x = independently organized event
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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. 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.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Meet the TEDx Tribe
Organizer & Executive Producer
Rhianon Husmann is a Creative Design Professional who has a serious passion for Ideas Worth Spreading. She started her TEDx journey in 2015 and since has helped produce over 20 TEDx events in Delaware.
Video Producer & Media Maven
Jake Voorhees is a video producer and TEDx speaker interviewer for the Tribe. He is passionate about marketing for businesses that are striving to change the world. Jake is a 1% Engineer.
Middle School Guidance Counselor, Ursuline Academy
Molly Donnelly is the Middle School Counselor at Ursuline Academy. She has a passion for empowering young female leaders and has never met a dog she didn't love.
Ursuline Sophomore, Speaker Committee
Molly Clark is a sophomore at Ursuline Academy. Molly gave a talk entitled “Stand By Your Sisters,” discussing internalized misogyny, at the 2017 TEDx event. This year she is a part of the former speaker committee that has been helping mentor selected speakers for the 2018 TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy event.
Ursuline Junior, Marketing Committee
Carly Palkon is a junior at Ursuline Academy. In 2017, she gave a TEDx Talk, The Cost of Silence: Defending Music Education, on the topic of music education, its importance in schools, and its ability to connect across language, economic, and social barriers. This year, Carly is Co-Director of the Marketing Committee for TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy.
With more than a decade of experience in event technology and operations, Evan Bartle of Landenberg, PA joined this endeavor with a background of producing conference events in 2017. Evan is a musician & music lover, a chef & gardener, and an advocate of peace.
Ursuline Junior, Design Committee
Annabelle Miller is currently a junior at Ursuline Academy. She enjoys going to concerts and coaching gymnastics to little girls. Annabelle hopes to further her education in the field of forensic psychology. Through her experience with logo and stage design for TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy in 2018, she decided to come back and co-organize this year’s event with Yara Awad.
Head of Upper School, Ursuline Academy
Ann Phillips is the Upper School Principal at Ursuline Academy. A product of an all-girls education herself, she is passionate about empowering young women to become agents of change not only at Ursuline but in the world beyond.
Gabrielle Thomas is the Site Manager for TeenSHARP Delaware. She first joined the TeenSHARP family in 2015 as an Americorps VISTA, after graduating from Arcadia University with a degree in Law and Political Science.
Ursuline Junior, Marketing Committee
Destiny Dennis is currently a junior at Ursuline Academy. She enjoys listening to music and spends most of her time reading books and watching movies that correspond with the books. By working with the Marketing & Communications team at TEDxYouth@UrsulineAcademy in 2018, Destiny felt inspired to lead the team this year in making this event successful. She plans to study education in college and hopes to be a leader to all, one kid at a time!