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Theme: Grow

This event occurred on
August 24, 2018
Bloomington, Indiana
United States

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Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana, 47408
United States
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Brian Janosch has spent his career collaborating with creative teams. His journey began creating comedy at The Onion and Adult Swim, meandered into inventing the personality of Google's AI, and most recently he's been making impact through story at IDEO. Somewhere along the way Brian co-founded Cultivated Wit, a company at the juncture between comedy and technology. The common connector through his uncommon career has been incredible teammates and a commitment to process — often a process he has helped shape. Brian spent his 20s in Brooklyn and currently lives in San Francisco. But no matter where he is, he'll always be a Midwesterner at his core.

Brian Richardson, Jr.

Founder of the Krimson Leadership Academy and Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Indiana University-Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs, serves the Bloomington-area community as the Vice-Chairperson on the Commission for the Status of Black Males through the Bloomington Mayor’s office. Mr. Richardson strives to create change and inspire others to be their greatest selves, and helps others become leaders. He is one the 2018 City of Bloomington’s “10 Under 40 Influential Leaders,” and Bloomington’s 2017 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow.

Lizzy Bartelt

Lizzy is a Doctoral Student at Indiana University and has worked in sexual health and with LGBTQ+ youth for many years. She has done research studies related to bisexuality among parents in both heterosexual and LGBTQ+ communities. Lizzy’s research focuses on sexual and gender minority youth and their experiences with sexual and reproductive health care.

Michele Mattoon

Michele Mattoon is director of the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF), an organization that teaches educators how to improve school culture. She’s also president and owner of Coltrain Group, which teaches leadership skills that emphasize collaboration tools (protocols) that foster community and maximize productivity. She has worked with businesses and educational groups around the world, training their employees to work together better. Michele is obsessed with intentionally building healthy, productive communities through the use of specific collaborative structures.

Santi Garces

Santi Garces, hired by Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, 7 years ago “to help the community rediscover what it means to be a city,” Mr. Garces started the Department of Innovation and Technology in South Bend, and is Chief Innovation Officer, focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal services by developing talent, optimizing processes, and designing technology solutions. He helps South Bend collaborate with the University of Notre Dame on smart city research.

Shannon Downey

Shannon is a community organizer disguised as a fiber artist. She blends politics, activism, and art into projects that are designed to inspire others to take action, think, discuss, engage with democracy and their community, and find some digital/analog balance. Her work has recently been seen in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Money, Time, Bust, and Elle. She if founder of the global craftivism project Badass HERstory and the community Seriously Badass Women. Shannon is the Director of Development for a Chicago-based nonprofit working on racial equity and is adjunct faculty at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago. She is currently working on her first book.

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Bloomington, IN, United States