CVDL Partners with TEDxNaperville: Helping to Bring ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’

Center for Values-Driven Leadership Leadership, Press Release

Join the CVDL at TEDxNaperville on Friday, November 6

Square TEDxThe Center for Values-Driven Leadership is a sponsor of this year’s TEDxNaperville, an independently-organized event patterned on the format made popular through TED Talks and events.

Learn more about TEDxNaperville in their press release, below, or visit

What do an Olympic gold medalist and a germ scientist have in common?

Naperville (October 5, 2015, 2015) – TEDxNaperville is an annual free-thinking conference that brings the brightest minds of Chicagoland and beyond to Naperville to share ideas worth spreading. The conference will be held Nov. 6 from 1pm-7pm at the Yellow Box, Naperville.

Since its inaugural conference in 2010, they’ve become the longest-running independent TED conference in the Midwest with over a quarter million talk views and thousands of previous attendees. “It’s the Lollapalooza of ideas,” says TEDxNaperville founder and curator Arthur Zards, “some of those ideas so profound they’ll shift how you perceive the world.”

TEDxNaperville speakers represent a diverse collection of local forward-thinkers including:

  • Meryl Davis, Olympic Gold Medalist, National, World and Olympic Champion Ice Dancer, and winner of the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars.
  • Jack Gilbert, PhD, Microbial Ecologist at Argonne National Laboratory’s and one of 2015 Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” for his environmental and biomedical-focused research.
  • Dr. Michelle Drouin, Developmental Psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University and expert in Sexual Communication.
  • Trisha Prabhu, Author, Inventor of ReThink, Anti-Cyberbullying Activist and Nequa Valley High School Student.
  • Arden Warner, PhD., Tinkerer, Environmentalist & Physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • George Carey, Founder and CEO of The Family Room and Neo-Family researcher.
  • Kurt Melcher, Associate Athletic Director and eSports Coordinator of Robert Morris University and founder of the first collegiate-level eSports department.
  • Rook Nelson, CEO of Skydive Chicago, National and World Champion Skydiver, Stuntman and World Record holder.
  • Jill Howe, Professional Storyteller, Co-Producer Story Session, Founder Friends with Words
  • Cody Gough, 2015 TEDxNaperville Host, Unqualified Gamers Video Podcast Host and producer of WGN Radio’s Brian Noonan show.

For more information and to register, go to The program cost ranges from $75 per ticket purchased before Oct. 31 and $85 after Oct. 31. The cost includes one TEDxNaperville Adventure (included with admission price based on availability) and a reception following the event.

About TEDx Naperville

TEDx Naperville is an all-volunteer army and all proceeds go directly into putting on the highest quality event each year. For more information, visit,,, or view talks at

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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