to embrace: the act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically.

to innovate: making changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

We live in a world that doesn't like to accept change quickly. It's hard. People are quick to dislike that in which they aren't familiar with. But what if we could change that? What if we found ways to push the envelope in our generation and encourage people to think differently? Not just technology, but everything.

Embracing Innovation

when

February 9, 2018

7:00PM-10:00PM

 

where

Our Clubhouse

2816 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

TEDx Strip District's inaugural event will focus on people who are different and who are changing lives by challenging the status quo.

We want you to be a part of it.

 

EMBRACING

INNOVATION

Speakers.

Hilary Kinney

Hilary Kinney is the West Virginia Regional Coordinator for Inspire U.S., an organization that supports high school students in planning and conducting peer-to-peer voter registration and engagement activities. She is the creator and host of the podcast, “Holler: Voices of West Virginia Women,” a recent graduate of the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, and enjoys teaching children about the U.S. government and civic engagement as her personal platform as Miss Rhododendron 2017.

Inspire U.S. Coordinator

Katya Slater

sexual health educator

Katya Slater is a cheerful student of human behavior and a Master of her ABCs. After earning undergraduate degrees in Russian and History, she combined her love of psychology and theology to obtain a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. She now works as a sexual health educator in the Pittsburgh area. When she’s not having awkward conversations with teens, she’s usually working on her latest fantasy novel, binging Netflix, or spending time with her husband.

Bridgette Shade

Bridgette Shade is an Assistant Professor of Literary Arts at Point Park University and an Instructor for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. She teaches writing with an emphasis on social justice and believes in the power of positive language, of words--when well chosen--that empower us to transform outrage into outreach and apathy into action. She is the co-founder of West Side Stories, a literary reading series celebrating the words of writers with a western Pennsylvania connection. Her own words have appeared in a variety of publications and have been honored by the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Meyerson Fiction Prize, and others.

Assistant professor of Literary arts

With an Engineering degree and an MBA, Raymond Poole has worked in roles ranging from Chief Engineer to Product Manager. When his wife went into respiratory failure from end stage cystic fibrosis, he left his corporate role to support her during an extended amount of time on a ventilator and throughout her double lung transplant journey. His first book “Lessons from a CF Cornerman” describing what he learned during this journey, was awarded a gold medal from the Reader’s Favorite book awards. Raymond discusses reasons to move forward, be optimistic, and maintain perspective be it in the hospital room, the boardroom, or in life between those rooms.

Chief engineer | Product Manager

Ray Poole

 

Patrick McShea is a native Pittsburgher who has worked as an educator at Carnegie Museum of Natural History for more than thirty years. He is a bird watcher, hiker, deer hunter, and nature writer. His public service experience includes nine years as a board member of the Allegheny Land Trust. A recent unique professional experience involved assisting his wife, paleontologist Amy Henrici, on an expedition to collect frog fossils in central Nevada.

Natural History educator

Patrick McShea

Muffy Mendoza

A Mama on a mission

Muffy is a mama on a mission.  At heart she is an advocate for Black mothers who believes Black parents can be the catalyst for change in Black communities.  Muffy runs a local support group for Black mothers called Pittsburgh Brown Mamas.  She also runs the regions premier website for reaching and engaging with moms-of-color: brownmamas.com.

Rachel Shandor

Holistic Yoga Instructor

Founder and owner of Shandor’s Yoga Room, Rachel Shandor is an instructor of holistic yoga. Rachel is committed to practicing and teaching asana, pranayama, mantra, yogic diet, and meditation. She began her formal studies in the science of hatha yoga twenty years ago, and now teaches in the Pittsburgh area, encouraging people of all ages to practice with joy and dedication to find stillness and peace.

