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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Meghna Mahambrey

 

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

MM: I began my career as a preschool teacher, then transitioned to teaching at the college level.  I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State University, studying romantic relationships, sexuality, and the evolution of marriage.

 

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

MM: I am also a musician.  I dabble in pop + R&B + singer-songwriter.  I’m currently recording my 5th album, shooting my 3rd music video, and performing around town with my band.

 

TEDxColumbus: Have to ask, what’s the name of your band?

MM: Meghna. My website is meghnamusic.com.

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

MM: I have always been a huge fan.  I regularly show TED talks to my college students, and watch them for fun myself.  In 2015, my band was invited to perform as the opening act of TEDxDayton, which was such an honor – but I always hoped that one day I could actually give a TED talk.  As luck would have it, the founder of TEDxColumbus was a special guest in one of my graduate classes earlier this year, and heard me present my research.  She encouraged me to apply, and my dream came true.

 

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

MM: Esther Perel’s “Rethinking Infidelity” was one of the most insightful talks that resonated deeply and has inspired my own line of research and teaching.

 

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

MM: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, of course!

 

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

MM: I don’t know that I’d give her advice.  I would just hug her.

 

TEDxColumbus: What is your favorite book and why?

MM: The Five Love Languages.  It’s pretty much the key to success in all of our relationships, romantic or otherwise.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

MM: …..Sophie’s Choice

TEDxColumbus: Netflix or Theater

MM: Netflix

TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter

MM: Facebook

TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountain

MM: Beach

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Will Burrus, Chief Digital Problem Solver of ModernTechnologies

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

WB: I call myself a visionary technology executive and entrepreneur but really, I am a college dropout and unsuccessful musician who fell into a career in technology. Over the last 21 years, I have held many jobs from laptop repair to developer to CTO. I’ve discovered a passion for designing products to level the playing field for us all. My current interest is in Augmented and Virtual Reality. I am excited about the cognitive possibilities. I am father of three, grandfather of one and husband to my beautiful wife Bianca, with whom I’m working hard to execute a Caribbean retirement plan.

 

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

WB: Most are surprised to find out that I am highly introverted. I can talk for hours about things I am passionate about in front of any number of people, but I will immediately fall asleep when I am done.

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

WB: I have always loved the spirit of TED – the idea that people can come together and exchange ideas on how to make the world a better place – as entertainment! It’s like watching documentaries in real-time – I always walk away thinking.

 

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

WB: I have watched a number of talks that have impacted different aspects of my life, but to be honest, the very first TedXColumbus (2009) event and all of its speakers was most meaningful to me because it brought something that felt inaccessible into our backyard and made it feel attainable.

 

TEDxColumbus: Why would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus 2019:SPARK or any TEDxColumbus event?

WB: As a society we have a lot of work to do. This is the easiest way to engage and doesn’t require any more effort than watching television or YouTube.

 

TEDxColumbus: What Inspires you about the future of Columbus?

WB: Its potential. We are a city that is evolving and it is exciting to watch. As we become more diverse in our culture and our thinking, the risk tolerance is increasing and as a result we are finally starting to produce some world class companies, products and experiences.

 

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

WB: It depends on the visitors – but typically Short North or Franklinton area.

 

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

WB: Life is so much bigger than High School and what you are going through, but it’s hard to see that when you are in it. Nobody cares about your status once you leave so aggressively be yourself. People celebrate individuality outside of those walls.

 

TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?

WB: I fell into my career choice. I started out in Engineering – dropped out of college and ended up in the record business – washed out of that world and ended up in technology. I believe in being opportunistic with your strengths and your hustle.

 

TEDxColumbus: What is your favorite book?

WB: The Bible: It is incredibly layered and existential documentation of our human condition. I don’t think we give it enough time or credit because it forces us to stare at our own ego.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Netflix or Theater

WB: Netflix

TEDxColumbus: Phone Call or Text

WB: Phone call

TEDxColumbus: Form or Function

WB: Function

TEDxColumbus: High Tech or Low Tech

WB: High Tech

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Christian Family, Esq., owner of Christian Family Law.

