“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.”
Chinonye Chukwu is Assistant Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University. She is a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and Princeton Hodder Fellowship. Her debut feature film, AlaskaLand, has been selected to screen globally, including the Chicago International Film Festival and the New York African Festival at Lincoln Center. Chinonye’s most recent film is the short, A Long Walk, an adaptation of the anthologized story, “A Walk Through the Neighborhood.” The film won a Special Jury prize at the USA Festival and has screened at several Academy Award Qualifying festivals. Currently, Chinonye is in development of her next feature film.
- Rebecca Benná, Executive Director, Five River MetroParks
- Harriet Kamakil Brown, Student, University of Dayton
- 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
- Brian LaDuca, Creator and Director, Institute for Arts Nexus
- 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.
Get your tix online at www.tedxdayton.com.