Ashley Merriweather is a BGSU senior studying Intercultural Communications and Spanish. She is fascinated by culture and language and studied last spring semester in Spain. She is the former Latino Student Union Historian and a 4th year Diversity Peer Educator through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Dr. Jane Rosser is the Director of Service-Learning at Bowling Green State University. She has worked in international higher education for over 20 years in the UK and the US. Her professional work has encompassed student affairs, women’s centers, community partnerships, and more recently, service-learning and civic engagement. She was instrumental in bringing an AmeriCorps program to Northwest Ohio. Her research and activism interests include access and diversity issues in high education, gender and LGBT issues, organizational change, qualitative research methods, service-learning and social change.
Gabriel Morgan is a junior at BGSU studying Environmental Science and International Studies. He is the CEO of NetImpact BGSU, a student organization focused on using business for good, and founder of Net Impact Green which is the premier sustainability student group on campus. This spring, Gabriel had the opportunity to represent the Midwest during a meeting with President Obama focused on the future of energy in the United States.
Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray, an accomplished architect, speaker of five languages and former administrator of a prominent school of architecture, is director of Bowling Green State University’s School of Art. Her academic career has included teaching in Chicago and London, visiting professorships in the Czech Republic and Canada and graduate reviews in numerous schools in the United States and abroad. Ray has won several international design awards, participated in numerous art and architecture competitions in the United States and Europe, and authored or co-authored seven books and over forty articles.
TEDxBGSU Introductory Speaker
After a national search, Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey was appointed President of Bowling Green State University on March 22, 2011. Dr. Mazey’s extensive experience in Ohio public universities and with implementing strategic plans, coupled with her understanding of the role higher education has to play in the state’s well-being, led the BGSU trustees to select her as the next president of the University. Dr. Mazey will briefly address the audience at TEDxBGSU.
Sustainability in the Age of Economic Uncertainty
Michael is the chairman of the board and CEO of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Michael was a strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting.
Michael earned a bachelors degree from Princeton University. He is also a member of the board of directors for Next Era Energy. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Toledo Symphony.
What is a Movie?
Ron Senkowski has worked on film, TV and interactive projects for studios including Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony, Paramount and Dreamworks. He was the first transmedia producer for Scripps Networks, HGTV, and has launched video-on-demand networks for Comcast. Based in LA, Ron is working with partners including Salma Hayek and Participant Media to produce an international film based on Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet.”
Mike Osswald has been creating digital marketing experiences for nearly 20 years. Always with the audience (AKA “users”) in mind, he focuses on how and why people make decisions, helping to create the emotional connections that lead to loyal customer relationships. At Hanson Inc., Mike works to identify significant trends and technologies companies can use to create breakthrough, brand-centered experiences.
How Big Data is Changing the World
Mike Hoskins is chief technology officer of Pervasive Software, spearheading the company’s technology direction and Innovation Labs. He is also the general manager for Pervasive Integration Products. He is considered a thought leader in the integration industry and speaks worldwide on innovations in data management and integration. Hoskins has received numerous awards including the AITP Austin chapter’s 2007 Information Technologist of the Year Award, and the BGSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.
Why we need to make healthcare comparable
Peter works to make sharing of ideas more interesting and to boldly zoom where no one has zoomed before. Before joining Prezi he established omvard.se, a company that pushes transparency in healthcare by comparing the treatment outcomes of clinics based on performance data. omvard.se was voted Best Website in Sweden 2009. Before the iphone arrived, Peter helped secure an IPO and acquire companies as VP of Product Management at a mobile internet start-up, Mobispine
Employing America’s Best Intelligence Assets to Save the World’s Tigers and Gorillas
Dr. Thomas Snitch, Senior Advisor for Global Issues at Geoeye and Chief Scientist at Little Falls Labs. On September 1, he will be named Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the College of Computing, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, one of the largest schools of science in the US. He is responsible for satellite imagery sharing efforts between the US, through Geoeye, and nations in Asia and Africa. Additionally, he is a liaison to the UN and international organizations working on disaster response and mitigation, environmental monitoring, climate change, and special intelligence issues in both regions.
Intermedia Worlds: Innovative Expression Between Mediums
John is an intermedia artist and designer exploring the space between the mediums of print, interactive, motion, film, generative art, and sound. He has been senior designer at Thirst since 2003, exploring new intermedia expressions for both work and play. In 2008, he founded Moving Design with Rick Valicenti to catalyze groups of designers around specific social issues through various multimedia initiatives.
The Art of Engagement – Inspiring People, Creating Change, and Making a Difference
Jim Haudan is a different kind of CEO. He has a passion that goes beyond building his own successful company, Root Learning. For more than 20 years, he has been helping organizations and individuals unleash hidden potential by fully engaging people in the critical changes of their business. Starting as a coach, it’s not a stretch that the company he co-founded focuses on tapping the discretionary efforts of people – the kind that produces real results by engaging people to deliver on strategies.
