Previous TEDx Presentations

Previous TEDx Presentations

TEDxDavenport@FIGGE 2018

Jake Klipsch - 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. Dr. Jake Klipsch is an advocate for at-risk students and a maverick of alternative education. A fierce believer in public schools, community collaboration, and compassion, he is a dedicated leader who has served students from preschool to 12th grade. He is the principal of Mid City High School in Davenport, Iowa.

Anna Dolce - Good Service is Killing Your Business
Business and hospitality expert Anna Dolce delves into the differences between service and hospitality. She urges that  “good service” is for dying businesses and as customers we should stop settling for it. This fun and insightful talk reveals the anatomy of hospitality and how hospitality is the single biggest game changer for every organization, family and individual.  Anna Dolce is a life and business strategist, restaurant expert, writer and speaker. She traded her Miss Georgia (Europe) crown and national fame for a $40 shot at the American Dream. Anna became a restaurant owner within 2 years of getting her start as a bartender in Brooklyn NY. Anna then led operations of a restaurant group and founded an international business consultancy. Anna now coaches various entrepreneurs on business growth, organizational culture and human optimization.

Michael Johnson - The Best Kept Secret in Construction
The construction industry is much more than just “swinging a hammer”. Technology adoption is rapidly changing the way we deliver the built environment. Through the story of one architect-turned-contractor, this talk will introduce you to the underlying technology impacting this change; leaving you with a new framework of what a contractor can be. Michael is an architect and technology enthusiast. His work focuses on exploring, analyzing, and applying technology to the everyday business practices behind delivering a successful construction project. He is passionate about current and emerging industry trends including Building Information Modeling (BIM), virtual and augmented reality, reality capture, and data analysis.

Dr. Sayed Shah - 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. Dr. Sayed A. Shah is an integrative medicine expert. His personal journey started when his son was diagnosed with Autism. He has utilized research and practices in integrative medicine to help his son and others to overcome health challenges by treating underlying triggers and root causes of disease rather than just treating symptoms.

Natalie Torres-Haddad - 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.    An Award Winning Author, a workshop facilitator and an investor. Raised in Inglewood she was surrounded by those facing permanent debt determined to be the exception by age 24 she bought her first rental property. Her mission to advocate for financial literacy and to uplift those feeling overwhelmed by debt.

Jeff Hobbs - 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. Jeff Hobbs is a motivational speaker and a disability advocate.  Born with cerebral palsy and a love of sports, roadmap to achievement was anything but easy - not because he has cerebral palsy, but because of the limits placed on him by others.  Despite the heartaches, Jeff went on to be the first person with cerebral palsy to run the Chicago Marathon.

Dustin James - Sharpen the Axe
If you are not growing, you are dying. The most powerful tool we own is our mind.  We live a sea of mediocrity, keeping our mind sharp allows for great personal and professional growth.   Dustin James is a proud husband, father, and entrepreneur, with a wealth of life experiences that he uses to entertain, motivate, and educate his audience.  Dustin brings a tremendous amount of energy to his dynamic and motivating presentations focusing on leadership training, mental mindset, creative selling, and team building exercises.

Kyle Horn - A New Kind of Hero: America's Great Untapped Workforce
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.  Kyle Horn is founder and director of America’s Job Honor Awards: A nonprofit organization celebrating people who overcome barriers to employment, and the employers who hire them. His mission is to rekindle hope and energize the work ethic across the nation, through the celebration of a new kind of hero.

Jodi Prosise - 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. Jodi Prosise, chair and Associate Professor of Engineering at St. Ambrose University, has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and BS in Mechanical Engineering. She leads a study-abroad trip to Brazil where students develop assistive technologies for persons with disabilities. Her research focus is on developing affordable, upper-limb prosthetics.

Oscar Bravo - 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. Oscar Bravo is an international media executive in the United States and Latin America.  Oscar has been involved with organizational transformations, new venture startups, and non-profit organizational management.  Oscar’s experience encompasses finance, sales, strategic planning, television programming, technology, process design, re-engineering, marketing and philanthropy.

Folashade Butler - We All Have an F-ing Problem
Relationship Expert Folashade Butler tells us that the way we deal with this problem shapes how we operate in our relationships, both personal and professional. She teaches that turning this problem into a regular practice is a critical step in creating better relationships. In this insightful and mind-shifting talk, Butler challenges us to implement five key strategies to help address this problem head on and, ultimately, elevate our relationship success. Folashade A. Butler is a Speaker, Relationship Expert, Technology Professional, Wife, and Mother. Her desire to see women be successful in relationships sparked her drive to begin a firm where she delivers life-changing coaching, training, and talks. Folashade’s hope is to equip people with the tools they need to flourish in love and livelihood.

Linda Baxley - I Love Math, and So Should You
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. Linda currently serves as Director of The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) that works with the nation’s community colleges to improve the quality and quantity of technicians in these fields.  She was pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry when she left to join Procter & Gamble’s storied brand management program.

Jaimy Szymanski - What Happens When We Trade Data For Super Powers?
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.  Jaimy Szymanski is an industry analyst and founding partner of Kaleido Insights. She focuses on how disruptive technologies impact customer experience and corporate digital transformation. Jaimy’s research has appeared in USA Today, Mashable, Forbes, Inc., and Huffington Post. She also provides strategic advisory to digitalinnovation leaders at enterprise organizations.

Michelle Joyce - Great 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. Michelle Joyce is on a mission to eliminate unhealthy posture! She’s frequently featured on TV shows and teaches posture workshops worldwide. Originally trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist, she believes that helping people change their posture involves much more than simply telling them to sit up straight.

TEDxSalon@WIU 2018

Stephanie Villinski - Civility In Our Discourse: A Legal Perspective
With incivility on the rise in our country, the words of the famous quote, “If you want peace, work for justice” have never been truer. A healthy civil democracy must include access to justice for all and not just for those who can afford it. Otherwise, instability in families and communities will increase and we put ourselves at risk of incivility becoming our new normal. Stephanie Villinski is the Deputy Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. The Commission focuses on promoting increased civility and inclusion within the legal profession.

Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer - Incivility and Political Dysfunction: What Can We Do About It?
Learn through data about how the American people feel about the current political climate in our country, including a brief look at the structural causes that have created the current situation, and most important the signs of hope from all across the country - what we the people are doing about our current degraded political and public discourse. Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization that works to reduce political dysfunction and incivility in our political system.

Jazmin Newton-Butt - Civility: A Matter of Perception
“Act like a lady.” Attorney and Community Leader, Jazmin E. Newton-Butt presents a compelling case for the double standard of civility in today’s society and further explores the effects of cultural layers on perceived civility.  She discusses why civility is viewed through a biased lens and offers suggestions on how to equalize the notions of civility among gender and cultural backgrounds. Ms. Newton-Butt is an Attorney and Partner with Barbara K. Wallace, P.L.C. where she licensed to practice law in Illinois and Iowa.  

Matt Christensen - Civility and the Media
A quick look at the role media has played in civility since the rise of newspapers, with insight into how that role is changing and what journalists are doing to raise the level of dialogue. Quad-City Times Executive Editor Matt Christensen is an East Moline native and graduate of Iowa State University.