TEDx Madison College features local presenters sure to inspire 


TEDx Madison College is a virtual event happening on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 from 5-7:30 p.m. It features a roster of dynamic local business and creative leaders. Each will address a virtual audience from Madison College's Truax Campus, sharing stories of success, challenge and motivation. 

Speakers include: 

  • Deborah Biddle (The People Company) on accepting differences in our own family 
  • Jorel Day (Madison College Graphic Design instructor) on gratitude 
  • Amie Heeter (Teacher, photographer) on how to disconnect to reconnect 
  • Shana LaFore (Madison College Professional and Continuing Education) on instilling resilience 
  • Isaac Showaki (Octopi Brewing) on following your heart in business and community 
  • Julie Wood (Entrepreneur) fostering entrepreneurial spirit in youth 

A virtual watch party begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for most, with free admission to Madison College students. Go to tedxmadisoncollege.org for more information and to secure tickets. 



Kristin Gebhardt 

Madison College Entrepreneurship Center 




Shana LaFore 

Madison College School of Professional and Continuing Education 




About TEDx, x = independently organized event 
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) 


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published to TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.


TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; The Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TED Translate, which crowdsources the subtitling of TED Talks so that big ideas can spread across languages and borders; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also offers TED@Work, a program that reimagines TED Talks for workplace learning. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Pindrop and TEDxSHORTS.

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