The Illusion of Life
Gene W. Poor is the first Hamilton Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at BGSU. His current research interests are in the use of life-like robotics as a teaching technology. G Michael Poor is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Bowling Green State University. It is there that his research interests in accessibility computing and life-like robots are able to thrive.
What I Learned About Life While Standing in the Middle of Times Square in my Bathing Suit
Brittany is a writer, humorist, and catalyst. She specializes in satirical wit and self deprecation, first gaining recognition writing the popular humor blog, Barefoot Foodie, in which she overshares bits of her life between phonetically spelled sound effects and excessive ellipses. In 2010, she added to her online resume by launching Mouth Media with her business partner, a company that houses the nationally recognized online magazine, Curvy Girl Guide, as well as several other big projects, with more being launched this year. She can also sometimes speak Italian and write her name with her left hand. You see, she’s right handed. So, that’s why that is a big deal.
Empowering Entrepreneurs Globally to End Economic, Social, Environmental and Spiritual Poverty
Al is the Chairman of CMC Group, an association of companies that has been selling to retail and industrial customers in the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. However, Al’s main goal is not just to be a success in business; it is “to embody the Christian life in business practices”. Out of this goal birthed the vision for Affirm Global Development which exists to empower entrepreneurs globally in setting up businesses and helping to end economic poverty. Al is also a member of the call2all Executive Team, where he is serving to bring awareness to the role business has in the completion of the Great Commission.
The Serious Business of Never Working a Day
Since the mid-1980’s, Barry has researched and developed proprietary computer-based technologies designed to assess and enhance human physical and cognitive performance, health and fitness. He has been awarded more than a dozen U.S. patents relating to sensor and simulation technologies. He has appeared on Oprah, ESPN and numerous other nationally televised events. He was a consultant for the Sports Science Group of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and his inventions have been featured at numerous Disney sites.
How to Catch Happy – How to Reel in the Biggest Fish of All
For over 15-years, Jim has helped small businesses and large companies like Fedex, Sherwin Williams, Ernst & Young and Progressive Auto Insurance understand how to build successful new online businesses or energize and refresh existing ones. Most recently, Jim is working on two new books helping to inspire entrepreneurs to find success online: Attention! This Book Will Make You Money and The Ultimate Pitch.
Contemporary Work Styles and Virtual Empathy
Gervais is a non-conformist raised by two scientists. He is a principal at the design firm Gensler. His work typically determines what should be designed, and why, rather than developing the design solution itself. He is an expert on emerging work styles. Favorite pastimes include garage bathing, mushroom hunting and fermenting foods
Altered Realities: Inside the Twisted Inner-workings of a Magician’s Mind
Paul Gertner is recognized by his peers as one of the finest sleight-of-hand magicians in the world today. He has won three international competitions, Magician of the Year from the Magic Castle in Hollywood and has lectured at MIT. Over the last 35 years, Paul has performed for more than 500 companies in 30 different countries. Featured in both The Wall Street Journal, and on NBC’s The Tonight Show, Paul’s corporate magic seamlessly blends together business and entertainment.
Youth Centered Community Revitalization through Urban Agriculture
Michael manages the principal outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden (Toledo GROWs). In this capacity, he helps to coordinate services to over 150 community gardens in northwest Ohio. Additionally, he helps to employ over 100 adjudicated youth a year through a collaborative job-training program with the CITE program of the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Division.
Beyond the Dark Continent
Blen Ayele is an ardent student of life, a lover of culture, people’s smiles and coffee. Blen has been on a 21 year old journey of self-discovery and societal observation. She is a senior at BGSU and has been involved with various student organizations such as Net Impact BGSU, Dean’s Advisory Council, and World Student Association. She is currently on a summer internship at Deloitte. Since coming to the US, she has been troubled by the negative Images that Africa continues to get in the media. As a result, she has tried to use her ongoing education, as a means of illuminating African economies as potential markets for upcoming and established investors.
Physics + Art = Kinetic Sculpture
In 1975 David and his wife, Marji, started “Wood That Works” and David became a full time sculptor. Since then, he has designed and handcrafted over 150 different limited edition and one-of-a-kind kinetic sculptures and built thousands. They are spring-driven, visually mesmerizing, sometimes relaxing, other times hypnotic but always fascinating. He is drawn to patterns in motion, mechanisms, randomness, and the time and freedom to work at what fascinates him.
The Cost of Dreams
Sam recently graduated from BGSU with his Master’s degree after receiving his Bachelor’s from Purdue University. He is currently touring colleges with his one-man, social-justice comedy show, “It’s Pronounced Metrosexual,” as well as headlining with the “Campus Rejects,” a national comedy tour. When Sam is not on stage, he is working with start-ups, non-profits, and dreaming up new ideas.
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