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Theme: Breaking Through

This event occurred on
October 24, 2012
9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Williamsport, PA
United States

The theme for TEDxWilliamsport – “Breaking Through” enables our Speakers to address:
the ways they have experienced breakthroughs;
significant breakthroughs that shaped our culture, history, art, etc.;
a breakthrough that went virtually unnoticed:
future breakthroughs they anticipate, etc.
Perhaps addressing questions such as:
Are we at or approaching a breakthrough?
And if so, where?
If not, do we see one coming?

Community Theatre League
100 W 3rd Street
Williamsport, PA, 17701
United States
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Lauren Bryson

Lauren has been with the Industrial Resource Center Network for six years. She coordinates collaboration among seven Centers located throughout Pennsylvania that work with manufacturers to innovate, grow sales, and create jobs. Lauren’s education and experience are in the areas of marketing and economic development. Lauren has experience in leadership, graphics design; market research and strategic marketing plan development. She has been involved with and completed training in many aspects of economic development including marketing, attraction, retention, workforce development, education, infrastructure and development. Lauren graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing, an Associates Degree in Sales Management, a Concentration in Sociology, and anInternational Marketing Certificate from Brugge, Belgium.

Bill Kelly

Bill Kelly’s commitment to community service through broadcasting has resulted in several influential, locally produced television and radio programs, including series and documentaries. Kelly keeps his journalism skills honed by Executive-Producing and hosting WVIA’s award-winning State of Pennsylvania programs as well as the station’s acclaimed Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal series. His interest in broadcasting began at age 12 with a homemade plywood control board he and his friends made and operated in the basement of his Towanda home. Hired two years later by his hometown radio station WTTC, on-air, news, sales and management roles followed. Eight stations in two states came quickly, culminating at the then powerhouse Number One Top-40 WARM Radio in Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, where he also volunteered for the local PBS television station. His flair for public relations, and a passion for using broadcasting for public service, led WVIA PBS Channel 44 and WVIA NPR FM 89.9 to offer Kelly a job as fundraiser, the opportunity that became a career. Kelly has served as trustee of several regional organizations, including CMC Hospital and the Cultural Center, both in Scranton; the FM Kirby Center, the Sordoni Foundation, Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Children’s Service Center, all Wilkes Barre, and the President’s Advisory Council of Keystone College, LaPlume. He is past Chairman of Bloomsburg University’s Board of Trustees and was an adjunct faculty member for over a decade. Breaking Through is a way of life for Bill Kelly and we look forward with great anticipation to his TEDxWilliamsport Talk.

Ann House

Ann C. House, MOT, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist with more than 25 years experience. Ms. House is a consultant on sensory integration and processing issues, and has worked extensively with children diagnosed with autism, and has presented one day seminars for therapy professionals throughout Eastern United States. She received her Master's from the University of Puget Sound and her master's research is published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Ann is a member of the professional advisory panel for Pennsylvania College of Technology's Occupational Therapy Assistant major, and is included in the 2006/2007 Manchester Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women. Ann specializes in wellness for people of all ages. Lymphatic circulation is critical for overall health and wellness, and this comprises a large part of Ann’s approach to wellness. Ann also uses CranioSacral Therapy, Brain Therapy and her knowledge of the body to include a holistic approach to wellness and overall health.

Roxana "Roxi" Hewertson

Roxana (Roxi) Bahar Hewertson has spent her entire career being a leader and learning the truths about how and why leaders lead the way they do and whether they are good at it or not. For the last 35 years, she has helped both emerging and expert leaders boost quantifiable job performance in education, service, sales, productivity, and profits to achieve or exceed organizational and personal goals. At the core of Roxi's success as CEO of Highland Group Consulting, Inc. is her passion to empower leaders on their journey to building their leadership skills, honing their interpersonal effectiveness and sharpening their capacity to create great results. She brings practical, common-sense and proven solutions to complex leadership and organizational problems, making her advice and counsel highly requested by leaders across the country. Her trademark “Leading with Impact: Your Ripple Effect,” a leadership intensive, moves leaders through four mastery levels: personal, interpersonal, team and system – a compelling process for self-discovery and sustainable results. Her work has contributed to significant business growth, increased employee engagement, and reduced training costs and litigation. Roxi is an expert in Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Effectiveness and Human Resources Management, and teaches this body of knowledge at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She served as Director of Administration, Facilities and Finance at Cornell, where she built a competitive leadership development program with a waiting-list of applicants competing for admission every year for the past 18 years.

