The first TEDxNorthCentralCollege event featured distinguished alumni, students and President Troy D. Hammond. Cosponsored by the Leadership, Ethics & Values program and Student Affairs, the event’s theme of “Changing the World for Good” encouraged talks focused on high-impact ideas for social change. TEDx events are independently organized, licensed TED-like events that foster learning, innovation and wonder, and bring together local communities to spark conversation around “ideas worth spreading.”
Hammond shared his expertise in the energy services field by speaking on “Sustainability: Why Universities Can Lead by Example.” The following alumni returned to campus to participate: Ryan J. Dowd ’00, J.D., speaking on “The Value of Moral Failure”; Jackie Mitchell ’99 Nelson, director, Celebrity and Entertainment Engagement, American Red Cross speaking on “Your Step-by-Step Guide to Injury-Free, Xtreme Optimism”; Rick Guzman ’99, J.D., asst. chief of staff, City of Aurora Mayor’s Office, co-founder of Emmanuel House, speaking on “Discovering the Power of the Poor”; Kathy L. Guy ’98 Guthrie, Ph.D., associate professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University, talking on “Finding Personal Greatness”; and NeAngela L. Marshall ’04 Dixon, J.D., assistant state’s attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, speaking on “Intimate Advocacy.” To view the talks, go to: tedxnorthcentralcollege.com.