With technology advancing, explorations booming, and discoveries developing, many people have come to the thought that there is not much left to uncover in the world. But what about the mysteries that still go unsolved? The challenges that we, as a population, have rendered invisible? The possibilities of pasts we have forgotten and a future we do not yet know? In TEDxUWMilwaukee's 4th annual fall conference, we strive the Reveal these Unknowns with 10 local presenters who have been selected to explore a wide array of topics.
On September 30th, 2017, our community will come together in the UW-Milwaukee Helene Zelazo Center for the full-day TEDxUWMilwaukee conference of live TEDx talks, interactive art, and discussion.
Sept. 30. 2017.
UWM Campus, Helene Zelazo Center for the performing arts
•FULL ADMISSION TO THE EVENT
Schedule for the Day:
10:00AM SAME DAY TICKETING SALES
11:00AM DOORS OPEN
12:00PM CONFERENCE BEGINS
sponsored by HAlal Guys & THe Coca-Cola Company
2:15PM Session 2
Sponsored by Valentine Coffee Co
3:35PM Session 3
Welcome TEDxUWMilwaukee's 2017 Fall Conference Speakers!
David J. Pate, Jr. is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and an Affiliated Associate Professor of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Child and Well-Being at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professor Pate, a former practicing social worker, conducts research projects involving the use of qualitative research methods to examine the life circumstances of non-custodial fathers with children on welfare and their interaction with their children, their experience with the child support enforcement system, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the well-being of African American adult males. He has appeared in The New York Times, Milwaukee Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, NPR, WUWM (Milwaukee NPR affiliate), Wisconsin Public Radio, WNYC (New York NPR affiliate), and The Jim Lehrer Report (PBS Newshour).
Margaret Noodin is an American poet and Anishinaabemowin language teacher. She is an Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Chris Willey is an interdisciplinary creative and educator in Milwaukee, WI. Willey is a lecturer in Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin’s Peck School of the arts, and creative director of UWM’s Immersive Media Lab. He teaches all levels of students at the intersection of art and technology.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Kayla currently resides in Cedarburg where she spends most of her time at the gym, walking her two shih tzus, cooking up a new vegan recipe, or out exploring Ozaukee County. A “certified hippie”, with a Degree in Conservation and Environmental Science, she is on a never ending quest to help preserve our shared environment and is fiercely passionate about encouraging others to consider its value in their own lives. Kayla's commitment to the outdoors, nature, and our natural environment blossomed within her during countless weekly endeavours to our Wisconsin State Parks throughout her free time in college. After contracting Lyme Disease in 2015, she was physically unable to spend time outdoors and it challenged Kayla to pursue what really set her soul on fire, especially if it terrified her, as she could never get the chance again. Her lifelong dream is to work with businesses to promote sustainable growth & development, and to help inspire a sense of united social responsibility to each other, and to the earth we all share.
Reggie Jackson first volunteered with America’s Black Holocaust Museum in 2002. A year later, he was appointed Head Griot (docent) and began training the new griots. By the time the bricks-and-mortar museum closed in June 2008, he had led hundreds of tours.
Since the museum'sfounder Dr. Cameron’s death in 2006, Reggie has served as an expert on the life of this unsung civil rights hero and lynching survivor. He authored the Afterword of Dr. Cameron’s memoir, A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story, 3rd edition.
Mr. Jackson has been a much sought-after speaker, author, and media consultant on Black Holocaust topics regionally and nationally for over a decade. He presents seldom-told stories of the African-American experience past and present and conducts diversity training at schools, libraries, churches, and businesses.
Currently serving as the education liaison for a workforce development firm, Reggie previously taught sociology as an adjunct professor at Concordia University and worked as a special education teacher in Milwaukee middle schools.
Reggie is the 2015 winner of the Eliminating Racism Award from southeast Wisconsin's YWCA and the 2016 Courageous Love Award from the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee and 2017 winner of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award from the City of Milwaukee.
A retired college and high school teacher of 22 years, Dominic Inouye was co-chair of two English Departments, co-founder of the Milwaukee Spotlight Student Film Festival, and co-founder of the service learning program called C.L.A.S.S. Last year, he left classroom teaching to pursue a freelance career as a writer: he founded the online journal RelevantMilwaukee, developed curriculum for Teens Grow Greens, was the 2016-17 Pfister Hotel Narrator-in-Residence, and currently writes a neighborhood series for Milwaukee Magazine. Inouye’s latest passion, however, is ZIP MKE, which he founded in October 2016 as a community engagement project that uses photography to connect residents from all 28 ZIP Codes in Milwaukee. Since last year, ZIP MKE has collected over 1,800 photos of the people, places, and events that make each ZIP Code unique, beautiful, and diverse. They exhibit both online and in public exhibitions, and also host Walk & Talks in different neighborhoods.
Deanna is often described as a chronic founder. She has established and operated multiple social innovations, including the NYC office of LIFT which helps people get out of poverty for good and Street Law MKE, an interactive legal program that has taught over a thousand Milwaukee students basic legal knowledge. She also served as the first CEO of the Burke Foundation.
In addition, she runs her own company, Flying Elephant, which provides dynamic presentations; inspirational storytelling; and sharing practical tools with companies looking to engage in social innovation. Deanna now leads both Dohmen Constellations, a company that invests in self- sustaining solutions that ensure all people can thrive, and the Dohmen Foundation which is focused on ensuring all people have access to quality health options.
A graduate of Fordham University with her B.A. in Urban Studies, Georgetown Law with a Juris Doctorate, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an MBA, Deanna is a leading advocate in education. She has taught at the high school, college, post-graduate level, and has written two children’s books, I am a Boy of Color and I am a Girl of Color.
Brandon Gross was born and raised in Milwaukee. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and his Master’s Degree in biology from Western Illinois University. Brandon explored many science careers around the country, but found his calling in water. He returned to Milwaukee to become a research specialist at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences. Brandon is also a passionate science advocate. He regularly educates the public and is politically engaged about scientific issues, which led him to join the leadership team of the March for Science in Milwaukee. He now serves as the Director of Advocacy for the Milwaukee Area Science Advocates, a non-profit he founded along with the other core members of the March for Science.
Katie Rasoul is a Millennial, mom, coach, and high-achieving introvert who enjoys finding awesomeness in all areas of life. She places an inordinate amount of value in the power of music, art, writing, and stories. Words most
used to describe her include trustworthy, quirky, authentic, funny, and “all in.” If macaroni and cheese in
on the menu, she buys it.
She pours a lot of love into her work and company, Team Awesome. As a professional coach, she helps high-
potential Millennial leaders, high-achieving introverts, and other fascinating “outliers” find what’s
important and help them level up. If she can be even a small part of helping create a ripple effect of
amazing leadership and connection, that is worthwhile work to her.