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I am incredibly honored to be speaking at the upcoming TEDx event at the University of Illinois! The theme of the conference this year is 'Emerge'. I'll sharing stories about chasing and photographing dark skies throughout my travels.

There have been so many amazing TED talks that I've watched and drawn inspiration from in the past. So, I think it's safe to say that I am beyond excited to be able to contribute to that amazing library of talks.

Thank you so much to everyone at TEDXUIUC for inviting me to speak and for all of their help! 

Announced Speakers so far:

Lee Adams: Lee Adams is a Washington DC native and Brooklyn based journalist and documentary filmmaker currently working with VICE as an on air correspondent and Creative Producer. He's the host and producer of the VICE digital series 'Minority Reports' which has over 11 million views on Youtube, and will join the roster of correspondants on the VICELAND cable network live show called VICE Live. Before joining the digital arm of VICE, Adams was a producer of the VICELAND Emmy-nominated docu-series Weediquette and started his career in non-fiction media at National Geographic and NBC News.

Katie Hoff: Katie is a current American Record holder in the 400m IM, 2 time Olympian (2004,2008), 3 time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Throughout the years, Hoff earned USOC Sportswoman of the Year in 2005 and 2007. She also has 8 World Championship Gold Medals to her name from 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011. Katie retired in 2014 after making a comeback for 2016 due to Pulmonary Embolism in her lungs. She is currently working and living in Chicago with her husband, Todd and French Bulldog, Ally.

Dona Sarkar: Dona Sarkar is a software engineer that works as the chief #NinjaCat of the Insider Program at Microsoft, writing fiction and non-fiction, designing fashion, and coaching entrepreneurs in emerging markets. She was recently named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Productive People.

Majd Mashharawi: Majd Mashhawari is the 25-year-old CEO of GreenCake, a Gaza Strip-based startup that designs and manufacturers bricks made from recycled local materials.

Jack Fusco: Jack Fusco is an astrophotographer whose work has been featured at the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch with NASA, on BBC News, and with Forbes.

Elizabeth Lombardo Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo has been a featured guest expert speaker all over the world. You may have seen her work on shows including the TODAY Show, Dr. Oz, The Steve Harvey Show or CNN or read her advice in Wall Street Journal, Forbes or Better Homes and Gardens, etc.

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