizing the number of people living in poverty, and sustaining prosperity to ensure stable communities.



Ban Badger*            Kelly Gears            Sean Mitchell              Chelley Seibert*
Cory Earl                 Cassie Guard*       Jessica Reinsmoen     Craig Schrolucke
Diane Farrell           Sierra Leone*         Ron Rollins                  Lisa Von De Linde
John Farrell             Lizz Mahar             Lance Salyers*            Brenden Wynn*

*denotes past TEDxDayton Speaker


  • What is #TEDxDaytonSalon | Education?
    • 2019 is the first year for TEDxDaytonSalon events. Education, at all levels and ages, is a priority for our community; and we are fortunate to have nationally renowned Educating thought leaders, subject matter experts and interested parties in our community.  Hence, Salon event #1 will be devoted to Education and feature eight incredibly thought provoking speakers.
  • What is a TEDxSalon event?
    • Salon events are smaller, more intimate and informative events centered around a single topic. Salon events keep a TEDx community engaged between regular TEDx events.


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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