PechaKucha Akron, a quarterly speaker series featuring a diverse group of entrepreneurs, artists,
scholars and other creatives, has announced the speaker lineup for its next event Friday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., at The Well CDC, 647 E. Market St.
Speakers (listed alphabetically) and topics are:
● Amani Abraham, the power of storytelling
● Katie Beck, ties between Akron’s Bhutanese community and a local theatre company
● Natalie Grieshammer, creation of The Dreemers’ new album, Beach Mode
● James Hardy, the role of cities as the new laboratories of democracy
● Travis Lee, transformation through the tradition of Kung Fu
● Justin Leonti, understanding federal, state, and local protections for LGBT citizens
● Jill Smith, stand-up comedy as a balm for personal tragedy
● Denny Wilson, overcoming shame to embrace purpose
PechaKucha is an international phenomenon created in Japan in 2003 as an opportunity for young designers to meet, network and showcase their work. The event series launched in Akron in November 2015. Since its inception, PechaKucha Akron has featured over 55 local speakers on a wide variety of topics. Each speaker must adhere to the standard PechaKucha format of 20 slides that each last for 20 seconds, resulting in a 6-minute, 40-second presentation.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 each, with a limited number of VIP tickets ($20, includes preferred seating and drink ticket) and free tickets available at http://bit.ly/2ttsrOk. Complimentary snacks will be provided, as well as beer and wine for purchase. To learn more about PechaKucha Akron, visit www.facebook.com/PKAkron or http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/akron.