July 30, 2020 – The TEDxFondduLac team has made the difficult decision to postpone its event until August 14, 2021 and will no longer hold its summer 2020 event. We apologize for any convenience, particularly this close to the event, but are grateful for the outpouring of support in our decision.
For more information, please see our most recent blog post.
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As the founder of the Kindness Bucket Brigade, Wendy Babcock seeks new ways to make progress in overcoming the bullying epidemic with kindness. Happily married, mother of two adult daughters and five “fur-kids”, Wendy has been on a mission to bring positivity to the world through motivational speaking. Since overcoming past life challenges such as escaping domestic violence, having undergone a 12-hour bilateral mastectomy and losing both parents to cancer – Wendy has gained a lot of life experience and knowledge about resilience, perseverance, positivity, and the power of mindset. Wendy is the author of two books and a self-guided journal for couples’ retreats, as well as a communication strategist helping businesses implement effective communication by becoming complaint-free. Wendy Babcock encourages us all to raise the bar and challenge ourselves to do the right thing to bring kindness, understanding and compassion in even the most difficult situations.
Dr. Philippe Bouissou has been in Silicon Valley for 30 years. He is a growth expert and author of the bestseller book, Aligning the Dots: A New Paradigm to Grow Any Business. He currently manages Blue Dots Partners LLC, an advisory firm, he founded, dedicated to helping businesses grow faster.
Dr. Bouissou started his career as the founder and CEO of G2i, Inc., a software company that was acquired by Matra. He then was Senior Vice President at Matra Hachette Multimedia, where he led business development for electronic publishing for the $12 billion, high-tech and diversified media company before joining Apple as Director of the Worldwide Internet Commerce group, where he founded and managed the online Apple Store and grew its revenue from zero to $350 million under Steve Jobs.
After Apple, Dr. Bouissou became a venture capitalist and successfully invested $43 million before he co-managed the Milestone Group, a management consulting firm with over 220 clients. Dr. Bouissou served on the board of directors of 20 companies, including ACG Silicon Valley.
Philippe Bouissou graduated from École Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a BS in Mathematics, an MS in Physics and a Ph.D. in non-linear physics and chaos theory.
Mary Davies is the Associate Dean of Economic and Workforce Development at Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Mary works with prisons in the Moraine Park Technical College district to deliver vocational education programs and credentials to incarcerated individuals. Moraine Park Technical College and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections have partnered to deliver vocational programs for over 40 years. Previously, Mary was a correctional educator for 19 years and taught a variety of academic and self-enrichment classes. She has been a Correctional Education Association (CEA) member since 2004 and has served two terms each as CEA Wisconsin chapter Board President and President Elect. Mary has a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
A Presidential Scholars Award and President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient, Neil Dogra is a 17-year-old high school student with a passion for personalized altruism. Neil has combined his interests in neuroscience, public speaking, and peer advocacy to found the Opioid Epidemic Awareness Campaign. Neil has spoken at middle and high schools on the neurobiology of opioid addiction, met with the Governor’s policy advisors to discuss opioid education reform, and designed an opioid lesson plan for distribution at Milwaukee Public Schools. In addition to his passion for community service, Neil is a perpetual learner and published STEM researcher. He has studied opioid addiction on both the social and cellular levels and presented his research at the international level. In his free time, Neil enjoys playing guitar, tennis, and late-night drives.
Flutist Simona Donova has performed and toured internationally across the United States and Europe in over 250 concerts as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, including representing her native Bulgaria on stage at Carnegie Hall in front of 3,000 people. She is a creative chameleon who can adapt to a wide range of musical settings from performing with gospel bands, gamelan ensembles (on a bamboo flute) to leading a jazz duo and using extended techniques in the avant-garde music of George Crumb.
She has won top prizes in numerous international music competitions including First Prize at “Flute Meeting” International Flute Competition (Greece), Honorable Prize at Slavsja Glinka International Music Festival (Russia), and “Outstanding Musician of the Year” Award by the Conway Alliance for the Arts Music Organization (USA).
Simona’s past projects include collaborations with legendary jazz pianist David Budway and renowned beatboxing flute Greg Pattillo. Upcoming performances include her solo concerto debut with the Bergen Philharmonic (NJ) and a contemporary music project that incorporates Bulgarian folk rhythms and dances.
