After an open call for auditions earlier in the year, the speakers committee chose 21 individuals to present on this year’s theme—CURRENT. “’Current’ evokes energy, movement, and the pursuit of knowledge, and it also holds great significance for the history and landscape of our community,” said TEDxDayton Co-chair Diane Farrell. “Every year, we look for a theme that carries layers of meaning. We want the audience to come into the experience with their own ideas and their wheels already turning, and then we want them to encounter something unexpected. This year’s speakers are ready to deliver.”
- Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Manager of Life Services Partnerships, CareSource
- Daniel Badger, Director, America’s Packard Museum
- Kwame Christian Esq., M.A., Director, American Negotiation Institute
- Joe D’Silva, Founder and CEO, Patients’ & Consumers’ Pharma
- Kathleen Druffner, Owner, Druffner Professional Organizing
- Neal Gittleman, Conductor, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
- Kenneth Goodrum, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Central State University
- Brennan Harlow, Student, Chaminade Julienne
- Dick Hattershire, Consultant, Leidos
- Rosalind J. Jackson, Physician, Total Health & Wellness OBGYN LLC
- Steven Kniffley, Assistant Professor, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University
- Adrian McLemore, Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Crystal Michelle Perkins, Assistant Professor of Dance, The Ohio State University
- Corey Seemiller, Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations, Wright State University
- Bridget Shingleton, Marketing and Communications Manager, Brunner Literacy Center
- La Fleur Small, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Wright State University
- Steve Schwartz, CEO, Lion Group, Inc.
- Olive Wagar, Owner, Organized by Olive LLC
- Terry Welker, Sculptor/Architect
- Julie L. Williams, Psy.D., ABPP, Professor, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University
- Karen Wonders, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Maple Tree Cancer Alliance
When you get here: Doors to the Victoria lobby will open at 8:20 am; you may enter the theatre beginning at 8:30 am. We have changed to a ticket-based event to expedite the registration process. Bring your ticket or confirmation email. Feel free to mingle with guests, grab coffee, use the restroom, and get excited for the big day! All guests must be seated by 8:55 am.
Event flow: There will be a mid-morning break and another break for lunch. Guests will eat lunch at the Schuster Center across the street; students ticket purchasers will have lunch at Uno’s. Please be careful crossing the street and follow all traffic laws. Restrooms will be available at the Schuster Center and Uno’s. Head back to the Victoria Theatre for the next session, which will resume promptly at 1:30 pm. We won’t have a formal break in the middle of the afternoon, but we’ll take a quick break to stretch, and the event will end around 3:30 pm.
Ticket information: $50, students $20, buy online. All seating will be open seating.
Cell phone policy: Social media is a big part of TEDx. Use #TEDxDayton2017 when sharing your posts, but please hold off on posting until a speaker is done talking. Please, no video during talks. We have professional videographers recording the talks and they will be available online at a later date for your enjoyment. Unauthorized videos may result in our loss of the license, and without it, we can’t bring you more fantastic events like this.
Bring a totally open mind: Don’t come with an agenda and, in return, you will get immeasurable knowledge, inspiration and provocation. It also helps to have a willingness to sit next to, or engage in a conversation with, total strangers. TED events are about community. This is the opportunity for people from many disciplines to engage and collaborate around new ideas. Take advantage of that.