We are grateful to our sponsors, volunteers, speakers, and attendees for making the 2019 event a success.

Videos of speakers and performers are below.

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Dave MacGillivray - ‘Defining Moments’

Dave has served as the race director of the Boston Marathon since 1988. He is also a philanthropist, author, accomplished athlete, and motivational speaker. Dave is the founder of DMSE Sports, Inc., which has organized more than 1,000 endurance events since 1981. Dave’s accomplishments include running across the United States in 1978 and completing 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents at the age of 62 (last year). Dave ran his 47th consecutive Boston marathon in 2019, just 6 months after having had open heart triple bypass surgery. 10 days before the 2019 Boston Marathon, Dave discussed lessons learned over his long career and the defining moments which have led him to where he is today.


Gregory Skomal, PhD - ‘Living with Great White Sharks’

Dr. Skomal leads the Massachusetts Shark Research Program and is considered the leading authority on great white sharks in the Northeast. He is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, and author. \For more than 30 years, Dr. Skomal has been actively involved in the study of life history, ecology, and physiology of sharks. Greg’s TEDxKenmoreSquare talk focuses on the population of great white sharks along New England’s coast - and the predicament for swimmers and surfers.

Steven Rauch, MD - Sense of Balance - Truth AND Consequences

Harvard Professor of Otolaryngology and Vestibular Division Chief at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Dr. Steven Rauch offers a look at the miracle of balance, the harsh reality of balance problems and age-related balance decline, and an approach each of can take to maintain balance through our “golden years”.


What Does a Typical Bostonian Look Like?

The unprecedented demographic shift the city of Boston has experienced over the past 4 decades has made it a much diverse city that it gets credit for. Vasallo takes an unconventional approach to defining what a typical Bostonian looks like in 2019.


Amanda Mena

Amanda Mena Amanda Mena debuts her original, Non-Fiction at TEDxKenmoreSquare. Non-Fiction portrays Amanda's experiences and emotions as a Latina in the music industry. Furthermore, it addresses the vulnerability and shame associated with mental illness in our society. She also performs Lady Gaga's hit Shallow from the movie 'A Star is Born'.