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This event occurred on
May 14, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Traverse City, MI
United States

TEDxTraverseCity will bring together the most innovative and inspiring minds. The inspirational day will honor Game Changers who have passion, curiosity, creativity and adaptability to change the world with revolutionary ideas.

TEDxTraverseCity began in 2011 as the brainchild of Paul Sutherland of FIM Group and Tim Nelson of Northwestern Michigan College, and has grown into one of the most hotly anticipated yearly events in the Traverse City area.

The daylong event is intended to educate, inspire and connect great minds. TEDxTraverseCity will provide an opportunity to broaden understanding and knowledge in order to make the great Northern Michigan region one of the most exciting and promising areas. TEDxTraverseCity attendees will hear new ways of thinking, learn about breakthroughs and be motivated by those accelerating innovation and improving the lives of citizens around the world. The goal is to have each person walk away feeling enlightened, motivated and dedicated to making a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others.

Dennos Museum Center, NMC
1701 E Front Street
Traverse City, MI, 49686
United States
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Jim Gibbons

Jim is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International and recently served a two-year term on the White House Council for Community Solutions as appointed by President Obama Talk Title: Get Your Head in the Game: Opportunity in the HEADS UP Economy

Katrina Teague

Katrina—a native of Traverse City—is the Senior Vice President and Global Technology & Operations Vendor Executive at Bank of America. Talk Title: Girls and Technology: Cracking the Code

Dr. Meg Meeker

Meg is a pediatrician and best-selling author, as well as co-host and Physician-in-Residence of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk radio program. Talk Title: Good Dads: the Real Game-changer for our kids, families and our country

Rabbi Chava Bahle

Beginning this Fall, Chava Bahle will be the first rabbi in history to serve as the permanent spiritual leader of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Talk Title: The Common Heart: Spiritual Paradigm Shift

Canticum Novum

Canticum Novum means "new song." The Northwestern Michigan College Canticum Novum is a new choral offering at NMC, and is an auditioned-only ensemble.

John Militello

John is Head of Creative on Google’s agency-like ZOO Team; a 14 person creative team made up of creative directors, technologist, and designers. Talk title: The Game Changers Under Our Noses

Deborah C. Peel, MD

Deborah is the world’s leading advocate for patients’ rights to control the use of personal health information in electronic systems. Talk title: Designing Technology to Restore Privacy

Wendy Crawford

Wendy is an advocate who utilizes her connection to the fashion industry to develop unique endeavors that raise awareness for women with physical challenges. Talk title: Solving the Beauty Equation

Eric Owen

Eric is the founder of Life Drive, an event focused on saving lives via blood, tissue and organ donations. Talk title: Changing the World by Saving Lives

John Williams

Photographer. John shares his documentary photos of malaria patients.

John U. Bacon

The author of six books on sports, business and leadership, three of them national bestsellers, including Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership. Talk title: Worst to First: What Coaching a High School Hockey Team Taught Me about Motivating the next Generation

Danny Forster

Danny is an Emmy-award-winning producer, influential educator, and an internationally recognized architectural designer. Talk title: Looking Versus Reading: Filmmaking Architecture

Linda Lindquist-Bishop

Linda is President of Courageous Thinking Inc., facilitating leaders through strategic planning and is a world champion sailor. Talk title: A Mountain of Courage

Mari Kuraishi

Mari co-founded GlobalGiving and was named one of Foreign Policy‘s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving." Talk title: The Power of Us

Traverse Symphony Orchestra's Trio Joyeaux

Jim Simon

President of Oceana, the largest international conservation organization fully dedicated to protecting the oceans. Talk title: Save the Oceans, Feed the World

Sasha Kramer

Sasha is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods, an organization that converts wastes into resources. Talk title: From Human Rights to Humus: Transformation of Wastes to Resources in Haiti

Alia Crum

Dr. Crum is a professor, psychologist, and researcher investigating how mindsets affect health and behavior. Talk title: Change your Mindset, Change the Game

Drew Dudley

Drew is a creative leader whose “TED talk” has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational of all time” with over 1.5 million views. Talk title: The Game Has No Winners

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Traverse City, MI, United States


Traverse City, MI, United States