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: exploring the many dynamics of the human experience

About Us

Each year, Toledo's leading thinkers and doers gather for an event many describe as the highlight of their year. Attendees have called it "The ultimate brain spa", in the company of those creating it."

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Speakers are from various industries, backgrounds, and world views, and give the "talk of their lives" in under 18 minutes. The speakers are prominent notables, and people you've never heard of but are doing amazing things and changing the world.

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)


Marjory Curry

Placed in foster care at age 10, Marjory has devoted her work to researching issues surrounding foster care and advocating for reform.

Matt Roth, MD

Toledo Walleye team physician and primary care doctor, Matt received his medical degree from The Ohio State University. Also a Tough Mudder survivor.

Boyd White

Boyd performed his undergraduate work at UofM and his graduate legal studies at UT. He's a strong messenger with a moving conviction for young people.

Saga Shoffner

The VP of Global Communications for Owens-Illinois, Saga was a Nike marketing executive and is hugely passionate about how genuine communication translates.

Eugenio Mollo

As an attorney, Eugenio works on immigration and migrant farm worker issues, as well as gender and sexual orientation equality.

Diana Patton

Diana has spent a large part of her career protecting individuals from infringement. Her passion is displayed in her professional and social work.

Fritz Byers

A teacher of Communications Law and lawyer in solo practice, Fritz is an explorer of the legal and practical issues arising in connection with various media including the internet.

Leslie Adams

A gifted artist, Leslie is internationally recognized and specializes in figurative art and portraiture. Her patrons include distinguished members of private society as well as the corporate, academic, religious, cultural, and civic leaders of our day.

Jelani Exum

Professor Exum is a graduate of Harvard Law and Harvard College (magna cum laude). Her research interests include comparative criminal law and procedure and the impact of race on criminal justice.

Johnathan Ross, MD

Internist who practices and teaches, Dr. Ross is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program and has made what's best for the patient the center of his practice philosophy.

Dan Rogers

President & CEO at Cherry Street Mission Ministries, Dan has been working to cure poverty and homelessness for more than a decade.

Larry Meyer

Drummer for acoustic Americana band Old State Line and partner at a downtown Toledo law firm, Meyer is deeply involved in cultivating the local music scene and navigating copyright law.

Maara Fink

A thoughtful professional, Maara is a career-woman and mother of four who teaches at the University of Toledo and is deeply involved in family planning initiatives.

Jason Quick

An innovative, funky, and original guitar virtuoso.



Andrew Ellis


Michael Ellison, Ph.D.

For the past several weeks, Dr. Ellison has worked with each TEDxToledo speaker to bring their best performance. His unique ability to find the heart of the talks - no matter their perspectives, and guide each speaker to persuasive delivery is unmatched.

TEDxToledo 2014

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 9a-4p
West Toledo YMCA/Start HS Theater

  • "This kind of joy needs to be shared."

    Robin Charney, TEDxToledo 2012

2013 Video Highlights

Toledo, cradle of change: Dave Beckwith

The science of learning: Karen Sirum

ReImagine -- the vision to think, to believe: Randy Oostra

Making sense of marketing in the digital age: Mike Osswald

Unconditional compassion: Gabrielle Seay

The challenges of urban education: Romules Durant

Rephotography: Ben Morales

Sensory literacy: Brian Kennedy

Toledo Toward 2000: Back to the Future: Randy Root

Autonomy over profit: Jefferson Nelson

Windows into New Worlds: Crystal Phelps

2012 Video Highlights

Faces of the World : Stephen Bennett

The Business of Human Trafficking: Dr. Celia Williamson

Power of a Portrait : Robin Charney

About Women : Nichole Kanios

The BeatBox Flutist : Brandy Hudelson

Human Role in Nature : Bob Jacksy

From Canals to Solar Cells : Dr. Alvin Compaan

Learning to Code, Coding to Learn : Jonathan Buchanan