10 things you need to know about TEDxStonehillCollege

September 23, 2019


On Saturday, October 26, Stonehill’s Office of Graduate Admission will host our first-ever TEDx event, TEDxStonehillCollege, in the Martin Institute Auditorium. The event—at which ten speakers will discuss The Challenge of Change—is nearing capacity, but tickets are still available on the TEDxStonehill website.

Melissa Ratliff, Dean of Graduate Admission for the College, and Kathryn Packard ’20, a graduate assistant and TEDxStonehill Event Manager, recently shared everything you need to know before joining us for the event.

How did Stonehill come to host a TEDx event?

When Ratliff joined the College in 2017, she held a brainstorming meeting with Dean of the Meehan School of Business Debra Salvucci, Professor of Marketing Lee McGinnis, and Assistant Professor of Business Administration John Duggan. This brain trust was considering different opportunities to highlight the College's soon-to-launch graduate program in Integrated Marketing Communications, which is led by McGinnis.

Together, the group identified TEDx as a unique learning opportunity for students, an experiential learning pathway for graduate students, and a chance for the College to share our incredible campus and community with a much wider audience.

What is a TED talk?

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Their agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

Two annual TED conferences host the world’s leading thinkers for a suite of short (18 minutes or less), carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that are idea-focused, and cover a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.

They publish the best of this content online at TED.com, and currently have a free library of more than 3100 talks available for public consumption.

Get an introduction to TED with their list of 11 must-see TED Talks.

What is the difference between TED and TEDx?

To make the TED conference format more easily available to communities around the globe, the organization has carefully built and leads the TEDx Program.

TEDx events are local gatherings where live TED-like talks and performances are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all of them have features in common.

What goes into hosting a TEDx event?

Organizer responsibilities are carefully detailed by TED. Along with applying for a license to use the TEDx brand, you must demonstrate that you understand and are willing to follow the program’s rules and guidelines for the event, identify and select undiscovered voices that can share a new, important perspective with your community, work to create a TED-like experience in a space on campus, and much, much more.

Led by the Office of Graduate Admission, the College has worked with TED for more than a year to put this event together. A graduate class in integrated marketing communications, led by Marketing Professor Kirsten Whitten, developed a plan for implementing the event.

Once approved and publicized, the TEDxStonehill team, led by Event Manager Kathryn Packard ’20, had to sift through more than a hundred applications from across the nation and overseas to select speakers for the program. They also needed to identify and secure sponsors, of which there are six, to help fund the event.

To prepare for the event itself, the team is working with film and audio engineering undergraduate classes at the College, which will work together to record the event and publish it online.

What is the theme for TEDxStonehillCollege?

The theme for TEDxStonehill is The Challenge of Change. Speakers will be discussing why change is inevitable, necessary, challenging, and remains a relevant conversation in today’s world.

Who are the TEDxStonehillCollege speakers?

TEDxStonehill features a diverse array of speakers from Stonehill, our backyard, and across the country:

  • Mfon Akpan, a business professor at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • Dan Edelston, an author, Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and Reiki Master
  • Srividya Kalyanaraman, a writer covering tech and entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Beth Kurland, a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and public speaker
  • Roula Lombardi, owner of Bardo WebTeks, a small business specializing in website development, design and Agile coaching
  • Ashley Mason ’19, a marketing consultant and the CEO of Dash of Social
  • Melanie O'Neil ’99, co-founder of Rustic Marlin, a premium home décor manufacturer
  • Michael Sanders ’95, Director of Marketing and Communications for NTI, a non-profit committed to placing Americans with disabilities and disabled Veterans in work-at-home jobs
  • Cheryl Schnitzer, Associate Professor in Chemistry at Stonehill
  • Marquis Taylor ’06, founder of Coaching4Change, a nonprofit that partners K-12 schools with colleges to develop a diverse teacher pipeline

You can find more information on the speakers on the TEDxStonehill website.

Where can I register for TEDxStonehillCollege?

According to TEDx guidelines, audience size is limited to ensure the event is intimate and engaging. We are already approaching capacity, so register soon! Student admission is $10 and general admission is $15, you can purchase tickets on the TEDxStonehill website.

When and where will TEDxStonehillCollege take place?

TEDxStonehill will take place on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the Martin Institute Auditorium. Light refreshments and coffee will be available, and a closing lunch reception will take place after the event from 1-2 PM.

You can view a full schedule on the TEDxStonehill website.

Can I watch TEDxStonehillCollege online if I can’t make the event?

While we will be recording the event and making it available online, we will not be live-streaming it as it happens. There will be a number of ways to watch TEDxStonehill, including through TED’s TEDxTalks page and YouTube channel.

Where can I learn more about Stonehill’s Graduate Programs?

Stonehill currently offers graduate programs in Data Analytics, Integrated Marketing Communications, and Special Education. You can learn more through our Office of Graduate Admission.

Don’t forget to register for TEDxStonehill