Questioning the Narrative: March 20, 2021, 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Virtual Event

Cost: Free
TEDxWartburgCollege invites the Wartburg and Cedar Valley communities to join us for the fourth annual Northeast Iowa TEDx event. Speakers will discuss diverse “Ideas Worth Spreading.” 


Note: To view presentations you must register and be admitted to the event on Zoom.

Introduction and TEDx video – 9-9:10 a.m.
Location: Zoom

PRESENTATIONS, 9:10-9:45 a.m.
Kyson Stoker, Live Your Groove
Deborah Gilboa M.D., Doing Too Much is Good For You
Activity, Q/A, 9:45-9:55 a.m. on Zoom

PRESENTATIONS, 9:55-10:30 a.m.
Nate Cannon, The Narrative Around What It Means to Be a Man
Nikki Cohn-Byrd, The Rise of the Smart Patient
Activity, Q/A, 10:30-10:40 a.m. on Zoom

PRESENTATIONS, 10:40-11:11 a.m.
Acamea Deadwiler, We Define Women by Relationship Status and Should Stop
Dylan Lundgren, The Harm in Harm Reduction
Activity, Q/A, 11:11-11:21 a.m. on Zoom

PRESENTATION, 11:21-11:35 a.m.
Charlotte Ding, Climbing Toward Your Mt. Everest”
Activity, Q/A, 11:35-11:45 a.m. on Zoom

Dismissal, 11:45 a.m.


Nate Cannon

Nate Cannon
B.A., Sociology of Law Criminology and Deviance, University of Minnesota
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Hamline University
Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate, Minnesota Paralegal Institute
Certified Demential Practitioner, NCCDP

Global Issue to Resolve: Eliminate the divides between us
Role Model: His mom because she is the most resilient person he’s known

Nikki Cohn Byrd

Nikki Cohn-Byrd
B.A., Kinesiology, M.B.A.
Former Health Coach, 2x Founder, Creator at Sexy Healthcare
Sales and Marketing Strategy Director at Digital Health SaaS Co. 
: She/Her/Hers
Global Issue to Resolve: Quality of and access to healthcare  
Role Model: Elon Musk for being as smart and forward thinking she’d want to be  

Acamea Deadwiler

Acamea Deadwiler
Accredited complementary therapist
M.S., Sports Marketing
: She/Her/Hers
Global Issue to Resolve: Ensure everyone had the resources and access to achieve financial stability  
Role Model: Oprah because speaks eloquently and carries herself with compassionate authority; she also challenged the stereotypical narrative that women should aspire to marriage and motherhood  

Charlotte Ding

Charlotte Ding
High school student from Irvine, California
Interested in studying psychology in college
: She/Her/Hers
Global Issue to Resolve: Promote outdoor activities for people in her age and inspire them to keep the environment clean  
Role Model: Junko Tabei who was the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest  

Deborah Gibloa

Deborah Gilboa
M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University
: She/Her/Hers
Global Issue to Resolve: Make education free and accessible to every child  
Role Model: Oprah because she saw a cultural problem (that women believed they should care for others at their own detriment), set out to change our culture in order to solve it and is succeeding

Dylan Lundgren

Dylan Lundgren
Addiction recovery advocate and speaker
: He/Him/His
Global Issue to Resolve: Massive levels of unhappiness and trauma
Role Model: John F. Kennedy “for being willing to stand up for what’s right”

Kyson Stoker

Kyson Stoker
Corn dog truck operator
Newspaper delivery boy and spikeball fanatic
: He/Him/His
Global Issue to Resolve: World inadequacy – questioning negative self-talk and let people thrive
Role Model: Nelson Mandela for his humility and determination

Lura Ajdini

Lura Ajdini (ConnecTED/TEDx President) from Kosovo. She/her/hers. Third year Wartburg student double-majoring in Graphic Design and Digital Cinema & Production. The biggest lesson this year has taught me is to learn to accept and move forward, take time to learn yourself and don’t oppress your emotions. One thing I appreciate about myself is the fact that I don’t feel afraid of the future anymore.

Molly Coy

Molly Coy (TEDx Marketing Director) from Newton, IA. She/her/hers. First year Wartburg student double-majoring in Marketing and Public Relations The biggest lesson I have learned is that you have to be adaptable in every aspect of your life. After this year I have realized that anything and everything could go wrong all at once, but in order to stay afloat you must be able to shift the way you think or do things. There is always a positive outcome in every situation, so finding the good is also important. I appreciate that I am a natural born leader who will put myself out there in every situation I encounter. I will take charge when I have to and heed with a powerful yet encouraging voice.

Mildred Mahatlane

Mildred Mahatlane (Vice-President of ConnecTED/TEDx) from Botswana. She/her/hers. Third year Wartburg student majoring in Psychology and International Relations with a minor in Spanish. The biggest lesson this year has taught me is to “Live large, live loud, or don’t live at all”. I appreciate the fact that I am resilient and will always look a challenge in the face and take it on.

Malé Ginindza

Malé Ginindza (ConnecTED/TEDx Treasurer) from Eswatini. She/her. Third year Wartburg student double-majoring in Psychology and Journalism & Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. The biggest lesson this year has taught me is that no feeling is permanent. You’ll always get through it. One thing I appreciate about myself is my resilience.

Jenna Smuszkiewicz

Jenna Smuszkiewicz (ConnecTED/TEDx Secretary) from Belvidere, IL. She/her. Second year Wartburg student majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Biology, Leadership and Psychology.This year has taught me to be flexible, and to appreciate every single day I have here. I appreciate my dedication to goals. If I set a goal for myself, I will do my best to achieve it.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Sample Presentations/Videos