Derek Cabrera

Dr. Derek Cabrera is an author and internationally recognized expert in cognition and learning.

Laura Cabrera

Dr. Laura Cabrera is an author and internationally recognized expert in parenting and education.

Summer Beretsky

Summer Beretsky enjoys writing about her experiences with anxiety, panic, and Paxil. She had her first panic attack as an undergrad at Lycoming College and plenty more while she worked toward her M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware. Summer authors a mental health blog, Panic About Anxiety, and also contributes pieces on anxiety, panic, and other delights to Psychcentral.com's World of Psychology blog. She has also contributed to the LA Times' Health section. Currently, she splits her non-blogging time between Williamsport’s major institutes of higher learning where she teaches a marketing course at Pennsylvania College of Technology and advises The Lycourier, the student newspaper of Lycoming College. She is also an associate online faculty member at Ashford University. Summer recently married her husband, Jason, who she met back in ’88 when they both attended the same pre-school. She owns a talking parrot, hates the word “crisp”, and wishes it were possible to drink the scent of coffee.

Jeff Zeiders

In 2010, Jeff joined the Mount Lebanon School District in suburban Pittsburgh as the K-12 Social Studies Supervisor. Currently he serves as Dean of Students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (Mt. Lebanon SD). Prior to arriving at Mt. Lebanon, he served as the Social Studies Education Adviser at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In the distant past, Jeff served as the Director of the Teaching American History Project at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and spent twenty-one years as a social studies teacher and department chairman at West Perry High School in rural central Pennsylvania. He was named an American Teacher Award honoree by the Walt Disney Company in 1996. Jeff has served as an adjunct instructor in American and Pennsylvania History as well as education for over fifteen years for such institutions as the Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Dickinson College and Shippensburg University. Jeff is an avid outdoors enthusiast, preferring to backpack and cross-country ski whenever possible. He lists among his other avocations amateur brewer, al fresco chef, maple syrup apprentice, and hammock tester. He resides in Mt. Lebanon with wife Victoria and attempts to keep track of four grown sons.

Isaiah McPherson

A Senior and soccer captain at Northeast Bradford High School where he recently scored his 50th goal. Isaiah is Vice President of National Honor Society and a member of the Student Government Association. Following graduation, Isaiah plans to join the United States Marine Corps. His goal is to attend college and attain officer status.

Samuel Williams

A Senior at Northeast Bradford High School where he is President of both the Student Government Association and National Honor Society. Sam is actively involved in cross country and track and field. He serves as captain for the cross country team that is currently ranked number one in Pennsylvania. Sam plans to pursue an engineering degree after graduation.

Larry Flint

Larry Flint is the Vice President of Education for the Reef Conservation Society and a physics teacher at Williamsport Area High School. He is the founder of the society’s Tanks in Schools program that places reef aquariums in educational settings throughout Pennsylvania. The network of aquariums has grown to over 20 tanks in eleven very diverse school settings. His work has successfully demonstrated how to create sustainable reef aquariums for science education with zero direct impact on currently existing reefs through captive coral propagation, live rock seeding and fish breeding. The program aims to teach students and the public about coral reef ecology and conservation and how every human impacts the environment in these “rainforests of the sea.” The diverse chemicals and biological interactions in a reef aquarium can be used as the centerpiece of exciting and engaging biology education. Our society plans to deliver this approach to science education in more classrooms around the nation. Larry holds a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education with concentrations in Physics and Chemistry as well as a M.Ed. from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Organizing team


Williamsport, PA, United States
  • Lydia Comerford
    Associate Curator
  • Tracy Whitehead
    Associate Curator
  • Whitney Kline
    Associate Curator
  • Kristin Takach
    Associate Curator
  • Chris Johnson
    Associate Curator
  • Wade Spencer
    Associate Curator