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The TEDxNatick 2020 Speakers Were Terrific!

The 5th annual TEDxNatick took place on January 25, 2020. That might feel like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and we invite you to go on that journey. To immerse yourself in these wonderful stories is an inspirational, and even a little comforting, reminder that important things are happening in the world even now.

 

The day opened with a performance by Scalestorm, a student-led a cappella group from Natick High School. They left the packed auditorium humming with energy that only built as the audience enjoyed inspiring talks about science, history, art, literature, immigration, and community action. Morning talks were given by Gretchen McIntire, Don Ingber, Nataly Galacia Castillo, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Andy Blackwell, and Rick Brown. By the time we reached the lunch break, there lots to discuss, and that was a good thing because that was when a fire alarm pushed all of us outside, the heat of conversation kept us warm. Well, mostly! The momentum continued in the afternoon, starting with a performance by The New England Gospel Ensemble, followed by talks by Trish Wesley Umbrell, Matthew Shifrin, Cheryl Hamilton, John Landers and Devon Guinn.

 

The TEDxNatick organizing team is grateful for the help of dozens of patient, enthusiastic volunteers who helped us pull off a terrific day. We are thankful for our audience, the foundation of the TEDxNatick community. Your enthusiasm for our speakers and for this event, and your good humor, make this day a delight. We are grateful to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. And of course thank you to our speakers, the beating heart of TEDxNatick. Our community is strong because of your support.

 

And, without further delay, look below to enjoy your virtual TEDxNatick 2020. Enjoy these terrific talks, and we look forward to welcoming you to future events.

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Hank Phillippi Ryan

Investigative Journalist, Award-Winning Mystery Author

 

Hank is an on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, winning 36 Emmy and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards.  A nationally bestselling author of 11 mysteries, Hank also won five Agathas, three Anthonys, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award.  Hank’s 2018 Trust Me is an Agatha Nominee and her newest novel is titled The Murder List.  Critics call her “a master of suspense”.

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Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D.

Bioinspired Engineer, Artist, Tech Innovator

 

Don is the Founding Director of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, as well as a professor in its Medical and Engineering Schools, where he leads a multifaceted effort to develop breakthrough bioinspired technologies to advance healthcare and improve sustainability. His scientific contributions have been exhibited in museums around the world, and one creation was named Design of the Year in 2015 and is included in MoMA’s permanent collection. Don’s work breaks down boundaries between science, art and design.

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Rick Brown 

Sculptor, Mass College of Art and Design

 

Rick is Co-Founder and President of Handshouse Studio and a Professor of Sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Rick is a visionary, artist and educator who has received numerous awards and grants for his innovative and wide-ranging work. He has appeared on Nova and Discovery Channel and exhibited in many venues including the International Spy Museum.

To preview the complete 2020 speaker line-up, go to the 2020 Speakers page.

 

Thank You, Volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to work on TEDxNatick 2020.  You brought joy to your work and our community.  This year's event was a great success in large part due to your commitment and participation.  Thank you!  We look forward to working with you again next year.

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