Meet TEDxManitoba Chair, Lisa MacKenzie

Lisa is a: Learner. Leader. Change-Implementer. Type A. Square Peg. ISTJ. MBA. PMP. Boxer. Volunteer Boxing Coach/Class Leader. Lover of all things lime green. Tackler of the “we’ve never done this before before” initiatives. Underdog Champion. Stickler for quality. Work in Progress… and she would not have it any other way.

Why are you volunteering as Chair for TEDxManitoba 2012?

“Lis, how would you like to be a part of bringing the first TEDx event to Winnipeg, Manitoba?”

It was the spring of 2010 when I was first approached for this opportunity and I jumped at the chance. I jumped in deep as Marketing and Communications Lead, Social Media Coordinator, Steering Committee member, and member of the Speakers Committee for TEDxManitoba 2011.

TEDxManitoba 2011 was an incredible amount of work to pull off, but also, incredibly rewarding to be part of. We made a difference to our audience, to our speakers, to our sponsors, and we helped spread some incredible ideas that otherwise would have gone unknown. We showcased Manitoba. We helped make a difference. People were affected for a long time afterwards – the event changed people.

I couldn’t help but want to be a part of that again. So when the past Chair asked me to take on the Chair role, I stepped into those big shoes and began building the team to bring 2012 to life.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement.

Look Who Else is Attending TEDxManitoba

It’s not just the speakers that will make TEDxManitoba a day to remember. It’s the dynamic of the ideas being shared, discussed and spread. We decided that this year, we were going to make it as easy as possible for our attendees to connect and discuss both at the event and in the months to come. Over the course of a few posts, we’ll be posting profiles for those who agreed to do so, and we hope it helps keep the conversations going and the ideas spreading. So here they are, the attendees of TEDxManitoba 2012.

More attendee profiles are here.


Matt Wiebe

Twitter:@mattwiebe
Favorite TED Talk:
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Personal site: http://mattwie.be/




Alisha Paul

Twitter: @alishaizanne
Favorite TED Talk:
Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity
Personal site: http://alishapaul.tumblr.com/
Profile on Facebook
Profile on LinkedIn


Robert Shindler

Twitter:
Favorite TED Talk:
Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster — from scratch
Personal site: http://lueepodcast.wordpress.com/
Profile on Facebook

 


Andrea Villeneuve

Twitter: @SWDinWinnipeg @SupermomRedux
Favorite TED Talk:
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Profile on LinkedIn




Dean Cooper


Brendan Curran-Johnson


Stacey Somers


Meet steering committee member, Rachelle Thibodeau

Rachelle is a Winnipeg-based IT professional employed at Investors Group. She works closely with quality assurance analysts, software developers and vendors to deliver software applications that meet the needs of IG’s Consultants. This means she gets to be strategic in figuring out how to get the best out of teams in order to deliver a quality product. In short, it means that Rachelle spends her days coming up with innovative ways for teams to collaborate.

This is Rachelle’s second year involved with TEDxManitoba, adding that “while it can be very intense work it’s well worth it when you see the end result.”

What’s your role on the organizing committee?

Sponsorship Committee Lead

Why are you volunteering for TEDxManitoba 2012?

I’m volunteering because I believe in TED’s concept of mixing ideas and people to achieve meaningful outcomes. I want to make certain the event is as successful as possible by applying my leadership and management skills.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Derek Sivers’s How to start a movement.

Meet Even More Attendees of TEDxManitoba

It’s not just the speakers that will make TEDxManitoba a day to remember. It’s the dynamic of the ideas being shared, discussed and spread. We decided that this year, we were going to make it as easy as possible for our attendees to connect and discuss both at the event and in the months to come. Over the course of a few posts, we’ll be posting profiles for those who agreed to do so, and we hope it helps keep the conversations going and the ideas spreading. So here they are, the attendees of TEDxManitoba 2012.

More attendee profiles here.

Erick Casselman

Twitter: @parktheatrecafe
Personal site: http://www.parktheatrevideo.com
Profile on Facebook



Jenette Martens

Twitter: @jenettemartens
Profile on LinkedIn


Eric Plamondon

Profile on Facebook


Rebecca Horan

Twitter: @fitnessflirt
Favorite TED Talk:
Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong
Personal site: http://fashionflirt.me
Profile on Facebook


Cali Ramsey

Twitter: @Cali_R
Favorite TED Talk:
Christina Xu – The importance of being awesome
Profile on LinkedIn


Anamika Deb

Favorite TED Talk:
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter
Profile on Facebook


Brandy Schmidt

Twitter: @brandyclaire
Profile on Facebook


 

Ellen Thompson

Favorite TED Talk:
Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness


Aaron Klassen

Twitter: @klassenaa
Favorite TED Talk:
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Profile on Facebook
Profile on LinkedIn


Meet steering committee member, Michelle O’Keefe

Michelle is a heathcare information technology consultant with an undergrad from the University of Winnipeg in Business Computing and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. An avid gardener and photographer, Michelle loves nothing more than to be digging in the mud on the small acreage she shares with her charming husband and lovely black lab, Taffy, then taking creative photos of the fruits of her labour. Michelle is thrilled to be a part of TEDxManitoba 2012.

What’s your role on the organizing committee?

Chair, Guest Selection Committee

Why are you volunteering for TEDxManitoba 2012?

My friend and colleague, Lisa MacKenzie asked me to become involved in TEDxManitoba 2012. At that point I had never heard of TED or TEDx, but after doing some research and watching some TED videos, I was very excited to become a part of this incredible event.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms.

(Changing Education Paradigms, as adapted by RSA Animate, is featured as one of TED’s “Best of the Web” talks. Sir Ken Robinson is a TED speaker and he has delivered two additional talks on education that are definitely worth spreading.)