Mike is the founder of The Brainzooming Group, and has been at the forefront of leading culture change and innovative strategies at the Fortune 500 level. Recognized as one of the top innovation bloggers on the web, he shares his ideas on creativity, innovation, and the transformative power of diverse thinking with hundreds of thousands of global readers annually. This TEDxWyandotte talk explores how creating a porous community that readily cultivates diverse thinking is vital to a truly enriched community.
The local band Making Movies will perform at the event. Making Movies is the product of an unlikely blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms, bilingual songs and a cross-cultural conscience, creating a unique and approachable sound. Making Movies will speak on "Sustainable Music in a Disposable Culture." Their instruments and tones are found in American indie-rock and are laid over rhythms from salsa, merengue, and cumbia.
Sheri is a spoken word artist and founder of Spoken Purpose. She is a 2012 ArtsKC awards Featured Artist and recently performed at Starlight Theater, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Unicorn Theatre. Sheri has also had the honor of speaking at various engagements including Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network in June 2008, and the ABWA Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Dinner in February 2009.
Mary is an author, speaker, and people connector. She is the author of "Lunchmeat and Life Lessons: Sharing a Butcher's Wisdom," the critically-acclaimed best seller she wrote as a tribute to her late father. A simple man with an 8th grade education, John Bichelmeyer lovingly taught her life's most important lessons, which she now shares through her book and as an award-winning public speaker.
Brett is the first generation of his family raised in a city, away from both his mother's Ioway reservation and the small northeast Kansas community where his father's family farmed for five generations. For over a decade, he has been working with young people to reconnect to land-based knowledge through on-the-ground indigenous food sovereignty and public art projects.
Adam is the CEO and co-founder of Local Ruckus, and co-leader of the Kansas City Startup Village. His passion for entrepreneurship and startups is matched only by love of Kansas City. Those passions mixed with a large dose of serendipity have thrust him into the heart of Kansas City's exciting entrepreneurial movement. Adam, his fellow entrepreneurs and Kansas City have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity sparked by the launch of Google Fiber and he is determined to do his part to make the most of it.