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Local community leaders among TEDxLakelandUniversity lineup

Local community leaders among TEDxLakelandUniversity lineup


Local community leaders among TEDxLakelandUniversity lineup

Several Sheboygan County community leaders are among the 10 speakers that will make up the third annual TEDxLakelandUniversity.

The free program is Thursday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Theatre.

“We are very excited about this year’s program, which includes some familiar faces from our community,” said Lakeland Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech Charlie Krebs who serves as TEDxLakelandUniversity coordinator.

“Our theme for the night is innovation, and our speakers have come up with some fascinating looks at this popular topic that will really get audience members thinking.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have limited seating for the public for this event. Tickets are free and can be reserved by clicking here and using the online form. Tickets will be available for pickup at the Box Office in the lobby of the Bradley the night of the performance. Masks will be required to be worn by anyone wishing to attend.

Anyone with questions can contact Charlie Krebs at

The speakers and their topics are:

  • Laura Pascoe and Angie Prinsen: How Shifting Your Mindset Can Lead to Innovation

Creating an innovative workplace can be as simple as having a growth mindset. Four simple steps will get you on the path of embracing a growth mindset and increasing innovation.

Pascoe and Prinsen both serve as claims manager at Acuity Insurance.

  • Christina Singh: ”How Design Thinking Combats Social Injustice

Innovation and problem solving often happen in ways that unintentionally produces injustice. There are examples of this everywhere, including in the planting of free trees in a Detroit neighborhood. Singh explores the use of design thinking to diagnose and combat inequities.

Singh is chief operating office for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County.

  • Emily Rendall-Araujo: “Exceptional Aging”

Society teaches us to preserve our youth at all costs. But we may have even better chances to achieve goals as a senior. This talk will leave you eager to get old.

Rendall-Araujo is director of senior services with the City of Sheboygan.

  • Ben Leibham: “How Sustainable Design Can Work For Businesses”

Sustainability is here to stay. Sustainable design can seem like an expensive venture for businesses, but it certainly doesn't have to be. This talk dives into ways sustainable design practices can make financial sense for businesses and benefit their customers and employees.

Leibham is an industrial designer based in Sheboygan, Wis., who founded and owns Alto Gear.

  • Nick O’Brien: “How to Create More Luck and Serendipity in Your Life”

We tend to credit chance for the lucky moments in our lives, leaving us to believe that serendipity is an occurrence that is beyond our control. While there are uncontrollable factors involved in the luck we experience, this talk will explain the simple process of applying intention, awareness and preparation that can actually give us more power than we think we have when it comes to creating more luck and serendipity in our lives.

O’Brien is a co-founder of WorkAround and owner/principal of You Are Here, LLC.

  • Shashank Varma: “Constraints Create Higher Level Innovation than Unlimited Freedom”

Good innovation = great problem definition. To innovate rapidly, reliably and efficiently, define your problem and design your constraints.

Varma is innovation accelerator at Kohler Co. and owner of WorkFrame Lab.

  • Zach Zellner: “Staging Your Personal Innovation”

Through the use of the “Stages of Change,” we take control of personal innovation in our lives.

Zellner is a mental health specialist and substance abuse counselor in training.

  • Deidre Martinez: “Managing Adversity Leads to Innovation”

Adversity increases innovative opportunity by helping us overcome obstacles, think critically, hunger for more and use anger as a catalyst.

Martinez is the executive director of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Paul Bartelt: “The Virtuous Cycle-Creating the Best Version of Yourself”

The virtuous cycle fosters innovation, creates permission to fail and creates acceptance for higher level of risk which allows, investigates, explores aspects of life.

Bartelt is the CEO and president of the Vollrath Company LLC.

Learn more about TEDxLakelandUniversity at the event website.

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