IdeaFestival® 2016 Announces Additional Speakers

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Delta Dental of Kentucky’s COO, Tammy York Day, shared “We are very excited to be the Presenting Sponsor of IdeaFestival. Both Delta Dental and IdeaFestival share core values of innovation, community and integrity."

IdeaFestival® 2016, a leading celebration for disruptive thinkers and the intellectually curious, announces additional speakers. The Festival boasts change-making speakers and performers embracing the danger of new ideas and will be held from Sept. 27th -30th, at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts led by Presenting Sponsor, Delta Dental and Title Sponsors, Kentucky Innovation Network and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. Festival Passes are currently on sale for $400.

This event brings together an impressive list of emerging and well-known influencers from a variety of disciplines. The Festival had previously announced Troy Carter, Alan Lightman, Kim Phuc and Susan Schneider as 2016 speakers. Additional speakers and influencers for this year include:

Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society and Harald Schmidt, Medical Ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania will discuss how recent data demonstrates an emerging downside of the incredible advances in medical diagnostics and treatment. They will explore how too much medicine, too many tests and treatments may result in making people not more, but less healthy.

Pagan Kennedy – is an American columnist and author, and pioneer of the 1990s zine movement. She will explore the role of serendipity behind innovations and inventions, and how discoveries aren’t typically based on luck; but rather the emergent property of the creative and prepared mind.

James Ledbetter – Editor, Inc. Magazine and, will bring a unique business view of the conscious capitalism movement by asking the question, “Does Doing Good Mean Doing Better?”

Christine Kenneally – is an Australian-American journalist who writes on science, language and culture. She will discuss "The Hidden History of Us" exploring where we came from, who we are, and where we may be going.

Led by Suzy Delvalle, Creative Capital Foundation will once again showcase four emerging, innovative new artists this year: Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jeffrey Gibson, Shawn Peters and Peter Andrew Lewis.

Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Chief Operating Officer, Tammy York Day, shared “We are very excited to be the Presenting Sponsor of IdeaFestival. Both Delta Dental and IdeaFestival share core values of innovation, community and integrity. We are pleased to partner with an event that promotes embracing the danger of new ideas.”

Visit to learn more about the 2016 confirmed speakers and to purchase your Festival Pass. Stay Curious®!

About IdeaFestival®

Founded in 2000, IdeaFestival® is a celebration for the intellectually curious. It’s an eclectic network of global thinkers and one-of-a-kind innovators bound together by an intense curiosity about what is impacting and shaping the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy and education. The Festival is held every fall in Louisville, Kentucky at The Kentucky Center. The setting, thought-provoking sessions and informal tone make IdeaFestival a truly unique experience. Those who attend leave the event with interesting new ideas, a better sense of connectedness, an expanded network of relationships and lasting inspiration to help create change in the world.

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Contact Information Kris Kimel, Founder IdeaFestival (859) 229-6161

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