Crossing the Divide: TEDxSilver Lake on the Iron Range coming up

Come to the TEDxSilver Lake event in Virginia

Sharing ideas is part of the fun at a TED talk, and one is coming up in Virginia.

Get ready for an immersive experience that will ignite your curiosity and inspire new ideas!  TEDxSilver Lake will premiere on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Iron Trail Motors Event Center in Virginia. Doors open at 4:00 pm with the event running from 5pm to 9pm.

Tickets are $40 per person and available now through the event website,   Appetizers and complimentary beverages will be served. A cash bar will be available.

The theme for TEDxSilver Lake is “Crossing the Divide”.   Our theme is meant to be broad and inclusive. It is open to the presenter’s interpretation on how their ideas bring us together or “cross the divide” TEDxSilver Lake will create passion and spur curiosity rather than judgement.  The theme also pays homage to the local landmark, the Laurentian Divide, which lies north of Virginia, MN. 

Applications are currently being accepted for speakers through January 12, 2024.  TEDxSilver Lake co-chair, Lorrie Janatopoulos and chair of the TEDxSilver Lake Speaker Committee, states“I am honored to help bring great ideas to the TEDx stage. It is exciting to spark the best ideas in our community, and l ‘m looking forward to an inspiring evening of thought and aha moments.”   If you are a speaker who has an idea or thought that you want to share, fill out the Speaker Application at

TEDxSilver Lake is an independently organized and licensed TEDx event organized by local volunteers thanks to a Boost Grant from the Blandin Foundation and support from local sponsors.  Using TED’s unique 18-minute time limit, TEDxSilver Lake aims to provide the audience with talks on a variety of topics that are sure to inspire and educate.  Betsy Olivanti, one of the co-chairs of TEDxSilver Lake, explained the importance of this event as “There is something so energizing and uplifting about being in a room where people are sharing great ideas and collaborating on new ways to do things”.   It is sure to be an evening filled with captivating talks, thought-provoking discussions, and innovative ideas worth spreading.”

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is on a mission to discover and spread ideas that spark imagination, embrace possibility and catalyze impact. Our organization is devoted to curiosity, reason, wonder and the pursuit of knowledge — without an agenda. We welcome people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world and connection with others, and we invite everyone to engage with ideas and activate them in your community.

TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, but today it spans a multitude of worldwide communities and initiatives exploring everything from science and business to education, arts and global issues. In addition to the hundreds of TED Talks curated from our annual conferences and published on, we produce original podcasts, short video series, animated educational lessons (TED-Ed) and TV programs that are translated into more than 100 languages and distributed via partnerships around the world. Each year, more than 3,000 independently run TEDx events bring people together to share ideas and bridge divides in communities on every continent. Through the Audacious Project, TED has helped catalyze more than $3 billion in funding for projects that seek to make the world more beautiful, sustainable and just. In 2020, TED launched Countdown, an initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis and mobilize a movement for a net-zero future. View a full list of TED’s many programs and initiatives.

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Their aim is to help create a future worth pursuing for all.  Follow TED on TwitterFacebookInstagramTikTok and on LinkedIn.

Olivanti encourages everyone to this “event filled with entrepreneurial spirit, visionary leadership, and just plain fun” in Virginia on Friday, February 23, 2024 for at TEDxSilver Lake!!  Get your ticket today at !