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Theme: Belong

This event occurred on
October 30, 2015
5:00pm - 8:30pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Fridley, Minnesota
United States

Think of TEDxFridley 2015 as an intersection—where people with ideas meet listeners with open minds. Each talk will be a unique journey that pushes off from the same starting point—the theme “Belong.”

What does it mean to belong somewhere?
Or not to belong? Or not want to belong?

A broad spectrum of thinkers will come together to explore the topic in an evening
filled with music, food, entertainment and compelling conversation.

TEDxFridley becomes a hub for generating fresh perspectives. It gives local residents a chance to share favorite aspects of their region, and people from points farther out to experience the richness of the Fridley community.

The event is structured to bring people together who may never have met otherwise; to provide a supportive environment where distinct ideas bump up against each other, and form themselves into brand new shapes.This diversity of thought is where brilliant ideas spring from—the type of concepts that can transform our world, if we rise to the challenge.

TEDxFridley may just turn October 30, 2015, into “The Night It All Started.” Does that sound like something you might want to be part of?

Passion Event Center
7651 Hwy 65 NE • Fridley MN 55432
Friday, October 30, 2015, Doors open at 4:30
5 – 8:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 4:30. Come early to get a good seat!)

$15 ticket includes dinner, interactive exhibits, music and speaker presentations.

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7651 Hwy 65 NE
Fridley, Minnesota, 55432
United States
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Amir Khadar

Amir Khadar identifies as a “queer youth of color.” He’s a 16-year-old junior at Fridley High School, pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Amir gets a kick out of public speaking, and participates in a host of extra-curricular activities. His leadership roles include treasurer of the student council and a captain on the speech team.

Cathy Gasiorowicz

Cathy Gasiorowicz is a senior writer at StoneArch, a Minneapolis-based health marketing agency that understands the power of a good story. Until 1996, Cathy worked as a dancer, choreographer and actor at various theaters (Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Minnesota Opera, Children’s Theater, History Theater), and as a mime (Yoplait Yogurt, MN State Arts Board, countless bar mitzvahs). Her onewoman show, Falling Out of the Family Tree, was a sell-out at the 2004 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Jearlyn Steele

Singer, talk show host, and entertainment reporter
Jearlyn Steele has dedicated her life to touching people with the sound of her voice: as a singer performing from Carnegie Hall to Korea, a radio talk show host for nearly two decades at WCCO Radio 830 AM, and a television entertainment reporter at TPT’s Emmy Award-winning Almanac. A graduate student majoring in Leadership with a concentration in Spirituality, Jearlyn hopes to teach through example that we are all spiritual beings first, mastering the human experience.

Nick Buettner

Speaker, Project Manager, Photographer
Nick is committed to informing, inspiring and connecting people and ideas. He’s traveled the planet, visiting geographic Blue Zones—areas where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else. As part of the Blue Zones team, Nick leads the development and implementation of the Blue Zones Project, taking the lessons of the worlds longest-lived, and applying them to 27 communities nation wide.

Rebecca Ebnet-Mavencamp

Executive Director of the Anoka County Historical Society
Rebecca Ebnet-Mavencamp is Executive Director of the Anoka County Historical Society and has a background in journalism, creative writing, photography, and non-profit management. With a strong appreciation for how place and community influence a person’s identity, Rebecca advocates for individuals telling their own story, taking ownership for their contribution to public history and helping to leave a more complete picture of the world we know.

Robert Christenson

Health care and non-profit executive
Robert Christenson has been active in the health care and nonprofit sector for over 50 years, providing policy guidance, strategic planning and governance training. He’s currently President of InCommerce Solutions—a business, health care and nonprofit consulting firm. In his long lifetime he has founded, co-founded, or been a charter board member for 12 businesses and 10 nonprofit organizations.

Organizing team




Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • Andrew Haaheim