Lake-Sumter State College will once again host a TEDx event on February 12, 2021, at the Paul P. Williams Auditorium in Leesburg, focused on the theme of IGNITE from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

The event will be held simultaneously in live and virtual formats.  Seating for the live event is limited due to social distancing guidelines, and tickets go on sale in early December.  Registration and ticket information can be found at

After a competitive selection process, 12 speakers, including community leaders, college staff, and students, were chosen and will present on a variety of topics, including cybersecurity, trauma recovery, community development, coaching for potential, and much more. Featured speakers include:  Greg Brooks, Dr. Heidi Campbell, Lane Davis, Dr. Becca C. Johnson, Dr. Linda Karp, Renata Gomes-Martins, Alyssa Miller, Jay Miller, Gary Sligh, Toni Upchurch, Hank VanPutten, and Buddy Walker.

The event will also feature spoken word poets, dramatic presentations, and a blacksmithing demonstration.

“TEDxLSSC will give students, staff, and community an opportunity for dialog while being exposed to new and exciting ideas,” said Heather Elmatti, co-organizer for the event.

As stated in TED’s mission statement, this event will provide, “the opportunity to share the unique innovation and ideas that their community is creating.”  College and local community members are encouraged to apply to present at, or attend, this inspiring, high-profile event dedicated to developing innovative thinkers and change-makers.  For more information check out

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