We are excited to announce our speakers for TEDxYoungstown 2014!

Ewelina Boczkowska – Warsaw-born, Montreal-raised, Los Angeles-trained

Cicilia Yudha – immeasurable, colorful, Indonesian

Chopin's Mazurkas

Ewelina Boczkowska
Cicilia Yudha

Leslie Brothers – synchronized swimmer, visionary, open

Mattering is Key to Innovation: A Model for Civic Engagement in the University Art Museum

Leslie Brothers

Tony DeAscentis – innovator, gadget geek, outdoor enthusiast

The skill most innovators never think about

Tony DeAscentis

Adam Earnheardt – sports fan, social media enthusiast, world’s greatest dad

Creating a Global Sports Village: The Evolution of the Prosocial Sports Fan

Colonel (r) Al Faber – CEO, critical thinker, consensus builder

The Culture of Innovation:  Process to Results


Colonel (r) Al Faber

Jim Fogarty – activist, innovator, entertainer

How to survive by making a living as an artist in the Rust Belt

Jim Fogarty

Kathleen Fox – connector, designer, engaged citizen

Innovating the City

Kathleen Fox

Rob Gorham – loyal, positive, collaborator

Collaboration Innovation:  Making America Work


Rob Gorham

Wil Harris – leader, director, personal developer

Innovation of the Mind

Wil Harris

Jeff Hoffman – serial entrepreneur, CEO

The Power of Wonder

Jeff Hoffman

Michael Kovach – farmer, former geologist, father

Rethinking our food: What we eat, and how we grow it

Michael Kovach

Dave Morgan – idealist, composer, synergist

Amanda Powell – singer, storyteller, enlivener

Singing Beyond Boundaries

Dave Morgan
Amanda Powell

Steven Beverburg Reale – writer, educator, gamer

Playing Games and Playing Music

Steven Reale

Tim Ryan – meditator, Congressman, author

Igniting a Quiet Revolution: Taking Mindfulness Mainstream


Dennis Schiraldi – independent, free spirited, impatiently patient

The Three "P's" of Innovation

Dennis Schiraldi

Rose Shaffer – tech geek, cultural enthusiast, travel junkie

How to Make a Movement, Innovation Within Communication

Rose Shaffer

Brian Sinchak – educator, explorer, enthusiast

The Passport to Educational Innovation

Brian Sinchak

Cori Todd – author, lover of life, connector of dots

Innovation: A Love/Hate Relationship

Cori Todd




TEDxYoungstown Speaker Introduction packet

Please refer to our speaker packet (PDF) to learn what you need to know about being a TEDxYoungstown speaker. The guidelines from TED.com are republished below as well. Once you've read over these materials, please fill out the application at the bottom of this page.




Guidelines for all TEDx talks (republished from TED.com)

Selection: TEDx Organizers are responsible for procuring and handling their own speakers. TED staff do not help identify or secure speakers. TEDx organizers cannot speak at their own TEDx events.

Payment: TEDx events may never pay speakers.

Sponsorship: Speakers may not sponsor any portion of your TEDx event, in-kind or otherwise. Sponsors of your event cannot be speakers.

Duration: No talk can exceed 18 minutes in length.

Multi-topical and Multidisciplinary: TEDx events must feature a diversity of speakers from across several disciplines that address a variety of topics. These topics should not fall under a single subject.

Programming: Up to 75% of your program can consist of original speakers. 25 percent of your program should feature TEDTalks that have been featured on TED.com

Presentations: Every talk's content must be in compliance with copyright law. Speakers must inform you beforehand of any third-party material that will be used in their presentations and seek written permissions to copyrighted materials when applicable. TED cannot assist with this process or act as a consultant on individual cases.

Speaker release: Everyone who appears onstage must sign the TEDx Speaker Release form.

TEDxTalks videos: TEDx event teams must upload videos of every talk from their event to the TEDxTalks YouTube channel (and only the TEDxTalks YouTube channel) unless the content is in violation of the above rules. If an organizer chooses to withhold a talk, they are fully responsible for informing TEDx staff and then for communicating the reasoning of their actions to the speakers. 

Content: Talks may cover a wide variety of topics and presenting styles. Speakers should be encouraged to prepare carefully to ensure they can express their idea effectively in the available short time slot. There only a few key restrictions in terms of style or content:

No commercial agenda. Speakers should not promote their own products, books, or businesses or those of a company which employs them. The only exception is where they have specifically been invited to give a powerful product demo, or to describe the ideas in their book, and here the focus should still be on the technology and/or the ideas. 

Avoid pseudoscience. TED and TEDx are platforms for showcasing and explaining genuine advances in science, and it's important we retain the respect of the scientific community. Speakers should avoid the misuse of scientific language to make unsubstantiated claims. 

TEDx is also not the right platform for talks with an inflammatory political or religious agenda, nor for polarizing “us vs them” language. We seek to build consensus and provide outside-the-box thinking, not to revisit familiar, unresolvable disputes on these topics. 

If talks violate the guidelines above, we reserve the right to insist on their removal from TEDx branded distribution outlets, and license renewal is unlikely. 

For a more detailed description of our content guidelines, along with some tips on how to identify suspect science, read the TEDx content guidelines.



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