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September 16, 2011
9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Bowling Green, OH
United States

Bringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner, TEDxBGSU is a single-day conference in Bowling Green, Ohio. In its first year, TEDxBGSU is a student created event at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) with the support of faculty, staff, alumni, community members, professionals and many more. TEDxBGSU will take place at Kobacker Hall on the beautiful campus of BGSU on September 16, 2011.

Kobacker Hall
Kobacker Hall, Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH, 43403
United States
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Michael Thaman

Michael is the chairman of the board and CEO of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Michael was a strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting. Michael earned a bachelors degree from Princeton University. He is also a member of the board of directors for Next Era Energy. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Toledo Symphony.

Ron Senkowski Mike Osswald

Ron Senkowski has worked on film, TV and interactive projects for studios including Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony, Paramount and Dreamworks. He was the first transmedia producer for Scripps Networks, HGTV, and has launched video-on-demand networks for Comcast. Based in LA, Ron is working with partners including Salma Hayek and Participant Media to produce an international film based on Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet.” Mike Osswald has been creating digital marketing experiences for nearly 20 years. Always with the audience (AKA “users”) in mind, he focuses on how and why people make decisions, helping to create the emotional connections that lead to loyal customer relationships. At Hanson Inc., Mike works to identify significant trends and technologies companies can use to create breakthrough, brand-centered experiences.

Mike Hoskins

Mike Hoskins is chief technology officer of Pervasive Software, spearheading the company’s technology direction and Innovation Labs. He is also the general manager for Pervasive Integration Products. He is considered a thought leader in the integration industry and speaks worldwide on innovations in data management and integration. Hoskins has received numerous awards including the AITP Austin chapter’s 2007 Information Technologist of the Year Award, and the BGSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.

Peter Arvai

Peter works to make sharing of ideas more interesting and to boldly zoom where no one has zoomed before. Before joining Prezi he established, a company that pushes transparency in healthcare by comparing the treatment outcomes of clinics based on performance data. was voted Best Website in Sweden 2009. Before the iphone arrived, Peter helped secure an IPO and acquire companies as VP of Product Management at a mobile internet start-up, Mobispine

Thomas Snitch

Dr. Thomas Snitch, Senior Advisor for Global Issues at Geoeye and Chief Scientist at Little Falls Labs. On September 1, he will be named Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the College of Computing, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, one of the largest schools of science in the US. He is responsible for satellite imagery sharing efforts between the US, through Geoeye, and nations in Asia and Africa. Additionally, he is a liaison to the UN and international organizations working on disaster response and mitigation, environmental monitoring, climate change, and special intelligence issues in both regions.

John Pobojewski

John is an intermedia artist and designer exploring the space between the mediums of print, interactive, motion, film, generative art, and sound. He has been senior designer at Thirst since 2003, exploring new intermedia expressions for both work and play. In 2008, he founded Moving Design with Rick Valicenti to catalyze groups of designers around specific social issues through various multimedia initiatives.

Jim Haudan

Jim Haudan is a different kind of CEO. He has a passion that goes beyond building his own successful company, Root Learning. For more than 20 years, he has been helping organizations and individuals unleash hidden potential by fully engaging people in the critical changes of their business. Starting as a coach, it’s not a stretch that the company he co-founded focuses on tapping the discretionary efforts of people – the kind that produces real results by engaging people to deliver on strategies.

Gene and Michael Poor

Gene W. Poor is the first Hamilton Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at BGSU. His current research interests are in the use of life-like robotics as a teaching technology. G Michael Poor is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Bowling Green State University. It is there that his research interests in accessibility computing and life-like robots are able to thrive.

