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A TED talk (of sorts) coming to Milwaukee

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"Ideas worth spreading" -- that's the slogan for TED and its popular series of 'TED Talks" seen online and around the world.

The "talks" are often thought-provoking and wide-ranging, but they aren't the easiest to attend in person.  Programmed as part of an annual conference, the ticket price is high, and seats are limited.

But thanks to another initiative -- known as TEDx -- a TED-like experience is coming back to Milwaukee for it's third year at UW-Milwaukee on Oct. 8th.

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Kacee Ochalek is the co-president of TEDx UW-Milwaukee, an independent student organization responsible for organizing the annual event.

This year, Ochalek says the theme is "I Am. We Are." and will focus on the concept of identity -- personal identity and our collective identity as a community.

The TEDx program gives people the opportunity to "be in the same room with the change makers, students and professionals who all have the common goal of making this world a better place," Ochalek said.

"We really believe what we're doing is bringing change to the community," she added.

As for topics, speakers will discuss a variety of Milwaukee-specific subjects, including food security, mental health, and community orgaizing, among other topics.

Here's the speaker lineup:

  • Rayna Andrews, Senior Director, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Kyle Cherek, Host, Wisconsin Foodie
  • La'Ketta Caldwell, Founder, Keyta Life &
    Senior Program Manager of the Arts Education Department, Boys & Girls Club
  • Niki Johnson, Aritst, Curator, Owner- Niki Johnson Studio, LLC
  • Frank Martinelli, President, Center for Public Skills Training
  • Howard Snyder, Founder and Executive Director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation
  • Laci Coppins - Robbins, Executive Director, Milwaukee Teacher Education Center
  • Joe Sheehy, Student, Philosophy at UW - Milwaukee
  • Jason Anderson, Counselor, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Students with Physical Disabilities
  • Emily Phillips, Partner, Drosner Phillips Group - Baird

For tickets, visit the TEDx UW-Milwaukee website.  And click the player above to hear our interview with Ochalek.


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