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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Peter White.

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

PW: I am a genomics scientist and innovator, who from an early age was intrigued by biology and computers. In recent years I found my true vocation in a field that brings both of these disciplines together to help kids with genetic disorders.

I lead the Computational Genomics Group at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, using cutting edge DNA sequencing technology, cloud computing and bioinformatics to discover the genetic underpinnings of disease.

My own family has been touched by rare disease, and sharing in the personal experiences of the families I work with drives me to create a future where no child with genetic disease goes undiagnosed.

 

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

PW: I think my teachers at school would be stunned to see me now – I was not the best student, but I have been given some incredible opportunities and I work hard as I care about what I do. When I meet new people, I try not to bring up what I do, as I am just a regular guy, married for 22 years with four kids, who enjoys drinking beer and walking the dog. One of my favorite memories is of two friends from church, that had known me for two years before they found out more about my day job, and incredulously stated “You have a PhD!!”

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

PW: I really enjoy talking to members of the public about genomics, making them aware of what is now possible, and how advances in genomic science and precision medicine are impacting healthcare. I’m also very passionate about rare diseases and want to share the story of the too often forgotten kids impacted by genetic disorders.

 

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

PW: Nothing, I’m terrified. Seriously though, it’s an incredible honor to have been asked to do this, and a tremendous privilege to have those twelve minutes to share my story.

 

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

PW: Brene Brown talking about vulnerability and shame has been the most impactful TED talk for me. Science is not traditionally a place where showing vulnerability is modelled, but it has been one thing that has helped me be a better leader, and is something I try to model on a daily basis.

 

TEDxColumbus: Why​ ​would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

PW: It’s an opportunity to hear ideas and stories from people that are likely to be very different to you, yet will invite you in to connect with them and understand a little of what drives them and what their passions are.

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

PW: In the 11 years my family and I have lived in Columbus we have seen tremendous growth and development of our city. My own workplace, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has doubled in size over that time and had become one of the top Children’s hospitals in the country.

 

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

PW: Being British, my family has a lot of visitors from the United Kingdom – shopping here is a lot less expensive than in the UK, so we often end up at Easton – FOR HOURS! With kids of our own, we enjoy taking visitors to Franklin Conservatory, our phenomenal Zoo and Science Museum. German Village is also a lot of fun, a trip to the Bookloft and Schmidt’s for Bahama Mama and cream puff is a must! We also love to walk around the local shops in Uptown Westerville – great way to spend an afternoon.

 

TEDxColumbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?

PW: The brewery scene in Columbus is really, really good and so exciting to see it continue to grow. On the opposite side to that, the Cambridge Tea House is a fabulous small restaurant to get a real English tea and scones – honestly great for a romantic date afternoon.

 

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

PW: Pursue what you love, try different things and trust that God is walking right along beside you – you are not alone.

 

TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?

PW: I took a very non-traditional route to get into the career I have today. I pursued what I enjoyed, found a career where I can help other people and go home at the end of the day knowing I have made a difference.

 

TEDxColumbus: Who inspires you?

PW: As a Christian, I am very inspired by those who have devoted their careers to ministry, be that a minister working in local church, or a foreign missionary working in areas where freedom of religion is not a given.

 

TEDxColumbus: What is your favorite book and why?

PW: So, I truly love the Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s the story of heroes facing tremendous challenges and difficulties, and ultimately overcoming evil. My favorite character is Sam, Frodo’s friend and companion, his loyalty and bravery ultimately save the day.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

PW: Dog – big time!

 

TEDxColumbus: NetFlix or Theater

PW: Theatre

 

TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter

PW: Instagram

 

TEDxColumbus: Phone Call or Text

PW: Phone call

 

TEDxColumbus: Form or Function

PW: Function

 

TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountains

PW: Beach

 

TEDxColumbus: High Tech or Low Tech

PW: High Tech

 

TEDxColumbus: Big Party or Small Gathering

PW: Small gathering

 

TEDxColumbus: Work Hard or Play Hard

PW: Work hard

 

TEDxColumbus: Train or Plane

PW: Plane

 

TEDxColumbus: Summer or Winter

PW: Summer

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TEDxColumbus

Dozens of Columbus community members work behind-the-scenes to make TEDxColumbus possible thanks to the gifts of their time, talent and passion.. This is the first in a series of love-letters is dedicated to them.

