TEDxEasthamptonWomen Announces Speaker Line-up for 2018

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Event to be held December 1 in Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON—The second annual TEDxEasthamptonWomen event will take place on Dec. 1 at The Boylston Room East in Keystone Mill from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at Mill 180 Park.  

The independently organized program, licensed by TED, will feature local speakers and TEDWomen videos under the theme of Showing Up.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that brings the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have been featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

TEDWomen, in its ninth year, will take place in Palm Springs, California. The conference will be streamed to thousands around the globe at nearly 150 TEDWomen events in dozens of countries.

TEDxEasthamptonWomen has filled its seating limit of 100 attendees. The program will also be streamed live and accessible via the internet and at local viewing parties. Viewing party information can be found at https://www.tedxeasthamptonwomen.com/livestream/.

“The members this year felt the need to keep the event going for the community to foster learning to the people of Easthampton and the rest of the Pioneer Valley,” said marketing coordinator Laura Heisig. “The hope is for other women to hear these stories and feel empowered by them to make some change in their own communities.

“We’re all connected in some ways, but it also can affect the larger picture of things. I think that’s what’s so powerful about this event,” Heisig added. “It’s connecting us to this larger event.”

This year’s seven speakers are:

  • Jane Fleishman, a certified sexuality educator on a mission to promote the sexual well-being of older adults.
  • Caitlin Kelley, a supervisor of the Mason Square Branch Library in Springfield.
  • Brianna Mangano, a graduate student at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work who has over six years of experience in mental health and social services.
  • Christine Monska, a program officer at the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts as well as a continuing education advisor at Bard Microcollege Holyoke.
  • Elizabeth O’Gilvie, Bay Path College’s Ethics Speaker in 2017 and a member of the Mass Farm to School advisory board.
  • Cinzia Pica-Smith, an associate professor in both the Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies and the Education Department at Assumption College in Worcester.
  • Rachel Walker, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an associate director for the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, and the first nurse ever to be named an “Invention Ambassador” by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

TEDxEasthamptonWomen sponsors include: Julia Mines, Boylston Rooms, bankESB, Cider House Media, CJC Lighting & Production, Easthampton Media, Finck & Perras Insurance Agency LLC, Illuminaria, Mill 180 Park, Northeast Solar, and WBOA.

For more information about TEDxEasthamptonWomen, including how to plan or attend a viewing party, please visit TEDxEasthamptonWomen.com.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

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