rgo 2013


Rethink Learning

August 9, 2013
Fargo Theatre
600 Attendees

Expert speakers from across the country. An audience of 600. A day of relevance, inspiration, and connections.

What if we found life on Mars? What if we completed apprenticeships instead of college? What if everyone in the company was a co-president? What if we taught young athletes to develop their character? What if we created a middle school focused on math and science? What if everyone had access to libraries? What if we used technology to create new learning models?

What if we learned something new?


Lissa Rankin

Is Medicine Killing You?

Lissa Rankin, MD is a physician and New York Times bestselling author of “Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself”, and the founder of Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers. She was featured on the public television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine, and will soon appear in a documentary film about her work. Dr. Rankin is on a grassroots mission to heal healthcare by repairing the doctor-patient relationship, while empowering both patients and health care providers to marry the best of Western medicine with mind-body approaches scientifically proven to activate the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms. Join the revolution at HealHealthCareNow.com and follow Dr. Rankin on her blog at LissaRankin.com or on Facebook.

Jaime Casap

Saving the Silver Bullet

Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in education. He helps educational organizations across the world find ways to utilize these tools in support of new learning models. Born and raised as a first generation American to a single mother on welfare in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, Jaime understands the power of education in changing the destiny of a family in just one generation. You can follow Jaime on Google+ at +Jaime Casap and on Twitter @jcasap.

Jim Thompson

Youth Sports As A Development Zone

Jim Thompson is founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to using sports to develop Better Athletes, Better People. An Ashoka Fellow, Jim has written nine books including Elevating Your Game: Becoming A Triple-Impact Competitor. He is a faculty member in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program where he teaches courses in coaching, leadership and sport & spirituality.

Dr. Cathy King

Saving Man's Best Friend

Dr. Cathy King is the CEO and founder of World Vets, an international veterinary aid organization. She grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho where she completed her B.S. in veterinary science. She is a graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (’97) and also completed a MS in animal science and PhD in animal physiology from the University of Idaho, having completed her second doctorate by the age of 25. Before starting World Vets, she was a mixed animal practitioner for 7 years and then later owned a small animal hospital. She sold her practice in 2008 to provide full time leadership for World Vets.

Todd Bol

The Start of the Little Free Library

When Todd Bol built a model of a one-room school house full of books as a memorial to his mother in 2009, he had no idea what that simple idea would inspire. He and his friend Rick Brooks co-founded what would become “a worldwide phenomenon” of at least 12,000 Little Free Libraries in more than 50 countries by the end of 2013 . Opening the door to a small wooden box on a post in his front yard would serve as a model for hundreds of millions of readers.

Mike Derheim

What if everyone at your company was a co-president?

Co-founder and CEO of The Nerdery a company of 450+ employees in the Twin Cities that has been featured in Inc. Magazine. Mike is also a Minot, ND native.
*Unfortunately due to a technical error, Mike’s talk was not recorded at TEDxFargo 2013. Thankfully, Mike was invited to give his talk again at TEDxMinot. The linked video is from TEDxMinot 2013.

Heather Zinger

ENDURE: a Concern, a Skeleton and One Week

Heather Zinger is the Artist-in-Residence at the Roger Maris Cancer Center at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND where she also served as a Visiting Artist at North Dakota State University. Zinger has a BA in French Cultural Studies and a BFA in Intermedia Art from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. She specializes in photography, video, performance and community engaged art to explore health and social issues.

Eric Mahmoud

The "Belief Gap" Solution

Eric Mahmoud is the CEO of the Harvest Network of Schools. He is an educational expert and author with over 25 years of experience in education, and he was inducted into the National Charter School Hall of Fame in 2012. His schools, Harvest Preparatory School and Best Academy, are two nationally-recognized schools that are featured in Soledad O’Brien’s series Black in America 6. In 2013 Best Academy was the recipient of the National School Award from the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) for being one of the top five schools in the country educating boys of color. Harvest Preparatory School in 2011 and 2012 were ranked as the number one “Beating the Odds” school in the state of Minnesota for its performance in reading and math.

Eric has co-authored (with Jeffrey Hassan) the book Best in Class: How We Closed the 5 Gaps of Academic Achievement. This new book reveals how Eric and Ella Mahmoud grew from 10 children in their inner-city home daycare in north Minneapolis to creating a ationally-recognized network of schools serving over 1,200 students. The book provides the reader a view of what’s possible when adults believe in children and are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that they are successful.

