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Theme: Our City. Our Story.

This event occurred on
April 24, 2021
1:00pm - 12:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Virtual, Wisconsin
United States

Join TEDxUWMilwaukee as we explore topics such as positive disruption, the power of art, environmental justice, diversity and inclusion, artificial intelligence, and more! At this virtual event, you will have the opportunity to view ten live TEDx talks, all centering on this year's theme: Our City. Our Story.

Virtual Event
Virtual, Wisconsin, 53211
United States
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Aisha Valentin

Milwaukee-based muralist
Local street artist Aisha Valentin hopes to inspire respectful collaboration between artists, communities, and business by shedding light on Milwaukee's history with public art. This TEDx talk compares the role of public art in other communities and what can be done to prevent the exploitation of arts and culture, as well as the inequity that follows.

Anita Mogaka

Milwaukee-based entrepreneur and founder of The B.E.E. Narrative
We live in a city that has been noted as the worst city to live in for African Americans and the most segregated city in the country. But as a transplant, Anita Mogaka has discovered that Milwaukee is a place of rich Black culture and history. She strives to highlight that more through The B.E.E. Narrative, a digital media platform that exists to share the stories of Black Excellence and Empowerment in Milwaukee.

Becky Curran Kekula

Disability inclusion activist and public speaker
After six and a half years of working in the entertainment industry, Becky Curran Kekula, who happens to be a little person, launched a public speaking business. A prolific public speaker and advocate for disability inclusion on a global scale, she has spoken at over 150 venues, including schools, corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, throughout the United States and Kenya. Becky is really passionate about disability inclusion in schools, the workplace, and everywhere else. Learn from Becky Curran Kekula on how a more inclusive society benefits us all.

Karen Ellenbecker

Founder of Ellenbecker Investment Group
How do you propose and enact change for the better when the odds are stacked against you? Karen Ellenbecker, host of the radio show, Money Sense and founder of the Ellenbecker Investment Group, shared her journey into the financial industry and how she disrupted the entire industry's commission-based model and started her own fee-based firm. Karen demonstrates the steps it takes to become a catalyst for positive change in the world.

Neil Dogra

High school student, avid volunteer, and founder of the Opioid Epidemic Awareness Campaign
High school student Neil Dogra has completed over six hundred hours of volunteer service with Milwaukee-based non-profit organizations. Yet, throughout his childhood, Neil held a deep aversion to volunteering, considering it to be an unrewarding, one-sided exchange. So, what made him change his mind? In recounting his journey to loving service, Neil explores the impact of personalized service and unfolds his formula for mutual growth.

Rae Senarighi

Madison-based fine artist, designer, and muralist
Fine artist, designer and muralist, Rae Senarighi is best known for colorful abstracts, intricate typography, and vivid portraiture. Rae began his studies at the University of Montana and finished his BFA at the Art Institute of Seattle in 2009, receiving a Hall of Fame Award in 2010. Rae's work is influenced by years of scientific illustration, studying the natural world in micro and macro, being published in Cell, Nature and Science magazines. Rae is a transgender non-binary artist currently based in Madison, WI. His portrait series, TRANSCEND, celebrates transgender / non-binary individuals throughout the world who are living their lives openly, choosing integrity over safety. Since launching his portrait series Rae's toured nationwide as a visiting lecturer and speaker, hoping to expand trans visibility internationally.

Raj Hayer

CEO and founder of TinyBox Academy
Advancements in research and technology have saved her life; now CEO and founder of TinyBox Academy, Raj Hayer explores how we use technology and data, our AI addiction and why being part of the narrative is crucial as technological advancements continue to impact our daily lives.

Stacy Clark

Intersectionality Among Men (I AM) Program Coordinator
Imagine living in the world as a young, black, gay man combatting generational oppression, racism, and homophobia. Dive deep with Stacy Clark as he shares his personal story to unveil underlying truths behind the health disparities that young black gay men continue to face.

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Milwaukee, WI, United States


Milwaukee, WI, United States