TEDxNormal 2016


Welcome to TEDxNormal 2016! We had an amazing event last year, and are very excited you decided to join us again this year.

There is the normal way most people think about and interact with life. Then there is the way instigators, disruptors, troublemakers, and change agents do it. Those are the big ideas and stories we highlight. We want to start conversations about new approaches to life’s opportunities and challenges. More importantly, we want to ignite small changes that have huge ripple effects.

Don’t be normal.

Don’t act normal.

Don’t think normal.

We challenge you to do something different today. Break your routine. Give when you would normally take. Pause when you would normally rush.

We will have three sessions during the day and a VIP reception to follow.

Session I (Discovering the New You) will be from 8:00 - 10:30am and includes the following talks:

The Business of Being Crazy by Jen Friel, Chief Revenue Officer, DropIn, Inc.
Honoring the Blip by Debra Giunta, Founder/Director, Design Dance
Why Your Teen Needs Anonymity by Michael Callahan, CEO/Co-Founder, After School
Mind the Inspiration Gap by Kate Browne, Founder, Ramp and Stair Exercise Club
The Secret to Discovering What We Want by Meghan Conley, Consumer Research Specialist, Undertone
You're More Than a Statistic by Heather Bischoff, Founder, Dragonfly Direction LLC

Session II (Uncovering the New Workplace) will be from 11:00am - 1:30pm and includes the following talks:

I'm Fine by Ann Marie, General Managing Partner, Vue Ventures, LLC
The Pre-Mom Stage: The Path to Motherhood in the Workplace
by Amanda Slavin, CEO/Founder, CatalystCreativ
Walking In Your Purpose by Felicia Shaw, CEO, Simply In Your Purpose
Conjunction of Creative Passions in the Workplace by Mike Shannon, Co-Founder, Packback
A World With Engaged Workers by Dana Vogelmeier, Founder, Vogelmeier Consulting
Change, Or We Are Leaving by Tom Walter, Chief Culture Officer, Tasty Catering

Session III (Exploring the New World) will be from 2:00 - 4:00pm and includes the following talks:

The False Economy of Self by Robbie Osenga, Chief Potential Officer, Cybernaturic Design, Inc.
How To Be a Man, A Woman's Guide by Elizabeth Plank, Senior Correspondent, Vox.com
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary by Sarah Moshman, Director/Producer, The Empowerment Project
Art As a Second Language by Alex Solis, Founder/Artist, Oddworx
The Power of Children's Ideas by Naomi & Elizabeth Timperley, Director, Tech North Advocates, & Student

VIP Reception:

Please join us for a VIP reception at the Castle Lofts (6th Floor) from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Take the opportunity to mingle with the speakers, relax and enjoy complimentary beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, and delicious hors d'oeuvres by Epiphany Farms. Tickets are required for this reception, and the number of tickets is extremely limited.

You must have a printed ticket to gain access to the event and reception. To gain access to the event, sign into your Peatix account and print your ticket which can be found under the 'My Tickets' tab of your dashboard. We are not accepting tickets on your phone - please print a paper ticket!


There are many parking options near the Normal Theater. We recommend utilizing one of the parking decks in the area for the event - find more information and exact locations here.

For the VIP reception, there is parking directly across from the Castle Theatre. Additional parking can be found at the Bloomington Law and Justice Garage just 1 block south of the Theatre. Additional lots can be found 1 block North and 1 block East of the Theatre

Event Outline

Our day will be split into three sessions, with 5-6 speakers in each, grouped around similar broad themes, per below:

7:30 Doors Open

8:00-10:30 Session I: Discovering the New You

11:00 - 1:30 Session II: Uncovering the New Workplace

2:00 - 4:00 Session III: Exploring the New World

5:00-8:00 Reception (Castle Lofts 6th Floor, Downtown Bloomington)

If you have any questions, please contact tedxnormal@gmail.com!

Event Timeline
  • The event description was updated. Diff 2016-09-25 15:21:22
More updates
Sat Oct 22, 2016
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM CDT
Add to Calendar
Session I Attendee $30.00
Session II Attendee $30.00
Session III Attendee $30.00
VIP Reception $40.00
Venue Address
209 W North St, Normal, IL 61761 United States