University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is bringing its first independently organized TEDx series titled TEDxUW-Green Bay to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on November 1, 2018 at 6pm in Fort Howard Hall. The series features eight established speakers discussing various topics.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
This year’s theme is RISING. “We are often faced with barriers and unanticipated challenges,” says TEDxUW-Green Bay organizers. “Rising above challenges is the hallmark of resilience and the pathway to a brighter future. The series features eight established speakers discussing various topics.” These speakers include the following:
Illene Noppe Cupit – Illene is the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development, Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She received her Ph.D. from the Educational Psychology Department of Temple University. Her research and publications have focused on college student bereavement, adolescent grief, the influence of the Internet in death and dying, and global issues related to trauma and loss.
Kelly Ellis – Kelly is the Founder & Fearless Leader of the Greater Green Bay STEM Network, an organization created in 2013 to connect STEM education resources in the region, and is passionate about working closely with community nonprofits. Kelly received a BBA-Marketing with high honors from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a minor in studio arts in 2008.
Dr. Fred Johnson – Dr. Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InitiativeOne. He has created and implemented Leadership Transformation processes that accelerate positive culture change by helping leaders become more authentic, courageous, open, and human than ever before. He is passionate about elevating leaders and exponentially impacting the leadership culture of an organization.
Lorenzo Lones – Lorenzo is a neuroscience PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a BS in Psychology and Human Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Currently, he works in the lab of Dr. Aaron DiAntonio where he studies the molecular mechanisms underlying axon degeneration.
Dr. Ashok Rai – Dr. Rai is the President and CEO of Prevea Health and is committed to the health and wellness of local communities. His passion to redesign health care in the U.S. embraces the movement from fee-for-service methods of payment to value-based care, which rewards health care organizations for their work in preventive health care and encouraging patients to live healthy lifestyles – and not for the amount of procedures they perform.
Dr. Anne Schauer-Gimenez – Dr. Schauer-Gimenez is the Vice President of Customer Engagement and co-founder of Mango Materials, a startup company that uses biogas (methane) to feed bacteria that manufacture a biodegradable polymer. Anne has a BS in Environmental Science & MS in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay, along with a PhD in Civil Engineering from Marquette University.
Dan Terrio – Dan has inspired countless youth and adults from all walks of life with his story of perseverance, strength and determination. Dan began his motivational speaking career while recovering from injuries sustained in a car/train accident that left him temporarily confined to a wheelchair. To this day, Dan has traveled to all 50 states presenting his inspiring story from growing up on an Indian Reservation to working in Washington D.C., Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Jennie Young – Jennie is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the first-year writing program at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She has a Ph. D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research interests include rhetorical theory and the rhetoric of education, specifically as it applies to high school students. She is also interested in creative nonfiction and its place in English composition programs and has published articles in both academic and creative journals.
Along with the eight speakers, TEDxUW-Green Bay also includes two coaches that help shape each discussion to fit TEDx standards. This year’s coaches include Danielle Bina and Shauna Froelich, two lecturers of Communication at UW-Green Bay. Danielle Bina offers experience with media and public relations training and is “excited to help the speakers share their stories in a compelling and engaging way.” Shauna Froelich holds experience in public speaking and hopes to provide constructive feedback that promotes confident speakers.
The creators and co-organizers for the TEDxUW-Green Bay series includes Aaron Weinschenk, Kelli Strickland, and Regan A. R. Gurung. Aaron Weinschenk is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department on the UW-Green Bay Campus. “TEDxUW-GreenBay is going to be an amazing event and is a perfect way to bring the University and the community together! We have a fantastic lineup of speakers who will be presenting ground-breaking ideas on all kinds of issues,” Weinschenk says. Executive Artistic Director for the Weidner Center, Kelli Strickland states, “As a cultural center, we are committed to serving as a catalyst for dialogue and idea sharing. The speakers featured this year demonstrate a willingness and enthusiasm in this community for wrestling with the largest systemic challenges and the more intimate personal ones.” Lastly, Regan A. R. Gurung is a UW-Green Bay professor of human development and psychology. Gurung expresses his excitement, “There is a hunger in our community for the type of mental stimulation these talks are bringing. Each speaker brings a perspective and set of experiences that I am eager to see play out in their talks.”
Dean of UW-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Chuck Rybak, also shared his enthusiasm about TEDxUW-GreenBay… “UW-Green Bay strives to deliver knowledge and ideas to our community in as many forms and venues as possible. TedxUW-GreenBay, with its innovative format and timely subject matter, promises to be a forum that is both accessible and provocative.”