2021's theme is RESILIENCE.


Speaker Submissions Now Under Review

Thank You to Everyone Who Submitted

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts are pleased to annouce the third annual TEDxUW-Green Bay to be held October 21, 2021.

TEDxUW-Green Bay 2021 Committee

Forrest Brooks

Forrest Brooks is a faculty member in First Nations Studies, Humanistic Studies, and the First Nations Education doctoral program. He is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, with ancestral lines in both the Stockbridge Munsee Nation of Wisconsin and the Menominee Nation. Forrest is a life-long learner of Haudenosaunee original ways of thinking, being, and doing.

Forrest Brooks

Ryan Martin

Dr. Ryan Martin is the Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is a nationally known anger researcher whose work focuses on healthy and unhealthy expressions of anger, including how we express anger online. His work has been featured in a variety of national and international news outlets including the BBC, New York Times, and NPR. He is a past TEDx speaker and hosts two podcasts, Psychology and Stuff and All the Rage, out of Phoenix Studios, the podcast network of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Ryan Martin

Dr. Ashok Rai

Dr. Ashok Rai is the President and CEO of Prevea Health, one of the largest multi-specialty health care organizations in Wisconsin, serving the northern, eastern and western regions of the state. As the leader of Prevea Health and as a medical doctor trained in internal and pediatric medicine, Dr. Rai is committed to the health and wellness of local communities. That commitment extends nationally as well, as he was recently named the Board Chair of AMGA (American Medical Group Association) - a trade association based in Washington, D.C. representing more than 175,000 physicians across the country. Dr. Rai has become a familiar voice on a national and local level to push for a healthier America and revolutionary transformation of the American health care system. His passion to redesign health care in the U.S. embraces the movement from fee-for-service methods of payment to value-based care, which rewards health care organizations for their work in preventive health care and encouraging patients to live healthy lifestyles – and not for the amount of procedures they perform.

Dr. Ashok Rai

Sheryl Van Gruensven

Chief Business Officer/Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Strategy. In August of 2019, she served as the University’s Interim Chancellor until the appointment of Michael Alexander on May 1, 2020. Prior to the interim role, she served as Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance. Van Gruensven joined the staff at UW-Green Bay in 2004 as a Human Resources Manager and became the director of HR in 2005. Her greatest passion is empowering girls and women to be their best, and she currently serves on the Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes board and co-founded and co-leads the UW-Green Bay Women’s Leadership Network. She earned her bachelor’s in human resources management from Upper Iowa University, and her master’s degree from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc.

Sheryl Van Gruensven

Aaron Weinschenk

Aaron Weinschenk is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He also has an appointment in the Psychology Department at UWGB. Aaron earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013 and has been teaching at UWGB ever since. His research focuses on voting behavior, campaigns and elections, political participation, public opinion, and political psychology. To date, he has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, Electoral Studies, and American Politics Research. He also authored a text (published by Routledge) on elections in 2016. Weinschenk is regularly sought out to comment on politics and has been featured in outlets like The Washington Post, Vox, Huffington Post, and USA Today. At UWGB, he teaches classes on American Government, Public Policy, the U.S. Congress, and Urban Politics. He also teaches a freshman seminar called “Comedy Central Civics.”

Aaron Weinschenk

Jennie Young

Jennie Young is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the first-year writing program at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She has a Ph. D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research interests include rhetorical theory and the rhetoric of education, specifically as those areas apply to high school students. She published a book in 2017 titled Rhetoric, Embodiment, and the Ethos of Surveillance: Student Bodies in the American High School. During the Fall of 2018 she presented her research in the form of a TEDx talk at the inaugural TEDx event in Green Bay. She is also interested in creative nonfiction and its place in English composition programs and has published articles in both academic and creative journals. She previously taught high school.

Jennie Young

TEDxUW-Green Bay 2021 Student Interns

Yan Xer Lim

Yan Xer Lim is a student at UW-Green Bay, majoring in Business Administration, emphasis in Management and Marketing. Yan Xer is currently working at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts as a Weidner PEEP, assiting in all functions of the building. He has worked and volunteered in the Green Bay community, serving in the local food pantry and other business organizations. He is currently pursuing illustration skills with digital art as a hobby.

Yan Xer Lim

Kylie Heisz

Kylie Heisz is a student at UW-Green Bay, majoring in Communication, emphasis in Social Media and Public Relations. As well as a major in Theatre, emphasis in Performance. Kylie is currently the 2021 event intern working under Dr. Jennie Young, assisting the selection committee. She has worked on campus in Residence Life as both a Resident Assistant and Community Advisor, and is the co-president of Alternate Theatre.

Kylie Heisz