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5 Steps to a Great Experience at TEDxPittsburghWomen

We're excited to share space with 650+ curious minds at the sold out 2019 installment of TEDxPittsburghWomen at the Roxian Theatre. At the center of what we do as completely volunteer-led organization is to ensure our guests have a great experience at our events. This step-by-step guide is to help you make the most of our time together

Bold+Brilliant Agenda

5:30 - 6:30 P.M. Registration/Networking + Innovation Showcase Exhibits

6:30 - 8:30 P.M. Talks + Performance

8:30 - 9:30 P.M. Networking + Innovation Showcase Exhibits

Here are the five steps to help you get the most out of your event experience:

1. Download our official, free mobile app and connect with other attendees.

  • View the event agenda details and plan your schedule

  • Create your profile and participate in forum conversations

  • Connect with attendees, speakers, and performers

  • See who is sponsoring and exhibiting at the Innovation Showcase

  • Receive real-time updates from the organizers

After downloading the Whova app, use the email address that you used to purchase your ticket when signing up, or sign up using a social media account. Once you're signed up, you should be taken directly to the event! The invitation code to use is: tedx

2. Plan to engage with our Innovation Showcase.

The Innovation Showcase is a corridor of interactive exhibits specially-designed to ignite learning, new ideas, and questions. This year our exhibitors offer a range of displays that explore everything from AI to Z.

Make some music with an educational steelpan demo with Barrels to Beethoven. One of our performers, Leigh Solomon Pugliano, is the Founder of this unique group dedicated to educating and preserving the art and science of steelpan music in our community, especially for our youth.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh brings its XOXO exhibit to the TEDxPittsburghWomen community. Through Q&A, facial expressions, movement, art, deep breaths, and other kinds of interaction, XOXO will help define what love and forgiveness mean to each participant.

CMU CREATE Lab invites you to take a moment and “play” with ideas and thought-provoking questions designed to help show participants how AI technology works. We are the creators of AI after all, so how does this innovation intersect with our humanity?

If energy is provided by one company in your neighborhood, do you have a say in where it comes from? Visit the energy conservation table by Green Mountain Energy and learn more about what you can do to lessen your carbon footprint with clean energy solutions for homes and offices.

Only hours after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at their 1,000th pod at UPMC, Mamava is joining our event and providing an inflatable pod to provide attendees with a convenience and private space to breastfeed or pump during the event. This women-owned business designs spaces for breastfeeding mamas at work or on-the-go.

What stories would you like to see covered in Pittsburgh news? PublicSource the only non-profit, digital-first news source in the Steel City, and they are dedicated to providing the true public service of journalism to Pittsburghers. Stop by their table to pitch some ideas, swap takes on current events, and learn more about this unique news source.

3. Be ready for Big (Bold+Brilliant, if you will) ideas and stirring performances!

This year of TEDWomen for TEDxPittsburgh features a powerhouse lineup of speakers and performers that have made their own marks in the world and our community.


Caledonia “Swoon” Curry is a Pittsburgh-native known worldwide as the first female recognized for her work in the male-dominated realm of street art. Work from the Swoon Studio has been seen on the sides of buildings all over the world, as well as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, London’s Tate Modern, Brazil’s Sao Paulo Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Aditi Gurkar, PhD. is assistant professor and head of the Gurkar Lab at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine. Her research is based in the mysteries surrounding and the process of aging at the molecular level.

Megan Klingenberg is World Cup champion and US Olympian on the US Women’s Soccer Team. Today she runs MK Soccer Camp for youth and is Co-Founder with three of her teammates of re-inc, a lifestyle brand built to challenge the status quo and gender norms.

Liana Maneese is a mental health therapist, activist, and entrepreneur. She is the owner of The Good Peoples Group and The Center on Interracial Relationships. As a child, she was adopted and has helped interracial and adoptive families for years through her own experience.

Njaimeh Njie is an award-winning artist, photographer, and producer. She is the creator of the public art project “Homecoming: Hill District, USA” and has had her work featured in the Huffington Post, Belt Magazine, and the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Storyboard blog.

Emily Wazlak is Founder of Shine Registry, an online registry site designed to crowdfund needs for women entrepreneurs to start their businesses. She believes if women can request a gravy boat when they get married, they can request funds for equipment for her office.

Jane Werner is Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Under her tenure, she’s expanded the museum in square footage, membership, and community impact.


Anqwenique is best known for her operatic stylings and many roles, including Education Director for the Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She is also Founder of Groove Aesthetic and Studio Manager of BOOM Concepts.

Crissy Shannon is Pitt’s first woman to receive the title of Head Drum Major in the Pitt Band. She is a senior studying history and Russian.

Leigh Pugliano Solomon is the daughter of a steelpan builder and tuner and shares her heritage as founder of Barrels to Beethoven, an organization dedicated to preserving and educating youth and the community about the fine art of steelpan building and music. She is also Director of Opportunity at New Sun Rising.

Emcees Bridget Daley and Michelle King

4. Join the Global Community of TEDx via social media.

There are hundreds of TEDx events like ours around the world celebrating ideas. Share what Pittsburgh has to offer by using the #TEDx #TEDWomen, and #TEDxPGH hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn during and after the event. Bonus points: Use the Facebook Frame and Instagram Sticker to share your attendance.

5. Be prepared with a few key Housekeeping tips.

With hundreds expected to arrive in the center of McKees Rocks tomorrow night, there are a few preparations you should make to help ensure your experience is awesome.


Complimentary valet parking is available, but space is limited! Consider carpool or taking a rideshare. Plan ahead of time to ensure you’re in your seat when the emcees start the show before performances begin at 6:30 PM.


The TEDx community is all about the open-minded sharing of new ideas, we encourage every team member, volunteer, and attendee to create this environment with kindness and intention.

Also, ushers will be instructed to not let folks take a seat during a talk. The only exception to this rule will be when emcees take the stage.

Gratitude Thank you to every one of you that purchased a ticket or will watch the free live stream on our Facebook page.

Speaking of gratitude, thank you to our amazing sponsors.

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