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Wilmington, DE, United States
August 7th, 2013

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About this event

Creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologist, designers, scientists, thinkers, and doers from Wilmington gather at TEDxWilmington events to share what they are most passionate about - positive ideas for the world and for Delaware.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Peter Atwater
    Called “one of the smartest guys you never heard of on anything financial” by Herb Greenberg of CNBC, Peter is the president of Financial Insyghts, a consulting firm that advises institutional investors, corporations and public policymakers on how social mood affects decision making and the markets.
  • Jamie Kleman
    Jamie Kleman is an author, playwright, and GreenTV correspondent who is making the world a better place and inspiring young readers with her book “It’s Not Mean to be Green”.
  • Sarah Brown
    Dr. Brown is an author and a world-leading Talent Management Expert helping people to be happy, successful and understood at work in her aptly titled book series, “Know Thyself Guides”.
  • Silvio Santini
    Silvio Santini, a recently retired financial services executive, is the author of “Wall Street Journeyman” and winner of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
  • Jim Lee
    Delaware’s only professional futurist and founder of Strategic Foresight Investments, Jim Lee applies long-term foresight towards understanding shifts in the economic and cultural landscape.
  • Joseph Geraci
    Former police officer and current adjunct professor on psycology and thanatology, Joseph Geraci is a leading speaker and researcher on the Near-Death Experience after he had a near- death experience himself.
  • Ganesh Vaidyanathan
    Dr. Vaidyanathan, SVP and Chief Scientist of Quantum Leap Innovations, has a successful track record and significant experience in delivering innovative solutions to solve complex problems using technology, data, and multi-disciplinary concepts.
  • Steven Grasse
    Longtime entrepreneur and aspiring Robber Baron, Steven Grasse introduces ROOT, his new certified organic liquor that has earned recognition in the likes of Vanity Fair, NYT, Men’s Journal, and more.
  • Liane Hansen
    Liane Hansen, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning broadcaster living in Bethany Beach, DE, worked in public broadcasting for 40 years and is currently an actor in several theater companies in Delaware.
  • Phil Spampinato
    Phil Spampinato has helped to improve and create modern space suits as the Director of Technology Development Partners and other space-related capacities in his 30 years with ILC Dover.
  • Neil Izenberg
    Dr. Izenberg is a pediatrician and nonprofit entrepreneur with Nemours Foundation, who created the family-friendly website KidsHealth.org that receives over 1 million hits per day providing free health and wellness information.
  • New Sweden
    New Sweden has been sharing their unique flavor of Americana, Folk, and Indie Rock with the Greater Philadelphia region since 2009, using their 6-piece blend of traditional folk instruments with a modern twist, all back by energetic live performances.
  • Chris Ungermann
    Chris Ungermann is committed to innovation in disinfection and sustainable chemistry, a passion that led to his current role as CEO of Sanosil International, manufacturing and marketing patented, innovative anti-microbial formulas and equipment for creating a safe environment through surface disinfection and water treatment.
  • Raye Jones Avery
    H. Raye Jones Avery is a true Delaware asset, with over 30 years of community development experience and a background as a community and artist activist, writer, musician, and a voice for the education of urban children.
  • Chris Largent
    Chris Largent has taught university-level philosophy and comparative religion for over 30 years and has lectured internationally on mysticism, the interface of science and religion, and much more.
  • Rob Prestowitz
    Rob Prestowitz makes a difference in the Delaware community by serving as the executive director for UrbanPromise, taking a holistic approach in serving hundreds of high risk urban youth and their families.
  • Jordana Wright
    As a photographer and early adopter of Google+, Jordana has been empowered by the influence of social media on the photographic community, leading her to create the first Google Photowalk and using Google Glass.
  • Jim Kelly
    As the Executive Vice President of Capital One Bank, Jim Kelly is responsible for the strategic direction for Capital One 360 and ShareBuilder, providing leadership to 1200 associates nationwide.
  • Teresa Rodriguez
    Teresa Rodriguez sets out to inspire others who want to take the leap of doing things alone in her book, Body, Mind, & Solo. In her bestselling travel guide, FLY SOLO: The 50 Best Places on Earth For a Girl to Travel Alone, in which she gives simple steps to build confidence to travel the world solo.
  • Steve Boyden
    Steve Boyden, a retired financial services executive, became an “accidental beekeeper” after reading articles about the mysterious worldwide disappearance of honeybees and deciding to keep beehives in a meadow beside his home.
  • Andrew Gomory
    Andrew Gomory is the Chief Executive Officer of Lingraphica, a leading provider of speech- generating devices and therapy, helping those who have lost their voice due to stroke, or brain trauma reengage with families, friends, and communities, with the goal of making speech rehabilitation available to a broader audience.
  • Robert Lhulier
    Chef Robert Lhulier took a “path less traveled” approach to his current role as Executive Chef at the venerable University & Whist Club in Wilmington, DE through experiences as a musician, artist, educator, entrepreneur, writer and DJ.
  • Debra Laino
    Dr. Debra Laino is a sex therapist who fearlessly leads people to overcome their sexual challenges through her private practice, penning the books Eleven Reasons Why Women Cheat and The Madonna Complex, and being featured in radio, books, and television.

Venue and Details

World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE, 19801
United States

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Ajit George
Wilmington, DE, United States

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