One year ago a team of ten enthusiastic volunteers came together to bring TEDx to the Bentonville community. Inspired by the tremendous growth and change currently taking place in Northwest Arkansas they have worked to create an event that will explore these very ideas, provide a forum for differing perspectives, inspire conversations – and ultimately, new action at the individual, organizational, and community levels.
An impressive list of local speakers is lined up for 10.11.12 to cover different facets of the Becoming theme, ranging from Business/Education, to Arts/Culture, and Environment/Sustainable Growth.
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Jodi BeznoskaJodi Beznoska is the Vice President of Communications at Walton Arts Center, where her duties include managing marketing, publicity, sales and brand identity. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Colby College and her Masters in Business from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She’s had a brief stint as an off-Broadway producer, and harbors a secret hope to someday make her way back onstage. An avid New England sports fan and dog lover, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball and exploring her beautiful Ozark backyard. She can be heard on KUAF’s Ozarks at Large every Thursday.
Becky HowardBecky Howard is a Northwest Arkansas native and scholar. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from Texas A&M University and is currently a PhD candidate in history at the University of Arkansas. She plans to teach and write history at the collegiate level after completing her dissertation on Arkansas’ Civil War veterans.
Bentonville High School TeamWill Sasine, Tanner Hedstrom and Courtney Brooks ~ Will was born in central Florida, but lived abroad and in other parts of the U.S. before moving to Bella Vista. He is a senior at Bentonville High School and hopes to attend the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Will wants to pursue a career in some form of public service. Tanner was born in Fayetteville, AR and has lived in Bentonville his entire life. This is his 13th year in the Bentonville Public School System, and following this year he will be attending school to become an educator. He enjoys reading, writing poetry, singing, and most of all public speaking. Courtney was born in Fayetteville, AR and has lived in the Rogers area her entire life. She is a senior at Bentonville High School, and hopes to attend American University in Washington, D.C. next fall. Courtney wants to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She hopes to someday work for the US State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.
Nirupama RaghavanNirupama Raghavan is the current President of the Hindu Association of Northwest Arkansas (HANWA). On July 29, 2012, HANWA opened the first Hindu temple in the state of Arkansas, the result of over 12 years of effort by the community. The last 5 years have seen significant growth in the Hindu population in Arkansas and HANWA membership has, likewise , increased to the point that a permanent temple structure was necessary and practicable. Nirupama was born in India and moved to U.S. as a child. She has also lived in Mauritius and Kenya. After receiving an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, she spent over ten years working at Walmart and Sam’s Club. She currently works for Cognizant Business Consulting in the Retail, Travel and Hospitality practice.
Zeek TaylorExecutive Director of the Eureka Springs’s Artist Registry. An award winning artist and the subject of many one-man shows, Zeek’s work is included in collections around the world. His work has been on display three times during exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and one of his watercolors, an iris, is hanging in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. He is the recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council’s 2012 Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Niki Ciccotelli StewartNiki Ciccotelli Stewart is the Director of Education Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She has worked in the field of art education for nearly twenty years as an art teacher, museum educator, and professional artist. Niki’s experience also includes 10 years with the Walt Disney Company in many art and education departments including Disney Design Group, Walt Disney World Entertainment, Creative Costuming, The Disney Cruise Line, The Disney Institute, and Disney’s Youth Education Series. Niki holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, where she majored in Illustration and minored in Photography. She has also studied at The College of New Jersey, Hussein School of Art, and Moore College of Art and Design. She is licensed to teach K-12 Art in both Arkansas and Florida, and holds specializations in Gifted & Talented Education and Reading.
Al LopezAl “Papa Rap” Lopez, is building a communication bridge of friendship between people. Al’s purpose in life is to enlighten and help North Americans develop a deeper understanding of Latino and other cultures moving into the USA and at the same time help newcomers understand the new culture surrounding them.
Dr. Stephen GravesSteve is an organizational strategist, pragmatic theologian and social capitalist. At any given time, he is advising 5-6 high profile CEO’s or business owners, along with 3-4 young energetic social entrepreneurs. He sits on numerous boards, holds several degrees, writes often, speaks occasionally, and is part owner in over a dozen businesses. He lives in Northwest Arkansas with his wife Karen, has three adult children and if he doesn’t return your call quickly there is a good chance he snuck off to the river…again."
Virginia GermannProducer / Co-Curator
Daniel HintzCore Team
Barry CobbsCore Team
John MauckCore Team
Bradley PhillipsCore Team
Brent RobinsonCore Team
Mark LevineCore Team
Clint LazenbyCore Team
Jerra NalleyMarketing / Social Media
Mailena UrsoMarketing / Social Media
Eve RosinStage Design & Event Logistics