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This event occurred on
July 9, 2015
3:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States

We will be having our TEDxCincinnati Main Stage event on July 9, 2015. The theme is "Accelerate". More details to be found on the TEDxCincinnati website. Tickets sold out in three weeks. Please add your name to our mailing list so that you will be the first to see when tickets are available. Follow us at @TEDxCincinnati and more info @ . Please join our email list from our website as we will send out information about upcoming events.

317 East 5th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202
United States
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CircEsteem "The 4 Boys Performance Troupe"

CircEsteem is a non profit youth circus with a mission of uniting youth from diverse racial, cultural and economic backgrounds and building self esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts. Prado Keme, Benjamin Ndikumana, Adam Ndayizeye, and Cordell Young are members of CircEsteem's performance troupe. These aspiring artists have traveled the United States performing their circus skills inspiring other young people. CircEsteem believes that circus is a powerful tool that can be used to create social change. Learn more about CircEsteem's innovative programs at

Four Chords and a Guy

We are a team of six scientific colleagues who use music and performance as a creative outlet. This past February, we won the P&G Sing-Off, advancing us to compete against the winners from other local companies in the 2nd annual Cincy Sings competition at historic Music Hall.

Aidan Thomas Hornaday

Aidan, 14, has co-created an organization Aidan Cares and has inspired youth from over 30 countries to create their own giving initiatives. This continues through his work with the Harry Singha Foundation’s Youth Leadership Summits. In addition, he has served and shared thousands of hours meeting the needs of others since age 7. He is a gifted teen that uses his harmonica, songwriting and singing along with his words to empower all ages to take action. He is already a world class speaker and sought after by corporations, schools and non-profit organizations worldwide. @aidancares

Alex Faaborg

Alex Faaborg is on the Virtual Reality design team at Google. He has led the design of Android Wear, Google Now, and the Android OS on the Nexus 5. Prior to joining Google, Alex served at Mozilla as the principal designer on Firefox for five years.

Anthony Muñoz

Anthony Muñoz is a Cincinnati sports icon. Considered by many as the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history, he was an eleven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, three-time NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year and four-time NFL Players Association Lineman of the Year. He is a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and in 1998, was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. A California native, Muñoz battled multiple injuries prior to his NFL career, including three knee surgeries that almost ended his career. His faith, family and sheer will helped him overcome these setbacks. Anthony was the recipient of many awards. In 2002, Anthony established the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, a non-profit organization that impacts area youth mentally, physically and spiritually. The foundation has impacted more than 25,000 children and raised more than $11,000,000 and continues to grow.

Coach Reed

Coach Reed is the Executive Director of STAR Soccer Club, Director of Predator Prep Goal Scoring Academy, and Staff Coach for the Cincinnati Saints Professional Soccer Team. Reed has two Master’s degrees. One in Sport Behavior and Performance and another in Education. "To get in touch with Coach Reed please visit his twitter profile or his website at: @coach_reed or"

Dizzy Lizzy

Dizzy Lizzy has performed in Australia, Asia and the U.S with Suitcase Circus, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Aloft, Midnight Circus and Bizircus. Catch her in Chicago at Unbridled, All Geeks and El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, or online at

Ed Smart

Edward Smart is the Director of Prevention and Rehabilitation for Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), President of the Surviving Parents Coalition (SPC), and an internationally recognized advocate for children’s safety with focus on prevention. His advocacy began after his daughter, Elizabeth, was abducted from their home in Salt Lake City Utah in 2002. She later miraculous returned home. Edward also advocates for the public’s understanding of the re­victimization of survivors by people accusing them of not getting away when they appeared to have had the chance. Since beginning this fight for children, Ed along with other children’s safety advocates lobbied Congress and Senate seeking passage of the National Amber Alert plan, the Adam Walsh Act and The Protect our children Act of 2008.

Eliot Sloan, CJ, Toby, Chris & Kids from Aubrey Rose Foundation

Eliot Sloan from Blessid Union of Souls sings his #1 hit, "I Believe". From meteoric rise on the radio throughout the 1990s through the subsequent decade of thought provoking songwriting and amassing an extremely dedicated fan base on tour, Blessid Union of Souls has become amongst the most beloved, meaningful and musically consistent acts of this generation. Thanks to the seamless merger of contagious pop, rock and soul from singer Eliot Sloan, coupled with his ability to continuously write socially conscious and spiritually inspiring songs, it’s no surprise to see gold records, chart cruising singles and a slew of soundtrack appearances. Toby Christensen, Chris Lah, and CJ Lambert make up Excelerator. The group concentrates on music that is “outside the box, but inside the community” with an emphasis on including young musicians from around the community to help add local flavor to their musical stylings.

Graeme Joffe

Graeme was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Journalist and has working in TV, Radio and Print including seven years as a CNN International sports anchor in Atlanta. He co-founded the social responsiblity project, "Township TV". He is the founder and publisher of a digital sports publication. "SportsFire Daily".