 

Dearest Curatorial Committee,

 

Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Your vision and perspective help bring Columbus’ “Ideas Worth Spreading” to life..

 

You movers and shakers come together to select speakers from the over 160 applications we receive every year. And it’s no easy task. The ideas are new. The stories are compelling. The applicants as unique as our city. You help us ensure that we bring a diverse set of ideas, stories, and experiences to the TEDxColumbus stage. 

 

You social justice warriors, academics, tech-vangelists, and artists. What do you have in common?— a love for ideas and a love for our community. And you don’t hesitate to voice that passion strongly. We passionately debate, disagree, and agree in our time together. The curatorial committee meetings are a highlight of my year. I learn something new from each of you, my perspective is broadened, and I feel energized to make sure that passion is spread from the stage in November. 

 

Our 2019 Curatorial Committee members include:

Julia Applegate 

La Baker

Ben Blanquera

Morgan Howard

Sandra Lopez

Marshall Shorts

David Staley

Judi Stillwell

Erin Upchurch

 

TEDxCommittee Members:

Meagan Buren

Acacia Duncan

Ruth Milligan

 

To our TEDxColumbus community: if you see a curatorial committee member, give them a shout-out. When you see the speakers at TEDxColumbus: Spark on November 15th, I know you will feel as grateful for the work of the curatorial committee as I do.

 

With love,

Acacia and The TEDxColumbus Organizers

 

PS – Don’t forget we are still seeking volunteers for TEDxColumbus and TEDxColumbusWomenSign up here.

 

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Katrina Cornish the 2019 Innovator of the Year at The Ohio State University.

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

KC: I was borne in Beccles, Suffolk, England the third of 5 children. I have “middle child syndrome” because it went boy, a girl two years later, me, a year after that, another girl 1.5 years after me, then a boy 3.5 years after that.  So I was never the eldest or youngest of either gender and had to fight tooth and nail for my place in the world 😊. Always an overachiever – on sports teams, in the choir, and as concert master of the school orchestra.  I always thought of myself as a B personality – obviously wrong – I am very A.  I moved temporarily to the US for a post-doc and accidentally ended up staying. The rest is history.


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

KC: That I can sing a High C?  That I have MS? That I had my kids in my 40’s?


TEDx
Columbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker/performer?

KC: Giving a truly impactful talk.


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

KC: I can’t choose!


TEDx
Columbus: Why​ ​would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

KC: You always learn tons of stuff – very eye-opening and changes your perspective.


TEDx
Columbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

KC: I live in Wooster and Columbus always seems a dynamic city.


TEDx
Columbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?

KC: The zoo is nice but hardly a hidden gem


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

KC: Be true to yourself – aim for what you like and are good at even if you don’t think there are many jobs in it.


TEDx
Columbus: How did you select your career choice?

KC: I think plants are really cool.  I realized in elementary school that they do everything animals do except they can’t run away in the going gets tough.  They have to adapt in one spot or die.  This got me into plant science.


TEDx
Columbus: Who do you consider to be a mentor? Or who inspires you?

KC: I have had several good ones – mostly passed on now.  The best example I had was from Dr. John Radin.  I was giving a presentation in a session he was chairing.  I hadn’t met him before but he came up to me after the session absolutely delighted that I had scooped him.  I was surprised, expecting him to be upset by this.  However, he said there are always more good ideas where that one came from.  I have always tried to follow this example.  He corroborated my findings about 3 years later using a completely different method to mine.  We were firm friends till he died unexpectedly about 10 years ago from leukemia. My Dad was the most inspirational person in my life – he wasn’t supposed to live to 40 but kept going to 80 by shear will power. I do take after him.


