Presenter: Kimberly Sims
Talk Title: Weed and Seed [View Talk]
Talk Description: A presentation to re-invent one of the County’s oldest cities, through tough conversation and grass roots mobilization. To share with you how we as a COUNTY can rebuild this place so many have chosen to call home. I will be sharing ideas, which will fertilize the garden of Muskegon Heights for long term growth and identity.
Bio: Affectionately known by many in the community as T.T. Kim, Kimberley Sims was born, raised, and currently resides in the City of Muskegon Heights. A Muskegon Catholic Central Alumni, wife of 19 years to Andrew, and mother of three: Jhonika (23) , Andrew II (16) and Preston (5). She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, an avid homeschooler; who has humbly served on the Muskegon Heights City Council for over a decade, Muskegon Area District Library Board, Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership Board, Muskegon Heights Optimist Member, Friends of Muskegon Heights Library, and volunteer director of SIMBA circle, an African-American male mentoring program.
"One cannot hear a person’s cry and say one is busy" - Ibo, Nigeria.
This is a proverb which is the driving force of Kimberley Sims. In her spare time, Mrs. Sims is the Visionary of a non-profit organization called Destinys Pointe, a grassroots organization to create sustainable change in an individual’s life. The ultimate goal for Mrs. Sims is to empower a people who seem to have been marginalized by the inner circles. Being the voice for the people who say little, yet their conditions scream for assistance.
Presenter: Barbara Lee
Talk Title: Reinventing Our Approach to Sex: Replacing the Marriage Ethic with a Sexual Ethic [View Talk]
Talk Description: Between sex as sin and sex as sport is an embrace of sexuality as a good gift. How will we make wise decisions about how we will and will not express our sexuality? It is time we develop a Sexual Ethic that frees us to love our bodies and to celebrate the gift of sexual intimacy.
Bio: Barbara Lee is the author of the book Sacred Sex. She works in the non-profit sector where she is an advocate for diverse populations, especially the marginalized and the voiceless. Currently she is a Vocational Specialist for Kandu, Incorporated. She earned her MBA in Leadership Studies at Baker College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration at Grand Valley State University. Barbara is the mother of two grown boys Jackson and Alex, and lives in Grand Haven, Michigan. She also shares her life with her significant partner Leif and her significant daughter Brigid. In her free time, Barbara enjoys travel, theatre, good food and international service.
Presenter: Todd Conrad
Talk Title: Collaborative Competition [View Talk]
Talk Description: We generally accept competitiveness as an important cultural ethic. The concept drives our economy and our culture. Is it possible, though, that our collective obsession with being “The Best” could be at the root of larger social problems or even mental illness? Could collaborative competition be a healthier approach?
Bio: A native of Flushing, Michigan, Todd Conrad moved to Muskegon in the spring of 2001 to teach English and coach football at Mona Shores High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University in 1997 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University in 2006. He and his wife Shannan have three children: Brayton, Cullen, and Molly.
Presenter: Patrice Johnson
Talk Title: The Secret in Muskegon Heights [View Talk]
Talk Description: Have you heard of The Secret Garden? The story of a young girl who finds a hidden garden that has been neglected for some time. However, she begins to cultivate the garden and overtime she sees its restoration. Similar is the secret to Muskegon Heights. Although, the city has experienced a downturn with vision and strong work ethic restoration is on the horizon.
Bio: Patrice S. Johnson is the Mayor-Pro Tem of the City of Muskegon Heights. Born and raised in the “Heights” Johnson feels a strong calling to contribute to the restoration and re-INVENTION of the city and community that she loves. Johnson works at her former high school, Muskegon Heights High School Academy. She is also a very proud graduate of Michigan State University where she earned her bachelors in Social Relations and Public Policy. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree from Cornerstone University. Her most recent accomplishment includes publishing her first book, My Father’s Kingdom. Johnson believes that great leadership can translate vision into reality and she is pressing for her vision to become reality in the city of Muskegon Heights
Presenter: Evan Tylenda
Talk Title: Socially Responsible Investing: Reinventing the way we invest our dollars [View Talk]
Talk Description: Investors and corporations are starting to question the “it’s just the way things have always been done” mentality of running a business. Many corporations are starting to recognize the need to change and the importance of implementing the Triple Bottom line into their operations. Still many investors are unaware of the benefits these practices provide for not only the environment and society but for their portfolios as well.
Bio: Evan A. Tylenda is a BBA graduate of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University with a double major in Finance and Accounting. Working toward his CFA designation, he recently passed the Level I exam. He is active in several organizations supporting sustainability initiatives in Grand Rapids, MI, he hopes to encourage companies and investors to embrace the benefits of corporate sustainability and socially responsible investing.
