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TEDxWilliamsport Revisited: Regional Buzz

A two-month application and audition process has resulted in the selection of 16 speakers who will give TEDx Talks in Williamsport on April 4 at the Pajama Factory, in Williamsport. The event is open to the public. 

The 2020 Event Theme is “The Next Chapter.” Speakers will present talks between eight and 15 minutes long that center around the next chapter of their “idea worth sharing.” Event organizer Chuck Black said, “We look forward to giving a platform to a diverse team of speakers to share their ideas.”

The organizing team has announced the following speakers for the upcoming event: Myles Biggs, Heather Shnyder, Sigfried Aragona, Brian James Spies, Julieanne Steinbacher, Crystal Laub Yoder, Star Poole, Sharon Belvin, L.J. Kittle, Jerry Frear, Dianna Y. Durrwachter, Ronald Frick, Caroline Payne, Louisa Stone, Tonya Anderson and Tony White. 

Biggs is the founder and host of Relish the Journey, a podcast devoted to curating extraordinary stories arising from ordinary circumstances. Shnyder is recognized in Pennsylvania as an Expert Witness for sexual assault trials, and is a QPR Suicide Gatekeeper Instructor. Aragona is a sexual health nurse and clinic case manager at AIDS Resource. Spies is currently the director of the Factory Works Photo Lab. Steinbacher is the founding shareholder of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, an elder care and special needs planning law firm. Yoder is an educator from the Lewisburg area. 

Poole was recently elected to a four-year term on the Williamsport Area School Board. Belvin is a Stage 4 melanoma survivor. Kittle is currently serving with AmeriCorps. Frear is in his third decade at the forefront of internet marketing. Durrwachter is the president of the West Branch Human Resource Society. Frick is the president of the Lycoming County United Way. Payne is an associate professor of Political Science at Lycoming College. Stone is the founder with her husband of a nonprofit to repair and recycle old bicycles. Anderson is a writer, sacred therapist and inspirational speaker. Finally, White is a Ph.D. student in Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy at Binghamton University. 

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. This is the second event under organizers Chuck Black and Emily Gale of Lycoming County.

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