TEDx
Columbus: What is your favorite book and why?

KC: Perhaps Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – accomplishing the impossible against incredible odds with lots of help and without becoming a total jerk in the process. I like books with happy endings, and do not like the horror genre at all. Enemy Mine is another favorite. I have loads of other favorites. I still read a couple of books a week.

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

KC: Dog


TEDx
Columbus: Netflix or Theater

KC: Theater


TEDx
Columbus: Facebook or Twitter

KC: Neither


TEDx
Columbus: Phone Call or Text

KC: Phone Call


TEDx
Columbus: Form or Function

KC: Function


TEDx
Columbus: Big Party or Small Gathering

KC: Small Gathering


TEDx
Columbus: Train or Plane

KC: Train – though I do 100x more plane than train


TEDx
Columbus: Summer or Winter

KC: Spring and Fall 😀.

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Tripp Fontane

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

TF: I am a poet, rapper, and music producer from Dayton, Ohio. I have a passion for community empowerment, education reform, and human interconnectivity. I have been performing professionally for 10 years. I’ve been blessed to travel the country and most recently travel outside the country doing what I love to do.

 


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

TF: My story. I don’t look like nor do I carry myself in a way that reflects the things that I’ve gone through. Because of that, most people are surprised when I tell them all that I’ve done and seen.

 


TEDxColumbus
: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

TF: Honestly, this isn’t something I imagined myself doing. At least not this soon in my career. A friend of mine who had given a talk before just told me to go for it. I took a shot in the dark and it actually hit the mark.

 


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

TF: I’m most looking forward to the challenge. I’ve never spoken on such a large and well-respected platform. A platform that’s going to require a certain degree of precision. Having to format what I do is always a little uncomfortable for me. I also know growth lies on the other side of discomfort. This will be an opportunity for me to push myself in ways that other opportunities haven’t required. I know I’m going to be a better artist and speaker at the end of it so I’m most excited about that.

 


TEDxColumbus
: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

TF: The city makes a deliberate effort to support the arts. With myself and so many other friends being artists, Columbus is slowly and surely making it possible to live comfortably as a full-time artist.

 


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

TF: I typically take visiting friends to the King-Lincoln district or Franklinton to talk about the affluent Black communities that used to be present there. There’s so much history in just those two neighborhoods. So much treasure to unearth.

 


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

TF: I would tell myself to stay focused and be consistent. I didn’t grow up in a stable home so there were always a lot of external factors affecting my upbringing. It became hard to stay focused and eventually it became hard to finish things. Having realized this as an adult, I think knowing and applying it would’ve completely changed my present day.


TEDxColumbus
: What is your favorite book and why?

TF: My favorite book would have to be The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. He tackles so many perplexing topics and simplifies them in such a way that I truly believe a middle-schooler could understand. That simplicity in writing and understanding shows a level of mastery that I’m working to reach.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Netflix or Theater

TF: Theater


TEDx
Columbus: Facebook or Twitter

TF: Twitter


TEDxColumbus
: Form or Function

TF: Function


TEDxColumbus
: Beach or Mountains

TF: Mountains


TEDxColumbus
: Big Party or Small Gathering

TF: Small Gathering

 

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Tech-Spark Speaker Brian Sampsel, the Vice President of Analytics at the Columbus Collaboratory.

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

BS: I think many decisions can be made better using data, though you still need courage as well. I like helping organizations move along that path.


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

BS: I have two young daughters, so I am just as conversant about the Descendants movies as I am about the Marvel movies.


TEDx
Columbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

BS: I’ve been a fan for a long time of TED in general. It’s a great format. Anytime I get to glean wisdom from such great thinkers I feel grateful.


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

BS: Getting to know the other speakers and learn more about their topics. I love getting to know what other do and the nuances of their work.


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

BS: This tells you something about me, but Susan Cain is great. Hans Rosling is a close 2nd.


TEDx
Columbus: Why​ ​would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

BS: It’s a chance to be exposed to new ideas and areas that you might not otherwise come in contact with.


