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7th Annual TEDxWilmington Conference: NOW WHAT?

  • Thursday, September 27th, 2018


The 7th Annual TEDxWilmington Conference is our 31st TEDxWilmington event held in total since TED granted the license to Ajit Mathew George in 2011.

The theme for 2018 is “NOW WHAT?”

We live in an age of information with a seemingly endless flow of ideas, and yet we have almost no idea what to do with them most of the time. With so many amazing resources at our fingertips, we pose the important question of what to do with it all. What is the next step in the right direction? NOW WHAT?

This year’s annual conference will showcase 30 speakers and performers (plus a horse!)  from around the world who will come to Wilmington to share their Ideas Worth Spreading in a TEDx talk. These speakers were selected from a list of 234 applicants from 33 States, the District of Columbia and 8 countries. In September, they will take to the red carpet stage and share some of the freshest and most fascinating concepts and how we can all put them into action. Come find out how you can put Ideas into Action.

A list of speakers and their bios are available below. If you have any additional questions please email Organizer, Ajit George ( or Assistant Producer, Kelsey Guinnup ( for more information.

Where: Figure 8 Barn, Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington, DE, 19809

When: 8am – 5pm | Thursday, September 27th, 2018


This year we are bringing the TEDxWilmington Annual Conference to an all new location!

The Figure 8 Barn in Bellevue State Park is a century old space inside of a Delaware State Park. Originally intended for horse training and shows, The Figure 8 Barn is now an ideal venue for even the largest of events. With its 30,000 square foot open floor plan and the ability to accommodate more than 3,000 guests, it includes two large performance areas with a connecting walkway. One side will include theater seating and a stage for our marvelous speakers, and the other will be open with picnic tables for eating lunch and mingling.

Speaking of lunch, the price of admission will include lunch from your choice of two different, amazing, local food trucks with options for any dietary needs:

The Roaming Raven, owned by Ashby Hospitality Group of Deer Park Tavern and 8th & Union fame

Zaikka on Wheels, a locally sourced, Indian grill out of Newark, DE.

Event Speakers

Johnny Gillespie

Move out of Pain, Defining Functional Movement

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Paul B. Redman

Seeing Beauty to Save Our Global Garden

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Lisa Cuesta

The Capital You Don’t Find on the Balance Sheet

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Richard Lackey

Zero Hunger Formula

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Seth Rainess

Want to Be a Real Man? Express Yourself!

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Paul Rosen

What I learned from 100,000 doctors

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Cassandra Pavolic

Courage to Let Go: Life Lessons from a Circus Aerialist

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Mindy Tatz Chernoff

Love, Connection, and a Horse

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Dr. Michelle Yep Martin

The Myth of Porn and Sex Addiction

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Dr. Michael A. Turnbull

Live With the End in Mind

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Rod Wallace, Ph.D.

Vision Beyond the Bottom Line

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Dr. Monique Rainford

America's Maternal Nightmare

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Phillip J. Roundtree, MSW, MS

Black Mental Health Matters

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George A. Pagano

Embrace Life's Challenges

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Linda Tucker

Ignite Your LionHeart: Today, I’m going to speak for Lions

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Colleen A. Cowles

War on Us: How the War on Drugs & Myths About Addiction are Killing Our Kids

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Carlyn Montes De Oca

The Life Changing Power of the Animal-Human Health Connection

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Dr. Wendy Leonard

Zebrafish: Practically People - The Salvation of the Human Species

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Gerald J. Leonard

What If Practice Is The Performance?

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Hubert Akeem Lennard Jr

Surviving Your Personal Hurricane With Your Company in Tow

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Sean J. Kennedy

Grooving with Serendipity

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Markevis Gideon

Find Your China!

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Andrew Gabelic

Throw Out Your Old Career Plans or the New Century Will Smack You

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Errol Ebanks

A Cloud Full of Memories

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Glen Dunzweiler

Only Capitalism, Community, and Direct Action will Curb Homelessness

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George J. Chanos

Think & Thrive: A Mindset for the 21st Century

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Sara Blanchard

How Everyday Questions Can Change Your Life

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Brandon Blackburn-Dwyer

Embrace Your Inner Millennial

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Jennifer Behm-Lazzarini

Even Beauty Queens Get Dumped

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Jodi Aman, LCSW-R

Suck it up! Calm Anxious Kids with Simple Chores

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Adebisi Adebowale

Education for All

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