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This event occurred on
October 16, 2014
4:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Cincinnati, OH
United States

TEDxCincinnati Vibrant Curiosity was fantastic! The speakers spoke on a variety of topics including Health, Wellness, Biotech, Space, Robotics, Entrepreneurship and Community. The Performances "WOW"ed the audience. TEDxCincinnati sold out again and the participants were excited and full of energy.

Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202
United States
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Zach Oschin

Zach Oschin is a 16 year old from Westlake Village, CA who is currently in his junior year of high school at Viewpoint School. He works as the Youth Engagement and Outreach Associate for XCOR Aerospace, a commercial space company focused on the research and development of safer and more reliable, reusable launch vehicles that will take not only people, but also experiments into space. Zach shares his love and passion for space with his peers as he speaks to students around the country about space exploration and the endless opportunities available to them as the commercial space market begins to grow. Beyond school work and his job at XCOR, Zach is also an award winning filmmaker, President of his Temple Youth Group at Congregation Or Ami, founder of Pink for a Purpose (a school-based fundraising platform supporting breast cancer research), a network television featured young stock and real estate investor, six time class president, member of his high school Student Council and Model United Nations executive boards, an avid traveler, and enjoys politics, debate, skiing and reading.

Brian Haas

Brian Haas – Brian is the President and Chairman of the Board of PURETi Group, LLC, a US based manufacturer of photocatalytic surface treatments. He is an experienced entrepreneur with a background in operations, sales and marketing, and strategy. His previous start-up leadership roles include Vice President of Operations for, and Co-Founder/Vice President of Operations of Beacon Fire & Safety. Following the sale of Beacon to Cintas Corporation, Brian served as the National Fire Director for Cintas’ Fire & Safety business and the Senior Director of Strategy and Marketing for Cintas’ Hospitality business. Brian holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Stella Davis

Stella Davies was born in Liverpool, England. She came to the USA in 1989, planning to stay for a year and learn more about bone marrow transplantation. Three weeks after arrival she met her American husband and has been in the US ever since. Stella is now the director of the bone marrow transplant program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Exhale Dance Tribe

Exhale Dance Tribe was a vision of ours while living in NYC dancing on Broadway. As dance educators and professional dancer/choreographers, we felt the need to reconnect dancers to the original intention of dance: Storytelling. Exhale Dance Tribe is Cincinnati’s first Contemporary Jazz Dance company. Exhale celebrates the full range of modern and rhythm-based dance and features diverse, versatile performers. Exhale Dance Tribe is rooted in rhythmic storytelling existing to leave an emotional imprint on our audiences. The dancers performing are: Alisa Wright, Jacob Thoman, Sarah Emmons, Katie Farry, Courtney Howard.

Allison Tummon Kamphuis

Allison Tummon Kamphuis is the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program Leader at Procter & Gamble (P&G) and a Fellow in Sustainability. Allison has been with P&G for 17 years and manages P&G’s efforts to provide safe drinking water in the developing world. The focus of the P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) is to provide clean drinking water using the company’s innovative household water treatment product called P&G Purifier of Water (formerly known as PUR). P&G has partnered with a diverse network of 140+ public, private and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness of the global water crisis and distribute water purification packets in more than 75 developing countries. P&G is committed to the long-term, not-for-profit provision of P&G Purifier of Water in the developing world in an effort to reduce illness and death, particularly in children. Since the start of the initiative in 2004, more than 7.5 billion liters of clean drinking water have been delivered to people in need. Allison is a member of the Public-Private Partnership Group of the WHO/UNICEF International Network on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage and the Institute of Medicine Forum on Public Private Partnerships in Global Health and Safety. She represents P&G’s social sustainability efforts with the Clinton Global Initiative and is a frequent speaker on public-private partnerships and safe drinking water in the developing world.

Dr. Debi Sampsel

Dr. Debi Sampsel is the Chief Officer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Director of Research and Innovation at Daniel Drake Medical Center Post-Acute Services. Sampsel is known for her visionary leadership and creativity with reinventing spaces and programs steeped with engaging technological advancements. She has completed numerous research projects and initiatives involving telehealth, robots, simulators, sensors, and internet based programming. She was the first nurse researcher in the world to study the use of a telehealth remote presence robot in an academic setting. Her innovations include a United States Patent Trademark Office patent; “Home Stabilization” program; computer case management system; and two-interprofessional collaboration smart houses. She is a sought after national, state and local presenter. She currently serves as a commissioner on the national LeadingAge: Center for Aging Services Technologies Commission and is a board member for Senior Independence Home and Hospice

Don Wright

Don Wright has led companies ranging in size from billion dollar multinational to four person start-ups. Today he runs the operations of Mason, Ohio based Assurex Health, the leading provider of treatment decision support solutions for the neuropsychiatric market. With over 25 years of experience in the information technology, product development, operations and life sciences fields, Don brings a unique perspective to life sciences and especially the mental health field.

