Ideas worth spreading

TEDx Oshkosh releases full lineup; registration now open

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A diverse panel of speakers is set to share “ideas worth spreading” at TEDxOshkosh 2017.

Registration is open for the event at the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presenting on the theme of “Break Through,” 14 speakers will tackle the prompt in a variety of ways.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Javad Ahmad, president and COO at Oracular IS LLC – The Internet of Everything
  • Ken Arneson, president and CEO of Evergreen Retirement Community – The Future of Aging
  • Atiba R. Ellis, professor of law at West Virginia University – Using Memes to Break Out of Voter Fraud Talk
  • Sharon Hulce, president and CEO of Employment Resource Group – The Story of Courage: Lessons from the Wizard of Oz
  • Charlie Krebs, professor of theater and communication at Lakeland University – Everyone is a Performer
  • Curt Kubiak, founder and CEO of NOVO Health – Manufacturing Healthcare
  • Nina Maybe, performer, poet and teaching artist – Radical Vulnerability: Choosing Authenticity as an Act of Resistance
  • Matt McVeigh, Fond du Lac High School teacher – What Can Musical Performance Teach Us About Servant Leadership?
  • Jonathan Patz, professor and John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment at UW-Madison – Climate Change is Affecting Our Health. Is There a Cure?
  • Joseph Peterson, associate professor of geology at UW-Oshkosh – T Rex and T-Birds: Patterns of Evolution by Automotive Analogy
  • Carl Reible III, owner of Reible Family Farms – Family Dairy Farms: Drawing from the Past, Looking Towards the Future
  • Tracey Robertson, co-founder and executive director of Fit Oshkosh Inc. – Black Girls Aren’t Magic
  • Tracy Slagter, assistant professor of political science at UW-Oshkosh – No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Politics for Eaters
  • Nancy Yarbrough, executive director and founder of Fresh Start Learning Inc. – Myths, Misconceptions, Mysteries and Mistakes of the Sex Trade

Ahmad, whose talk will examine the role the internet plays in society, says he never thought he’d find himself on this platform. He plans to incorporate insights from other visionaries such as Ray Kurzweil, author of several books including, “How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.” He says he’ll also draw inspiration from science fiction movies.

“Whatever we have experienced in our lives, someone has dreamed it up in the past,” Ahmed says. “We have to dream.”

VIP and student tickets have sold out for the event, but seating is still available for the main floor, suite seats and balcony areas. For more information or to register, visit To learn about the history of TEDxOshkosh and its founders, check out the story that appeared in our May issue of Insight on Business:

Special shout out to TEDx Fond du Lac

TEDx Fond du Lac held its first event Aug 19 and sold out the event. Organizers are have already started planning and TEDx Fond du Lac 2018. You can follow the latest developments at