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

CF: I am a lawyer, mother, and transformation facilitator.  I grew up in Cleveland, attended an inner-city high school, graduated from the University of Rochester and earned my law degree from Case Western Reserve University. I own Christian Family Law, PC, a fast growing law firm where we help recreate families in a healthy way. I was a SAHM for 2 years with my now 7 year-old daughter. My two sons age 5 and 2 only know me as a working mom.  My vision for my life is abundance, influence, and peace and I strive to live according to those principles.

 

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

CR: I legally changed my name to Christian Family in 2018.

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

CF: Reframing the paradigm around divorce is an idea worth sharing, so there is no better forum than TEDxColumbus.

 

TEDxColumbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker?

CF: I am most looking forward to seeing the light bulb go on in the eyes of the audience when new ideas are planted.

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

CF: I am most inspired by the fact that Columbus’s best day is yet to come. It is a city with a future.

 

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

CF: I take guests to Shadowbox Live, COSI, and the zoo.

 

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

CF: Success is the result of changing how you perceive failure.   Successful people never fail; they win or they learn.

 

TEDxColumbus: What is your favorite book and why?

CF: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.  The principles are universal and always relevant. It’s a life-hack for an abundant life.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

CF: cat

 

TEDxColumbus: Netflix or Theater

CF: theater

 

TEDxColumbus: Form or Function

CF: Function

 

TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountains

CF: Beach

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

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

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Saideepika Rayala is the founder of the Columbus Civic, an email newsletter focused specifically on various immigrant and refugee communities

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

SR: I am a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School, and a journalist who is passionate about using journalism to empower immigrant and refugee communities. I am the editor-in-chief of my school newspaper and have interned at various local news organizations. In 2018, I used the skills and interest I had to create a news organization called The Columbus Civic. The organization provides the local news of Columbus, Ohio in the native languages of different communities. One day, I hope to bridge the gap between immigrant communities and newsrooms.

 

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

SR: Most people become surprised to find that I am a target archer and a level 1 archery instructor since it is a very niche sport.  

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

SR: The first time I encountered TEDxColumbus was when I got to volunteer at the TedxColumbus 2017 event. As a volunteer, when we were done serving all the guests, we got to sneak into the back of the theatre and listen to some of the speakers. I remember sitting there being awed by how passionate the speakers were about the topics they were speaking on. It inspired me to search for a topic that I was really passionate about – and maybe even get to do a TED talk about it.

 

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

SR: In my school, the places I have volunteered at, or even at the TEDx auditions, I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible people who have big dreams about the future. Those people that are not willing to sit and be complacent, but instead want to be out in the world doing things and making a change, make me excited about the future of Columbus.

 

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

SR: As a senior in high school, this advice would be for the dazed and confused freshman that I was four years ago. I would say it’s okay to not have everything figuredout. Take some time to find the things you are interested in, and once you do, put everything you got into those select few interests. I would also tell myself to get involved in the community around me whether it be the school community or the outside community. Working to better your community and knowing that you were able to make a change – no matter how little that change may be – is a very rewarding thing when you look back on your four years of high school.

 

And just for fun:

 

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

SR: Dog

 

TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter

SR: Twitter

 

TEDxColumbus: Work Hard or Play Hard

SR: Work hard, and then play hard

 

TEDxColumbus: Summer or Winter

SR: Summer

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Alexander Wendt, Professor of Political Science, Mershon Professor of International Security, The Ohio State University

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

AW: I am a professor of political science at Ohio State, specializing in the philosophy  of international relations.  I have also long had a side-interest in anomalous phenomena, and in 2008 published the only academic article I know of that takes UFOs seriously.

 

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

AW: The fact that I like metal.

 

TEDxColumbus: Have to ask, what is your favorite band?

