TEDxStCloud 2020

Program of Events

Thank you for joining us this evening for our fourth TEDxStCloud event. We are pleased to welcome you to our Metamorph TEDxStCloud community.

TED is an international nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created TEDx in 2009. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience, with live speakers who spark deep discussion and connection.

TEDxStCloud is a non-profit endeavor produced for our community by an all-volunteer team, in partnership with generous businesses and organizations. Please join us in thanking them as their financial and in-kind support makes tonight possible.

Since the inception of TEDxStCloud in 2017, our planning team has been committed to featuring speakers who have a local connection to our region. Why? Because there are brilliant, creative and passionate people among us and we choose to shine the light on these neighbors.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our speakers – Dr. Matt Davis, Dr. Jennifer Lamb, Dr. Kathleen Allen, Precious Drew, Dr. Kathy Kulus, Dr. John Mahowald, and Dr. Chris Lehman –  who accepted our invitation to speak. They have invested many, many hours in their talks, for which they are not compensated.

In keeping with the TEDx philosophy of sparking deep discussion and connection, we invite you to listen to tonight’s speakers with an open heart and mind, with curiosity and purpose. How might their ideas inform and enrich your life?

TEDx events are designed to spur conversations about the ideas being shared. We encourage you to gather with friends tonight and enjoy a thoughtful exchange of ideas.

Brian Hart, Erin Perry Borron, Co-Organizers
and the entire TEDxStCloud Team


+ Welcome

+ Official TEDx Opening Video
Chris Anderson

+ TALK 1
Precious Drew

+ TALK 2
Jennifer Lamb, Ph.D. +  Matthew Davis, Ph.D

+ TALK 3
Christopher P. Lehmann, Ph.D.

+ TALK 4
Kathleen Allen, Ph.D.

+ TALK 5
Kathy Kulus, M.D. FAAP +  John Mahowald, M.D.

+ Close + Acknowledgements

Precious Drew

Director, gBETA Greater MN St. Cloud

Ms. Drew graduated from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in 2018 where she received a bachelor’s degree in global business with a focus on entrepreneurship. As a student, she experienced firsthand the thrill of turning an idea into a revenue-generating business through the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur Scholars program. Through the program, she travelled across Silicon Valley, China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, meeting and learning from global business leaders. She currently serves as the Director of gBETA Greater MN St. Cloud.

Matthew Davis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology, SCSU

Co-presenting with Jennifer Lamb, Ph.D.

Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Biology at St. Cloud State University. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas. Before joining St. Cloud State University, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science, The Field Museum, and the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute. Dr. Davis’s work examines the patterns and processes of evolution in marine environments, and he is fascinated by the repeated evolution of adaptations in these habitats, including bioluminescence (a living organism producing and emitting light) and biofluorescence (a living organism absorbing and reemitting light).

Jennifer Lamb, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology, SCSU

Co-presenting with Matthew Davis, Ph.D.


Dr. Lamb is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at St. Cloud State University. Before moving to the USA for college, she and her family traveled and lived abroad in Asia and South America. Her experiences exploring habitats from brilliant coral reefs to arid deserts helped shape her career path into academia and science. As a scientist, Dr. Lamb explores the biology, ecology, and natural history of amphibians, particularly of salamanders, frogs, and their aquatic larvae. Her current research focuses on the understudied area of biofluorescence in amphibians.

Kathleen E. Allen, Ph.D.

President, Allen and Associates

Dr. Allen is the author of Leading from the Roots: Nature Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World and has written widely on leadership and change. She writes a weekly blog on leadership and organizations that describes a new paradigm of leadership based in lessons from nature and living systems. She has a doctorate in leadership from the University of San Diego. Dr. Allen is President of Allen and Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in leadership coaching, innovation, and organizational change in philanthropic, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.

Christopher P. Lehman, Ph.D.

Professor of Ethnic Studies, SCSU

Dr. Lehman is a professor of ethnic studies at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota and is Chair of the Department of Ethnic, Gender and Women’s Studies. He was the first African American to graduate through the Honors Program at Oklahoma State University, and he earned his graduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Institute. He is the author of six books, and his most recent book Slavery’s Reach won a Minnesota Book Award earlier this year.

Kathy Kulus, M.D. FAAP

Medical Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, St. Cloud Hospital

Co-presenting with John Mahowald, M.D.

Dr. Kulus is a wife and mother of four young adult children. She is the Medical Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program at the St. Cloud Hospital, following 25 years with CentraCare, in a traditional practice of both clinic and hospital pediatric medicine. Dr. Kulus is passionate about trying to improve children’s futures, having seen that prevention of problems is much easier than treating problems after they arise. Specifically, she is focused on what can be done to repair damage already resulting from climate change, while also trying to prevent worsening change.

Kathy Kulus MD

John Mahowald, M.D.

Cardiologist, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center

Co-presenting with Kathy Kulus, M.D. FAAP

Dr. Mahowald is a cardiologist who trained at the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency at Highland General Hospital. Born in Japan and raised as a self-proclaimed army brat, Mahowald moved to St. Cloud in 1983 as its first cardiologist. The regionally recognized and nationally ranked CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center now has more than 30 cardiologists and heart surgeons, serving more than 800,000 residents of central Minnesota.

Thank you to our volunteers for their time, energy, and passion.


Eunice Adjei

Sonja Gidlow

Brian Hart

Stephen Janasie

Kaylan Nelson

Erin Perry Borron


Jashmin Nakarmi

Wyatt Determan

Jenna Schaefer

Erin Perry Borron


Charity Modi

John Oketch

Youssouf Omar

Stephen Janasie


Kaylan Nelson


Sonja Gidlow

Brian Hart


Mark Gill


Sonja Gidlow

Brian Hart


Kelly J. Larson


Sonja Gidlow

Brian Hart

Stephen Janasie

Emmanuel Oppong

Erin Perry Borron

Lacey Solheid


Jeff Yapuncich

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