A Day That Will Be Anything But Normal

There is the normal way most people think about and interact with life. Then there is the way instigators, disruptors, troublemakers, and change agents do it. Those are the stories we highlight. We want to start conversations about new approaches to life’s opportunities and challenges. More importantly, we want to ignite small changes that have huge ripple effects. Don’t be normal. Don’t act normal. Don’t think normally. We challenge you to do something different today. Break your routine. Give when you would normally take. Pause when you would normally rush.

We will have three sessions during the day.

Session I (Is It Normal to Change?) includes the following talks:

Start a Change Revolution by Lisa Bodell
Live Your Legacy Out Loud by Elisabeth Cardiello
What To Do When You're Made For More by Liz Flores
Create Stories That Stick by Michael Luchies
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary by Sarah Moshman
A CheFarmer Epiphanizing New Possibilities by Ken Myszka

Session II (An Uncommon Purpose) includes the following talks:

How Living a Life you Love Can Save The World by Jacqueline Boone
Empowering Young People to Get Stuff Done by Deborah Halperin
Mental Health Can Be Your Genius in Disguise by Mike Veny
My Semester in the Future by Kali Lewis
Love Your Purpose and Live Your Passion Irum Tahir
Your Doctor Wants To, But Can't John Vozenilek

Session III (Break Free From Normal) includes the following talks:

Behavioral engineering by Shira Abel
Innovation Literacy by Alex Bruton
How to Build an Engaged Workforce by Jeff Havens
Money In Your Hands by Nicole Loftus
What an Idea Needs to Survive by Jeffrey Stamp
Empathy in Innovation by Jessica Tenuta


To easily access this the day of the conference, download the Peatix app and we will scan you through the doors! Alternatively, sign into your Peatix account and print your ticket which can be found under the 'My Tickets' tab of your dashboard.


There are many parking options near the Normal Theater. We recommend utilizing one of the parking decks in the area - find more information and exact locations here.

Event Outline

Our day will be split into three sessions, with 5-6 speakers in each, grouped around similar broad themes, per below:

8:00 Doors Open

8:15 Program Begins

8:30-10:30 Session I: Is It Normal to Change?

11:00 - 1:00 Session II: An Uncommon Purpose

1:30 - 3:30 Session III: Break Free From Normal

3:30 - 4:00 Program Wrap-up

6:00-8:00 *Reception (location TBD)

*The reception is for Reception holders only and will be located at a convenient location in Normal.

If you have any questions, please contact tedxnormal@gmail.com!

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Sat Nov 7, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
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209 W North St, Normal, IL 61761 United States