TEDxOverlandPark Speakers 2018
Black Cultural Institutions
Glenn North proudly serves as the Director of Education and Public Programs at The Black Archives of Mid-America. He is also the author of City of Song, a collection of poems inspired by Kansas City’s rich jazz tradition and the triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience. He is a Cave Canem fellow, a Callaloo creative writing fellow and a recipient of the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award and the Crystal Field Poetry Award. His work has appeared in Kansas City Voices, One Shot Deal, The Sixth Surface, Caper Literary Journal, Platte Valley Review, Kansas City Voices, KC Studio, Cave Canem Anthology XII, The African American Review, and American Studies Journal. He collaborated with legendary jazz musician, Bobby Watson, on the critically acclaimed recording project, Check Cashing Day and is currently filling his appointment as the Poet Laureate of the 18th & Vine
This is Your Call
Summer Osborne is an award winning American singer-songwriter, Artist Activist, Motivational Speaker, and Spiritual Teacher who entertains audiences throughout the US and Canada with a fusion of music and spoken word. She creates an emotional odyssey of exploration and self-discovery, encouraging you to dismantle your human suit to reveal the relationship that is ethereal…The Soul Connection.
“This is Your Call” earned her a nomination from the International Music and Entertainment Awards for Best Spiritual Song - and won a RightOutTV Music and Video award for Best Song with a Social Message. But it is the title track from her 8th album, “As I Am” that is regularly healing spirits and being used by therapists and spiritual congregations of several faiths and settings.
The Girl at the Gas Station
Katie Brewer-Brush MS, ATR, LPC works as a youth and family therapist, as well as an art therapist with homeless and runaway youth at Synergy Services. She has experience in residential and outpatient settings. In her work, she focuses on using visual art as a way to cope with and process trauma, build self esteem, and build a better understanding of each client's individuality. In addition to using art to promote mental and emotional health individually, Katie manages arts programming in a youth drop-in center created for community members who do not have access to creative resources.
Disabled, But Not Really
When paralyzed due to a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Wes would never have guessed that he would love life more than he ever did when able bodied. Five years after his accident, he is a powerhouse: a single father, inspiring speaker, featured in a BBC documentary, a medal winning competitive adaptive athlete, international award winning community giver. Wes has graced the pages of Men's Health magazine, and founded an amazing non-profit organization called Disabled But Not Really Foundation.
Your Value on the Internet
Adam Fichman’s passion for computers, design, and development has been a work in progress for over 20 years (he started coding at the age of 6!) and he has watched the internet develop over time through a multitude of delivery mediums. He wrote the software allowing for videos to be sent from the internet to cell phones, and started his first company, 1Dawg, which was one of YouTube’s first competitors. When he's not teaching clients about throughput, measuring conversions, and how to use the web to increase their bottomline, he spends his time with his newborn son, Eden, and in his garden pretending to be a gardener.
Trauma Informed Mediation
Dawn E. Kuhlman is the owner of Kuhlman Conflict Solutions, LLC, an entity specializing in conflict transformation via methods of improved communication, perspective-taking, empowerment, forgiveness, and emotion regulation.
Dawn is an Advanced Mediation Instructor at Johnson County Community College. She has served as an adjunct professor at Baker University, MidAmerica Nazarene University, and Park University. Dawn served in a leadership role for the Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (MO-AFCC) from 2007-2015 and has been a member of the Association of Missouri Mediators (AMM) since 2005.