Ms. Donova is based in both Bulgaria and New York City. She currently serves on faculty at Astoria Art House Music Conservatory and Galliard School of Music in New York City. She holds a Master of Music degree from Aaron Copland School of Music (NYC) with additional training at University of Vienna (Austria) and is grateful to her former and current teachers Judith Mendenhall, Bart Feller, Helen Campo, and Dr. Carolyn Brown.
Aaron Goldstein joined the City of Fond du Lac Police Department in 1998 as a Police Officer. Throughout the years, he gained many promotions and accolades and in July 2019, he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police/Administration.
Through the course of his career, Goldstein has been awarded with a number of Department commendations, including the Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service Award. Additionally, he has also served the Department as a certified Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Defensive and Arrest Tactics Instructor, Professional Communications Skills Instructor, and Vehicle Contacts Instructor.
Goldstein is a graduate of the 266th Session of the FBI National Academy (Quantico, VA); the International Association of Chiefs of Police ‘Leadership in Police Organizations’; and a number of other advanced law enforcement and leadership programs.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Psycho-Biology from Ripon College and a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College.
The year Mohini Kumar’s family moved to Fond du Lac was 2008. It was an incredibly hard year for the entire community; however, she remembers the servitude the entire community had demonstrated. Every single person wanted to uplift others in times of hardship. From that point forward, she wanted to embody that same leadership and resilience she had seen in her own community. Mohini now works with Envision Greater Fond du Lac, serving on the Fondy Students Roundtable, participates in Youth in Government and Youth Advocacy, among other activities. During her high school career at Fond du Lac High School, she began lobbying to advocate for after school programs through the YMCA and quickly saw the importance of civic engagement within younger populations. She has pushed for civic engagement in her community and hopes to spread the word on the importance of voting and civic engagement during her upcoming time at the University of Chicago.
Manar Mohammad writes from her experiences as a Palestinian-American Muslim woman exploring the world of medicine through the lens of storytelling. An avid writer and poet, Manar draws from her time living abroad, serving on international medical missions, and her experiences throughout medical school to share stories of hope and understanding to build empathy by seeing patients, and people as a whole, as stories.
What she aims to do with her talk is carry the audience on a journey into the lives of these patients and see them for their stories in an attempt to instill empathy. She invites the audience to fearlessly look to all the parts of a person and aim to put the pieces together to see them as a whole entity and believe in the positive impact it can have on them, that connecting to our patients and their stories serve as essential parts of the life-long learning process of medicine and are instrumental parts of our education. They tell us how to care for them, share with us their needs, teach us how to be empathetic for them, how to converse with them. It is not always that the doctor is the savior. More often than not, the patients can save us from our own burnout, from help us rediscover medicine and find our purpose once again.
After graduating from Carthage College with a degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a Pre-Med concentration, she carried her passion for storytelling into medicine, documenting her journey on her blog and Instagram (@manarfitmed). A current third year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she is a strong believer that medicine serves as a universal language, capable of bridging gaps between people of various backgrounds and walks of life. She hopes to practice medicine while simultaneously using language as a way to connect to people from different cultures and backgrounds, and thus grow to become a better advocate for the people she serves.
Franki Moscato is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter, actress, and public speaker who has been in the spotlight since a very young age. Her family affirms that she was singing at the piano before she knew how to talk.
Moscato started performing at school functions while in fourth grade. By sixth grade, she was a familiar entertainer outside of school and traveled with her local American Legion Post to sing the anthem at color guard ceremonies. At 11 years old, Moscato sang for 70,000 people at Lambeau Field at Packers’ Family Night.
As her notoriety grew, so did the hardship of collapsing friendships. Moscato became an outcast at her school, and councilors and faculty declined involvement. After transferring to a private parochial school her music career escalated. Sadly, the scorn and disdain from students, parents, and teachers greatly intensified.
Moscato now attends an online school, and she speaks to people of all ages on the topics of anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and solutions to finding lasting happiness through deliberate kindness. You can find her at school assemblies and youth-support organizations, talking to kids across Wisconsin.
Recognizing that there are schools and communities that require a higher level of professional guidance toward implementing sustainable mental wellness programs, Moscato started a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity called the “Franki Moscato Foundation”. Her foundation is specifically focused on teen mental wellness, but includes training for parents, faculty, and the broader communities.
You can find more about Franki Moscato and information on her foundation at http://Franki.me
Illustrator and Fond du Lac native Samantha Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in illustration from UW-Eau Claire and holds certification in web development. She was theFond du Lac Public Library’s Idea Studio 2019 summer artist in residence, conducting workshops on life drawing, concept character creation with 3-D printing and screen printing.
