Incredible Area Speakers Share How “Good Happens” At TEDxNaperville On 11.11.11

Industry: Cultural Arts & Entertainment

Three hundred of Naperville’s most impassioned TEDx enthusiasts will come together on Friday, November 11, for a day of networking and dialogue around the theme Good Happens.

Naperville, IL (PRUnderground) October 27th, 2011

Three hundred of Naperville’s most impassioned TEDx enthusiasts will come together on Friday, November 11, for a day of networking and dialogue around the theme Good Happens. The event will take place at the Grounds for Hope Cafe, Lisle,IL and will feature an incredible line-up of speakers on topics ranging from innovations in education, technology, music, and the arts. Attendees will also have opportunities to network on-site with business leaders, community organizers, and speakers.

“The combination of a diverse group of speakers and high caliber attendees will form a mix that is sure to lead to exciting new ideas” said Arthur Zards, TEDxNaperville curator and organizing committee chair. “The events theme of “Good Happens” will offer the Naperville community an opportunity to learn of the incredible people and ideas that are being fostered right here in our own community.

The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, was organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences. The event is hosted by XNet Information Systems, and sponsored in part by Imprint Enterprises, Rasmussen College, Woodmark Technologies, Teer1 and Mail Chimp.
Speakers and performers include:

  •  Justin Ahrens – Principle and Creative Director at Rule29
  • Caitin Eckdhal, Accomplished Musician
  • Richard Godwin – SpaceX Project Consultant
  • Mark Hattas – Founder of Architect the Future and Co-Founder and Chairman of Geneca
  • Richard Hill – Founder of Gabriel Consulting Group and Ironman Triathlete
  • Theresa Hosey – Director of Instruction and Program Development Yorkville CUSD #115
  • Todd Kelsey – Author and Volunteer
  • Othar Lawrence – Founder of RedBull Airforce
  • Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo PHD – Clinical Psychologist, Author
  • Thomas Negovan – Author, Musician, and Art Historian
  • Jill Salzman – Writer- Entrepreneur, and Founder of the Founding Moms

More Information:

Tickets are $50 for this half day event and includes a reception. Those who wish to attend can apply at
For more information about the event; how to volunteer; how your company can sponsor, visit

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About TEDx:

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxNaperville, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxNaperville, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED:

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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.

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