TEDx
Columbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

BS: There’s so much development. You can see construction everywhere. And there is such a diversity of organizations and industries.


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

BS: Hot Chicken Takeover.


TEDx
Columbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?
BS: Inniswood Metro Gardens


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

BS: Don’t overthink your decisions. If it turns out to be a “bad” one, the cost is almost always low, and you can change directions.


TEDx
Columbus: How did you select your career choice?

BS: It’s a combination of the things I am good at, what I enjoy doing, and what the market values.


TEDx
Columbus: Who do you consider to be a mentor? Or who inspires you?

BS: As I mentioned before, Hans Rosling is someone who inspires me through his clarity of thought and presentation.


TEDx
Columbus: What is your favorite book?

BS: Picking a favorite is hard. From books I’ve read recently, Trillion Dollar Coach and Open (Andre Agassi’s autobiography) are both great.

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat?

BS: Dog.


TEDx
Columbus: Netflix or Theater?

BS: Theater.


TEDx
Columbus: Phone Call or Text?

BS: Text.


TEDx
Columbus: Beach or Mountains?

BS: Beach.


TEDx
Columbus: High Tech or Low Tech?

BS: High Tech.


TEDx
Columbus: That one we might have guessed. Big Party or Small Gathering?

BS: Small gathering.

TEDxColumbus: Thanks for sharing!

 

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker W. Kay Wilson.

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

KW: I serve as the Director for Strategic Initiatives at IMPACT Community Action where I build their community engagement, advancement and advocacy on wealth-equity efforts. I am a mother, an author of two books, youth advocate, and nonprofit strategist.  I grew up in Westerville with weekends on the Near East Side of Columbus. I enjoy advocating for at-risk youth and use my experiences to help them gain the necessary survival skills and the foundation they need to break generational patterns and make it through tough situations.

 

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

KW: That I love playing the bass or that I lived in Nigeria 7 years

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

KW: I remember sitting in the audience at one of the early TEDx Columbus events at COSI and feeling the communal energy around elevating current ideas and I was in awe.  This year my youngest son came in my room and saw a picture that had the TEDx logo with a microphone in the foreground glued to my vision board. He asked me “What’s that?”  I told him that I really want to share my idea on a TED stage.  He asked, “How do you do that?”  I told him you apply.  Then he asked; “Have you ever applied?”  I replied; “No.”  Then he said; “Well, you’ll never get that picture off that board if you don’t apply.”

 

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

KW: Having my dad (who adopted me) watch me from the audience.

 

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

KW: “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong” by Dan Pallotta.

 

TEDxColumbus: Why​ ​would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

KW: The energy and diversity in the room is amazing!

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

KW: Lately there are people in leadership willing to be courageous and have tough conversations to make this a city where everyone has opportunity to thrive.

 

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

KW: To my kitchen- I love to cook!

 

TEDxColumbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?

KW: Ms. Enas on Cleveland Avenue or the Kelton House.

 

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

KW: You. Are. Enough.


TEDx
Columbus: How did you select your career choice?

KW: I think it chose me. I have always enjoyed being in the service of others. I’ve been told I’m a connector.


TEDx
Columbus: Who do you consider to be a mentor? Or who inspires you?

KW: I consider Donna James to be a mentor and a huge inspiration of resiliency to me.


TEDx
Columbus: What is your favorite quote and why?

KW: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Reading those two sentences sparked a series of a-ha moments for me. What Marianne Williamson is getting at here is that fear hides our inner light, but that when we embrace love—which is how she defines God—we connect with who we are really meant to be.

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

KW: Dog


TEDx
Columbus: Netflix or Theater

KW: Theater


TEDx
Columbus: Facebook or Twitter

KW: Twitter


TEDx
Columbus: Phone Call or Text

KW: Phone Call


TEDx
Columbus: Beach or Mountains

KW: Beach


TEDx
Columbus: High Tech or Low Tech

KW: High Tech


TEDx
Columbus: Big Party or Small Gathering

KW: Small Gathering


TEDx
Columbus: Work Hard or Play Hard

KW: Work Hard. Then Play Hard.


