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This event occurred on
February 26, 2010
3:00am - 8:00am EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Cleveland, OH
United States

TEDxCLE was organized by Clevelanders Hallie Bram and Eric Kogelschatz in an effort to bring Cleveland innovation, development, and positive change to the world.

Cleveland's first, official TEDx event, TEDxCLE, took place on Friday, February 26th at The Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District. At TEDxCLE, TEDTalks video and live speakers, spanning topics such as health care, urban revitalization, alternative energy, and product development, were shared to spark deep discussion and connection amongst speakers and attendees alike.

As members of the TEDxCLE community, we all share one common trait. Curiosity. We all seek great ideas. We all want to be inspired. And we all choose to create and cultivate big ideas right here, in Cleveland. That curiosity is what led us to planning TEDxCLE.

Thank you to all of the local businesses that have made this event possible:

Adcom Communications - Without your donation of Audio and Visual support it would not be possible for us to make videos of all speeches available after the event.

Phoenix Coffee - Who has donated some of their services to TEDxCLE so that we could provide breakfast to everyone in attendance today.

Xacto Signs - For providing this amazing sign

Marcus Thomas - For providing the financial support to rent the Capitol Theatre and the creation of the TEDxCLE posters in the lobby and programs

Oliver Printing - For donating their services

The Cleveland Cinemas and The Capitol Theatre - For allowing us to host TEDxCLE in this beautiful theatre.

The Capitol Theatre
1390 West 65th Street
Cleveland, OH, 44102
United States
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Aaron LeMieux

Aaron LeMieux is the sole technology innovator and entrepreneur that invented, built and tested the first nPower(TM) device and subsequently founded Tremont Electric LLC in May 2007. He has served the Northern Ohio manufacturing industry since 2000 as a business crisis manager and business turnaround manager for struggling small-cap ($2 to $40 million) companies. His experience includes engineering, manufacturing, and management in various industrial environments. Mr. LeMieux holds multiple patents. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering. Mr. LeMieux is an avid long distance backpacker.

Benson Lee

Benson Lee is President and CEO of Technology Management, Inc., an Ohio developer of solid oxide fuel cell systems. He is a trustee (emeritus) of Cornell University and on the Executive Council of the Johnson School's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Locally, he serves on the Visiting Committee of the Cleveland State University, Nance College of Business, and is a founding board member of the Ohio Fuel Cell Council. He is an advisor to Cleveland Bridge Builders, MotivAsians for Cleveland, the Baldwin Wallace Sustainability Program and The Corporate Roundtable. He is a former trustee of The Cleveland Foundation, the world's first community foundation, The Center for Community Solutions, Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc., and the Cleveland Arts Prize. He was a founding trustee of the Cleveland Tomorrow Center for Venture Development, now JumpStart, Inc. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and completed all coursework for his Ph.D. at the New York University Graduate School of Business.

Dr. C. Martin Harris

C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA, is the Chief Information Officer and Chairman of the Information Technology Division of Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, Dr. Harris is Executive Director of e-Cleveland Clinic, a series of e-health clinical programs offered over the Internet. Dr. Harris’ interest and expertise in the area of improving the practice of medicine through the innovative application of information technology is reflected in his serving on numerous national technology organizations, including: * Appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Information Technology Standards Committee, which is charged with making recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on standards, implementation specifications, and certification * Chairman of the Board, Health and Human Services Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, which serves as an advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services * Chairman-elect, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) * Presidential appointment to the Commission on Care for America's Wounded Warriors * Presidential appointment to the Congressional Commission on Systemic Interoperability, which studies the steps required to develop a national health information network * Advisor to the Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Harris received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His residency training in general internal medicine was completed at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship in General Internal Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and holds a Masters in Business Administration in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Yanc

Chris Yanc has developed skills in designing for interactive mediums such as websites, banners and emails. However, has focused on Flash and Actionscript development to ensure optimal user experiences that are both dynamic and exciting. Always trying to remain educated on the ever-changing world of interactive design, Yanc is honored to have worked with great people and continue to become a better designer. An emerging technology Yanc is studying is multi-touch technology. He has built and demonstrated a multi-touch screen built using FTIR and DI technology with the help of the NUI Group Community. Further, he has been experimenting with integrating additional Flash technologies into the multi-touch environment including physics via Box2D Flash and Google Maps Flash API. An advocate of open source communities, Yanc believes that technology can grow and flourish more quickly when people work together rather than working against each other.

Dana Myers

Dana Myers founded Myers Motors in 2004 and purchased assets of Corbin Motor's Sparrow electric vehicle to jump start Myers Motors electric vehicle technology. Using these assets as a framework, Mr. Myers' engineering team upgraded the electrical and mechanical systems. The resulting electric vehicle, the NmG, demonstrated markedly improved performance and reliability. He then led the effort that doubled the vehicle's driving range to meet the needs of 70 million commuters and increased the expected battery pack life 7X. Prior to founding Myers Motors, Dana Myers was the president of S.D. Myers, Inc. for 15 years. Mr. Myers is a graduate of Houghton College and was Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for NE Ohio in 1992.

