For the 12 people speaking or performing at the third-annual TEDx Middlebury conference, there was a time in their lives when they had a choice as to the path they wanted to follow. Each chose the road less traveled.

TEDx Middlebury 2013 will explore “The Road Not Taken” on March 9 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

A spoken-word artist, a female high school football coach, a mountaineer, and a mindfulness teacher are among the featured speakers who will embrace the TED motto of Ideas Worth Spreading, while sharing their personal experiences about making unconventional choices. The lineup includes a Middlebury student, Ryan Kim ’14, who won the inaugural TEDx Middlebury Student Speaker Contest last fall. A complete list of speakers is here.

TEDx Middlebury is a student-organized event licensed by the nonprofit TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design). Since its founding as a four-day conference in 1984, TED has expanded into a global phenomenon, spawning a pair of annual conferences, TED “Talks” that have been viewed online more than a billion times, and the licensed TEDx programs, which bring the TED experience to local communities around the globe.

Tickets for TEDx Middlebury 2013 are on sale now through the Middlebury College Box Office.

For More Information

TEDx Middlebury Web Site