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Kenyona "Sunny" Matthews

Co-Organizer, 2018 TEDxAkron Speaker

Sunny is a community activist and motivational speaker, focusing on issues of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. She is a University of Akron School of Law graduate who focused civil liberties. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Guilford College majoring in Political Science, Philosophy and African American Studies.

After college, Sunny served as an AmeriCorps Vista North Carolina Campus Compact Multicultural Service Coordinator. Her focus was facilitating, organizing, and training students to work in multicultural communities. In addition to her work as co-leader of TEDxAkron, Sunny is a co-founder of Dimensions of Isms, a nonprofit organization that works to bring awareness and spark progress regarding societal issues through corporate training, church workshops, speaking engagements, and other civil and social organizations.


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Ben Bisbee


With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit industry building successful and award winning community and development programs for nonprofits of all shapes and sizes, Ben is a nationally recognized author, speaker and problem-solver. Also known as a charitable sector engagement expert and social technologist, Ben is well known for his work in virtual technology and social platforms, helping to build stronger layers of organizational engagement, online and professional-driven technology.  His book with co-author Kathy Wisniewski, The Unashamed Guide to Virtual Management, from ATD Press will be out this fall of 2019.

In addition to his work as co-leader of TEDxAkron, Ben is the the Chief Vision Officer for Rhinocorn, a design house for charitable sector innovation and advancement. Ben is also a proud husband, LGBTQ, Native American, special needs pet owner and animal advocate.


TEDxAkron Leadership Team

Coming soon! Learn more here and apply!

TEDxAkron Emeritus Mentorship Team

Sam Falletta | Chief Executive Officer of Incept
Ned Parks | Founder of Aegis 360 Consulting, Inc.