Organizing Team

 

Jeffrey Houng

Design/Creative

 

 

Ashley O'Neil

Operations

 

 

Kate Buckley

Operations

 

 

 

Brady Smith

Organizer

 

 

William Tolliver

Co-Organizer

 

 

Terry Brennan

Marketing/Communications

2018 TEDxStripDistrict. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

contact

tedstripdistrict@gmail.com

to embrace the act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically.

to innovate: making changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

We live in a world that doesn't like to accept change quickly. It's hard. People are quick to dislike that in which they aren't familiar with. But what if we could change that? What if we found ways to push the envelope in our generation and encourage people to think differently? Not just technology, but everything.

Embracing Innovation

when

February 9, 2018

7:00PM-10:00PM

 

where

Our Clubhouse

2816 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

TEDx Strip District's inaugural event will focus on people who are different and who are changing lives by challenging the status quo.

We want you to be a part of it.

 

EMBRACING

INNOVATION

Speakers.

Inspire U.S. Coordinator

Hilary Kinney

Hilary Kinney is the West Virginia Regional Coordinator for Inspire U.S., an organization that supports high school students in planning and conducting peer-to-peer voter registration and engagement activities. She is the creator and host of the podcast, “Holler: Voices of West Virginia Women,” a recent graduate of the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, and enjoys teaching children about the U.S. government and civic engagement as her personal platform as Miss Rhododendron 2017.

Katya Slater

sexual health educator

Katya Slater is a cheerful student of human behavior and a Master of her ABCs. After earning undergraduate degrees in Russian and History, she combined her love of psychology and theology to obtain a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. She now works as a sexual health educator in the Pittsburgh area. When she’s not having awkward conversations with teens, she’s usually working on her latest fantasy novel, binging Netflix, or spending time with her husband.

Bridgette Shade

Bridgette Shade is an Assistant Professor of Literary Arts at Point Park University and an Instructor for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. She teaches writing with an emphasis on social justice and believes in the power of positive language, of words--when well chosen--that empower us to transform outrage into outreach and apathy into action. She is the co-founder of West Side Stories, a literary reading series celebrating the words of writers with a western Pennsylvania connection. Her own words have appeared in a variety of publications and have been honored by the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Meyerson Fiction Prize, and others.

Assistant professor of Literary arts

With an Engineering degree and an MBA, Raymond Poole has worked in roles ranging from Chief Engineer to Product Manager. When his wife went into respiratory failure from end stage cystic fibrosis, he left his corporate role to support her during an extended amount of time on a ventilator and throughout her double lung transplant journey. His first book “Lessons from a CF Cornerman” describing what he learned during this journey, was awarded a gold medal from the Reader’s Favorite book awards. Raymond discusses reasons to move forward, be optimistic, and maintain perspective be it in the hospital room, the boardroom, or in life between those rooms.

Chief engineer | Product Manager

Ray Poole

 

Patrick McShea is a native Pittsburgher who has worked as an educator at Carnegie Museum of Natural History for more than thirty years. He is a bird watcher, hiker, deer hunter, and nature writer. His public service experience includes nine years as a board member of the Allegheny Land Trust. A recent unique professional experience involved assisting his wife, paleontologist Amy Henrici, on an expedition to collect frog fossils in central Nevada.

Natural History educator

Patrick McShea

Muffy is a mama on a mission.  At heart she is an advocate for Black mothers who believes Black parents can be the catalyst for change in Black communities.  Muffy runs a local support group for Black mothers called Pittsburgh Brown Mamas.  She also runs the regions premier website for reaching and engaging with moms-of-color: brownmamas.com.

A Mama on a mission

Muffy Mendoza

Rachel Shandor

Holistic Yoga Instructor

Founder and owner of Shandor’s Yoga Room, Rachel Shandor is an instructor of holistic yoga. Rachel is committed to practicing and teaching asana, pranayama, mantra, yogic diet, and meditation. She began her formal studies in the science of hatha yoga twenty years ago, and now teaches in the Pittsburgh area, encouraging people of all ages to practice with joy and dedication to find stillness and peace.

