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Media Release

Town Manager, Steve Riley, announced as a TEDxSavannah 2017 Speaker

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Contact Information:
Steve Riley , Town Manager, 843-341-4700, Fax: 843-842-7728

The Town of Hilton Head Island announced today that Inspire Savannah Inc., the governing board of TEDxSavannah, has announced Town Manager, Steve Riley, as one of its speakers for its May 19, 2017, event at the Jepson Center in downtown Savannah.

The theme for TEDxSavannah this year is "Bridge," which the 15 speakers have interpreted in a number of thought-provoking and engaging ways on topics ranging from environmental conservation and disaster recovery to the power of play and the importance of face-to-face interactions.

TEDxSavannah 2017 speakers are:
Nipuna Ambanpola, IVolunteer chairman
Tonya Bonitatibus, executive director, Savannah Riverkeeper 
Regina Bradley, assistant professor, African American Literature at Armstrong State University
Ted Dennard, owner, Savannah Bee Company
Phil Gore, military education coordinator, Armstrong State University
Quianna Lavant, Savannah State University graduate, student at Armstrong State University
Jessica Leavitt, editor of The Scout Guide Savannah
Stephen Lush, elementary teacher of garden-based Scienhancement class
Tim McMillan, Garden City Police lieutenant, social justice advocate
Courtney McNeil, chief curator, Collections and Exhibitions at Telfair Museums
Timothy Mantooth, American Literature teacher, Richmond Hill High School
J’miah Nabawi, storyteller, founder of Books for Growing Minds
Nick Oji, assistant director of student involvement, SCAD
Steve Riley, town manager, Hilton Head Island
Robin Williams, chairman of SCAD’s Architectural History Department

"It is an honor to share with TED talk audiences our unique ideas to leverage technology to ease re-entry and recovery following a natural disaster," said Hilton Head Island Town Manager Steve Riley.  "TED talk audiences are engaged and active in their communities, all across the globe, and to speak on an international stage about lessons learned on Hilton Head Island and how we can better our community is the opportunity of a lifetime."

Tickets went on sale March 20. To learn more, visit tedxsavannah.com.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.