Presenter: Shawn Gardner
Talk Title: Compassion Not Excuses [View Talk]
Talk Description: If we are ever going to improve this country there has to be a way to address the status of the black male in this country. It starts with an effort to improve our community, this is accomplished by showing a little more compassion, well actually, show some compassion for the black man in the inner city. In order to understand the premises, there is a need to break down what is meant by compassion?
Bio: With more than a decade of problem solving experience and a Master of Science degree in Conflict Management, Shawn Gardner has developed a keen insight of how to analyze a problem and develop ways to solve them. As a father of four daughters, a community activist, a fatherhood advocate, a Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellow, and a successful author of his memoir “Me vs. Me Volume: 1, Shawn has used his multiple talents to start a non-profit organization, 2NOT1: Fatherhood & Families, Inc., and under Shawn’s leadership, various entities were brought together to improve neighborhoods and strengthen families.
Shawn works diligently to enhance fathers’ relationship with their children and the children’s mother (s). 2NOT1’s mission is to change the way society views fathers by “Making Fatherhood Normal”. Shawn’s belief is that he, 2NOT1 staff, the Board, and supporters will “change the lives of children, one father at a time.” With Shawn’s direction, 2NOT1 organized and hosted several Annual Fatherhood Conferences, and with the support of Congressman John Yarmuth, 2NOT1 has given Annual Fatherhood Awards to deserving fathers who reside in Kentucky and were nominated by their peers or community. In 2011, Shawn developed Teen Fatherhood University, TFU, to help teen fathers 24 and under navigate barriers and learn the skills to be involved fathers. Shawn also created “theBLUEPRINT” youth development program, which has been implemented in two Kentucky school districts. theBLUEPRINT assists youth with understanding the conflict in their lives and provides them with the needed tools to make positive and sound decisions while dealing with those conflicts.
Presenter: Joshua Davis
Talk Title: Over the Wall and Gone; a Jewish-American songwriter in the Palestinian West Bank [View Talk & Performance]
Talk Description: In February of 2012, I joined the non-profit organization On the Ground for the Run Across Palestine - a 5 day, 129 mile ultra marathon to raise funds and awareness in support of fair-trade olive farming communities in the Palestinian West Bank. I was trusted with the honor of carrying some of Michigan - in song and story - to Palestine, and in return, to soak up some of the art and culture there to share with my community. The fear and courage I witnessed there, on both sides of the wall, and also within myself, were profound. I returned much less resolved and far more inspired than I could have imagined.
Bio: Josh is especially interested in the ways in which music brings individuals and communities together, to foster peace and understanding. He's noticed that songs can re-soundtrack people's lives and peoples' lives too.
Davis has just released "A Miracle of Birds", an album inspired by his experience in the Holy Land. Half of the proceeds will mean olive trees and educational scholarships for the farmers and families he encountered during his travels. The songs are deeply personal and deal with his struggle between his Jewish identity and the oppression and confusion he found in the Middle East. Josh brings a unique program to schools and communities that combines his music and stories about the trip as well as club dates with a world-class six-piece band.
He lives in Lansing, Michigan with his lovely and brilliant wife and daughter.
Presenter: Chris Willis
Talk Title: I Am Human Capital: an asset-based perspective on reINVENTing work [View Talk]
Talk Description: If people are an organization’s greatest asset, why do so many businesses still treat them as a liability? When faced with business downturn or disruption, workforce cuts are wide, deep, and often feel indiscriminate to those left to deal with collateral damage. No wonder the term “Human Capital” is associated with an interchangeable cog in a profit-making machine. But what if organizations treated Human Capital with the same respect assigned other financial assets? Could the emerging Knowledge Age economy demand we reInvent how we value our workforce?
Bio: Chris is the visionary entrepreneur behind Media 1, a consulting firm dedicated to driving measurable organizational improvement since 1993. Chris played an instrumental role in developing Return On People, a powerful performance improvement methodology grounded in Human Capital Analytics. She is a regular business conference presenter and author, published in Dr Michael Allen's eLearning Annual. Her most recent title is The Return On People eBook. Chris is mom to Johna, who is pursuing a career in law; she is also the founder of Friends of Muskegon Dog Beach, and lives nearby with husband Robert, dachshund Rojito, and Rockett, a Jack Russell Terrorist.
Performer: Eddie Sanders, Jr.
Performance Title: My Heart Belongs To You [View Performance]
Bio: My name is Edward Sanders Jr. I perform under the name Eddie Sanders Jr. I am 47 years old and I am the father of 4 sons and one daughter. I am also a lifelong resident of Muskegon Heights. I began writing music and performing in 1998. For years I battled with alcoholism and substance abuse. My life was in turmoil. I didn't know which way to turn. After all else failed, I gave my life to Jesus and now 7 years later, my life is a living testimony. I am an Elder in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), a 2013 graduate of Muskegon Community College, and the founder of INOJ Ministries, a youth mentoring program in our community. I have been blessed to perform in churches and public venues across the Midwest, from Chicago to Virginia as well as locally. I am in high demand as a vocalist in several choirs in our area and have been asked to perform the National Anthem at professional sports events, including for our Muskegon Lumberjacks. Writing music and performing all play a part in the Reinventing of myself, the man, Eddie Sanders Jr.
