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The Speakers of 2022 TEDxSiouxFalls

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Right Time, Right Place, Right People, Saving Grace.

Over 356,000 people a year will suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Nearly 1,000 people every single day. Sadly, only 100 out of 1,000 people will survive. What is a cardiac arrest? How do you recognize if someone has just had a cardiac arrest? Most importantly, what should you do? You only have a few short minutes to save that person’s life.This TEDx talk will help you to identify what an OHCA is and what you should do. Bystander hands-only CPR and the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is the key to a person’s survival. Would you have the knowledge and courage to help save a person’s life? Listen to Mike’s personal story and learn exactly what you need to know to help someone who has suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Born Empowered

Islam's recognition of gender equity in the societal, familial, and spiritual worlds was groundbreaking for its time, and its emphasis on women’s rights continues to be the primary source of strength for Muslim women today.


During her talk, Manaal shares a detailed look at Islam’s views on gender equity, her ideas for inclusivity in the global women’s rights movement, and how all women can leverage their existing skills to thrive in a world where they were already born empowered.

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How to Thrive When You’re An Anxious Mess

Do you struggle with anxiety and depression? How do you cope with it? Do you let it take over your entire being or do you do something about it? Zach Dresch will talk about some tips on how to overcome anxiety, either on stage or in real life, and how to not let it define you.

How I discovered humanity behind prison walls

Angela Schoffelman unwraps how she unexpectedly fell into facilitating a group focused on public speaking at her state’s prison. She shares stories of the men that she has met behind the walls and how she has uncovered a shared humanity through their interactions. No excuses are made for decisions that brought these men to prison and it does not take away the pain and suffering inflicted on the victims of the crimes, however we are reminded that we are all human beings, often more alike than we are different. 

This TEDx talk speaks to why we should not fully define someone by the single worst decision that they have ever made.  Listen to hear why Angela has been compelled to continue to serve a part of our community that is far often forgotten about and how she feels honored to help other human beings to feel seen and heard and know that they matter.

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Losing the Ability to Speak

Primary Progressive Apraxia of Speech. Never heard of it? Neither did Tim Schut’s neurologist who has been practicing medicine for 45 years; and the same for Tim’s speech pathologist. PPAOS is a rare disease – less than one in a million.

In this TEDx talk Tim shares all about his diagnosis and about his journey to proactively ensure that when he does lose his total ability to speak, there is nothing that he won’t be prepared for.

What We Carry for Our Ancestors: Intergenerational Trauma and Healing

We are epigenetically and spiritually connected to our ancestors through our DNA which has powerful effects on our daily life, relationships and community as a whole. Indigenous people often refer to this as “blood memory,” an experience of holding both the traumatic and healing events of those who have gone before us within our hearts, minds and bodies. This talk will focus on the impacts of historical traumas and how the past directly impacts our present day conditions individually and collectively. There will be a cultural focus on methods of healing which promote internal reflection, inter-connectedness and community building.

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A Philosopher’s Approach to Not Being an Idiot

From its Greek origins, an idiot is one who lives a life detached from the world around them. In this talk, Dr. Anders focuses on three principles of thought that are crucial for successfully engaging our world: Perspectival Realism, Communal Rationality, and Analytic Creativity. The first principle acknowledges that we can only engage the world from our own perspective. The second points to the best way for us to enlarge our perspective, and increase our choice of interpretation. The third lays out the need for enlarging and diversifying our perspective. 

Through examples and personal experiences, Paul explains these principles and how they relate to each other with a closing examination of how language of shared terms can change the entirety of how we approach predators or parasites in community form. Paul’s goal? To help himself and us all be a little less idiotic, a little less detached from our world.

Sit Down, Gordon. I am enough.

Have you ever doubted your own abilities? Have you ever felt like you were the least qualified person in the room?  Do you attribute your success to luck? Research shows that almost 70% of people suffer from imposter syndrome at some point. During this talk, Kristina will briefly explore the concept of imposter syndrome and offer practical tips for overcoming imposter syndrome and supporting those around you who might feel like imposters.  

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Photography by: Wes Eisenhauer Photography

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