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards has nearly 25 years of experience in leading information technology initiatives in K-12 and higher education environments. Chris currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for eLearning Technology for the University of Cincinnati leading the development of Canopy, UC's innovative, collaborative and student-centric eLearning ecosystem. Previously, Chris served as Assistant Dean for Information Technology & Communications at the UC’s College of Nursing where he led the nationally recognized iPad Initiative. In 2013, Chris was selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) program, a select group of education professionals worldwide who are passionately committed to the promise of educational technology to improve teaching and learning. Edwards holds a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from the University of Cincinnati, a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and Associates of Applied Science from Ivy Tech Community College.

Destino (Performance)

Destino - As fate would have it- an eclectic group of musicians are back together for their final finale. The members are Dali Amador, Chris Lah, Chris “CJ” Lambert ,Toby Christensen, David Martin

Chris (Emcee) Riva

Chris Riva is the co-anchor of the “Good Morning Tri-State” morning show on WPCO, a TV station and website in Cincinnati. Riva brings not only enthusiasm but experience to “Good Morning Tri-State,” having worked in Denver, Green Bay and Dayton, Ohio, prior to his stint in California. Riva was born and raised in Middletown and graduated from Wright State University in Dayton. He and his wife, Jamie, have three children. “Good Morning Tri-State” delivers breaking news, weather and traffic to the Tri-State weekday mornings from 4:30-7 a.m. In addition to Nero, Riva joins Meteorologist Larry Handley, Traffic Reporter Adam Marshall and Chopper 9 Reporter Dan Carroll.

Shane Digiovanna

Shane, who is 16, has been passionate about space exploration and science his whole life. He has a rare, incurable, fragile skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa. He is also profoundly deaf, but hears with the aid of bilateral cochlear implants. Shane's goal is to help design spacecraft that will explore the solar system.

Kevin Harrington

Inventor of the infomercial, original shark on “Shark Tank” and “As Seen on TV” pioneer is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. He has been involved with over 500 product launches that resulted in sales of over $4 billion dollars worldwide and 20 products that reached individual sales of over $100 million. Harrington has worked with some of the biggest celebrities including CeeLo Green, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, 50 Cent, Jack LaLanne, George Foreman, Frankie Avalon, Paula Abdul, Montel Williams, Chubby Checker, Hulk Hogan, Kris and Bruce Jenner, Tony Little, Billy Mays and many more. Kevin is regularly featured as an industry expert in numerous media outlets including the NBC “Today” Show, ABC “Good Morning America”, “CBS This Morning”, “The View”, the Wendy Williams Show, CNBC, Squawk Box with Jim Kramer, the Bethenny Show, Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN, MTV, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc., the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and many more. He is the co- founder of the Entrepreneur’s Organization and the Electronic Retailing Association.

Nick Jackson

Nick Jackson is an accomplished educator, motivational speaker, athlete, community activist and ordained minister. To date he has enlightened, entertained and championed the lives of over 265,000 high school and college students. His inspirational speeches are founded in the principles of loving thy neighbor and serving one’s community. Nick commits his life to helping people of all ages reach their higher purpose and unleash their true potential.

Tajci Cameron

Born and raised in Croatia, at the age of 19 Tajci became a European sensation achieving platinum record sales, performances to sold-out sporting arenas, endorsements by major corporations including Levi Strauss and the distribution and circulation of her very own “Tajci Doll.” Tajci is a performer, sought-after inspirational speaker, director and host of “Waking Up in America” web and TV show, blogger and loving mother of three sons. Happily married to her best friend and producer, Matthew Cameron, Tajci has performed in over 1,000 concerts across America, inspiring the change within one story, one song at a time. Tajci resides in Nashville, TN.

Samuel (Performance) Sake

Samuel Sake came to the United States from Ethiopia and currently lives in Chicago. He joined CircEsteem in 2005 at the age of 15. As a graduate of CircEsteem, he trains children and adults in gym wheel, mini trampoline, tumbling, Diablo, wire, clowning, and unicycling. Samuel is skilled in and particularly enjoys performing with the gym wheel. He has performed in the U.S. and internationally, and has competed in world championship competition.

Organizing team


Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • Beth Krumbein
    Team member
  • Angela Panzica
    Graphic Designer
  • Michael Hiles
    Social Media