Brittany Gibbons

Brittany is a writer, humorist, and catalyst. She specializes in satirical wit and self deprecation, first gaining recognition writing the popular humor blog, Barefoot Foodie, in which she overshares bits of her life between phonetically spelled sound effects and excessive ellipses. In 2010, she added to her online resume by launching Mouth Media with her business partner, a company that houses the nationally recognized online magazine, Curvy Girl Guide, as well as several other big projects, with more being launched this year. She can also sometimes speak Italian and write her name with her left hand. You see, she’s right handed. So, that’s why that is a big deal.

Al Caperna

Al is the Chairman of CMC Group, an association of companies that has been selling to retail and industrial customers in the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. However, Al’s main goal is not just to be a success in business; it is “to embody the Christian life in business practices”. Out of this goal birthed the vision for Affirm Global Development which exists to empower entrepreneurs globally in setting up businesses and helping to end economic poverty. Al is also a member of the call2all Executive Team, where he is serving to bring awareness to the role business has in the completion of the Great Commission.

Barry French

Since the mid-1980’s, Barry has researched and developed proprietary computer-based technologies designed to assess and enhance human physical and cognitive performance, health and fitness. He has been awarded more than a dozen U.S. patents relating to sensor and simulation technologies. He has appeared on Oprah, ESPN and numerous other nationally televised events. He was a consultant for the Sports Science Group of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and his inventions have been featured at numerous Disney sites.

Jim Kukral

For over 15-years, Jim has helped small businesses and large companies like Fedex, Sherwin Williams, Ernst & Young and Progressive Auto Insurance understand how to build successful new online businesses or energize and refresh existing ones. Most recently, Jim is working on two new books helping to inspire entrepreneurs to find success online: Attention! This Book Will Make You Money and The Ultimate Pitch.

Gervais Tomkin

Gervais is a non-conformist raised by two scientists. He is a principal at the design firm Gensler. His work typically determines what should be designed, and why, rather than developing the design solution itself. He is an expert on emerging work styles. Favorite pastimes include garage bathing, mushroom hunting and fermenting foods

Paul Gertner

Paul Gertner is recognized by his peers as one of the finest sleight-of-hand magicians in the world today. He has won three international competitions, Magician of the Year from the Magic Castle in Hollywood and has lectured at MIT. Over the last 35 years, Paul has performed for more than 500 companies in 30 different countries. Featured in both The Wall Street Journal, and on NBC’s The Tonight Show, Paul’s corporate magic seamlessly blends together business and entertainment.

Michael Szuberla

Michael manages the principal outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden (Toledo GROWs). In this capacity, he helps to coordinate services to over 150 community gardens in northwest Ohio. Additionally, he helps to employ over 100 adjudicated youth a year through a collaborative job-training program with the CITE program of the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Division.

Blen Ayele

Blen Ayele is an ardent student of life, a lover of culture, people’s smiles and coffee. Blen has been on a 21 year old journey of self-discovery and societal observation. She is a senior at BGSU and has been involved with various student organizations such as Net Impact BGSU, Dean’s Advisory Council, and World Student Association. She is currently on a summer internship at Deloitte. Since coming to the US, she has been troubled by the negative Images that Africa continues to get in the media. As a result, she has tried to use her ongoing education, as a means of illuminating African economies as potential markets for upcoming and established investors.

David Roy

In 1975 David and his wife, Marji, started “Wood That Works” and David became a full time sculptor. Since then, he has designed and handcrafted over 150 different limited edition and one-of-a-kind kinetic sculptures and built thousands. They are spring-driven, visually mesmerizing, sometimes relaxing, other times hypnotic but always fascinating. He is drawn to patterns in motion, mechanisms, randomness, and the time and freedom to work at what fascinates him.

Sam Killerman

Sam recently graduated from BGSU with his Master’s degree after receiving his Bachelor’s from Purdue University. He is currently touring colleges with his one-man, social-justice comedy show, “It’s Pronounced Metrosexual,” as well as headlining with the “Campus Rejects,” a national comedy tour. When Sam is not on stage, he is working with start-ups, non-profits, and dreaming up new ideas.

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