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TEDxEvansville Announces Speaker Lineup and How to Get Tickets

Press Release August 25, 2015


Danielle Falconer
TEDxEvansville Volunteer
Mobile: 317.413.3475

TEDxEvansville announces speaker lineup and how to get tickets
Ideas will explore the topic of renaissance – rebirth, renewal and revival

EVANSVILLE, IND. – TEDxEvansville is pleased to announce its lineup of speakers for TEDxEvansville 2015, which is centered around the idea of renaissance – rebirth, revival and renewal. The 14 speakers were selected for their thought-provoking ideas and ability to convey their ideas in a moving way. They will present their talks – each less than 18 minutes in length. Tickets will soon go on sale for TEDxEvansville, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Evansville Museum’s Koch Immersive Theater.

Confirmed speakers for the 2015 event include:

Steve Burger
Vice President of Radio & Digital, WNIN, Tri-State Public Media
Public media’s role in the renaissance
Rob Carroll
Principal, South Heights Elementary
What do Kevin Bacon, Alice in Wonderland, lying to kids and getting tattoos have to do with effective (school) leadership?
Jodi Duncan
Jodi Duncan Designs
Sean M. Georges
Senior Vice President of Human Resources and In-House Counsel, Shoe Carnival, Inc.
Servant leadership is the essence of authentic leadership
T. Michael W. Halcomb
Conversational Koine Institute
Silent no more: Resurrecting dead languages
Robin Mallery
Community Volunteer, Registered Nurse, Health Educator
Chocolate mindfulness exercise
Lynn Miller Pease
Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Evansville, Inc.
How a picture book, markers and paper transformed my city from miserable to magnetic
Matthew Rowe
Executive Director, Reitz Home Museum, Chairman, City of Evansville HistoricPreservation Commission
In my neighborhood: A primer on architectural styles in Evansville’s historic district
Michael Strezewski
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern Indiana
The Mann Site: Indiana’s first capital
Dan Sullivan
Web designer, father of five
Uniformity, monotony and creativity
Charles Sutton
Librarian/Educator, Thinker/Tinkerer
Maker education: Empowering individuals to make a better world
Sean Wallace
Owner, Windows of Opportunity – Barbed Wire Art
Second chance
Scott Wylie, Esq.
Director, Vanderburgh Community Foundation
Intentional inclusiveness in community renaissance
N. Ryan Zaricki
Founder and President, Whole Sun Designs Inc.
Transitioning to a clean energy future

TEDxEvansville received more than 100 written idea submissions from individuals interested in speaking at this year’s event. The TEDxEvansville curatorial team narrowed that list to about 30 individuals who were invited to audition in person, where they shared their ideas and discussed how they would deliver them in an impactful way.

Jenn Schultheis, TEDxEvansville Curatorial Team Lead, said, “Every application was based solely on the idea’s authenticity, relevance to the renaissance theme and originality as well as potential for community impact – not on who submitted it.”

The team reviewing applications had no access to applicants’ names or where they work to ensure the focus remained on the ideas presented. The curatorial team ruled out any speaker seeking self-promotion or an opportunity to market their business or organization from the stage.

How to get tickets

TEDxEvansville organizers will sell tickets in person at the Saturday, Sept. 12, Franklin Street Bazaar, located on the lawn of the West Library, 2000 W. Franklin St. Ticket sales will begin at 9a.m., an hour after the Bazaar opens. The 65 available tickets priced at $65 each are expected to sell quickly. Tickets will be sold one per person.

Viewing parties

Organizations and individuals interested in hosting a livestream TEDxEvansville viewing party for friends, colleagues and the community, may learn more on the TEDxEvansville website.

Stay up-to-date on TEDxEvansville

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TEDxEvansville is organized by a volunteer group of Evansville-area community advocates, who are excited to introduce the TED experience to the tristate area and spotlight bright minds and inspiring community members who provoke meaningful conversations and change.

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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 nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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