2018 TEDxDavenport Conference

This Year's Speakers & Performers

JAKE KLIPSCH

 

advocate for at-risk students and a maverick of alternative education

 

"THE REALITY WE CREATE: EXPECTATIONS AND EDUCATION"

 

How do you see the world? Dr. Jake Klipsch, alternative high school principal, explores

the power of expectations as the catalyst to unlocking enormous potential in our schools,

organizations and communities. He weaves together educational research and philosophy to

make the case that to see change in our world we first have to change ourselves.

JEFF HOBBS

 

motivational speaker and a disability advocate

 

"WINNING FROM LAST PLACE"

 

Born with cerebral palsy and a love of sports, his greatest ambition was to someday become

an athlete. Unfortunately, Jeff’s path to achievement was anything but easy – not because of

his condition, but because of the limits placed onto him by others. Jeff carved his own path

through his mental outlook and persistence. Earning his chance to compete, Jeff’s robust sprit

and relentless work ethic propelled him into a future-filled achiever, overcoming unfathomable

obstacles.

JODI PROSISE

 

PROFESSOR OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGNER OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

 

"EMPOWERMENT THROUGH TECHNOLOGY"

 

People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world, and one in which any one of us

could become a part of at any minute. How do you help? Better yet, how do you empower?

By developing simple, affordable, sustainable, and adaptable assistive technologies, we can

empower those with disabilities to help themselves and their neighbors.

KYLE HORN

 

ADVOCATE FOR  people who overcome barriers to employment

 

"A NEW KIND OF HERO: AMERICA'S GREAT UNTAPPED WORKFORCE"

 

America’s shrinking workforce threatens our future prosperity. Meanwhile, narrow hiring practices

exile many of our most motivated jobseekers from the workforce: people with disabilities

and people with criminal convictions. Kyle Horn, founder of America’s Job Honor Awards,

challenges us to reconsider this great untapped workforce.

LINDA BAXLEY

 

BIOCHEMIST FOCUSED ON EXPANDING THE ADVANCEMENT OF STEM

 

"HOW I CAME TO LOVE MATH AND HOW YOU CAN TOO"

 

Numeracy can be defined as the ability, confidence and willingness to engage with quantitative

and spatial information to make informed decisions in all aspects of daily living. If it’s so

important, why do Americans rank near the bottom of first world countries in mathematical

ability? Linda Baxley speaks to how we can change and open opportunities for ourselves and

our children.

MICHAEL JOHNSON

 

ARCHITECT AND TECHNOLOGY ENTHUSIAST

 

"THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN CONSTRUCTION"

 

New technologies grant humans exciting “super powers” that result in convenience, efficiency,

personalization, and deeper connections. But, at what cost? Bionic brains, x-ray vision, and

heightened hearing come at a price paid in personal data. Join disruptive technology analyst

Jaimy Szymanski as she explores the new definition of superhumans, the future consequences

of exchanging data for power, and how consumers can begin to regain control.

MICHELLE JOYCE

 

THERAPIST DEDICATED TO ELIMINATE UNHEALTHY POSTURE

 

"GRANDMA WAS RIGHT - POSTURE MATTERS!"

 

100 years ago America was a pioneer in reversing the effects of chronic sitting. Kids received

lessons about ergonomics, body mechanics and healthy posture from grade school up through

the college level. This large-scale public health campaign was designed to prevent the kinds of

problems that have reached epidemic levels today. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel when

it comes to helping our kids beat the screentime slump, we just need to dust off a few forgotten

lessons from our past.

NATALIE TORRES-HADDAD

 

SPEAKER AND AUTHOR DEDICATED TO ADVANCING FINANCIAL LITERACY

 

"THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE OF FINANCIAL LITERACY"

 

How could improving financial literacy in our households lead to increased prosperity? The

concept of financial literacy can be difficult to comprehend. It brings up emotions of fear,

embarrassment, frustration, and misunderstanding. Families who increase their understanding

of household finances can be empowered to design a life within their earning capacity, that

leads to economic empowerment and confidence.

OSCAR BRAVO

 

MEDIA EXECUTIVE, ENTREPRENEUR, VISIONARY AND PHILANTHROPIST

 

"CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR ALL"

 

We take having clean drinking water for granted, but over 790 million people – 11% of the world’s population – don’t have access to a clean water supply. In Panama, Oscar Bravo

leveraged the concept of collaboration to design a sustainable method for communities to

independently create potable water for their residents, wherever they live.

DR. SAYED SHAH

 

MEDICAL PRACTITIONER AND DISEASE SPECIALIST

 

"GO WITH YOUR GUT AND SAY NO TO ADDICTION"

 

More than 1 in 3 Americans were prescribed an opioid in 2015. Addiction has become an increasing health issue and is reaching epidemic levels. But what are the real reasons behind

increasing addiction rates? Dr. Sayed Shah provides a new perspective of the science of addition and gut health, and how through behavior and diet changes can we tackle this

formidable challenge.

TEDxDavenport 2018: LIMITLESS

TEDxDavenport will be held on March 7th, 2018 at the Figge Art Museum in the John Deere Auditorium in Davenport, Iowa.

The event will kickoff at 12:00pm sharp and run through 5:00pm with a networking intermission and a local craft brewery social hour following the conference.

 

TEDxDavenport is unlike any conference or networking event you’ve attended. You’ll engage with other open-minded idea-seekers in a half-day exploration of powerful ideas and unique experiences designed to inspire, inform, and challenge. This includes:

 

- More than a dozen talks and performances

- Exposure to disruptive ideas and and innovative speakers

- Unconventional networking with our area’s brightest leaders and innovators

- Access to activities, food, workshops, and more

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