Backing up Eddie’s performance will be some world-class musicians, including:
Curtis Clark Sr. - Bass
Kenny Chapman - Lead Guitar
Le - Vocals
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Salisz
Talk Title: Something From Something [View Talk]
Talk Description: I’m a practicing urologic surgeon. Ironically, I had my bladder removed for cancer and have been “re- plumbed” so that I have a stoma and a bag. This huge change in lifestyle inspired development of a stoma appliance cover that has revolutionized ostomy care. Supported by community friends, we have an answer to the troubles associated with wearing a bag. This cover contains, conceals, and reduces associated odor. This collaborative local manufacturing effort has improved the mainstreaming of people like me.
Bio: Joseph A. Salisz, MD, Urologic Surgeon for 22 years. Born at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon, MI. Wife Shelia Halloran, teacher from Muskegon, MI, 4 children, active runner, skier, hunter, husband, father. Cancer survivor with a life… Re-plumbed, “have bag will travel.” Dedicated to stoma life improvement.
Presenter: Dan Gorman
Talk Title: Fresh Lunch [View Talk]
Talk Description: Dan Gorman, School Food Service Director for Montague/Whitehall Schools, will take a look at where we are with school lunches today and share his experience with trying to bring a little “fresh” back into National School Lunch Program.
Bio: Dan Gorman has served as School Food Service Director for Montague Schools for last 14 years and added Whitehall District Schools to his service area three years ago. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, and worked twelve years in management in the restaurant industry with Applebees and The Ground Round before moving into his current field of work.
Dan is Michigan’s first recipient of the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Gold Award, which he received at an HUSSC reception at the White House. He served as the Nutrition Chair for the School Nutrition Association Executive Board from 2005 until 2008. He also served as an Area 7 Representative from 2009-2011, and again serves in this role in the present day.Dan is married to his wife of 21 years, Mary, and has two children, Cecelia (18 years) and Emmet (15 years).
Presenter: James Kendra
Talk Title: The Content-Free Social Studies Classroom - Motivation, not Memorization [View Talk]
Talk Description: Social Studies is the most important class students take in school - but not when the emphasis is on facts and dates. I believe in creating a classroom where teachers help students make connections between the present and the past to help them plan for their futures. A place where students cultivate their interests and discover their passions.
Bio: James Kendra has been a teacher since 1987 and has been teaching Social Studies at Kenowa Hills Middle School for the past 19 years. He holds degrees from Muskegon Community College, Michigan State University, and a masters degree from Grand Valley State University. He lives in Ferrysburg, MI with his daughter Grace, and Paula - his wife of 25 years.
Bio: “Whose tweet is it anyways” is an online streaming improv troupe. We combine live performance with technology, taking suggestions from both the in-house audience and online viewers. Whose tweet is it anyways is a show based off the television show Whose Line is it Anyway. All performances shown on Whose Tweet is it Anyways is made up on the spot in front of a live audience. It is extremely fun to watch and allows the audience to interact with the show they are watching. By bringing in the social media aspect, we are creating a new experience that no one has done before. Whose Tweet is it Anyways will begin performing two times a month at Northway Lanes. Our first official show will be November 16th.
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Presenter: Mark Peters
Talk Title: I Want Lifetime Employment Just Not With You!! [View Talk]
Talk Description: Given the projected skill gap in the workforce by the year 2025 it’s likely that future job seekers will be demanding development and promotions before agreeing to work for you. What are you going to do? How are you going to respond? Mark will discuss how a community based collaborative effort could provide reliable employment and ongoing development for individuals while reducing employer costs relative to employee turnover.
Bio: Mark Peters is the Chief Executive Officer of Butterball Farms, Inc., the nation’s leading producer of embossed and specialty butter and margarine for the hotel and restaurant industry (www.butterballfarms.com). He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Calvin College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Davenport University.
To “enrich lives” is Mark’s personal passion and is also the mission statement for Butterball Farms. Mark has enriched many lives through his community service and strives to have every employee and the larger community share in this mission. Mark is involved in a number of non-profit organizations and was instrumental in organizing a group of committed businessmen and community leaders to form The SOURCE, a coalition of local business, non-profit service providers and state agencies to centralize services in Grand Rapids.
Stay tuned for more announcements regarding 2013's TEDx Muskegon event.
reINVENT with TEDx Muskegon
Those who want to hear Ideas Worth Spreading regarding Muskegon, West Michigan, and beyond
November 7, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., with an after party at Fricano's soon after.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
The Beardsley Theater at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
$30 for an afternoon of quality speakers, refreshments, and admittance to the after party.