x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Everyday Leadership

This event occurred on
March 23, 2013
12:45pm - 5:30pm UTC
(UTC +0hrs)
Gambier, Ohio
United States

What is TEDxKenyonCollege: Everyday Leadership?

TEDxKenyonCollege is a local, independently organized TED event taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College. The event strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world's leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. At our event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group (limited to 100 attendees). At its core, the fundamental goal of TED and TEDxKenyonCollege is to foster and spread great ideas.

About the Theme

The theme for TEDxKenyonCollege is Everyday Leadership. The concept of Everyday Leadership explores how our passions translate into leadership and how leadership relates to everyday life. Great leaders are often all around us- whether we realize it or not. It's not about title or position, but the ways in which we strive to do our best and improve each other's lives. Our intent is to explore what leadership looks like in our everyday actions, decisions, and conversations, and how it inspires us to make ourselves and the world around us better.

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Gund Gallery, Kenyon College
101-1/2 College Drive
Gund Gallery
Gambier, Ohio, 43022
United States
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Jennifer Delahunty

A native of Minnesota, Jennifer Delahunty attended Carleton College and the University of Arizona, where she earned both a bachelor's degree in history and a master of fine arts in writing. She has worked in higher education since 1982 in a number of capacities, including fourteen years as a consultant to dozens of private colleges around the country. Jennifer came to Kenyon as the dean of admissions and financial aid in 2003. In 2005, the Chronicle of Higher Education named her one of ten "New Thinkers," the only admissions professional in the group.

Royal Rhodes

Royal W.F. Rhodes, who joined the Kenyon faculty in 1979, teaches primarily the history of Christianity. His other interests include liberation theology, third world religious experience, monasticism (East and West), and religion and the arts.His current research and writing projects include a book on popular literary and visual images of the papacy (The Ultimate Pope), and a manuscript on the images of monks and nuns in popular fiction in the modern period (Disordering Love).

Christopher Monfiletto

Chris Monfiletto became the Kenyon College Lords head football coach in January of 2012. Before coming to Gambier, Monfiletto was the offensive coordinator at Lycoming College, where he directed an offense that averaged approximately 360 yards and 28 points per game. Born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Solebury, Pennsylvania, Monfiletto earned a combined ten letters in football, baseball, and basketball at Hun. He went on to play collegiate football at Davidson, where he graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in History. This past summer he earned a master's degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University's College of Business.

Elizabeth Cheever

Elizabeth Cheever is currently a junior Political Science major at Kenyon College. Elizabeth will speak about the value of breaking rules. To introduce this idea, she will share her own experience with rule breaking when her slam poetry team was featured on HBOs Brave New Voices 2010. Onstage in front of hundreds of people, they delivered a poem challenging the judges of the competition to give them a score of 7 out of 10, breaking unspoken rules by directly addressing score inflation imposed by Brave New Voices, and insisting that the judges break rules by scoring them lower than the 8 point minimum. The importance of breaking rules and precedents is apparent in countless other instances, but is especially relevant for today's college student because they are in a unique position to challenge the status quo.

Frances Sutton

A native of Massachusetts, Frances Sutton is currently a senior Anthropology major at Kenyon. Frances will debunk the common misconception that apathy, sarcasm, and elitism are the keys to being cool. In actuality, the keys to being cool are unapologetic enthusiasm and treating people with more respect and kindness than they expect.

Bhekimpi Mhlanga

A native of Swaziland, Bhekimpi ("Bheki") Mhlanga lived in Hong Kong for two years while studying at the United World College and is currently a freshman at Kenyon College. Focusing on Africa and Africans Bheki will discuss the debilitating effect recent history has had on the present generation and how acquainting ourselves with our less recent history enables people to break free from the ideological constraints of the recent past. Bheki suggests that doing so will reverse the incidence of an inferiority complex in people of this generation which will lead to an empowerment.

Ryan-Allen McKinney

Ryan-Allen McKinney is the Associate Director of Student Center Services and Employee Development at George Mason University. Before working at George Mason University, Ryan was Associate Director of Campus Activities at The Catholic University of America where he created the Cardinal Leadership Discovery Program. Ryan received his bachelor's degree in Music Education with Vocal Emphasis from Hartford University and his master's degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University.

Madeline Finnerty

Madeline Finnerty is president of Finnerty International, a consulting practice specializing in the design and facilitation of strategic planning, organization change, and teambuilding processes. Her domestic and international clients have included financial services, transportation, manufacturing and service companies, public school systems, social service agencies, churches, libraries, and large consulting firms. Finnerty has more than 15 years’ experience as an independent consultant and more than 20 years in line and staff management positions within multiple Fortune 500 telecommunications companies. She has extensive national leadership experience serving ASTD. She is also active in the Rotary Club of Ashland, OH.

Rachel Sager-Lynch

Rachel Sager-Lynch is an artist currently residing in southwestern Pennsylvania. Rachel's artistic process includes large chunks of time spent sifting through the earth itself, gathering material. She is specifically dependent on her native Southwestern Pennsylvania geology, so when viewing the details of her work you will see sandstone, limestone, slate, shale, and even coal. Using a rock hammer, she chops larger rock into smaller rock, and then still smaller rock, until she has piles of tiny tesserae that are the building blocks of mosaic.

Tom Lennox

Tom Lennox is the CEO and founder of Pelotonia. It only takes a few moments of conversation with Tom Lennox to realize that he isn’t someone who dreams in small doses. The man who founded Pelotonia dropped eight years of experience at Abercrombie and Fitch to pedal full speed towards the lofty goal of raising $5 million for cancer research – with a bike race that had never before existed.

Amornrat Kantaphon

A native of Thailand, Amornrat ("Tony") Kantaphon is a freshman at Kenyon College. Tony will discuss how anyone can be a leader. He will demonstration this through a story about a man from Thailand who started out with a "small" idea that had far-reaching results for the "everyday" good of his province.

Organizing team

  • Kimberly Blank
    Assistant Director of Student Activities for Programming
  • Erin Ciarimboli
    Director of New Student Orientation & Community Programs
  • Leslie Harding
    Associate Director of Career Development
  • Josh Fitzwater
    Social Media Director
  • Natalie Marsh
    Director, Gund Gallery
  • Lindsay Faulstick
    Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life
  • Ellen Harbourt
  • Scott Baker
    Director of Alumni & Parent Programs
  • Benjamin Viccellio
    Assistant Professor of Drama
  • Megan Hancock
    Assistant Director, Curatorial and Educational Programs
  • Christina Mastrangelo
    Director of Student Activities & Greek Life
  • Kim Smith
    Center for Global Engagement