The event, based upon the world-renowned TED conference, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis.

EUSTIS — The 2020 TEDxEustis conference slated for Jan. 17 will feature 12 speakers on a variety of important current topics.

The event, based upon the world-renowned TED conference, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis.

“TED talks on YouTube already have more than a billion views,” said Timothy Totten, who recently renewed the TEDx license for Eustis with his co-organizer, Byron Faudie. “TED talks are designed to provoke conversation and share ideas worth spreading and TEDx conferences are in the same vein.”

Most TEDx events have a specific theme, such as last year's “Rebuilding the Future” slogan. Faudie said leaving the theme open this year allowed a wide range of possibilities for speakers to share their insights.

“By not imposing a theme, we were able to choose topics that include everything from the future of artificial intelligence to oral health, breaking the cycle of domestic violence in families, to improving mental health with text messages,” Faudie said.

The speakers for TEDxEustis 2020 will include:


Johnny Crowder, founder/CEO of Cope Notes
Laura Frombach, domestic abuse advocate
Sue Hooper, realtor
Shyer Maguire, co-founder of Towers for Change
Shane McSheehy, police captain
Dick Mills, power engineer
Angela Reddix, adjunct professor at Norfolk State University's School of Business
Charles Reinertsen, dentist
Dave Schramm, professor at Utah State University
Joe Shaw, analytics programmer
Diane Thomas, financial advisor
Joy Williams, chef

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at tedxeustis.com. 

Companies or individuals interested in partnership opportunities should contact Totten at 352-242-8111 or tedxeustis@gmail.com.