2016 Speaker Information

Way Public Library is pleased to announce our second TEDx event!  We believe that a library is an excellent forum for sharing ideas and gaining inspiration. Our mission in hosting a TEDx event is to get our community motivated.  The theme for the event is “(inter)action” and we want to tap our community for speakers who have ideas that inspire action and dialogue! 

The event will take place at the Way Public Library in Perrysburg, Ohio on March 12, 2016 starting at 7:00 pm.  Tickets go on sale February 1st and will be $25.  

If you are curious about our speakers from TEDxWayPublicLibrary "A Community of Ideas" held in 2014, you can view them here.

Mamata Venkat

A Perrysburg native, Mamata Venkat is a 2014 graduate of Wright State University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Minor in Spanish. After an internship with the United Nations' NGO Committee on the Status of Women, she decided to return to Dayton to achieve her lifelong passion of working in the healthcare field. She is currently pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certification at Wright State, with the aspiration of working in public health. Mamata is also employed with the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and is a certified meditation instructor.

Dr. Jennifer Sader

Jennifer Sader is a consultant with expertise in communications, technology, and online and in-person learning. She worked for twenty years in various roles in higher education, including as a full-time faculty member and in information technology, before deciding to try her skills in the corporate sector. She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in poetry and and Bachelor of Fine Arts in English and creative writing, both also from BGSU.

Jennifer is a recreational triathlete and open-water swimmer, and last year completed a 5K swim, the Sylvania Triathlon, and a half-iron-distance Aquabike race as a member of Team Endurance Fusion. She serves as a volunteer advocate for CARE, an international aid organization that focuses women and girls living in extreme poverty. Jennifer is a member of Fitbloggin’, a group of healthy-living bloggers who focus on fitness and self-compassion. She is a member of the Alliance Française in Toledo and takes conversational French lessons with a small group of women. She enjoys drawing, painting, and spending time with family and friends.

Rachel McCartney

Rachel McCartneyOne of three partners in Deep In Design LLC, a Toledo startup design & commission firm established in 2013, Rachel McCartney spends her days as a stay-at-home-and-studio Mom as of June 2015. Aside from creating metalwork and other 3D art and working in arts administration in several cities, Rachel has spent her working life just about evenly between community development and green home building and restoration.

Originally from the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey, Rachel has made a home in Toledo, Ohio and has had the opportunity to work with the Arts Commission in creating the City of Toledo Strategic Plan for Arts & Culture, through which she has become familiar and fascinated with Toledo social and cultural dynamics, riches, and dearths.

A recent and ongoing  project involving a 115 year-old  60 ton percussion press and 5,000 dies acquired from the oldest jewelry manufacturer in Toledo has sparked in her the archivist and preservationist. It has also yielded much community support, sharing and discussion about the depiction in the dies of 130 years of Toledo’s proudest accomplishments and most passionate interests.

Dr. Patrice A. McClellan

Dr. Patrice A. McClellan is Associate Professor of Business and Leadership and Director of the Masters of Organizational Leadership program at Lourdes University. Prior to joining Lourdes University in 2009, Dr. McClellan was a member of the faculty at Miami University of Ohio where she oversaw curriculum development for Miami's Wilkes Leadership Institute and served as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs. 

Her research focuses on leadership education, developing culturally competent leaders and organizational change strategies.  Dr. McClellan has published works in various journals and is also co-author of most recent book titled." Herstories: Leading with the Lessons of the Lives of Black Women Activists.” 

In addition to her scholarly endeavors, Dr. McClellan was recipient of Toledo’s 20 under 40 Leadership Award in 2011. She is active in various community and social service organizations such as United Way’s African American Leadership Council, Promedica Governance Committee, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., as well as an assistant advisor to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated undergraduate chapter at the University of Toledo. In her spare time, Dr. McClellan loves nature walks and spending time with family and friends.

Clark Ausloos

Clark Ausloos is currently a Masters candidate in Counseling at the University of Toledo, focusing on both school counseling and clinical mental health. In 2004, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and Dance from The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  After graduating, he performed across the country in such shows as Forever Plaid, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, 42nd Street, Hello Dolly and in the National Tour of Seussical! He has consulted on, directed and choreographed shows including Hairspray; Crazy For You; Footloose; West Side Story, A Chorus Line and Legally Blonde. Clark has taught acting, music, dance and leadership across the country in addition to serving as the Artist in Residence at Utah State University in 2012.

In 2010, Clark opened Next Stage Studios, a private performing arts company in Perrysburg Ohio, Next Stage Studios provided group classes and private lessons in music, acting, dance, improvisation and auditions. Clark also served on the Board and directed for the Perrysburg Musical Theatre Company, and is a nationally certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Clark is also an Artistic Associate and choreographer for the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre as well as a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Clark is the current Vice-President of Chi Sigma Iota Alpha Omega, a University Counseling Honors Society. Clark is also a 2015 UT College of Business & Innovation Advanced Leadership Academy Nominee, a 2015 Governor’s Award for Arts Education in Ohio Nominee and a 2012 nominee for Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Program. 

Clark is passionate about education, music, improvisational strategies and working with youth and increasing support and advocacy for mental health services in both schools and community settings.

Dr. Adam Schneider

Adam Schneider is a postdoctoral research associate at the Ritter Astrophysical Research Center at the University of Toledo.  Adam received his Ph. D. in astronomy from the University of Georgia in 2013, where his work focused on preparations for the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey (GPIES), a survey devoted to directly imaging young planets around nearby stars.  His current research continues to investigate how planetary systems form and evolve, with the hope of better understanding the diversity of exoplanetary systems.