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Hindsight is 20/20.  Insight, informed by hindsight can be our best chance forward as we work our way through all we've experienced since March, 2020.

Clarity through hindsight and insight will be explored at this year's TEDxLehighRiver main event on September 13th where five speakers will explore, at a micro level, this year's theme. Some will explore the insights we can gain by unpacking previous beliefs about race and workplace  - as the world reopens.  And some will explore the new muscles we must build, using hindsight to clarify where we need greater strength related to technology, gender and education.


Tickets may be purchased through the link below. Ticket entitles holder to one seat on the Plaza in front of Lehigh Valley Public Media/PBS39 on the Steel Stacks Campus for the event on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 6 PM. 


Event will be outdoors and all attendees are required to wear masks whether vaccinated or not.There will be NO RAIN DATE; please watch for posts on Social Media for possible cancellations. In the event of inclement weather, talks will be available online at a later date.


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Think You’re Not Tech Savvy? 

Here’s Why You Are.

Yulia Barnakova is the Digital Innovation Lead for the consulting practice of Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search and leadership advisory firm. She is passionate about helping people develop the skills and learning mindset to thrive in the digital age. She is always experimenting with new technologies and has been recognized by Microsoft as a Most Valuable Professional for her creative presentation technology tutorials, which have over 8 million views on YouTube.

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Why Not Me? 

Steve Bollar, a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert.  He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality.  Steve is the author of the leadership book, Stand Tall Leadership, school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book Because of a Teacher and School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time. Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the world about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.

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Reclaiming Our Voices: Women Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

Christina Glickman is a mother of four, author of the best-selling book, Xtra: The Art of Being and founder of the women’s movement, The Xtra Love Army. After leaving the world of advertising Christina focused her talents on becoming a champion of women. 

She works with women around the country, dedicated to helping them walk through life with unapologetic confidence. Her powerful message on reclaiming your voice inspires women to intentionally show up for themselves, every day. Christina is based in Chicago, a fashion addict and entrepreneur. You can find her most days working hard with her family right next to her. Exactly how she likes it. 

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Black or White?: Refusing to Choose and Embracing Biracial Identity

As a Biracial, multiethnic woman, Daralyse Lyons is uniquely empowered to use her seemingly disparate background as a catalyst to bring about a more inclusive world. Known as the Transformational Storyteller, Daralyse has written more than two dozen full-length books, a handful of short stories, and countless articles, performed in various plays and improv comedy shows and occupied a variety of stages to tell powerful stories in order to make a positive difference in the world. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and a summa cum laude graduate of NYU, with a double-major in English and Religious Studies and a minor in History, she is relentless about advancing comprehensive and multidimensional understandings of history. Her perspective is one that looks to acknowledge the past while refusing to become incapacitated by it.


As the creator of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, and the author of Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity and the award-winning children’s book I'm Mixed! (which she penned under the pseudonym Maggy Williams), Daralyse has written and spoken extensively on a variety of subjects pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion. She has found her life’s purpose as a DEI expert and inclusivity strategist.

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The Essential Function of Universities 

Nathan Urban is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of Lehigh University. Prior to joining Lehigh, Urban was Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Neurobiology, the Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, and co-Director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Pitt, Nathan was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he was the Frederick Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences, served as Head of the Department of Biological Sciences (2010-2014) and interim Provost from 2014-2015. 

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