Speakers will share experiences that inspired change at TEDxBellarmineU event

January 17, 2023

TEDx 2022 Participants

Tickets are now available for Bellarmine University's 5th annual TEDxBellarmineU event, Fri., Feb. 3.   

Based on the theme of "Narratives," speakers will share their unique and lasting experiences that have resulted in meaningful change. The event will also feature networking opportunities with speakers and sponsors. 

TEDx events are locally organized programs modeled after the TED format. Speakers deliver concise presentations on topics around a common theme. TEDx events are produced under license from TED. 

“Over the last five years, we have observed the value of bringing together the students, faculty and staff of Bellarmine with community members and local businesses as we participate in the worldwide community of TEDx,” said Dr. Shawn Apostel, an assistant professor of communication and one of the event's organizers. “The spirit of TEDx calls us to share ideas worth spreading, and our speakers have spread ideas about Louisville, surrounding areas, and the people in those places who contribute to their communities and each other. We’re thrilled to add to the TEDx community with seven additional speakers at this year’s event.”  

Speakers include: 

Emmy Ammirati Senior Lead Tutor, Writing, Smarthinking, Pearson Education 

Nwando Anyaoku Chief Health Equity Officer, Providence Swedish Health Services 

Bridget Bard Assistant Director of Louisville Melton 

Von Barnes Founder of Kentuckiana Backyard Farms 

Gino Castillo Educator and Clinician Percussionist, Composer, Singer 

Laura Formentini Author, Non-Profit Photographer, Activist 

Brittany Gentry DSW, LCSW, Co-Clinical Director of the Trauma Informed Counseling Center (TICC) and Founder of Trauma Education & Advocacy (TEA) 

This year’s event is from 4:30-7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 3, in Cralle Theater, located in Wyatt Hall. The event will also include networking opportunities with the speakers and a reception featuring appetizers and tastings from Heaven Hill, Akasha Brewing and Sunergos Coffee. Click here for a campus map. Tickets are $20-$30 and may be purchased here.  

For more information, visit the TEDxBellarmineU website or follow the event on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

About TED 

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading," usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or fewer, delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. 

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with an idea to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. 

About TEDx 

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. 


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