Welcome to TEDxOverlandPark: Game Changers

We are preparing for a fantastic experience where people from all over the midwest will get a chance hear from and exchange ideas with a panel who are more than just leaders in their fields. Through their unique vision and inspiration they are defining the future of their current fields, and creating whole new spheres of influence and expertise. They are truly Game Changers.

Wes Jackson, PhD

 Wes Jackson, PhD

Wes Jackson, President of The Land Institute, was born in 1936 on a farm near Topeka, Kansas. After attending Kansas Wesleyan (B.A Biology, 1958), he studied botany (M.A. University of Kansas, 1960) and genetics (Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 1967). He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan and later established the Environmental Studies department at California State University, Sacramento, where he became a tenured full professor. He resigned that position in 1976 and...

Eduardo P. Dolhun, M.D.

Eduardo P. Dolhun, M.D.

Dr. Dolhun is Founder and President of Doctors Outreach Clinics (DOCS), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting primary health care in rural communities around the globe. Dr. Dolhun is also founder and CEO of Drip Drop, Inc., a for profit company that has developed an advanced oral rehydration solution and is dedicated to reducing deaths due to dehydration globally. He earned his medical degree and completed residency in Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, world renowned for clinical...

Richard T. Gordon, PhD

 Richard T. Gordon, PhD

Richard T. Gordon has a PhD in physics and has spent his career working on complex problems affecting business, the environment and the nation’s computer infrastructure. He is a specialist in machine learning, data analysis and the limits of predictability of systems. Richard has published over 20 peer reviewed research papers including work on climate change, dynamic processes in the human brain, intelligent computer systems and cyber security. One of the principals in developing the models...

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare. She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has had over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health. Cathy is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the...

Alana Muller

Alana Muller

Alana Muller is author of an online blog, CoffeeLunchCoffee.com, a practical field guide for professional networking, in which she provides easily implemented advice for building relationships. An accompanying book is due out by November 2012.  Alana is also President of Kauffman FastTrac, one of the world’s leading providers of training to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs – giving them the tools, resources and networks to start and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac was...

Dan Bliss

Dan Bliss

That’s What I’m Here For, the latest CD from Kansas City guitarist Dan Bliss, was released in December 2007. Featuring 12 new original songs, this self produced CD follows his first release, Open For Business. Bliss keeps a busy performance schedule around the Midwest and has appeared three times at the New York State Blues Festival. He has twice made the top three (2005 & 2007) in the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS...