An internationally-known nonprofit organization called TED lives by its mission statement: Spread ideas through 18-minute videos to inspire people and spark conversation.
TED videos encompass a wide range of topics from engineering-to-entertainment-to-economics. TED Talks exist on almost any topic imaginable.
TEDx is an independently run TED event which spreads ideas within local communities around the world. A TEDx committee consisting of Executive Artistic Director for the Weidner Center Kelli Strickland, UWGB Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science Aaron Weinschenk and Regan A. R. Gurung, the Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Psychology and Human Development, worked diligently to earn a license to bring a TEDx event to the UWGB campus.
Once UWGB was officially licensed to host TEDx, the committee reached out to two UWGB Communication professors, Danielle Bina and Shauna Froelich to coach the eight TEDx speakers. The speakers come from a variety of backgrounds with their own unique challenges, obstacles and ideas to share. Many speakers hold leadership positions relevant to their profession. Some are University Professors, there is a Founder of the Greater Green Bay STEM Network, Chief Executive Officers, Presidents and Vice Presidents. One is a motivational speaker. The eight finalists were chosen from more than 100 applicants.
UWGB COMM Professors tailored their coaching methodology to each speaker’s unique presentation strengths. A major challenge throughout the process proved to be finding time to sit down and work with each speaker. Since the speakers are very busy professionals, who are often out of state, carving out time to rehearse wasn’t always possible.
The excitement each coach expressed to be part of this event was palpable. Danielle Bina said, “They just have those lines that will make you stop and think. It goes back to the original idea of TED Talks – Ideas Worth Sharing.”
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