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Theme: CARE - Create a Ripple Effect

August 14, 2021
8:00am - 5:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
United States
This event is open to the public.
Tickets are available.

July 30, 2020 - The 2020 event has been postponed until August 14, 2021. The information here is based upon 2020's event and will be updated soon to reflect the 2021 changes. Please follow our website for more information.

TEDxFondduLac 2020 is happening on Saturday, August 15, 2020. From the stage Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts will host the event in downtown Fond du Lac, but guests are welcome to join the event from anywhere! One ticket purchase provides access to your whole family/household, so enjoy viewing live TEDx talks from the comfort of your home! This year will be the first to have a livestream of the talks and you will get to experience the talks as you would viewing the final video, with movement to different angles, presentation viewing, etc.

A link to access the event will be emailed to you on Friday, August 14. Please ensure your email is accurate when checking out.

While our team is still busy working on the details, you can expect:

*A full day of speakers
*Breaks to enjoy optional activations digitally, including speaker Q&A and much more
*Digital swag bag
*And much more

Follow us on Facebook or through our website as information becomes available, including information on our 14 speakers, webcast announcement, and more.

THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts
51 Sheboygan Street
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 54935
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Aaron Goldstein

Assistant Chief of Police
Aaron Goldstein joined the City of Fond du Lac Police Department in 1998 as a Police Officer. Throughout the years, he gained many promotions and accolades and in July 2019, he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police/Administration. Through the course of his career, Goldstein has been awarded with a number of Department commendations, including the Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service Award. Additionally, he has also served the Department as a certified Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Defensive and Arrest Tactics Instructor, Professional Communications Skills Instructor, and Vehicle Contacts Instructor. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Psycho-Biology from Ripon College and a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College.

Franki Moscato

Performing Artist
Franki Moscato is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter, actress, and public speaker who has been in the spotlight since a very young age. Her family affirms that she was singing at the piano before she knew how to talk. Moscato started performing at school functions while in fourth grade. By sixth grade, she was a familiar entertainer outside of school and traveled with her local American Legion Post to sing the anthem at color guard ceremonies. At 11 years old, Moscato sang for 70,000 people at Lambeau Field at Packers’ Family Night. As her notoriety grew, so did the hardship of collapsing friendships. Moscato became an outcast at her school, and councilors and faculty declined involvement. After transferring to a private parochial school her music career escalated. She speaks to people of all ages on the topics of anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and solutions to finding lasting happiness through deliberate kindness.

Lynn Roethke

In a career that began in 1967, Lynn Roethke reigns as one of the most accomplished American women judo athletes in the history of the sport. Lynn holds the rank of eighth degree black belt. This promotion made her the youngest eighth degree black belt and one of only two of the highest ranked woman in the United States. Lynn was the first American woman to medal in judo at the Olympic Games, winning a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. She was also an Olympic team member in Barcelona in 1992. In 1987 Lynn was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, making her the first woman in the world to earn that honor. In 2008, she was inducted in the inaugural class of the USA Judo Hall of Fame. She was selected by the U.S. Olympic committee as “female athlete of the year” in the sport of judo in 1985 and 1987.

Manar Mohammad

Medical Student
Manar Mohammad writes from her experiences as a Palestinian-American Muslim woman exploring the world of medicine through the lens of storytelling. An avid writer and poet, Manar draws from her time living abroad, serving on international medical missions, and her experiences throughout medical school to share stories of hope and understanding to build empathy by seeing patients, and people as a whole, as stories. What she aims to do with her talk is carry the audience on a journey into the lives of these patients and see them for their stories in an attempt to instill empathy. She invites the audience to explore this uncertain realm with her, to try and discover the fine lines between empathy and vulnerability, and as a result, answer the question of whether or not storytelling can be used in medical education as a way to create a balance and build more empathetic physicians who are simultaneously fearless towards their own emotional vulnerability.

Maria Turner

Nonprofit Leader
Maria Turner is the Executive Director for the Women’s Fund, a position she took in March 2019 as the next step in her 13 years of previous nonprofit experiences in domestic violence, child abuse prevention and job training/placement for at-risk populations. Her career began in corporate newspaper, magazine and book publishing roles before shifting into the nonprofit sector. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and English from Carroll University and a certificate in Entrepreneurship from Fox Valley Technical College’s eSeed Program. She has presented workshops at two national conferences within the past five years: National CASA Conference (Washington, DC in June 2016) and National Citizen Review Panel Conference (Anchorage, Alaska in May 2017). Maria lives in New London, Wisconsin with her two teen daughters and has given back to her community through volunteerism that enhances education, women’s leadership and youth enrichment opportunities.

Mary Davies

Associate Dean
Mary Davies is the Associate Dean of Economic and Workforce Development at Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Mary works with prisons in the Moraine Park Technical College district to deliver vocational education programs and credentials to incarcerated individuals. Moraine Park Technical College and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections have partnered to deliver vocational programs for over 40 years. Previously, Mary was a correctional educator for 19 years and taught a variety of academic and self-enrichment classes. She has been a Correctional Education Association (CEA) member since 2004 and has served two terms each as CEA Wisconsin chapter Board President and President Elect. Mary has a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Mohini Kumar

Student and Activist
The year Mohini Kumar’s family moved to Fond du Lac was 2008. It was an incredibly hard year for the entire community; however, she remembers the servitude the entire community had demonstrated. Every single person wanted to uplift others in times of hardship. From that point forward, she wanted to embody that same leadership and resilience she had seen in her own community. Mohini now works with Envision Greater Fond du Lac, serving on the Fondy Students Roundtable, participates in Youth in Government and Youth Advocacy, among other activities. During her high school career at Fond du Lac High School, she began lobbying to advocate for after school programs through the YMCA and quickly saw the importance of civic engagement within younger populations. She has pushed for civic engagement in her community and hopes to spread the word on the importance of voting and civic engagement during her upcoming time at the University of Chicago.