Dr. Heidi Manning

Why We Explore Mars

Dr. Manning has worked with spaceflight mass spectrometers that measure the chemical composition of our solar system. She has worked with instruments flown on the Space Shuttle, the Cassini Mission to Saturn and the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover. In addition, she is a professor of physics at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she has taught for the past seventeen years.

Victor Saad

I’ve been called a designer, strategist, and connector; but really, I’m just an Egyptian-American who calls Chicago home, and believes that relationships are the most powerful engines for change. Through The Leap Year Project, a self-made Master’s Program and community project, I worked with an array of remarkable companies and individuals around the world. I staged my graduation at TEDxWindyCity, co-produced a book about taking leaps, and recently launched Experience Institute, joining forces with industry leaders from Leo Burnett, Stanford’s d.school, and i.c. Stars to design a new type of higher education rooted in real-world experience.

Adam Gehlhar

Cultivating Forever Learning Experiences

Adam Gehlhar is Assistant Principal in the West Fargo Public Schools where he has been part of a team of talented educators implementing 21st Century educational experiences through Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. He spends his time learning about and implementing innovative approaches to facilitate and assess purposeful learning for all students. His passion is engaging all learners in maximizing their human potential through meaningful, real world, forever learning experiences. He earned a BS in Social Science Education and a MEd in Education Leadership from North Dakota State University.

Dr. Brenna Flaugher

Dark energy, the universe and DECam

Dr. Brenna Flaugher is a Scientist and the Head of the Astrophysics Department in the Particle Physics Division at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. She received her BS degree in physics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and her M.S. and Ph. D degrees in physics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. In 2011 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Early in her career she studied the highest energy particle collisions to investigate the building blocks of matter. Her research focused on the smallest blocks, quarks, and checking to see if there were any hints that the quarks were made of even smaller particles. In 2003, inspired by the huge mystery of dark energy and the need for more data to guide the theory, she helped initiate the Dark Energy Survey, working to develop an international collaboration and to convince funding agencies to support the construction of a new huge, 570 Megapixel digital camera. From 2004-2012 she led the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) construction project that culminated in a very successful first light in Sept. 2012. The observations for the Dark Energy Survey started on Aug. 31, 2013 and will study the accelerating expansion of the universe by measuring about a quarter of the southern sky and some of the largest structures in the Universe, clusters of galaxies. Over the years she has given lectures for the Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics program for high school students and for the monthly Fermilab Ask A Scientist program as well as numerous presentations to the scientific community.

Jim Kielsmeier

TitleService and schools -- partnership on purpose

Building a pathway to leadership and service for all young people has been Jim Kielsmeier’s life mission. A former soldier, teacher and Outward Bound instructor Jim founded the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) in 1983 with the mission of building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world through service-learning. Before his retirement in 2010 Jim and NYLC led state and Federal legislative efforts, built national standards and convened the Annual National Service-Learning Conference. Service-learning is a new standard in K-12 education in part the result of his work.

Monsignor James Patrick Shea

To be great, we need to get over ourselves

Monsignor Shea has served the University of Mary since 2009 and is the youngest college or university president in the United States. He is a farm boy from rural North Dakota, has lived and studied in Washington, D.C. and Rome, and believes in the pursuit of truth and the promise of education.

Sarah How

Igniting greatness - the Nurtured Heart Approach

Sarah How, Psy. S. NCSP is in her 15th academic school year as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in the West Fargo Public School District. With Masters and Specialist degrees in School Psychology from Minnesota State University –Moorhead, Sarah was also trained by Howard Glasser, the creator of Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA®). She is now an Advanced Trainer certified to teach this approach worldwide. As an adoptive mother of children from therapeutic foster care, she witnessed the amazing transformational power of the Nurtured Heart Approach® and now speaks, coaches, and trains at local, regional and international levels on NHA® as an intervention for home, classroom, special education utilization, agency, and school-wide culture shifts. Author of the children’s book, “Tell Me About Your Greatness!”, Sarah brings the language of rich character to help children and educators look at the ordinary as extraordinary in the school day. She and her husband reside in Fargo where they are raising their four beautiful children.

Hugh Weber

Raising a Child of Possibility

In 2008, Hugh started DudetoDad.com as a genuine cry for help from an ordinary dude who wanted to be an extraordinary dad. Dude to Dad has grown to include 85,000 new fathers, an Amazon Parenting #1 Bestseller (“Dude to Dad: The First Nine Months”), and two additional books currently in development.

Scott McNealy

Privatizing Education

Scott McNealy is the co-founder and former chairman/CEO of Sun Microsystems, board chairman of Wayin, and founder of Curriki.