Written by Nora Austin
The following post was written by Nora Austin, a former attendee turned volunteer who was invited to blog for TEDxNaperville after seeing her review of our 2015 conference.
10. DISCOUNT TICKETS!
Discounted tickets are still available until October 21, you can get yours at $10 off the regular price. Go order yours NOW before the price goes up!
9. FREE PARKING
How many times have you attended a conference in Chicago – or even Rosemont, or Oak Brook, and found yourself dumbfounded at the price of parking? You’re already paying to attend, and now you have to pay to park? Guess what? At TEDxNaperville, the parking will always be free AND abundant. Volunteers will be working outside the Yellow Box to make your parking experience fun and hassle-free. It’s just one less thing to worry about.
8. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Admit it. You probably hate the commute to the city. In fact, when you find out you have to attend something there, you’re already rolling your eyes, imagining the expressway gridlock, fighting for your rightful place on the road with all the other angry drivers who are stuck in the same position you are, only to have to start all over again on your way back. What if you could attend a world-class conference, right in your backyard?
Oh wait – you can! Because TEDxNaperville is set in the heart of the western suburbs, so that even if you’re not from Naperville, chances are, your commute here will be a lot shorter and less stressful than heading into the city. Save that energy for the conference. You’re going to need it.
7. FOOD AND DRINKS
Did you know that, included in the price of your ticket, is a midday snack, and an after-conference reception? I don’t know if you’ve ever been at a conference where it’s halfway through the afternoon, and you’re feeling ravenous and the vending machines look like they haven’t been restocked since 2003.
That’s not the case here. When you get to that point where your lunch has settled and you just feel like you need to get up and have a little something to hold you over, don’t worry TEDxNaperville has you covered.
Then, after the conference, stay and enjoy a light reception with other attendees and speakers. Last year, the dessert bar was a highlight, because down to the last detail, this is not your typical conference.
6. CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
“Adventures” are the free side-trips you get to take before you meet up with us at the Yellow Box to attend the main conference. These are “adult field trips” because you get an inside look at places you normally wouldn’t get to tour outside of school. But the best part about the Adventures is that YOU get to decide!
This year, there are eight different adventures to choose from: Argonne National Laboratory, City of Naperville Electric Utility, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Homeland Training Institute at College of DuPage, The Morton Arboretum, Naperville Public Library and Tech Buffet, Solemn Oath Brewery, and Sourcebooks publishing company. Spaces in each Adventure are limited and nearly sold out, so booking right away is the best way to ensure you get the adventure you want.
People have their favorite types of speakers so if you’re interested in science, so far this year on the schedule is Seth Darling, Ph.D., a scientist and molecular engineer, and Lena Hachett, Ph.D., a bioethics researcher and public health advocate, with more speakers yet to be announced.
4. SOCIAL ISSUES
My favorite topics usually involve social issues, so I’m very excited that the talks include speakers such as Garry McCarthy, the former superintendent of the Chicago Police Department; Dr. Richard Doss, an Army suicide prevention expert; Daniel Geiter, Ed.D., an educator and president of Ward College; Adam Russo, a counselor at Edgewood Clinical Services; Tim Ryan, Hope Dealer & Drug Addiction and Rehabilitation Expert; and Josh Stumpenhorst, an educator and 2012 Teacher of the Year.
3. PERFORMANCE AND INNOVATION
Some of the most inspiring speakers are those who manage to touch us through the beauty of performance. This year, Peter Himmelman, a Grammy and Emmy nominated singer and songwriter, whom USA Today called “one of rock’s most wildly imaginative performers” for his innovative stage performances will be at TEDxNaperville.
Equally inspiring are those who seek to disrupt the status quo. Roger Anderson is a Telemarketer Interceptor. He founded of the Jolly Roger Telephone Company whose mission is to disrupt the telemarketing industry. Where have you been all my life, Roger?
Dr. Laura Bokar, a licensed therapist and counselor, is a speaker, and our Official TEDxNaperville 2016 “Idea Exposer.” But what is an idea exposure? In short, TEDxNaperville is challenging you to expose yourself to new ideas, and opening yourself to a greater understanding of the world we live in. The exposure theme will continue into next year as well as it is expanded into how our exposures from this year have affected and changed the world around us. Come experience and get EXPOSED!
1. MORE TO COME
Just announced is the newest addition to the conference this year: Sergeant Scott Tillema, an FBI Trained Hostage Negotiator who works with NIPAS-EST, and has developed the SECRETS model of negotiation. I’m fascinated to hear what he will bring to the table.
In fact, there is so much involved at TEDxNaperville, I’ve only been able to scratch the surface. At the conference itself, besides everything already covered, you’ll also get to participate in interactive experiences with local partners, learn more about your community, engage with speakers, volunteers and other attendees, and participate in community projects.
Go online and buy your tickets today! I can’t wait to see you there!