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John Roszczyk & Joseph Baker


Joseph Baker has been practicing law for more than 15 years, working on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in many aspects of the law ranging, from products liability claims to broker/dealers securities and business litigation. Though he’s an avid Cubs fan, Joseph and his family have adopted Northeast Ohio as their home. Together with his wife Sharon, Director of Hathaway Brown Middle School in Shaker Heights, Joseph is raising his twin boys, Nolan and Cooper, in Chagrin Falls and is committed to making his community the best it can be.

John Roszczyk has practiced law for more than 10 years and is well-versed in civil litigation and personal injury matters. Drawing on his past experience in the defense of commercial loan, construction defect, premises liability, and legal malpractice cases, John has dedicated himself to fighting for injured and victimized Ohioans. John is a family man who, along with his wife Heather, Marketing Director for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, is raising his son Henry and daughter Juniper with the same values that his father and grandfather instilled. They spend their time together hiking, reading, and traveling as much as possible.

Baker & Roszczyk will be presenting on the topic of social media.

Everyone uses social media. 8-year olds, grandparents (did you know the fastest-growing demographic on Twitter is senior citizens?), everyone. But also your boss, your boyfriend, your next-door neighbor. Baker & Rosczcyk will explain what you can and can't do on social media. At least, if you want to keep your job, have a happy relationship, and not piss off your neighbor. A couple of years ago, an Akron public school teacher lost her job because she posted some pretty ignorant things on social media. Don't be ignorant. Listen to the presentation. Keep your ignorance away from the rest of us

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Kofi Boakye - Pianist

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 06, 2016

Kofi Boakye shares on his passion for the piano. Boakye is a 16 year old pianist born in Akron, Ohio. Kofi has gathered musical experience from myriad venues across the United States, having performed in the Gospel Music Workshop of America as the organist for the National Children’s and National Men’s Choirs, as well as performing for the Ohio-Pennsylvania District Mega Assembly. Locally, Kofi regularly serves as musical director for church choirs, praise teams, and is often recruited to oversee the music production for stage plays. Although many of his experiences stem from within the U.S., Kofi has had the opportunity to refine his talents on the world stage, touring Germany and Prague with the Miller South Show Choir.
While music remains at the core of who Kofi is, he’s far from one dimensional.

In 2014, President Barack Obama and The White House awarded Kofi with the “President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence” and he earned it while balancing school and his blossoming music career.

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Jessica Lofthus - Artist


Jessica is a painter and fiber artist who grew up visually immersed between Southwest and Graffiti art. Her artistic style reflects these two very different but complimentary styles, while layering spiritual and cultural references with subtle color changes and crisp lines. Her work explores cultural evolution, spiritualism and the alchemy of healing. She works to create intentional compositions and installations meant to ignite inspiration and healing for ourselves and our world.

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Design Flux Technologies

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 06, 2016

Courtney Gras shares her project, Design Flux Technologies. Gras is an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature. After leaving her job as a power systems engineer at NASA, Courtney has worked to re-brand herself and focus her career on supporting the creation of startup companies and small businesses.

Courtney co-founded the Akron-based clean energy startup, Design Flux Technologies while an undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Akron in 2010. Since that time, she has been awarded the ComEd “Female Founder Award’, Midwest Energy’s “40 Under 40” and most recently was named to the “Forbes 30 Under 30” for her contributions within the organization.

The most fundamental meaning of the word “entrepreneur” is to undertake. As a society, when we think of entrepreneurs, we tend to think of the “greats” such as Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk. Courtney asks the question: “what is the secret that makes great entrepreneurs great, and what is the barrier that prevents us from being like them?”

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The Summit


Tommy Bruno is general manager, and executive director of @thesummit913fm907fm, broadcasting in Akron/Canton at 91.3 FM. He and his talented team have created three community music and message services that are super-serving highly diverse audiences. These include: Rock and Recovery, KIDJAM! Radio, and The 330.

