x = independently organized TED event

This event occurred on
November 12, 2012
8:00am - 4:00pm UTC
(UTC +0hrs)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States

I became an organizer when our executive team decided to have a TEDx event as our in-service staff day at our library. We thought we could enlighten, entertain and discuss ideas worth spreading. It should be an enjoyable learning experience for all of our staff with more diversity of speakers than we usually have on our staff day.
It worked out great. The feedback from the staff (audience) was good to brilliant. Several commented that it was the best staff day ever.

GRPL Auditorium
111 Library Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States
Event type:
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David Dyer

Comedy writer and Stand Up Comedian from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Shelley Irwin

Former Physical Therapist followed her passion to become first a Reporter, then a Host and Producer of radio and TV shows on WGVU Grand Rapids, MI

Steve Assarian

Master's of Library Science degree and Business Librarian at the Grand Rapids Public Library

John Bender

Pharmacist and Clinical Operations Director for VanAndel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, MI. He has spent over 35 years conducting clinical cancer trials at small bio-tech firms and at Parke-Davis.

Alex McGrath

Additional band members are Ashley McGrath William Campbell and Joan Perry. They perform live throughout Michigan and have made two music CDs

Joe Dulin

Director of Advancement for Paws With A Cause, a non-profit organization that trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence, at no charge to the client

JR Pittman

Founder and Lead Pastor of Ignite Fellowship Church is an author, speaker and mentor

Anneshia Freeman

MBA, MSW, CADC-M, Consultant and Program creator and Director of "The Lies That Bind", a cognitive restructuring and resocialization program that can be tailored to fit any population engaging in dysfunctional behaviors.

Organizing team


  • John Baar
    HR Mgr.
  • Marla Ehlers
    Asst Director
  • Dereka Guevara
    OA II
  • Katie Bauer
    Library Asst II
  • Mary Davis
    Librarian II