Announcing the TEDxYoungstown 2014 speakers!

TEDxYoungtown is pleased to announce the lineup of speakers for their inaugural event being held on January 24, 2014 at the Williamson College of Business Administration on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The committee collected applications through the website and held open casting calls on October 1 to find the first year speakers. “We had over 40 people apply to speak at TEDxYoungstown and had to narrow that down to the 18 you see listed. It was a very hard process but we are proud to have a lineup that includes national, regional and local speakers, all of them focusing on different forms of innovation” comments Lori Shandor, event chairperson. The theme for the 2014 event is “innovation”.

The 2014 Speakers are:

Ewelina Boczkowska & Cicilia Yudha

Leslie Brothers

Tony DeAscentis

Adam Earnheardt

Colonel (r) Al Faber

Jim Fogarty

Kathleen Fox

Rob Gorham

Wil Harris

Jeff Hoffman

Michael Kovach

Dave Morgan & Amanda Powell

Steven Beverburg Reale

Tim Ryan

Dennis Schiraldi

Rose Shaffer

Brian Sinchak

Cori Todd

Among the speakers is Jeff Hoffman, founder and former CEO for Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, and entertainment. He has founded and grown a series of successful startup companies in his career, guiding his companies to both acquisitions and public offerings.

Hoffman writes a regular column on innovation and entrepreneurship for Inc. Magazine and works with the White House, the Executive Office of the President, the US State Department, and the US Department of Commerce to support business and economic growth initiatives all over the world. Currently, Hoffman is the founder and partner in ColorJar, LLC, the Idea Accelerator company that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners launch and grown new business ventures.

Applications for tickets to TEDxYoungstown are available until November 10, 2013. Anyone wanting more information about TEDxYoungstown can contact Lori Shandor at

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