2015 Speakers

TEDxNorthCentralCollege featured distinguished alumni, our college president, and select student speakers.  Click on the talk title to watch the video!

12-minute talks included:


The Value of Moral Failure
The moments when you fail to live up to your most cherished ideals do not need to define you – but they should!

Ryan J. Dowd ‘00, Atty., MPA
Executive Director – Ayuda, Inc. in Washington D.C.


NelsonYour Step-by-Step Guide to Injury-Free, Xtreme Optimism
Practical steps that allow reluctant optimists to create a better life and world – without hurting themselves.

Jackie Mitchell ’99 Nelson
Director, Celebrity and Entertainment Engagement – American Red Cross


Discovering the Power of the Poor
How community transformation is possible when the materially poor are empowered to play a leading role—and how it’s impossible if they don’t.

Rick Guzman ‘99, Atty.
Asst. Chief of Staff, City of Aurora – Mayor’s Office, Co-Founder of Emmanuel House


Finding Personal Greatness
We all have the power to change the world, but how can we do this when we become complacent in our own journey?

Kathy L. Guy ’98 Guthrie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies – Florida State University


Intimate Advocacy” 
Why sharing and connecting with personal stories of adversity and injustice is vital in sustaining social movements.

NeAngela L. Marshall ’04 Dixon, JD
Assistant State’s Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Division


Sustainability:  Why Universities Can Lead by Example
Institutions of higher education are uniquely positioned to propel the sustainability movement forward, powered by three assets most organizations wish they had.

Troy D. Hammond, Ph.D.
President, North Central College


Student Speakers presenting 3-minute talks included:

JamieM_150Mind, Body & Soul: The Corporate Impact of Mental Wellness Centers

Jamie Mangiameli
Senior / Sociology



Check Your Perspective, Not Your Privilege

Rachel West
Junior / Choral Music Education




The Power of Place: Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine

Matthew Wilke
Senior / Sociology



AnthonySchullo_150Pink and Blue: Communicating Gender to Children

Anthony Schullo
Senior / Gender and Sexuality



AlexMoerer_150Improvisation: Overcoming the Stage Fear of Life

Alex Moerer
Sophomore / Theater



AbbiVanHook_150Unpacking My Baggage: Re-framing Racial Identity

Abigail Van Hook
Senior / Global Studies