Organizing Team

Brady Smith

Organizer

 

 

William Tolliver

Co-Organizer

 

 

Terry Brennan

Marketing/Communications

Jeffrey Houng

Design/Creative

 

 

Ashley O'Neil

Operations

 

 

Kate Buckley

Operations

 

 

 

 

We live in a world that doesn't like to accept change quickly. It's hard. People are quick to dislike that in which they aren't familiar with. But what if we could change that? What if we found ways to push the envelope in our generation and encourage people to think differently? Not just technology, but everything.

Embracing Innovation

to embrace the act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically.

to innovate: making changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

TEDx Strip District's inaugural event will focus on people who are different and who are changing lives by challenging the status quo.

We want you to be a part of it.

 

when

February 9, 2018

7:00PM-10:00PM

 

where

Our Clubhouse

2816 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Speakers

Inspire U.S. Coordinator

Hilary Kinney

Hilary Kinney is the West Virginia Regional Coordinator for Inspire U.S., an organization that supports high school students in planning and conducting peer-to-peer voter registration and engagement activities. She is the creator and host of the podcast, “Holler: Voices of West Virginia Women,” a recent graduate of the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, and enjoys teaching children about the U.S. government and civic engagement as her personal platform as Miss Rhododendron 2017.

Ray Poole

Chief Engineer | Product manager

With an Engineering degree and an MBA, Raymond Poole has worked in roles ranging from Chief Engineer to Product Manager. When his wife went into respiratory failure from end stage cystic fibrosis, he left his corporate role to support her during an extended amount of time on a ventilator and throughout her double lung transplant journey. His first book “Lessons from a CF Cornerman” describing what he learned during this journey, was awarded a gold medal from the Reader’s Favorite book awards. Raymond discusses reasons to move forward, be optimistic, and maintain perspective be it in the hospital room, the boardroom, or in life between those rooms.

Bridgette Shade

assistant professor of Literary arts

Bridgette Shade is an Assistant Professor of Literary Arts at Point Park University and an Instructor for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. She teaches writing with an emphasis on social justice and believes in the power of positive language, of words--when well chosen--that empower us to transform outrage into outreach and apathy into action. She is the co-founder of West Side Stories, a literary reading series celebrating the words of writers with a western Pennsylvania connection. Her own words have appeared in a variety of publications and have been honored by the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Meyerson Fiction Prize, and others.

Patrick McShea

Natural History Educator

Patrick McShea is a native Pittsburgher who has worked as an educator at Carnegie Museum of Natural History for more than thirty years. He is a bird watcher, hiker, deer hunter, and nature writer. His public service experience includes nine years as a board member of the Allegheny Land Trust. A recent unique professional experience involved assisting his wife, paleontologist Amy Henrici, on an expedition to collect frog fossils in central Nevada.

Katya Slater

sexual health educator

Katya Slater is a cheerful student of human behavior and a Master of her ABCs. After earning undergraduate degrees in Russian and History, she combined her love of psychology and theology to obtain a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. She now works as a sexual health educator in the Pittsburgh area. When she’s not having awkward conversations with teens, she’s usually working on her latest fantasy novel, binging Netflix, or spending time with her husband.

a mama on a mission

Muffy Mendoza

Muffy is a mama on a mission.  At heart she is an advocate for Black mothers who believes Black parents can be the catalyst for change in Black communities.  Muffy runs a local support group for Black mothers called Pittsburgh Brown Mamas.  She also runs the regions premier website for reaching and engaging with moms-of-color: brownmamas.com.

Rachel Shandor

Holistic yoga instructor

Founder and owner of Shandor’s Yoga Room, Rachel Shandor is an instructor of holistic yoga. Rachel is committed to practicing and teaching asana, pranayama, mantra, yogic diet, and meditation. She began her formal studies in the science of hatha yoga twenty years ago, and now teaches in the Pittsburgh area, encouraging people of all ages to practice with joy and dedication to find stillness and peace.