Danielle DeBoe

Danielle DeBoe opened ROOM SERVICE, an arts-centric lifestyle shop in the Gordon Square Arts District in November 2007. ROOM SERVICE (RS) was born after years of searching for her dream job and learning how to create it herself. Through the perspective of having lived outside of Cleveland and now being in a position where she is exposed to many Clevelanders outside of her personal networks, Danielle has become eager to promote the indigenous talent and diversity of her neighborhood and hometown of Cleveland, thus creating the MADE IN THE 216 event, a bi-annual event meant to underscore how local talent stacks up to the perception of big city talent.

Patrick Perotti

Patrick Perotti graduated from Cleveland State University with a B.A. in 1977. He was awarded his law degree, cum laude , from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1982. He specializes in commercial litigation, civil rights and employment discrimination litigation, consumer benefit, and class action practice. He has frequently appeared before the Supreme Court of Ohio, and as counsel in litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Mr. Perotti is a certified employment law specialist. Less than one percent of attorneys in Ohio hold this certification. Mr. Perotti is a frequent lecturer at state and national conferences on employment law and is often quoted by the media on those subjects. He has been interviewed on employment law and class action matters by countless newspapers, and local and national radio and television shows, such as The New York Times, The American Lawyers, Fox & Friends New York City, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and others. His many television appearances, both local and national, focus on protection of the individual and protection of persons considered most vulnerable in society. He has played a significant role in establishing Ohio Lawyers Give Back whereby unclaimed class action funds are distributed to charities throughout the State of Ohio. To date, Dworken & Bernstein has distributed over $20 million dollars to charity.

Sean Bilovecky

WRATH ARCANE was started on January 3rd, 2006 when Cleveland boutique owner Brian O'neill called Cleveland designer and long-time friend Sean Bilovecky. The next day the two began tossing around ideas and making patterns. By the end of April '06 WRATH ARCANE had developed a small production run (Spring '06) and was in Brian's store for WRATH's first official release party. Within two weeks, the line had 100% sell-through. Since then, WRATH ARCANE has grown into an international menswear label. Although being based in Cleveland has presented WRATH ARCANE with challenges that an average clothing line would not have to face, their location, both geographic and economic, has been crucial in enabling the label to define who it is and what it wants to say. WRATH ARCANE is a clothing label with a message: "We're tired of "BIG LABELS" (clothing companies, oil companies, governments, etc.) having so much influence on the ways that people live their lives. WRATH ARCANE taken literally means "secret anger", or "forgotten rage". To us it means that people seem to have forgotten the fact that changing their environment for the better will change their lives for the better. We design clothes that both embody this idea and also demonstrate our minimalist approach to contemporary streetwear. We want our customers to feel that they are buying more than just a trendy piece of sportswear." "We never want a model to sell our line. That's why we hide their faces. Too many brands are 90% model, 10% clothing... and 0% about making our industry better." WRATH ARCANE is doing everything in its power to help change the current downward spiral of the apparel production industry in the United States. The label is committed to expanding it's network of like-minded designers, domestic manufacturers, and environmentally conscious fabric mills. WRATH ARCANE holds true to the ideal that what's behind the label is equally as important as the garment the label is attached to. WRATH ARCANE is made in USA .

Terry Schwarz

Terry Schwarz has been the senior planner at Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative since 2000. Her work at the CUDC includes neighborhood and campus planning, commercial and residential design guidelines, stormwater management and green infrastructure strategies. She recently prepared the Re-imagining a More Sustainable Cleveland plan in collaboration with Neighborhood Progress, Inc. and the Cleveland City Planning Commission. Terry launched the CUDC's Shrinking Cities Institute in 2005 in an effort to understand and address the implications of population decline and large-scale urban vacancy in Northeast Ohio. In 2009, Terry received the Cleveland Arts Prize for Design. She teaches in the graduate design curriculum for the KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She has a Bachelor's degree in English from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is a community service organization with a professional staff of designers committed to improving the quality of urban places through technical design assistance, research and advocacy. Supported by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University, the CUDC offers architectural and urban design expertise in the service of urban communities, design professionals, and the planning and public policy work of the state universities in Akron, Youngstown and Cleveland.

Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and cook. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Gourmet, Saveur , and Food Arts . He has written seven works of non-fiction: Boys Themselves, The Making of a Chef, The Soul of a Chef, The Reach of a Chef, Wooden Boats , and Walk On Water , all works of participatory observation, as well as House: A Memoir , about the purchase and renovation of a century-old Cleveland Heights monster that's also an exploration of the importance of house and home in this country of vagabonds. His most recent books are Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking , Ad Hoc at Home , as well as Live To Cook, a book he wrote with Cleveland chef, Michael Symon, all published last year. He was a judge on the culinary reality show Cooking Under Fire produced by WGBH in Boston and The Food Network's The Next Iron Chef . He continues to write about food and the work of the professional chef for national publications, in books and on his website,

Organizing team


Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Hallie Bram