Nelson was also instrumental in the launching the Idea Studio’s Girls Who Code Club. Her creativity inspiration comes from her pet rats, beekeeping, reptile breeding projects, tarantulas and her microfauna vivariums. She is an avid lover of non-traditional pets and educator on how to care and respect them.
In a career that began in 1967, Lynn Roethke reigns as one of the most accomplished American women judo athletes in the history of the sport. Lynn holds the rank of eighth degree black belt. This promotion made her the youngest eighth degree black belt and one of only two of the highest ranked woman in the United States.
Lynn was the first American woman to medal in judo at the Olympic Games, winning a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. She was also an Olympic team member in Barcelona in 1992. In 1987 Lynn was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, making her the first woman in the world to earn that honor. In 2008, she was inducted in the inaugural class of the USA Judo Hall of Fame. She was selected by the U.S. Olympic committee as “female athlete of the year” in the sport of judo in 1985 and 1987.
Winner of a silver medal in the 1987 World Championships, Lynn is also a two-time gold medalist in the Pan American Games. Her honors also include some 450 judo awards in competitions throughout the world. Lynn is a nine time U.S. Senior National Champion. Lynn is an honors graduate from Marian University holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Sport and Recreation Management. She resides in Fond du Lac, and is owner/operator of Club Olympia, an adult co-ed fitness center, which recently celebrated its twenty second year anniversary. She is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Lynn teaches and coaches a judo program at her fitness club which has produced State, National and International Champions. She also conducts motivational seminars and clinics throughout the United States.
Veronica Scott-Fulton is Regional Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive of SSM Health. She is an accomplished Executive with proven success leading teams in the achievement of a vision for transforming and creating value in healthcare. She has expertise in lean leadership, strategic planning, innovation and process redesign, creating measurable and sustained results.
Fine artist, designer and muralist, Rae Senarighi is best known for colorful abstracts, intricate typography and vivid portraiture. Rae began his studies at the University of Montana and finished his BFA at the Art Institute of Seattle in 2009, receiving a Hall of Fame Award in 2010. Rae’s work is influenced by years of scientific illustration, studying the natural world in micro and macro, being published in Cell, Nature and Science magazines.
Rae is a transgender non-binary artist currently based in Madison, WI. His portraits celebrate transgender / non-binary individuals throughout the world who are living their lives openly, choosing integrity over safety. This series has been featured in Art Voices, the San Francisco Weekly, Milwaukee Public Radio, Gertrude Press, Edge Media Network, the Philadelphia Metro, the Unmistakable Creative and DNA India, among others. Netflix and GLAAD recently invited Rae to celebrate authentic, accurate portrayals of trans characters in media through a series of paintings. Since launching his portrait series Rae’s toured nationwide as a visiting lecturer and speaker, working to expand accurate trans visibility.
Paul Sunseri, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in children’s mental health and is a pioneer in family therapy. He is the founder of three community mental health agencies and has worked to improve the lives of countless children and families over the past three decades. Dr. Sunseri is also a researcher and has published original research on the relationship between family functioning and children’s mental health. His most recent study (“Hidden Figures: Is the Key to Improving Children’s Mental Health through Better Family Functioning?”) is the largest research study ever conducted and shows that children and adolescents with serious mental illness benefit the most when their family as a whole is treated and family functioning improves. Dr. Sunseri is also the developer of Intensive In-Home Family Treatment (IIFT), an innovative treatment approach for children and teens in high conflict families for which traditional outpatient therapy has been ineffective.
Maria Turner is the Executive Director for the Women’s Fund, a position she took in March 2019 as the next step in her 13 years of previous nonprofit experiences in domestic violence, child abuse prevention and job training/placement for at-risk populations. Her career began in corporate newspaper, magazine and book publishing roles before shifting into the nonprofit sector. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and English from Carroll University and a certificate in Entrepreneurship from Fox Valley Technical College’s eSeed Program. She has presented workshops at two national conferences within the past five years: National CASA Conference (Washington, DC in June 2016) and National Citizen Review Panel Conference (Anchorage, Alaska in May 2017). Maria lives in New London, Wisconsin with her two teen daughters and has given back to her community through volunteerism that enhances education, women’s leadership and youth enrichment opportunities.
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