AW: That’s a tough one, with so much good music out there!  I’d have to say Avenged Sevenfold or Slipknot, depending on my mood; can we go with both?

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

AW: I’ve heard about it for years from my neighbor and in this case I was encouraged to actually apply by one of your organizers.

 

TEDxColumbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker?

AW: My ideas reaching as large an audience as possible.

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

AW: The presence of so many talented, forward-thinking and socially conscious young people

 

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

AW: Don’t change a thing, or I wouldn’t be as lucky as I am today.

 

TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?

AW: I didn’t have any other skills and my father was a professor, so it was a natural path to follow.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Phone Call or Text

AW: Phone call

 

TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter

AW: Facebook

 

TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountains

AW: Mountains

 

TEDxColumbus: Big Party or Small Gathering

AW: Small Gathering

 

TEDxColumbus: Train or Plane

AW: Train

Interested in Alexander’s music choices? Check them out here: https://www.alexanderwendt.org/my-metal

Alexander will be taking the main stage at 2019 TEDxColumbus: Spark.  You can read his bio here.

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TEDTalks, TEDxColumbus

TEDxColumbus Event Organizer Meagan Buren appeared on the 610 WTVN-AM morning show to talk all-things TEDxColumbus. In her interview with host Matt McCoy, Meagan shared insights on topics like:

– What exactly is TEDxColumbus

– What the theme SPARK signifies

– What we can expect to hear from the 2019 speakers

– What the is process for selecting speakers

– Which past TEDxColumbus speakers stand out to Meagan

– Where you can find the archive of TEDxColumbus videos

Listen to the interview here:

TEDxColumbus 2019: SPARK will take place Friday, November 15. Tickets will go on sale in early September. Watch our site and social media channels for details.

With gratitude to The Columbus Foundation, Kramer-Celeste Family Fund, IBMix, LBrands Foundation, The Ohio State University, Safelite AutoGlass, Kaufman Development, Crane Group, Crimson Cup, WOSU Public Media, Bonfire Red, Fort, and FALKtography for their generous partnerships in helping to underwrite TEDxColumbus.  

We’d love to have your organization be a part of TEDxColumbus, too. Interested sponsors can email us at tedxcolumbus@gmail.com to learn about our opportunities.

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TEDTalks, TEDxColumbus

Year 11.

Last week we announced our 11th year of speakers for TEDxColumbus.  I’ve transitioned to become a member of the curatorial committee, after 10 years of chairing and facilitating it.

It reminded me of the values on which TEDx was formed and how they’ve helped to translate and ground us in our own coaching and training practice. It’s always good to revisit those values, and I hope by doing so, they will help others build what I call resilient storytelling cultures.

 

A. Democratization of ideas.

 

Creating one stage, one audience, one set of speakers is how TED started and continues to do it. No breakouts, no hierarchy or one speaker better than another. Sure, some may get more time to explain a more complex idea, but otherwise the ideas are truly treated equal.

 

B.  The idea matters first, then the person.

 

When we curate a TEDx event or a TED-like event inside a company or organization, we care most about the idea and will it provoke the audience, bring them new thinking, draw out a bias or inspire them to new action. While the person delivering the talk is very important, it is the ideas we choose first.

 

C. An idea is not worth spreading just because you experienced it.

 

It is worth spreading because it applies to a larger audience than yourself when others can benefit and relate.

 

Undoubtedly, the hardest talks to pick are those in the “personal story” category. Since we limit the number of personal talks (against those in technology, design, medicine, science, research, engineering, social change, etc), the more compelling stories will always tip the scales. Remember the other two (general) categories are ownership of Intellectual Property and front-row trend watcher.

 

D. Ideas come on a spectrum of maturity.

 

Some are still nuggets in your brain, some others are built out but not yet proven fully, and some have insights and reflections based in truths that are undeniable. Largely, TEDx talks are looking for the last category. Talks that project an idea still in the rumination phase usually are not received well by audiences.

