Inaugural TEDxOhioUniversity event postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

ATHENS, OHIO (MARCH 11, 2020) – TEDxOhioUniversity has announced that the inaugural TEDxOhioUniversity event has been postponed due to the global coronavirus outbreak. The event was planned for March 23 in Ohio University’s Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The University is working to secure a new date as well as information regarding refunds for those who are registered to attend. Those details will be shared as soon as possible. This decision was made in conjunction with measures implemented at Ohio University to reduce the public health risk to the community, including the suspension of in-person instruction until at least March 30. “Our amazing speakers and volunteers have been so working hard to make the first-ever TEDxOhioUniversity event special, and I know their commitment will remain strong during this unexpected turn of events,” said TEDxOhioUniversity organizer, Carly Leatherwood. “Our top priority is to keep our community safe throughout this rapidly evolving situation.” Visit http://www.tedxohiouniversity.com for more information as it becomes available. About...Read More >

Speaker Announcement – Heritage College of Medicine Professor Dr. Mario J. Grijalva

Heritage College of Medicine Professor Dr. Mario J. Grijalva, Director of the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute at Ohio University, will present at #TEDxOhioUniversity. Based on more than two decades of focused research and field work, Grijalva is an internationally recognized expert on the spread of infectious disease and is perhaps the world’s premier expert on Chagas disease, which affects millions of people in South and Central America and has recently spread to the United States and Europe. He will use his experiences to discuss “What can be achieved by bringing people from different spheres together – scientists and community members working together to advance human well-being.” #tedx #research #medicine

Speaker Announcement – Doctor of Optometry Shane Foster

Dr. Shane Foster owns Athens Eye Care, a three-doctor optometry practice in Athens, Ohio, where he provides comprehensive eye care to residents of Southeastern Ohio and West Virginia. He has a special interest in children’s vision issues and specialty contact lenses. He is passionate about increasing access to eye care for rural Ohioans and educating the public about the important connection between vision and learning. Dr. Foster is deeply involved in the optometric profession, currently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio Optometric Association and as President of the Ohio Optometric Foundation. He has also been appointed to the American Optometric Association New Technology Committee. He is a consultant for companies in the ophthalmic and pharmaceutical industries and is a regional administrator for Vision Source. Locally, Dr. Foster volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Ohio University Credit Union. He resides in Athens with his husband and son. 

Speaker Announcement – Colleen Carow, Senior Director of Communications and Identity Management at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology

A 30-year resident of Athens, Colleen Carow is a communications professional, singer-songwriter, actor, foster parent, proud Ohio University alumna, and mother of three. She has led the Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Office of Communications since 2002. Prior roles include the first director of development communications at Ohio University, where she wrote the proposal for the University’s then-largest gift of $20 million; communications officer for WOUB Public Media, where she produced and anchored live television and radio; and instructor of journalism and English. She also served international computer services giant EDS, now an HP company, in brand management and annual reports, among other corporate communications. Carow has performed her music across the region and has acted in many short films. A licensed foster parent since 2012, she adopted her young niece and nephew into her family to join her birth son; and she stays in regular touch with the toddler girl she fostered, who is now in third grade....Read More >

Speaker Announcement – Julia M. Applegate, Director of the Equitas Health Institute at Equitas Health

A warm #TEDxOhioUniversity welcome to speaker Julia M. Applegate. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio in 1970 to parents from opposite sides of the tracks, Julia grew up bouncing between Portsmouth, Athens and Cincinnati and attended Ohio University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and realized she was a lesbian woman. After coming out she worked as a patient advocate in an abortion clinic, attended graduate school at Ohio State and went on to become a DJ, drag king, swim coach, adjunct professor and part-time barista. Along the way she discovered Public Health and finally found a way weave together all her passions into one full time gig. Currently she directs the Equitas Health Institute at Equitas Health where she leads LGBTQ+ health education, research and community engagement efforts to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ communities across Ohio and beyond. She is an avid swimmer, biker, cat lover, scooterist and proud Appalachian native. She lives in...Read More >

Speaker Announcement – President of the Sugar Bush Foundation, Hylie Voss

President of the Sugar Bush Foundation, Hylie Voss, will be joining us at #TEDXOhioUniversity on March 23! Hylie is the president of the Sugar Bush Foundation at Ohio University. The daughter of Sugar Bush founders, Don and Mary Anne Flournoy, she also serves as the Managing Director for Sugarbush Valley Impact Investments, a company that invests in local agriculture and environment-related businesses. Hylie oversees her family’s 400 acre Sugar Bush Farm outside of Athens, and manages 600 acres of pine timber in East Texas.

