TEDxWestChester: Influence

November 1, 2019
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

This year’s TEDxWestChester features speakers who explore the influence we exert on one another, on our communities, on our own minds. They are influencers and innovators improving lives locally in our Chester County and Philadelphia neighborhoods. Their experiences have shaped their ideas – and – their ideas are shaping the future.

2018 TEDxWestChester Speakers

Kate Schutt

Virginia Kerslake

Shea Rhodes, Esq.

Priya Mammen, MD

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It Makes All the Difference

It: is small shifts that lead to large and significant changes.

It: builds creative, prosperous and vibrant communities.

It: positively enables a thriving democracy and the freedoms of education, safety and economic community investment.

It: unites people across cities and cultures

It: is dreaming big, shining bright, and creating your best life no matter what age or stage in life.

2017 TEDxWestChester Speakers

Norman Horn

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Topic: The story of Coast2Coast: FTK (For The Kids)

Juliana M. Mosley Ph.D.

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Topic: Cultural Humility


John Noakes

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Topic: Policing and Democracy

Denise M. Polk, Ph.D.

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Topic: Treasure, not Trash: Composting and Food Recovery

Sophia Swartz


Topic: Creativity + Grit + Growth Mindset = Science                                      

TEDxWestChester Salons 

TEDxWestChester Salons offer an intimate experience for attendees. Contemporary relevant topics are covered in depth by experienced speakers and experts. Generally the salons can accommodate between 15-25 attendees. Our facilitator often encourages a short Q & A following the talk with the guest speaker.

2016 – Salon Speakers

Carol Metzer


Nadine Dean


Bernard Sweeney


What’s It Worth?

2015 TEDxWestChester Speakers

To view the 2015 speaker videos please visit our home page.


Molly Nece
Molly Nece, former West Chester PA native, is a six time author, transformational speaker, with 20 years of leadership experience. Early in life, Molly became interested in pirate adventures and treasure seekers after visiting the treasure coast of Florida, she founded the Pirate Leadership Institute and never looked back.

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Tracy Davidson
Emmy award winning television journalist with 30 years experience: Since 1996, Tracy Davidson has been anchoring, reporting and creating consumer-education events at NBC10 in Philadelphia.

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Darcie Goldberg
Darcie Goldberg is a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience. Goldberg has traveled extensively which has fueled her strong, award-winning black and white photographs. She is a founding partner of The 24/7 Project with Rhoda Kahler.

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Dr. John R. Gerdy

Founder and executive director of Music For Everyone a non-profit, John is dedicated to cultivating the power of music as an educational and community building tool in Lancaster County.

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Rhythms: Past, Present and Future

2014 TEDxWestChester Speakers

Anita Foeman
Using Ancestry DNA to Explore Our Humanness

Dave James
Comedy Has Rhythm?

Erin Clemens
The Natural Rhythm of Stimming

Paul Morgan
How Postmodern Humans Can Wake Up & Find Their Groove

Jennifer Croneberger
Awakening the Rhythm of Awareness