 

E. Whenever someone is chosen for a talk, there is a lot of work that goes into taking the idea and expressing it through a great talk.

 

We have found repeatedly that what someone invests in time, practice, iteration and delivery will return in spades. The value of accountability is super strong in the process of preparing a talk – and we are known for building accountable schedules that almost guarantee you’ll deliver a great talk no matter the event or audience.

 

Ruth Milligan is co-organizer of TEDxColumbus. Since 2009, Ruth has selected and coached over 200 speakers who have taken the TEDxColumbus stage.

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Events, TEDxColumbus

 

The videos are live! The Videos are live! thanks to everyone for your patience as we worked to get them edited and posted. We hope that you will enjoy each talk and find a reason to share them over and over.

To view the 2017 playlist, CLICK HERE.

As we close out this year of TEDxColumbus TRUST 2017, we wanted to share a special note of thanks to everyone who helped make this year possible. It really is a massive team effort both from our sponsors to our year-round volunteers, day-of volunteers and a few key staff that make it all come together.

Our generous Sponsors

The Columbus Foundation
The Kridler Family Fund at the Columbus Foundation
The Ohio State University
Cardinal Health
The Kramer-Celeste Fund at the Columbus Foundation
IBM iX
Kaufman Development
Crane Group

In Kind Sponsors

Crimson Cup

Kind Bars
Rhythm Foods

From the curatorial team:

Kyei Amato
Rich Bowers
Meagan Buren
Acacia Duncan
Sandra Lopez
Judi Stillwell
David Staley

Our photographers:

Kimberly Cole
Ken Falk

Our registration team:

Allyson Kuentz
Kim Goldsmith
Rosie Wayton

Speaker Coaches

Meagan Buren
Acacia Duncan

Make up artist

MelRo Potter

Hair Stylists
Aveda

And our loyal independent production partners and those from from Markeys, WOSU and CAPA:

Jen Kerns
Tanya Irelan
John Prosek
Donna Raque
Jane Lewis
Chris Skinner
Derek Werner
Kirby Roberts

We continue to respond to the interest from our community – from our speakers to our participants. This event and these ideas are thanks to a city who craves ideas, creates ideas, and wants to share them with the world. This event is all of ours.

With gratitude,

Ruth and Nancy

 

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Events, TEDxColumbus

 

Dear TEDxColumbus Community:  

For those of you participating on Friday, below is your attendee guide! (If you aren’t coming, we will miss you and hope you watch the talks when they are posted online in December!)

Please make sure to share this with your guests.

1. Registration: When you arrive  – with ticket in hand, or collected at will-call – either give a volunteer your name and email or give them a business card. This is because we are required by TED to send you a very (very) quick survey after the event. If we don’t have your info, we can’t send the survey. No survey, no feedback. No feedback, we can’t improve!

2. Parking: We recommend the Columbus Commons lot.  Or take COTA, which drops off (#2) right in front of the Riffe Center.

3. Program:  We will begin at 1pm sharp. Please plan to arrive at the theatre by 12:30pm at the latest.
If you arrive late, you will be seated once the current speaker / performer has finished. 

4. Food: You will have lots of options for heavy snacks (healthy and not-so) that could make up a lunch or dinner. For those who enjoy coffee, Crimson Cup will be back with their terrific coffee station; for those who want a post-event cocktail, the bar will be open from 530-630pm for Happy Hour with more food. Reusable water bottles with copious amounts of cold water dispensers will be on hand all day.

5. Dress: As always, be comfortable and casual!

6. Social : Please use #tedxcbus in any posts on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter- before or after the event. We love the digital conversation but just not during the actual talks.

7. Tshirts: The official TEDx tshirt will be printed on demand in the lobby.

8. Did we miss anything?! Email us at ideas@tedxcolumbus.com.

Can’t wait to see you all on Friday November 3rd! We know the speakers and presenters are even more excited. Come curious and ready to be provoked!

TEDxColumbus Organizing Team 

 

 

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