Announcing the 2015 TEDxRiNo Speaker Line-up

We’re thrilled to announce the speaker line-up for TEDxRiNo’s first event on April 13th. From healthcare to entomophagy (better known as “the practice of eating insects”), our speakers embody our theme of reIMAGINE, and will shed light on a wide range of topics that are shaping the RiNo neighborhood, Denver, and the world. Without further ado, here are our speakers for 2015’s TEDxRiNo reIMAGINE:

Mike Biselli

An entrepreneur by trade, Mike Biselli began his current journey in the healthcare industry in 2003 when he began working with leading medical device companies. His knowledge of the field lent itself to opportunity when he helped found MedPassage, a digital healthcare company focused on building efficient web-based surgery coordination platforms. He is currently working to develop a health technology innovation campus in downtown Denver.

Amanda Cavaleri

After starting a concierge service for older adults, Amanda Cavaleri realized many of her clients were isolated and lonely. She began researching technological solutions to reconnect and engage older adults back into society. In 2014, Cavaleri co-founded Empower Aging, a multi-disciplinary national leadership team aiming to attract, retain, and grow talent with the Longevity Economy.

David Emrich

David Emrich has channeled his love for visual storytelling and history into a career. Having founded his own full-service production and media company, Postmodern Company, Emrich has edited hundreds of TV commercials, an Academy Award winning short documentary, A Story of Healing, and the Gracie Award winning The Other Angels. He has also written a book, Hollywood, Colorado, about the early days of filmmaking in the state.

Amy Friedman

After serving years in various key leadership roles in the Denver Public School system, Amy Friedman, a former teacher, joined Book Trust, a national non-profit literacy organization empowering children from low-income families to become life-long readers. Under Friedman’s leadership as President & CEO, Book Trust has nearly doubled its footprint across the nation and is continuing to inspire a passion for reading among under-privileged youth.

Wendy Lu McGill

Wendy Lu McGill, a social science researcher, has made a name for herself by promoting entomophagy–the practice of eating insects. She is dedicated to educating people concerned about sustainability, future food supplies, and the impact of livestock on the environment, about the health and environmental benefits of insects. She regularly holds bug-eating workshops around town and works to create a sustainable model for future agriculture and food ecosystems.

Mickey Zeppelin

Mickey Zeppelin has been active in Denver real estate development since 1972. Since founding Zeppelin Development in the 1980s, Zeppelin has been active in the community, serving on various boards and steering committees, and has been a leading proponent of urban renewal projects, including RiNo staples such as Taxi and the Source.