What is TEDxKenyonCollege: Everyday Leadership?
TEDxKenyonCollege is a local, independently organized TED event taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College. The event strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world's leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. At our event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group (limited to 100 attendees). At its core, the fundamental goal of TED and TEDxKenyonCollege is to foster and spread great ideas.
About the Theme
The theme for TEDxKenyonCollege is Everyday Leadership. The concept of Everyday Leadership explores how our passions translate into leadership and how leadership relates to everyday life. Great leaders are often all around us- whether we realize it or not. It's not about title or position, but the ways in which we strive to do our best and improve each other's lives. Our intent is to explore what leadership looks like in our everyday actions, decisions, and conversations, and how it inspires us to make ourselves and the world around us better.
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Elizabeth CheeverElizabeth Cheever is currently a junior Political Science major at Kenyon College. Elizabeth will speak about the value of breaking rules. To introduce this idea, she will share her own experience with rule breaking when her slam poetry team was featured on HBOs Brave New Voices 2010. Onstage in front of hundreds of people, they delivered a poem challenging the judges of the competition to give them a score of 7 out of 10, breaking unspoken rules by directly addressing score inflation imposed by Brave New Voices, and insisting that the judges break rules by scoring them lower than the 8 point minimum. The importance of breaking rules and precedents is apparent in countless other instances, but is especially relevant for today's college student because they are in a unique position to challenge the status quo.
Frances SuttonA native of Massachusetts, Frances Sutton is currently a senior Anthropology major at Kenyon. Frances will debunk the common misconception that apathy, sarcasm, and elitism are the keys to being cool. In actuality, the keys to being cool are unapologetic enthusiasm and treating people with more respect and kindness than they expect.
Bhekimpi MhlangaA native of Swaziland, Bhekimpi ("Bheki") Mhlanga lived in Hong Kong for two years while studying at the United World College and is currently a freshman at Kenyon College. Focusing on Africa and Africans Bheki will discuss the debilitating effect recent history has had on the present generation and how acquainting ourselves with our less recent history enables people to break free from the ideological constraints of the recent past. Bheki suggests that doing so will reverse the incidence of an inferiority complex in people of this generation which will lead to an empowerment.
Rachel Sager-LynchRachel Sager-Lynch is an artist currently residing in southwestern Pennsylvania. Rachel's artistic process includes large chunks of time spent sifting through the earth itself, gathering material. She is specifically dependent on her native Southwestern Pennsylvania geology, so when viewing the details of her work you will see sandstone, limestone, slate, shale, and even coal. Using a rock hammer, she chops larger rock into smaller rock, and then still smaller rock, until she has piles of tiny tesserae that are the building blocks of mosaic.
Amornrat KantaphonA native of Thailand, Amornrat ("Tony") Kantaphon is a freshman at Kenyon College. Tony will discuss how anyone can be a leader. He will demonstration this through a story about a man from Thailand who started out with a "small" idea that had far-reaching results for the "everyday" good of his province.
Kimberly BlankAssistant Director of Student Activities for Programming
Erin CiarimboliDirector of New Student Orientation & Community Programs
Leslie HardingAssociate Director of Career Development
Josh FitzwaterSocial Media Director
Natalie MarshDirector, Gund Gallery
Lindsay FaulstickAssociate Director of Housing & Residence Life
Scott BakerDirector of Alumni & Parent Programs
Benjamin ViccellioAssistant Professor of Drama
Megan HancockAssistant Director, Curatorial and Educational Programs
Christina MastrangeloDirector of Student Activities & Greek Life
Kim SmithCenter for Global Engagement