Katie Rasoul | Uncovering the High-Achieving Introvert
Chief Awesome Officer, Team Awesome Coaching
Being a high-achieving introvert is living at the intersection of big dreams and the need for solitude. What if the one thing you thought you needed to be successful was actually the one thing holding you back?
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.
Dominic Inouye | 12x16: The Messy Process of Unlearning
Founder, ZIP MKE Co-founder, Milwaukee Spotlight Student Film Festival Co-founder, C.L.A.S.S. service learning program Founder, RelevantMilwaukee 2016-17 Pfister Hotel Narrator-in-Residence Educator of 22 years
So much of our childhood emphasizes learning--and rightly so--but what can one do to unlearn ingrained ideas we no longer desire to possess? Inspired by a great American novel, this talk will explore a process for unlearning debilitating concepts of racism, schooling, fitness, space, and even how to perceive Milwaukee itself.
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.
Kayla Buszka | After the Rain
Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Hanging Gardens B.S., Conservation and Environmental Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
We all have a relationship to water. In fact, we are water. How do we understand this relationship, and how can we protect it? In After the Rain, Kayla Buszka tells us how she grew to recognize the presence of water in her life, as well as how we, too, can recognize this relationship.
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.
Deanna Singh | We All Have the Power to Build Bridges
Author, I am a Boy of Color and I am a Girl of Color Chief Change Agent, Flying Elephant President, Dohmen Company Foundation CEO, Burke Foundation Founder and Director, Milwaukee Street Law Project Program Officer, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Singh will focus on a series of stories from her life that illustrates that we all have the power to build bridges. Deanna is living proof that even when we are scared, sad, or angry, we must continue to build bridges to one another.
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.
Christopher Willey | Pondering Stardust
Lecturer, Art and Design, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Creative Director, Immersive Media Lab, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Interdisciplinary Creative and Educator
In Pondering Stardust, Christopher Willey will discuss the interconnections between biology, technology, and culture, examining the origins of his research space, the UW-Milwaukee Immersive Media Lab, and the implications of technology upon future cultures. The talk outlines how humans yearn for technologies that allow them to connect and share with one another. Willey will show how culture and technology are converging to give humans exactly what they desire—the ability to share focus and awareness with more people than ever before.
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.
David Pate | Seeking Peace and Justice in My Black Life
Associate Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Child and Well-Being, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Affiliated Associate Professor, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison
In this talk, Dr. Pate will discuss how he came to understand Race and Justice, as well seek Peace, throughout his life and teaching.
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).
Christine Smith | Fishing for Vulnerability
Co-Leader, November Project-Milwaukee B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University
Exploring our darkness leads us to our light. It is only when we hold and accept the messiness of our lives that we discover what heals us: connection. In this talk, Christine Smith reveals what she has learned about embracing the messiness of recovery and vulnerability through overcoming an eating disorder.
Christine Smith is a biomedical engineer in her first year of physical therapy school at Marquette, pursuing a career in pediatric PT. She also co-leads November Project Milwaukee, a free, international, grassroots fitness group. She is a lover of running, scented candles, good craft beer, and her amazing family - Krishna and Frank, Danny (and Cary, the dog). She puts everything into the experiences and people she surrounds herself with, and though she sometimes spreads herself too thin, she enjoys her time most when she vulnerably connects with others, spreading love... and peanut butter.
Brandon Gross: Why Science Needs a Movement
Director of Advocacy, Milwaukee Area Science Advocates Organizer, March for Science-Milwaukee Research Specialist, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee B.S., University of Wisconsin – La Crosse M.D., Biology, Western Illinois University
The March for Science was a turning point in which the scientific community began to find its political voice. This talk seeks to explore the important lessons about science communication that this event revealed. Brandon Gross will explain how these lessons serve as tools that we can all use to preserve the foundations of reason and knowledge in American democracy.
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.
Reggie Jackson | What I Learned from a Lynching Survivor about Anger
Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum Education Liaison, ResCare Adjunct Professor, Concordia University-Wisconsin Special Education Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools 2017 Winner, Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award, City of Milwaukee 2016 Courageous Love Award, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee 2015 Winner, Eliminating Racism Award, Southeast Wisconsin's YWCA
In this talk, Jackson shares what he has learned about dealing with anger in a positive way from his mentor, Dr. James Cameron, the only known lynching survivor and founder of America's Black Holocaust Museum.
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.
Margaret Noodin | Minowakiing: The Good Land
Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Anishinaabemowin Language Teacher American Poet
Minowakiing: The Good Land traces the names of familiar places to Anishinaabemowin, also called Ojibwe, which is one of the indigenous languages still spoken in the area, and shares some of the knowledge embedded in the words. Songs and facts included in the talk can be found and heard again at www.ojibwe.net.
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.