TEDx
Columbus: Train or Plane

KW: Plane.


TEDx
Columbus: Summer or Winter

KW: Summer.

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Tech-Spark Speaker Samara Williams who works as a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, collecting and analyzing a wide range of threats to the financial industry and is the Vice President of the Ohio Cyber Women.

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

SW: I am a Netflix junkie that enjoys traveling, hiking, anything to do with dogs, and all things involving food.

 

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

SW: My ability to relate to a wide range of people, people think because I work in cybersecurity that I live in a basement somewhere hacking the world. My favorite thing about cybersecurity is the conversation opportunities that it creates.

 

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

SW: Getting out of my comfort zone! I have never given a talk to a large audience.

 

TEDxColumbus: Why​ ​would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

SW: I would encourage others to attend a TEDxColumbus talk to get a different perspective, we as humans don’t always have the right answer or correct mindset in all situations and I think its important to see things from other people’s point of view.

 

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

SW: The short north, Goodale park, and the zoo of course.

 

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

SW: Try even though you might fail.


TEDx
Columbus: How did you select your career choice?

SW: I sort of fell into my career choice, and I will never look back!

 

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Tech-Spark Speaker Ray Bonini

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

RB: I have been in the technology field for twenty-four years and have worked with many Fortune 500 firms as well as startups.  In the last several years, I have been focusing on the Internet of Things technology and UCaaS, Unified Communications as a Service and have developed strategies and implementations for hundreds of organizations. I currently lead a team of Solutions Architects for Verizon.  I am originally from Warren, Ohio and am a graduate of The Ohio State University. Now I live in Clintonville with my wife and two sons.

 

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

RB: Brene Brown: “The power of vulnerability.”

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

RB: The People!

 

TEDxColumbus: What do you consider to be a hidden gem of Columbus?

RB: Clintonville.

 

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

RB: Being nerdy will actually work out for you.

 

TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?

RB: It kind of selected me.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

RB: Dog. Specifically German Shepherd.

 

TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter

RB: Twitter

 

TEDxColumbus: Form or Function

RB: Function

 

TEDxColumbus: High Tech or Low Tech

RB: High Tech.

TEDxColumbus: Of course!

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2019 Speaker Interviews, Speakers, TEDxColumbus

A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Curt Moody, founder and CEO of the architecture firm Moody Nolan

 

TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

CM: I strongly believe that more is accomplished through

working together and utilizing the talents of others rather than only using your own.

 

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

CM: Nothing surprising.

 

TEDxColumbus: Then can we ask, not even the fact that you played basketball at OSU? And designed the Value City Arena?

CM: Of course, you can ask that question.

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?

CM: The broad audience that attends and the coverage that it has received.

 

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

CM: Exposing others to the possibilities that we all can contribute no matter what our position in life.

 

TEDxColumbus: What previous TED or TEDxColumbus talk was/is most meaningful for you?

CM: Jeanne Gang, Building communities through architecture

 

TEDxColumbus: Why would you encourage others to attend TEDxColumbus?

CM: To learn.

 

TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?

CM: The city is in a position for continuous growth in a positive way.

 

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

CM: Persevere


TEDx
Columbus: How did you select your career choice?

CM: I understood in the 7th grade what I wanted to do as a career.

 

TEDxColumbus: Who do you consider to be a mentor? Or who inspires you?

CM: Lewis Smoot Sr., Chairman and CEO of Smoot Construction

 

TEDxColumbus: What is your favorite book and why?

CM: The Bible- it strengthens me in the possibilities of what I can “achieve”.

 

And just for fun:

TEDxColumbus: Dog or Cat

CM: Cat

 

TEDxColumbus: Netflix or Theater

CM: Theater

 

TEDxColumbus: Form or Function

CM: Function

 

TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountains

CM: Beach

 

TEDxColumbus: Big Party or Small Gathering

CM: Small Gathering

 

TEDxColumbus: Train or Plane

CM: Train

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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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