EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Tickets remain available for TEDxEvansville, scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Friday at the University of Southern Indiana Performance Center.

Doors open at noon, and tickets are $35. Eight speakers are featured at this year’s event, which has a one-word theme: “Connect.”

Ted Talks are aimed at starting community conversations and positive change. This year’s event is the fourth in Evansville. For ticket information, visit tedxevansville.com/.

Past TEDxEvansville presentations also are available on the website.

Here are this year’s speakers, and a summary of their topics:

  • Andrea Grace Phillips, “Secondhand addiction.” Phillips is an associated certified coach, family recovery coach and has a degree in organizational management. She’s a member of the Evansville Mayors Substance Abuse Task Force and founder of the F.A.S.T. Initiative. She is also the mother of an only son who passed in 2017 from complications due to a substance use disorder. Her purpose is to continue to raise awareness about the impact of secondhand addiction and invite others to choose to fully live after the loss of a child to this epidemic.
  • Paige Ward, “When Comfort Feels Uncomfortable.” Ward is an international education professional and has spent the last seven years working in academic affairs for a study abroad provider based in Indianapolis. Last year, Ward moved back to her hometown of Evansville with her husband and two young children and bought a home near her parents. Currently, her days consist of figuring out how to work from home and coffee shops and the tables in the lobby at the gym while also caring for two very busy kids and…