Organizing Team

Brady Smith

Organizer

 

William Tolliver

Co-Organizer

 

Terry Brennan

Marketing/Communications

 

Jeffrey Houng

Design/Creative

 

Ashley O'Neil

Operations

 

Kate Buckley

Operations

 

 

We live in a world that doesn't like to accept change quickly. It's hard. People are quick to dislike that in which they aren't familiar with. But what if we could change that? What if we found ways to push the envelope in our generation and encourage people to think differently? Not just technology, but everything.

Embracing Innovation

TEDx Strip District's inaugural event will focus on people who are different and who are changing lives by challenging the status quo.

We want you to be a part of it.

 

when

February 9, 2018

7:00PM-10:00PM

 

where

Our Clubhouse

2816 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Speakers

Inspire U.S. Coordinator

Hilary Kinney

Hilary Kinney is the West Virginia Regional Coordinator for Inspire U.S., an organization that supports high school students in planning and conducting peer-to-peer voter registration and engagement activities. She is the creator and host of the podcast, “Holler: Voices of West Virginia Women,” a recent graduate of the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, and enjoys teaching children about the U.S. government and civic engagement as her personal platform as Miss Rhododendron 2017.

Ray Poole

Chief Engineer | Product manager

With an Engineering degree and an MBA, Raymond Poole has worked in roles ranging from Chief Engineer to Product Manager. When his wife went into respiratory failure from end stage cystic fibrosis, he left his corporate role to support her during an extended amount of time on a ventilator and throughout her double lung transplant journey. His first book “Lessons from a CF Cornerman” describing what he learned during this journey, was awarded a gold medal from the Reader’s Favorite book awards. Raymond discusses reasons to move forward, be optimistic, and maintain perspective be it in the hospital room, the boardroom, or in life between those rooms.

Bridgette Shade

assistant professor of Literary arts

Bridgette Shade is an Assistant Professor of Literary Arts at Point Park University and an Instructor for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. She teaches writing with an emphasis on social justice and believes in the power of positive language, of words--when well chosen--that empower us to transform outrage into outreach and apathy into action. She is the co-founder of West Side Stories, a literary reading series celebrating the words of writers with a western Pennsylvania connection. Her own words have appeared in a variety of publications and have been honored by the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Meyerson Fiction Prize, and others.

Natural History Educator

Patrick McShea

Patrick McShea is a native Pittsburgher who has worked as an educator at Carnegie Museum of Natural History for more than thirty years. He is a bird watcher, hiker, deer hunter, and nature writer. His public service experience includes nine years as a board member of the Allegheny Land Trust. A recent unique professional experience involved assisting his wife, paleontologist Amy Henrici, on an expedition to collect frog fossils in central Nevada.

sexual health educator

Katya Slater

Katya Slater is a cheerful student of human behavior and a Master of her ABCs. After earning undergraduate degrees in Russian and History, she combined her love of psychology and theology to obtain a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. She now works as a sexual health educator in the Pittsburgh area. When she’s not having awkward conversations with teens, she’s usually working on her latest fantasy novel, binging Netflix, or spending time with her husband.

a mama on a mission

Muffy Mendoza

Muffy is a mama on a mission.  At heart she is an advocate for Black mothers who believes Black parents can be the catalyst for change in Black communities.  Muffy runs a local support group for Black mothers called Pittsburgh Brown Mamas.  She also runs the regions premier website for reaching and engaging with moms-of-color: brownmamas.com.

Rachel Shandor

Holistic yoga instructor

Founder and owner of Shandor’s Yoga Room, Rachel Shandor is an instructor of holistic yoga. Rachel is committed to practicing and teaching asana, pranayama, mantra, yogic diet, and meditation. She began her formal studies in the science of hatha yoga twenty years ago, and now teaches in the Pittsburgh area, encouraging people of all ages to practice with joy and dedication to find stillness and peace.

Organizing Team

Brady Smith

Organizer

 

William Tolliver

Co-Organizer

 

Terry Brennan

Marketing/Communications

 

Jeffrey Houng

Design/Creative

 

Ashley O'Neil

Operations

 

Kate Buckley

Operations