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TEDxWilmington is a licensee of TED, a nonprofit organization and global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED.com is building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

Over the years, TEDxWilmington has grown from one annual event to many distinct events, including the Annual TEDxWilmington Conference, TEDxWilmingtonWomen, TEDxWilmingtonYouth, and TEDxWilmingtonED. We invite creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers and doers to share at our conference events what they are most passionate about – positive ideas for the world and Delaware.

Interested in giving a TEDxWilmington Talk?

Our History

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Originally a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged in 1984, today TED covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. Owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation, TED’s agenda is to make great ideas accessible and to spark conversation.

What is TEDx?

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 a deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = and independently organized TED event.

TEDx has been organized in 170 countries around the world and has hosted more than 15,000 events since its inception in 2009. Over 100,000 talks have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube. The TEDx Talks YouTube Channel has more than 30 million subscribers and over 1 billion views.

That’s a lot of Ideas Worth Spreading!

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. TED’s agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

What is TEDx?

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 a deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = and independently organized TED event.

TEDx has been organized in 170 countries around the world and hosted more than 15,000 events since its inception in 2009. Over 100,000 talks have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube. The TEDx Talks YouTube Channel has over 30 million subscribers and more than 1 billion views.

That’s a lot of Ideas Worth Spreading!

Our Incredible Team

TEDxWilmington is planned and produced entirely by a Tribe of volunteers.

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Dr. Dan Young

Organizer

Dr. Dan Young is the Founding Director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at Goldey-Beacom College and is the curator of TEDxGoldeyBeacomCollege, TEDxDover and TEDxHarlem.
 
Dan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Marketing from the University of Delaware’s Honors Program and his Ph.D. in Marketing from Temple University. He has done entrepreneurship and executive leadership programs with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford. He has been an instructor at Temple University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware and Wilmington University.
 
Dan has served on the Boards of many local organizations and currently serves on the board of the Caesar Rodney Institute, running their educational initiative S.T.U.DY
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Jill Slader

Co-Organizer

Jill Slader is the CEO of Maverick Class, Delaware’s only edutainment company focusing on the interaction between learning and fun. While being the co-organizer of TEDxWilmington, she is also the organizer of TEDxGoldeyBeacomCollege.

Jill has had more than two decades as a teacher, leader and Director at the International Montessori School in Pike Creek.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Delaware and is finishing a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Goldey-Beacom College.  She has also been a TEDx speaker.

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Meg Wall

CURATION / OPERATIONS

Megan graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019, majoring in Business and Music Management. Prior to joining TEDxWilmington’s team, Megan served on the teams of TEDxDover and TEDxGBC. She’s excited to use her event management skills to bring the best talks to Wilmington in the coming year!
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Victoria Aiese

OPERATIONS

A hospitality graduate from University of Delaware, Victoria is passionate about all things event based.

She currently works as the Director of Team Building and Events for the fun dept. whose mission is to create a happy, healthy more connected work environment for their clients.

Victoria also serves as the Creative Marketing Assistant at the King Creative video studio where she produces virtual events alongside her energetic and talented team.

Whether Victoria’s at work strategizing plays on her co-ed sports teams, or back home making her famous array of dumplings, she appreciates any opportunity to tackle a challenge and get creative!

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Nathalie Antonov

MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS

Nathalie Antonov is a Marketing and Events Professional with expertise in producing live music events, usually with her camera in-hand.

At The University of Delaware (Go Blue Hens!), she soaked her toes as a DJ and Promotions Director at student radio station WVUD, which opened the door for her to pursue a career as Promotions Director for Wilmington’s WSTW and WDEL.

Her favorite parts of the job? Producing small, intimate concerts and meet & greets for fans, booking and running the Wilmington Flower Market concerts, and photographing all of these experiences, particularly at Firefly Music Festival.

She continues bringing her creativity, organization, (her camera), and her passion for events to Delaware as part of the team at Gable Music Ventures – and now to the TedXWilmington team too! 

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Anne Johnson

CURATION

I currently work at the Allere Group in a newly created position of corporate synergy. I’ve spent my career curating my experience. From building, owning and operating multinational corporations, to educating and mentoring college students and professionals, to strategic precision implementation.
 
At Allere, I focus on bringing each element of the business: operations, marketing, finance, human resources and others all together to operate at peak synergy for maximum efficiency. More than strategy and cross training, corporate synergy is an overall mode of laser focus, using the individual and integral parts of the business to create a fully functioning, master level whole. Its efforts like this that will keep Allere in the pole position versus the competition.
 
I take my community and my touch within that seriously, I continue to teach, mentor and guide corporate boards toward excellence for all Delawareans and beyond.
kristin moore

Kristin Moore

CURATION

Kristin Moore, a native Delawarean, is a Senior Vice President of the Institutional and Corporate Trust business at WSFS Bank. She has over 20 years of experience in Corporate Trust operations and administration. Kristin’s work includes trust operations, securities processing and administration of a wide range of complex corporate trust transactions. She works closely with law firms, corporate influencers and other industry participants and enjoys the collaborative environment. Kristin focuses on growing the business, while also ensuring the scalability and mentoring of her team as they grow and develop. 

Kristin sits on several committees of industry organizations and enjoys being a player in helping shape the future for corporate trust as it relates to market issues and emerging technology. She is a co-chair of the STA Debt Committee; a member of the Steering Committee for the Trustee Committee of SFIG and a member of several other industry organizations. She is certified by the American Bankers Association as a Certified Corporate Trust Specialist, graduating with honors from The Cannon Trust School.

She was a member of the Best Buddies of Delaware board for 3 years and is currently a board member of the Corporate Contributions Committee at WSFS Bank. Kristin is a mentor through the TeenSHARP program which prepares talented students of color to attend and thrive at top colleges. Kristin resides in Wilmington with her husband Jeff Moore.