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TEDxPorto – Norberto Amaral – Organizer

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Norberto Amaral is the organizer of TEDxPorto, located in Portugal and formerly known as TEDxOporto. It’s a long story. Norberto tells us about how they were not able to get into the venue until midnight the night before the event started, on March 31, 2017. The production crew worked all night and the opened for 1,100 people the next morning …

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TEDxOshkosh – Bethany Lerch – Speaker

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Bethany Lerch is a former Fulbright and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and was a speaker on the 2016 TEDxOshkosh stage. She spoke about avoiding the pitfalls of taking the wrong approach to international aid using examples from her time in Afghanistan. She served as a military advisor in Kabul, Afghanistan, from February 2015 until June 2016 and while there received a …

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TEDxWanChai – Shelly Govila

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Shelly Govila is one of those super-energetic, passionate TEDsters you’d just love to have on your team. Her team at TEDxWanChai loves her energy as well. She’s very involved in the region, having traveled to TEDxSingapore, TEDxShanghai, and TEDxWeekend (for Organizers). You’ll love getting to know Shelly and will discover new ideas you will want to put to use on …

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TEDxNaperville Arthur Zards Organizer

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Arthur Zards is the organizer of TEDxNaperville and has been innovating with his team since 2009. He watched TED DVDs he’d borrow from friends who attended in Monterey. Since then, he’s done two TED talks, been to 20 events, and last year hosted an Adventure with 350 of his 750 attendees participating. Arthur loves sharing. He is just back from …

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TEDxKC – Mike Lundgren, Organizer

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Mike Lundgren is a nine-year veteran of TEDxKC (Kansas City), having produced almost 40 events. His 2017 event sold out in four minutes. They enjoy one of the most spectacular venues for a TEDx, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. They entertain and inspire 3,000 people and have over 30 different activities for attendees at the massive afterparty. Mike …