Brian Gorman's TedX talk Dec. 6th!

Brian Gorman's TedX talk Dec. 6th!

We are so PROUD of Brian!!  Here is a press release of the event, along with a roster of speakers. Go Brian Go!

Brian will speak about The universal path to navigating change on the individual level in times of transition and transformation.

Dear Members, 


We are so PROUD of Brian!!  Here is a press release of the event, along with a roster of speakers. Go Brian Go!


tedx hartford 2020HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT; October 5, 2020 – TEDxHartford is ready to #Redefine2020, with a unique, interactive, virtual program.
This year’s event will take place on your computer, tablet or phone, wherever you are on December 6th. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme of #Redefine2020.  

 Launched in 2009, TEDx is program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED and have garnered views from all over the world.

 Lee Simmons and Laura Dinan founded TEDxHartford four years ago. They proudly bring together diverse speakers to share their ideas and experiences with audiences.


 “Holding a virtual event this year will allow us to reach so many more people,” Simmons says. “This is critical in a time when people are so hungry for new ideas worth sharing. What’s even more exciting, is that attendees can pay their own price for their ticket just by logging onto the website. It’s a win-win.”

 This year’s TEDxHartford program will include something new: Mini-Talks, by you. If you’ve ever wanted to give a TEDx talk, now is your opportunity! Record a roughly :30 second pitch that explains your idea and upload it to our website The top 10 Mini-Talks chosen by our team will be shown during #Redefine2020 on December 6th.


Speakers at TEDxHartford include:

  • Marva Soogrim. A nanny to the stars, she brings calm to the chaos of families with newborns. Hear what she says new Moms need more than anything else to flourish.
  • Brian Gorman. A professional coach, Brian says there is a universal path to navigating change on the individual level in times of transition and transformation.
  • Kim Morrison & Noelle Alix. A lawyer and a caterer who run an inclusive coffee shop, want to help change your workforce to become a place where everybody belongs.
  • Vasanth Kainkaryam. This “Doctorpreneur” advocates for more choices in healthcare. He puts the personal back into personalized medicine.
  • Sacha Armstrong-Crockett. A real estate agent and community activist, learn how she navigates white spaces and uses her experiences and voice to lift up people of color.
  • Joshua Shea. Joshua says porn addiction is on the verge of becoming a health care crisis. Hear how the recipient of a key to the city unlocked his own recovery and now helps others do the same.
  • Jeremy Brewer. A police officer in Connecticut, Jeremy wants people to be aware of the power of the pause, letting the door breathe so we avoid making snap judgements and telling someone else’s story.
  • Astrid Baumgardner. A career coach and professor at the Yale University School of Music, Astrid says the secret to your success lies in your ability to channel your creativity. She will share how to do just that.

 For more information about TEDxHartford, visit and like our pages on Facebook and Instagram.



About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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