MassMutual Supports 6th Annual TEDxSpringfield

With a focus on “The Amazing World,” 15 speakers to discuss a
variety of topics related to the physical, virtual and future world

  • DATE: Friday, October 13, 2017
  • TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: MassMutual, 1295 State Street, Springfield, Mass.
  • Free registration through September 15


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 7, 2017 — TEDxSpringfield is back for the sixth consecutive year to bring “ideas worth spreading” to the Springfield area.

This year’s event will be held Friday, October 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance’s (MassMutual) 1295 State Street headquarters, and carries the theme “The Amazing World,” which will focus on the physical world around us, the virtual worlds that increasingly surround us and visions of what to expect in our future world. 

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.

Among this year’s 15 speakers:

  • Kay Simpson, Director of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield
  • Paul Hake, CEO of HitPoint Inc., an independent game studio
  • Annie Lynch Stevenson, professional vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, performer, and music educator who directs the Community Music School of Springfield's original youth singing groups Voices and Senior Voices
  • Evey Cormican, airline captain
  • Larry Snyder, Director of all cybersecurity and computer science degrees at Bay Path University

“We are very excited to host this year’s outstanding group of speakers, who represent a tremendous cross section of diversity, knowledge and experiences,” said Hugh Barrett, MassMutual State Government Relations and one of the leaders of the 2017 TEDxSpringfield event. “We believe those attending TEDxSpringfield will benefit tremendously from the intellectual capital that will be with us; where smart people will be discussing big ideas.”

Registration for this free event is open through Thursday, September 15. As TEDx events are designed to be intimate gathers that provoke discussion and promote connection, seating for the event is limited and only a portion of applicants will be selected to attend.

For more information on this year’s TEDxSpringfield, and to register, please visit:

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 a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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About MassMutual
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