TEDxAmoskeag: Building Momentum in Greater Manchester

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Momentum is building for TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen2015.

MANCHESTER, NH – On May 28 people from throughout the greater Manchester community will gather to listen, learn and be inspired by ideas worth spreading at #TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen2015.

This daylong event – the first TEDxWomen event in NH – is being held in collaboration – and in tandem – with the international TED Women Conference in Monterey, Calif. The theme of the day is MOMENTUM.

Locally, organizers of the Manchester event – to be held at Southern New Hampshire University’s Walker Auditorium – have invited the public to help build momentum for this special event through a social media initiative involving a big red wooden X.

It's hip to be X.
It’s hip to be X.

So what’s with the X? In TED speak, the x denotes local. When you see TEDx, it means it’s an official TED event in a specific community, which is listed after the x. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. It began as a conference in California back in 1984 and has grown to support world-changing ideas with global initiatives such as TED Women.

The X, built by Nashua finish carpenter David Cotter and his daughter, Kerry, a member of the TEDxAMWomen15 organizing team, made its debut at SNHU’s Millyard offices across from WMUR. It’s journeyed to Cotton, to several spots on Elm Street, at Brook Plaza in Hudson, the Derryfield and Dyn. On Friday, it travels to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and will be seen throughout the area over the coming week.

The public has been encouraged to take photos with the X, and help keep the momentum going by posting their photos across social media platforms using #Momentum and #TEDxAMWomen15. Three tickets to the May 28 event will be awarded to those who tell about a woman of inspiration and why, using those same hashtags.

Meet the TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen15 Speakers

Seven speakers will be featured at TEDxAMWomen15 throughout the morning, including:

  • Sheila Heen, founder of Triad Consulting Group, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and New York Times bestselling author;
  • Deborah Hughes, nonprofit leader and the Massachusetts Conference for Women 2014 Be the Change award winner;
  • Kelly Muir, self-proclaimed tech geek and co-founder of New England Give Camp;
  • Carrie Cariello, author, viral blogger and autism advocate;
  • Michelle Barry, public relations superhero and slam poet;
  • Erin Woo, educator and mindfulness practitioner and
  • Dr. Dawn Huebner, psychologist and anxiety expert.

Singer-songwriter MB Padfield will perform. Dr. Loretta L.C. Brady, a former TEDxAM speaker – and Manchester Ink Link columnist – will host TEDxAMWomen15.

Tickets are sold out for this no-cost event, which can also be watched via livestream. However, participants in the social initiative for #momentum can vie for a ticket still. Visit bit.ly/TEDXAM for details.

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Have you seen the big red X out and about?

TEDxAmoskeagMillyard is a catalyst for citizen creative, students, entrepreneurs, change agents and innovators to share ideas, connect, collaborate and create positive impact. A fall event is held each year, and TEDxAMWomen15 is the start of other annual events by the team. At a TEDx event, TED Talks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

To learn more about #TEDxAMWomen15, contact Pamme@tedxamoskeagmillyard.com or visit www.tedxamoskeagmillyard.org.


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Journalist and editor of ManchesterInkLink.com, a hyperlocal news and information site for Manchester, NH.