Planning TedxCountyLineRoad “Idea” Event for NWI

TedxCountyLineRoadCo-Chairs Nichole DeMario and Mackenna Schon with their planning committee are preparing for the region’s third TedxCountyLineRoad event “in the near future.” Organized by young professionals willing to invest talent and time, TedX brings together speakers and participants that are idea-focused and provoke conversations about new ideas. This year’s new leadership team involves DeMario (left), Director of Communications and Professional Development for the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors (GNIAR). She’s been there for seven years. Co-Chair Schon is Director of Volunteer Engagement, United Way of Porter County, where she has worked for 4 ½ years. Growing up in Dyer, DeMario graduated from Columbia in broadcast journalism in 2008, and chose to take a job here.  Originally from Illinois, Schon graduated from Valparaiso University in 2009 and decided to stay in the region. Both worked on last year’s TEDx event, along with other team members who were inducted into The Society in 2015.  Launched by Celina Weatherwax now in an advisory role, this half-day event to be announced soon will build on the past two events.  This organizing team that grew out of support for the South Shore expansion is linked to the global brand of TED. Although distinct from TED, this is one of a handful of affiliated TEDx initiatives in Indiana and was the first in our 7-county region. Look for details at

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