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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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