TEDxUniversityofAkron began with the inspiration of two students – Samantha Bowles and Megan Shaw - who wanted to share the TEDx experience with their campus community. The duo teamed up and undertook this vision as their “Leadership Experience Project” with the Institute for Leadership Advancement in the College of Business at the University of Akron. The University’s first official TEDx event is set for Friday, April 11th in the Goodyear Auditorium of the Polymer Sciences building on the main UAkron campus, a perfect tribute to the spirit of energy and innovation that is the heart of our campus.
The theme for this event is “Why Not?” Speakers from across the U.S. are joining us to share their unique backgrounds and perspectives in challenging their audience to push the limits and break down the barriers that are holding us back from achieving our dreams.
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