Mr. Bruno is sharing how a new era in broadcasting is here to stay. A surge of new technologies are forcing rapid changes in the radio industry. The Summit is poised to curate and distribute high quality programming based on the needs of its community.

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TomTod Ideas

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 06, 2016

"Middle schoolers are not just our future. They have the ability to investigate real change, starting now."

In TomTod Ideas from PechaKucha Night Akron Vol.3, Joel Daniel Harris shares on TomTod Ideas which gives middle schoolers a serious avenue to explore creativity. Harris is the founder and Executive Dreamer of TomTod Ideas, an innovation incubator for middle school students, centered on launching students’ dreams for the common good. A Malone University alum, Harris has more than a decade of experience as an advocate for early adolescents and has served on a variety of boards and causes in his community. His work includes chairing committees for United Way and Leadership Stark County, serving as a mentor for both Canton City and Plain Local school districts, as a Service Learning Trip leader for Malone University. JDH received his Masters in 2012 from George Fox University and has been regularly honored for his work with students and in the community, including receiving the Layperson of the Year Award from the Canton Professional Educators’ Association (2014), Malone University’s Young Alumnus of the Year (2012) and as a Twenty under 40! recipient (2015).

Joel will be speaking to the underestimated abilities of middle schoolers. The best ideas often come from the places least expected. Rarely does anyone expect much of anything from a middle schooler. The fact is, though, that early adolescence, that liminal space in which middle schoolers reside, is a place of beauty, opportunity and imagination. Get ready for some stories of middle school brilliance and the chance to re-consider what we think "kids" are capable of.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday September, 12th, 2016. 

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Reimagining the Civic Commons in Akron

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 06, 2016

Kyle Kutuchief shares on reimagining the Civic Commons in Akron. Kutuchief is the Program Director in Akron for Knight Foundation. He previously worked in development for the Austen BioInnovation Institute, Collaborent Group and the University of Akron. In 2014 Kutuchief served as President of Torchbearers, a young professionals organization focused on leadership development, community service, and talent attraction and retention. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Ohio State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Akron.

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What is Hip Hop

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 06, 2016

A-MINUS shares on his community outreach project and positive Hip-Hop. A-MINUS is a positive hip-hop artist from Akron, Ohio who is creating his own lane by starting a movement through community outreach in an effort to change the negative mindset of youth.

His trademarked brand "ALIEN NATION" serves as a clothing line and an independent record label. The motto is "DARE 2 BE DIFFERENT". A-MINUS has performed at various venues/schools throughout the state of Ohio and has opened up for legendary artist/groups such as Rakim, Whodini & Slum Village. He has released two mixtapes: The Alien has Landed VOL. I & II and his debut single "Take it Higher" Feat. N'Sight available on iTunes is in current rotation on WZIP 88.1FM (The University of Akron). It is the most requested song in station history. As a writer, his style has been compared to Grammy award winning artists like Lecrae, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem. A-MINUS is also a co-host for an online podcast called "The What's Really Good Show".

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Running Dog

@ VOL 3 ON MAY 06, 2016

"Running is as much a stress reliever for dogs as it is for humans."

In Running Dog from PechaKucha Night Akron Vol. 3Beverly Dillon shares how the #RunningDog program has helped dogs become more adoptable, how the program is helping dogs cope with their surroundings, and how the program is enriching the lives of the volunteer runners.

Dillon attended Kent State University and studied Fine Art before launching on a colorful career path. She spent many years as a florist, enjoyed time as a barista and expressed herself as a tattoo artist before becoming certified as a personal trainer. She is an avid runner and offers a dog running service to private clients.
Beverly started the ‪#‎RunningDog‬ program at One of a Kind Pet Rescue in Akron. #RunningDog is a program that allows runners to volunteer their time to give the rescue dogs much needed exercise. The program also uses social media to give the rescue dogs much needed exposure.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, August 24th, 2016.