our september 30 event
Find out more about the speakers of these talks in their bio's listed below.
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.
TEDxUWMilwaukee's 2017 Fall Conference Speakers
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.
Founder, ZIP MKE
Co-founder, Milwaukee Spotlight Student Film Festival
Co-founder, C.L.A.S.S. service learning program
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.
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.
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.
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.