2017 Speaker Lineup Announced, Tickets on sale August 21


The fifth annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver returns Friday, September 8, 2017, at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This year’s event theme is “On Your Own Terms.” Ticket sales to the public will open Monday, August 21st and are expected to sell out quickly.

The day-long event will feature local, regional and national presenters from the worlds of business, faith, education, innovation, philanthropy, athletics, music, art, and advocacy. The audience will learn how the speakers forged their paths “on their own terms” and will have a chance to explore the theme in a personal way during breakout sessions throughout the day.

Speakers, announced on Friday, will include:

  • Adam Roberts — nonprofits arts manager, founder of Arts in America
  • Alex Myers — writer, teacher, and speaker.
  • Alyssa Wright — social change artist, movement builder and philanthropic advisor
  • Bob Fernald — open water marathon swimmer, Top 10 in open water swimming history
  • Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie — ecologist and alpine zone enthusiast
  • Cathleen Toomey — branding professional, VP of Marketing for RiverWoods
  • Celia Woodsmith — GRAMMY-Nominated performer and songwriter, former US State Department cultural diplomat
  • Christine Kelly — master hypnotist and trainer of neuro-linguistic programming
  • Elissa Margolin —nonprofit consultant with a focus on public policy
  • Jacquelyn Benson — writer, anthropologist and adventurer 
  • Jeff Stern — filmmaker, professor and Digital Fast advocate
  • John Shea’s — educator, former teacher, principal and counselor
  • Kirsten Hunter — Director of Religious Education at South Church Unitarian Universalist
  • Lidia Balanovich — STEM enthusiast, Ranked #1, Class of 2018 at Nashua High School North
  • Russell Preston — designer and urbanist, founder of Principle Group,
  • Steve De Neef — photo and video journalist specializing in conservation photography

Full bios of all speakers can be found here: http://tedxpiscataquariver.com/speakers

The TEDxPiscataquaRiver audience is a mix of curated attendees (i.e. student delegates, nonprofit, and community leaders) and general ticketholders from business, arts, tech, and creative industries.

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