TEDxCLE 2013 to focus on collaboration as key to Cleveland’s future

Cleveland’s fourth official TEDx event, TEDxCLE will take place Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, beginning at 1 p.m.  At TEDxCLE, Cleveland’s innovators will speak on a variety of topics in order highlight areas in which Cleveland is excelling and reinventing itself.  This year’s event highlights ways that the corporate & non-profit sector as well as those at the grassroots level can come together to create a bright, sustainable future for Cleveland.

Speakers have been confirmed and are listed below:

  • Brandon Chrostowski (General Manager, L’Albatros / Founder, Edwins)
  • Greg Harris (President and CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum)
  • Joy Roller (President, Global Cleveland)
  • Mansfield Frazier (Executive Director, Neighborhood Solutions / Founder, Chateau Hough / Contributor, Cool Cleveland)
  • Kipum Lee (Interaction & Service Designer / Instructor, Case Western Reserve University)
  • Medical Mart: UH (Speaker to be announced at a later date)
  • Medical Mart: Philips Healthcare (Speaker to be announced at a later date)
  • Jen Margolis & Scott Simon (Thrive Cleveland – a “Happiness Incubator”)
  • Gary Allen (Principal Engineer & Physicist, GE Lighting)
  • Michael Fleming (Executive Director, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation)
  • Elliott Ingersoll (Psychologist & Clinical Therapist / Professor, Cleveland State University)
  • Felton Thomas (Director, Cleveland Public Library)
  • Michael Pultz (Defend Cleveland Show / Lottery League)
  • Marilyn Sanders Mobley (Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Case Western Reserve University)

TEDxCLE talks will be viewable online following the event so that ideas may be experienced by those outside of Cleveland.  The intention is to draw attention to the positive thinking and change that is taking place here currently and continue to promote the people that make Cleveland unique.

There will be a reception in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s atrium immediately following the event.  TEDxCLE is open to the public and tickets may be purchased for $35 at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 11 at TEDxCLE.com/tickets or by calling 216.421.7350.

Last year’s tickets sold out in 39 minutes.

For more information including details and directions, visit www.TEDxCLE.com.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and many others. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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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About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus, the museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

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