Speaker Lineup for 2018

2018 TEDxPortsmouth Speakers

by Clark Knowles

TEDxPortsmouth is proud to announce our speaker lineup for September 7th's event at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. These fifteen individuals span a wide variety of industries and areas of expertise, and each of them has a distinct vision of how to approach our theme: That was Then.

  • Merrill Black​ is a seacoast writer ​whose essays have appeared in publications including ​The New York Ti​mes and the local anthology ​Becoming Portsm​outh. She is currently working on a memoir about mental illness.
  • Emily Calhoun​ is a naturalist, owl expert and programming instructor with Seacoast Science Center.
  • Kate Doyle​ is a visual artist whose recent collaboration with NASA brings attention to the devastation of climate change on our planet.
  • John Gargasz​ is a serial entrepreneur who consistently asks the question “Why not?” He currently serves as managing director of Nanocomp Technologies Inc., a NH-based advanced materials company.
  • Jon Giegengack is​ founder of Hub Entertainment Research where he works with the likes of Netflix, AMC, AT&T, Hulu, Sony Pictures to understand how our ubiquitous connectivity changes the way we find and consume entertainment.
  • Ed Goyette​ is the owner of BeanTowne Coffee House and founder of “Yours for the Asking,” a program that put action behind curiosity.
  • Angela Hanscom ​is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook—an award-winning developmental and nature-based program that has gained international popularity.
  • Bill Kubicek ​is the founder of Next Step, a nonprofit organization that provides community and life skills for teens and young adults living with HIV, cancer and rare genetic disorders.
  • Cyrus McCandless​ is a neurobiologist who studies brain activity with a focus on motivation, goal-directed behavior and decision-making.
  • Jessica C. McWade​ is the president of McWade Group, specializing in leadership, team and strategy development. She has led major divisions for three Fortune 200 firms, served as a U.S. Navy Commander and president of the World Affairs Council of Boston​.
  • Chuck Ott​ has been a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, school psychologist and superintendent. Through it all his focus has been on dropout prevention and high school reform.
  • Sharyn Potter ​is a professor of sociology at UNH and co-founder and executive director of research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center, which seeks to end sexual and relationship violence and stalking.
  • Stasia Savasuk ​is a body-positivity advocate who teaches about Inside-Out Congruency--who we are on the outside can--and should--be a reflect who are are on the inside, a concept that has changed the lives of thousands of girls and women.
  • Keith Tharp​ is co-founder of Sustainable Seacoast, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the Seacoast’s environmental impact by eliminating single-use plastics from the restaurant industry.
  • Craig W. Welch ​is the executive director for the Portsmouth Housing Authority where he oversees 600 affordable housing units.