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The third TEDxWilliamPennCharterSchool event will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., in the Gummere Library in the main building. TEDx events are modeled on TED talks and are multidisciplinary and focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Dinner will be available in the school dining hall from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m., followed by the talks in the library. 


  • Nooha Ahmed-Lee, head of school at YSC Soccer Academy in Wayne, Pa.
  • Eileen Flanagan, author, speaker and activist 
  • Natalie Nixon, associate professor and director of the strategic design MBA program at Philadelphia University
  • Lauren Vague, program and development coordinator at Uplift Solutions

Two other recorded TED Talks will be included in the evening's program. This will be our third TEDxWilliamPennCharterSchool event, and we are hoping you can join us. Register below.

Nooha Ahmed-Lee leads YSC Academy as head of school. Nooha has worked in education for 28 years and has been an administrator for 15. She has been the head of lower school at William Penn Charter School, and head of lower and middle schools at the Shipley School. She attended the University of Washington, the City University of New York and the University of Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s in education, a master’s in education administration, and a doctorate in leadership and professional education, respectively. Ahmed-Lee has worked at the Philadelphia School and Chestnut Hill Academy as a teacher, and was teacher and director of the High School Summer Program at CHA. She serves as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University.

Eileen Flanagan, a graduate of Duke University and Yale University, writes for a wide range of national publications and speaks at conferences, colleges and religious gatherings. She is the author three books. Her latest, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope, tells the story of her midlife realization that she was not living up to her potential or her youthful ideals and the engaging journey that led her to handcuff herself to the White House fence. Flanagan's previous book, The Wisdom to Know the Difference, was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and won the Silver Nautilus Book Award. She lives in Philadelphia, where she serves as clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, a small grassroots group that challenged a bank and won.

Natalie W. Nixon is a hybrid thinker whose consulting and research interests are at the intersections of creativity and strategy and business and design. She is an associate professor and the director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University, where she holds the G. Allen Mebane IV ’52 Chair for Design Thinkers. In her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC, she taps into her background in anthropology and fashion when working on projects that call for the strategic design process. She is the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and is a regular contributor to online magazine on creativity and design thinking. Nixon earned her BA (cum laude) from Vassar College with a double major in anthropology and Africana studies; an MS in global textile marketing from Philadelphia University, Shenkar College (Israel) and Reutlingen University (Germany); and a PhD in design management from the University of Westminster, London.

Lauren Vague is the program and development manager for Uplift Solutions. Vague has spent most of her career working with anti-poverty organizations focusing on vulnerable populations dealing with housing insecurity and food insecurity. Vague worked for more than a year with Broad Street Ministry doing volunteer and program management and then moved to doing development and fundraising with LIFT Philadelphia. Her work with both programming and corporate partners allows her to see both the big picture and the day-to-day issues facing those she serves. Vague holds an associate's degree in international studies from Community College of Philadelphia and is currently working on a bachelor's in criminal justice from Eastern University.


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