Game Changers Welcome at TEDxYoungstown

TEDxYoungstown Returns Sept. 22

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The TEDx lecture series returns to Youngstown this weekend as 20 speakers, both local and national, will take the stage at DeYor Performing Arts Center Saturday.

The event, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature topics ranging from American chestnut trees to technology’s impact on dating.

“Our organizing committee had the tough job of trimming a long list of great speakers down to 20,” said TEDxYoungstown director Dena DeLuco in a release. “Having such a large pool really allowed us to pick the best of the best, and I think we did a good job of balancing local speakers with those traveling in for the event.”

Among the speakers are former WKBN anchor Catherine Bosley and former Rusted Root drummer Jim Donovan. Some of the speakers have previewed their lectures for The Business Journal. Their videos can be found here.

Founded in 1984, the TED series – short for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Ideas Worth Sharing.” The TEDx series, held nationwide, are independently organized events.

“We had to open new seating sections twice,” says Compco Industries Chairman Greg Smith, who is the local license holder for TEDx. “Once word got out about the event, we had incredibly strong ticket sales. People are excited to be part of something different for Youngstown.”

More information on TEDxYoungstown is available here.

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