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July 16, 2015

Three Takeaways From TEDxCincinnati


The Cincinnati Masonic Center was filled to the brim with like-minded individuals who are passionate about our community on Tuesday, July 9 as more than 900 attendees – more than double last year's turnout –  attended the 2015 TEDxCincinnati Main Stage event.

TEDxCincinnati believes in having conversations about our community that stimulate learning and accelerate progress, which is why United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) was proud to serve as presenting sponsor. The event was another element of UWGC's year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

This year’s Main Stage event titled, “Accelerate,” covered topics including technology, social change, health innovations, and more.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from TEDxCincinnati 2015.

Ordinary People are Doing Big Things

Fifteen speakers at TEDxCincinnati, many of whom call the Greater Cincinnati region home, are finding incredible ways to give back to our community and society in general.

There's Leila Kubesch, a teacher who recently won the Fuel Cincinnati Grant to give a week-long camping trip to inspire, mentor and instill hope in local foster care youth. She spoke about the power all of us have if we just dare to dream big, and challenged those in attendance to inspire a child by becoming a mentor.

Another speaker, Kari Dunning, discussed the cutting-edge research being done right here in Cincinnati to help stroke survivors regain their mobility and improve their quality of life using new treatments such as high-intensity aerobic exercise, electrical stimulation, biomechanics, and neuroplasticity.

Believe in Yourself

Two speakers, Zachary Green and former Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Muñoz, spoke about how their self-confidence made it possible to follow their dreams and, in doing so, help others. 

Green's confidence led him to leave his lucrative job to start his own company, MN8 Foxfire, to create life-saving products to help firefighters reduce disorientation. His speech had an illuminating demonstration when he brightened the darkened auditorium hall in the soft glow of his innovative products.

Muñoz, an eleven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, shared how his ability to believe in himself was the secret to his success when coaches or other players doubted him. He then spoke about how this belief carried over into his off-the-field endeavors, such as establishing the Anthony Muñoz Foundation.


One of the highlights of the Main Stage event was "Innovation Alley," where dozens of organizations from throughout the area presented interactive experiences for attendees.

United Way was proud to sponsor the "United Way Community Cafe," where visitors could grab a cup of coffee while sharing their ideas around education, income and health.

The United Way Community Cafe also answered visitors' questions concerning how UWGC uses data to make decisions concerning strategies and funding and how we measure results. Several of United Way's data analysts were on hand to shed light and share examples of the data-driven decisions United Way makes to help create lasting change in our community.