Neil Dogra

Student and Activist
A Presidential Scholars Award and President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient, Neil Dogra is a 17-year-old high school student with a passion for personalized altruism. Neil has combined his interests in neuroscience, public speaking, and peer advocacy to found the Opioid Epidemic Awareness Campaign. Neil has spoken at middle and high schools on the neurobiology of opioid addiction, met with the Governor’s policy advisors to discuss opioid education reform, and designed an opioid lesson plan for distribution at Milwaukee Public Schools. In addition to his passion for community service, Neil is a perpetual learner and published STEM researcher. He has studied opioid addiction on both the social and cellular levels and presented his research at the international level. In his free time, Neil enjoys playing guitar, tennis, and late-night drives.

Paul Sunseri

Clinical Psychologist
Paul Sunseri, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in children’s mental health and is a pioneer in family therapy. He is the founder of three community mental health agencies and has worked to improve the lives of countless children and families over the past three decades. Dr. Sunseri is also a researcher and has published original research on the relationship between family functioning and children’s mental health. His most recent study (“Hidden Figures: Is the Key to Improving Children’s Mental Health through Better Family Functioning?”) is the largest research study ever conducted and shows that children and adolescents with serious mental illness benefit the most when their family as a whole is treated and family functioning improves. Dr. Sunseri is also the developer of Intensive In-Home Family Treatment (IIFT), an innovative treatment approach for children and teens in high conflict families for which traditional outpatient therapy has been ineffective.

Philippe Bouissou

Growth Expert
Dr. Philippe Bouissou is a growth expert and author of the bestseller book, Aligning the Dots: A New Paradigm to Grow Any Business. He currently manages Blue Dots Partners LLC. Bouissou started his career as the founder and CEO of G2i, Inc., a software company that was acquired by Matra. He then was Senior Vice President at Matra Hachette Multimedia, where he led business development for electronic publishing for the $12 billion, high-tech and diversified media company before joining Apple as Director of the Worldwide Internet Commerce group, where he founded and managed the online Apple Store and grew its revenue from zero to $350 million under Steve Jobs. Bouissou became a venture capitalist and successfully invested $43 million before he co-managed the Milestone Group, a management consulting firm with over 220 clients. Bouissou graduated from École Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a BS in Mathematics, an MS in Physics and a Ph.D. in non-linear physics and chaos theory.

Rae Senarighi

Fine Artist
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 portraits celebrate transgender / non-binary individuals throughout the world who are living their lives openly, choosing integrity over safety. This series has been featured in Art Voices, the San Francisco Weekly, Milwaukee Public Radio, Gertrude Press, Edge Media Network, the Philadelphia Metro, the Unmistakable Creative and DNA India, among others. Netflix and GLAAD recently invited Rae to celebrate authentic, accurate portrayals of trans characters in media.

Samantha Nelson

Illustrator and Fond du Lac native Samantha Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in illustration from UW-Eau Claire and holds certification in web development. She was theFond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio 2019 summer artist in residence, conducting workshops on life drawing, concept character creation with 3-D printing and screen printing. Nelson was also instrumental in the launching the Idea Studio’s Girls Who Code Club. Her creativity inspiration comes from her pet rats, beekeeping, reptile breeding projects, tarantulas and her microfauna vivariums. She is an avid lover of non-traditional pets and educator on how to care and respect them.

Simona Donova

Flutist Simona Donova has performed and toured internationally across the United States and Europe in over 250 concerts as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, including representing her native Bulgaria on stage at Carnegie Hall in front of 3,000 people. She is a creative chameleon who can adapt to a wide range of musical settings from performing with gospel bands, gamelan ensembles (on a bamboo flute) to leading a jazz duo and using extended techniques in the avant-garde music of George Crumb. Ms. Donova is based in both Bulgaria and New York City. She currently serves on faculty at Astoria Art House Music Conservatory and Galliard School of Music in New York City. She holds a Master of Music degree from Aaron Copland School of Music (NYC) with additional training at University of Vienna (Austria) and is grateful to her former and current teachers Judith Mendenhall, Bart Feller, Helen Campo, and Dr. Carolyn Brown.

Veronica Scott-Fulton

Chief Nurse Executive
Veronica Scott-Fulton is Regional Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive of SSM Health. She is an accomplished Executive with proven success leading teams in the achievement of a vision for transforming and creating value in healthcare. She has expertise in lean leadership, strategic planning, innovation and process redesign, creating measurable and sustained results.

Wendy Babcock

Founder, Kindness Bucket Brigade
As the founder of the Kindness Bucket Brigade, Wendy Babcock seeks new ways to make progress in overcoming the bullying epidemic with kindness. Happily married, mother of two adult daughters and five “fur-kids”, Wendy has been on a mission to bring positivity to the world through motivational speaking. Since overcoming past life challenges such as escaping domestic violence, having undergone a 12-hour bilateral mastectomy and losing both parents to cancer – Wendy has gained a lot of life experience and knowledge about resilience, perseverance, positivity, and the power of mindset. Wendy is the author of two books and a self-guided journal for couples’ retreats, as well as a communication strategist helping businesses implement effective communication by becoming complaint-free. Wendy Babcock encourages us all to raise the bar and challenge ourselves to do the right thing to bring kindness, understanding and compassion in even the most difficult situations.

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Fond du Lac, WI, United States