Gustavus to Host Third Annual TEDx Event on April 23

Posted on March 1st, 2016 by

Gustavus Adolphus College’s Center for Community-Based Service and Learning will host the College’s third annual TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Wallenberg Auditorium. The conference theme is “ENGAGE!” and will feature a series of eight live speakers and two TED Talks via video.

Tickets for the independently organized event, licensed by TED, are $5 for Gustavus Students and $25 for the general public, and are limited to 100 tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at The presentation will be recorded and archived online following the event.

Speakers will give presentations between five and 18 minutes, followed by a brief opportunity for audience members to discuss and share new learning and insights with each other. Scheduled presenters and topics for the TEDx event at Gustavus include:

batzPaul Batz

Talk Title: Sparking Goodness

​​Founder/president of Good Leadership Enterprises, Paul Batz will show that with shared values, good intentions and concern for people both personally and professionally, good leaders thrive in all kinds of market conditions and placate the complexities that test our resilience.


ericksonAnnika Erickson

Talk Title: Making the Most of Life on Earth

Annika Erickson will suggest that more of us can and should make engagement with the richness of this world a priority. She will share her own strategies for overcoming challenges, and for moving beyond tourism to more satisfying forms of intercultural engagement


jamaFardousa Jama

Talk Title: Knowing Your Worth

“Volunteer of the Year” winner Fardousa Jama will talk about our mission to create a reason for being here.  As we engage our goals there will be obstacles, but if you believe in yourself and believe in your decisions you will move forward.


johnsonRyan Johnson

Talk Title: Engagement on the Big Science and Technology Issues

Ryan Johnson is a nationally recognized lawyer for innovative health care and life science companies.  Johnson will show how he engages the public and policymakers on several of today’s biggest science and technology issues, including genome editing, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and energy.


lund deanKathy Lund Dean

Talk Title: Why can’t we just all get along? Title VII religious protections 50 years on

Kathy Lund Dean currently holds the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics at Gustavus.  Her session will describe research on how American workers have responded to religious diversity in all types of organizations, and how this research engages by sharing workplace experiences.


markham-cousinsCarol Markham-Cousins

Talk Title: What Does it Take to Push the Racially Biased System, and Fail?

Carol Markham-Cousins has experienced both the teaching and administrative aspects of education.  After being removed as the principal of Washburn High School for standing up for equity in education, Markham-Cousins will talk about how she continues to find ways to engage all students in education.


metkowskiCarry Metkowski

Talk Title: The Art and Science of Engagement

Part design thinker, part producer, and part coach, Carry Metkowski says that the jury is still out on a repeatable set of conditions needed to create engagement. In this session, Metkowski will take an unorthodox approach at examining what science is available behind engagement.


thibodeauThomas Thibodeau

Talk Title: Positive Power of Servant Leadership

Thomas Thibodeau is a distinguished professor of servant leadership at Viterbo University. He will speak about the act of servant leadership being both timely and timeless, and how it is expressed every day through our words, presence and commitment to the common good. ​

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

For more information on tickets or the conference in general, please e-mail, call organizer Dave Newell at 507-933-6069, or visit

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Information for Media

Members of the media can attend the TEDx event at Gustavus, however video and audio recording of the speakers will not be permitted. To inquire about attending the TEDx event at Gustavus, contact Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin at 507-933-7510 or


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


One Comment

  1. Paul Batz says:

    Looking forward to an exciting TEDx at my alma mater. Carpe Diem….Hope to see you there!