2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

An interview with Speaker Tim Raderstorf

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Dr. Tim Raderstorf the Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.


TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

TR: I’m a husband, soon-to-be father of three, and all-around curious guy.  Many twists and turns led me to a career in nursing, where I became the first nurse named a Chief Innovation Officer in academia. Truthfully, I’ve gotten really lucky in my life.  Some of that luck resulted just from getting started and staying naïve enough to keep going. A healthy combination of naiveté and curiosity has led me to try things well beyond my scope, like build my own garage, start businesses, and found a maker-space. I’ve learned to “trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap.”


TEDxColumbus: What do others consider to be the most surprising thing about you?

TR: I’m a nurse, really, I’m actually a nurse.


TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

TR: I truly believe that everyone has a great idea to change the world; they just don’t know where to begin.  I hope my story gives others the confidence to take their first steps toward changing the world.


TEDxColumbus: What previous TED or TEDxColumbus talk was most meaningful to you?

TR: The first TED talk I ever saw was Simon Sinek’s How Great Leaders Inspire Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4
His Golden Circle approach was life-changing and inspiring.


TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

TR: We’ve built one of the most collaboratively-competitive environments in the world.  Our desire to help others succeed will be the foundation of Columbus’ success over the next 10 years.


TEDxColumbus: When you host visitors from outside of Columbus, where will you typically take them?

TR: The North Market


TEDxColumbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?

TR: Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up and take more risks.


TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?

TR: It took me a long time and in many ways the nursing profession selected me. I went from wanting to be a doctor, then a teacher, then a nurse. No I am a Doctor/Nurse/Professor/Chief Innovation Officer. Weird.


And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

TR: Dog


TEDxColumbus: Netflix or Theater

TR: Netflix


TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter

TR: Neither


TEDxColumbus: Form or Function

TR: Function


TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountain

TR: Both!


TEDxColumbus: Big Party or Small Gathering

TR: Small Gathering


TEDxColumbus: Summer or Winter

TR: Winter