Speaker Announcement – Executive Director of the Athens CASA/GAL Program Jenny Stotts

We are pleased that Jenny Stotts has agreed to speak at #TEDxOhioUniversity! An Athens County native and graduate of Ohio University, Jenny works as the Executive Director of the Athens CASA/GAL Program and the Regional Director of Southeast Ohio CASA. She has focused her career and volunteer work on supporting youth and families, particularly children in and from foster care, a cause she deeply believes in because of her own lived experiences. Stotts is committed to building community connections that benefit every child and every family. She describes herself simply as mother, wife, daughter, friend, advocate, rotarian and trouble-maker.

Speaker Announcement – MFA Student and Performance Artist Quinn Hunter

We are thrilled that Quinn Alexandria Hunter will join #TEDxOhioUniversity. A sculptor and performance artist who works primarily with hair and the African American female body as material, she completed her MFA at Ohio University. Using hair weave, a material that is culturally, socially, and physically connected to the Black female body to make her objects, she is connecting the Black female labor and pain to a space and time that it is contemporarily being erased. Through making Hunter remembers them and is re-inscribing their labor back into place in the heart of Appalachia where the underground railroad once ran.

Speaker Announcement – Director of Project Development for True Pigments, LLC, Michelle Shively

We are so pleased Michelle Shively has joined the #TEDxOhioUniversity speaker panel.  She serves as Director of Project Development for True Pigments, LLC, which was founded as a social enterprise of Rural Action in 2018 to turn the environmental destruction of yesterday’s extractive industries into vibrant and regenerative environments and economies for the future.

Speaker Announcement – Award Winning Performance Poet and Photographer Kari Gunter-Seymour

We are so fortunate to have Kari Gunter-Seymour Peterson join #TEDxOhioUniversity on March 23. An award winning performance poet and photographer, Kari is founder and executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project™, (WOAP™) a 501(c)(3), non-profit arts organization she created to empower a growing network of spoken word and visual artists, providing opportunities for participants to become strong advocates/activists for Appalachia.

Speaker Announcement – Ohio University Honors Tutorial College Student Melissa Damico

We are excited to announce that Ohio University Honors Tutorial College student Melissa Damico will speak at #TEDxOhioUniversity on March 23! A sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies, Melissa is currently doing research with the Grey Green Alliance, an initiative she founded, and looks forward to working to mitigate the vulnerability of those who will be most negatively impacted by climate change.

Speaker Announcement – Dr. Tanisha King-Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer for Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chief Inclusion Officer for Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Tanisha King-Taylor, will present at #TEDxOhioUniversity on March 23. She is well-known for her research on “Black women, microaggressions and the myth of the Strong Black woman”.

Speaker Announcement – Chuck Sulerzyski President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Peoples Bancorp Inc. and Peoples Bank

We are pleased to announce that Chuck Sulerzyski President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Peoples Bancorp Inc. and Peoples Bank, will speak at TEDxOhioUniversity. Chuck has been recognized widely for his contributions to economic development in Southeast Ohio

Speaker Announcement – Ohio University Planner Shawna Bolin

We are pleased to announce that Ohio University Planner Shawna Bolin has been selected to speak at TEDxOhioUniversity. Through her work, Shawna honors the mission and needs of both the Athens and University communities to ensure vibrancy and protection of resources for current and future generations.

Register now attend TEDxOhioUniversity

Tickets are now available online at  https://commerce.cashnet.com/ohiotedx for those interested in attending TEDxOhioUniversity 2020 “Thriving in Rural Communities” on Monday, March 23, 2020 in Athens, Ohio. The day-long event will take place at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at Ohio University. Events will span throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m. TEDxOhioUniversity is an independently organized event licensed by TED and will offer participants the opportunity to connect with proven and successful visionaries who have propelled ideas into action.  Thought leaders from across the region will provide presentations that focus on the theme “Thriving in Rural Communities.” TEDxOhioUniversity 2020 “Thriving in Rural Communities” aims to highlight and spread positive thinking and ideas associated with the challenges and opportunities that exist when living, working – and most of all, thriving – in rural communities and beyond. Situated in the foothills of Appalachia, Ohio University is home to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who will benefit from the overwhelming sense of...Read More >

TEDx is coming to Ohio University

The inaugural TEDxOhioUniversity conference will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 in Athens, Ohio at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at Ohio University. Events will span throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m. TEDxOhioUniversity is an independently organized event licensed by TED and will offer participants the opportunity to connect with proven and successful visionaries who have propelled ideas into action.  Thought leaders from across the region will provide presentations that focus on the theme “Thriving in Rural Communities.” TEDxOhioUniversity 2020 “Thriving in Rural Communities” aims to highlight and spread positive thinking and ideas associated with the challenges and opportunities that exist when living, working – and most of all, thriving – in rural communities and beyond. Situated in the foothills of Appalachia, Ohio University is home to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who will benefit from the overwhelming sense of pride and social upliftment through the stories of experts who have experienced life and success while living...Read More >