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June 14, 2019

Point of No Return - Sponsoring TEDx

Attending last year’s TEDx Portsmouth event at the Music Hall had us walking away inspired and engaged in our community and our work at WINTER HOLBEN.  As a result, there was no hesitation for us to return as 2019 sponsors.  Started as a four-day conference in California decades ago, TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading.  The x that follows is an indicator that the event in Portsmouth is independently organized and local, which means the speakers on the stage are from within our community, and the organizers and volunteers that run the event are as well.  

Anna Goldsmith and Amy Sterndale, this year’s co-organizers, have already raised the bar for the 2019 event, introducing the speakers in an intimate gathering last Monday, just outside the Music Hall doors.  As the speakers were introduced, the stage of the Music Hall was set with the infamous red dot, allowing attendees to take a social-media worthy picture to document the occasion. 

With nearly 100 auditions for 2019, the organizers have narrowed it down to the 16 listed here – diverse in experience and background, all working with this year’s theme, “Point of No Return”.  From a nationally known clean-water activist to the ‘funniest woman in Maine’ – there is a well-rounded group of individuals set to hit the stage this September.  The 2019 hosts are as exciting as the speakers – Kathleen Soldati, Executive Director of the Portsmouth Historical Society, and Emmett Soldati, owner of Teatotaller in Somersworth, New Hampshire.  Both are well-recognized for their work in our community and beyond, and will be fantastic additions to the already exciting lineup.   

As with last year’s event, the ticket, the price lowered as a result of the enormous amount of support given to the event by local businesses, will include lunch, snacks, yoga, and other perks throughout the day.  We sincerely hope to see you join us this fall – here’s a link to purchase your tickets, which likely won’t be available for much longer!

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