Jacob Cramer

Jordan Edelheit

Justice Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein became the first blind justice, elected by voters statewide, to the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2014. Prior to being elected to Michigan’s highest court, Justice Bernstein was known as a tireless advocate for disabled rights. Blind since birth, Justice Bernstein is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Univ. of Michigan and earned his juris doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law. Committed to taking action to help clients who needed him, Justice Bernstein’s cases often set national standards protecting the rights and safety of people with and without disabilities. Bernstein previously served an 8 year term on the Wayne State University Board of Governors, elected by voters statewide. Justice Bernstein is an avid runner, completing 18 marathons: including eight New York City marathons, the full Ironman triathlon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2008, & the Israman triathlon’s half Ironman in Eilat, Israel in 2011.

Kari Dunning

Dr.Dunning is Associate Professor & Director of the Neural Excitability, Therapeutics and Recovery (NET Recovery) Laboratory in the Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Northern KY Stroke Team. Dr. Dunning has been involved in over 30 research studies funded by a variety of agencies including National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, private industry, publishing over 45 peer reviewed articles and conducting over 30 scientific presentations in the past 5 years. Dr. Dunning is the recipient of the previous four year American Heart Association Scientist Development Award and the Majistro Family Research Grant from the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

Leila Kubesh

Leila Kubesch passionately shares how she taught her students to set their sight big and the results were astounding year after year. She explains the principals of achieving big dreams and how we could pass it on to invest in our youth. She founded Parents 2 Partners to empower vulnerable family members to achieve success for their children, thrive and give back. Through her work, she discovered that many emancipated foster care youth not only don’t get a chance to dream, but the system makes none for them. Many end up as homeless unprepared for a bleak future. Recently she won the Fuel Cincinnati Grant to help emancipated foster care youth spend a week-long camping to be inspired, mentored and instilled with hope.

Patti Collins, Jess Lamb & Grooveminte Girls

Patricia Collins President of the Bootsy Collins Foundation and Jess Lamb from American Idol team up for the smash hit Grooveminte Girls! Rashon Murph board member of the Bootsy Collins Foundation, producer of the smash hit Grooveminte Girls, and band member of the group Natural Progression. @groovemintegirl, instagram: Groovemintegirls, Facebook, Grooveminte Girls

Paul Hickey

After 10 years as the founding partner at HF Capital, an investment bank that raises money for fast growth companies, Paul Hickey took a sabbatical to become the Co-Founder/CEO of, a Bitcoin technology company. Prior to HF Cap he was the CEO of Shera Technologies a Shanghai based banking technology co and the Founder/CEO of Q Comm, a transaction technology company he took public on the AMEX. Mr. Hickey is an active impact investor in companies that make a positive social impact on the planet. Oh yea, he also just bought an island off the tip of Borneo (Maliangin Island) which he plans to develop as the worlds greenest and first 100% renewable energy island (

Ryan Mulligan

Ryan Mulligan is a former art professor who celebrates individuals and collaborates with real people to prototype a more inclusive future for his children and us all. Mulligan’s art projects and community programs are giddy, playful, and sincere expressions made on shoestring budgets. Creator of the Hero Design Company now a signature program of Artworks Cincinnati, and designer of a sensory friendly golf course for the Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati. His national exhibition record includes the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Baltimore Contemporary Museum of Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. He quit making art to express himself when he realized that his son Hobbs might never be able to express his basic needs. In 2014, under the name Hilltop Stores, he co-produced an outdoor film festival staring his old neighborhood, bringing together artists, filmmakers, dancers & community members to produce 13 short films inspired by individual residents.

Samuel 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 the 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 United States and internationally. He has also competed in world championships.

Tara Robinson

Tara L. Robinson is an author, speaker, life coach, and radio host. She is the publisher of Whole Living Journal and co-host of a weekly radio show on WAIF 88.3FM. Her book, The Ultimate Risk: Living with Passion & Purpose, will be published by Hay House 2016. Facebook: Tara L. Robinson, Twitter: TaraLRobinson1, Instagram: TaraLRobinson1, LinkedIn: Tara L. Robinson

Thane Maynard

Thane Maynard is the Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The mission of his work mirrors that of the zoo - to celebrate and share the story of wildlife and conservation. Thane has written more than a dozen books, the most recent, “Hope For Animals & Their World,” coauthored by Jane Goodall. Thane shares science and environmental news nationwide through his longtime public radio program, “The 90-Second Naturalist. He has traveled to five continents promoting biological diversity, natural history and wildlife conservation, earning him a membership in the Explorers Club. Thane is an active member of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Margo Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, a primate conservation fund headquartered in Washington, D.C.”

Zachary Green

Zachary Green is the founder of MN8 Foxfire, an innovative company using photoluminescent (glow in the dark) technology to help firefighters reduce disorientation and increase accountability. MN8 Foxfire is now a 15 person company with over 350 firefighter sales representatives in almost every state in the U.S. Sixty-thousand firefighters in 25 different countries currently use Foxfire's advanced photoluminescent products. Additionally, MN8 Foxfire's products are used in major sports arena and high rise buildings to increase safety in the event of a blackout or power failure. MN8 Foxfire and its life saving technology was the 2011 winner of Cincinnati Innovates and semi-finalist of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of 2013.” Zachary was named the 2013 Ohio Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year.

Organizing team


St George, UT, United States
  • Jeff Mason
  • Byron Hutchins
    AV Production
  • Pree Silva-Araujo
    Operations Director
  • Allison Gars
    Head of Speaker Coaches
  • Mark Czarnik
    Video and AV Production
  • Janet Hill