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RETHINK Ideas worth spreading.

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Registration & Exhibits 2:00 PM

Speaker Session I Ozy Aloziem Arden Lewis Chela Lujan & Inaiah Lujan Virginia Spielmann Camille Stevens-Rumann

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Exhibits & Intermission 4:30 PM

Speaker Session II Jennifer L. Fluri Kenya Mahogany Monalicious featuring Edwina Maben, Kaitlyn Williams, Fi Sullivan

Julieanna L. Richardson Ellen Trachman

RETHINK Let us challenge the boundaries we’ve set for ourselves. Let us revel in our imagination to contemplate an entirely new future. The last 18 months have changed the world. Public health, government, finances, technology in various realms – have all changed. Our old way of thinking is obsolete. It’s time to rethink the future. Join to hear from our community of activists, entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and artists who are passionate about rethinking the impact our lives will have. We are a place for you to tap into new big ideas, connect with likeminded individuals, and be a part of a movement to catalyze progress. Are you ready?

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Visit FEMA’s virtual exhibit to find out more about how they bring a diverse team together to respond to disasters and learn what you can do to prepare and protect your family.



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08 Meet the speakers November 6 @ 10am Free + Virtual Event for Families

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Experience a flood disaster through Virtual Reality and learn how you can become more prepared and resilient. #floodshappen #fema

2 Youth on Record


Participate in a mobile music production studio by sharing your voice or musical ideas in this collaborative creative platform. YouthonRecord

3 TEDMileHigh Book Store

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Browse and purchase books written by and/or affiliated with the Rethink speakers, a few fan favorites written by previous speakers, books from the TED library, and interesting and relevant new releases. tatteredcoverbookstore

4 Morris Animal Foundation

Are you a cat person, a dog person, or both? Learn about the work of Morris Animal Foundation while helping us learn about the pet preferences of your fellow attendees and see which pet rules the day! morrisanimal @Morris_Animal morrisanimalfoundation

5 STAR Institute

Through illustrated character stories and interactive sensory activities, learn about the impacts sensory processing has on dayto-day function and participation along with the importance of sensory health throughout your life. TheSTARInst


6 openenergi


R Bazaar

Build you own incense blend to ground yourself and rethink things in the emotional, social, or personal space. R Bazaar will guide you on the cultural meanings behind resins and scents while they answer questions about the R Bazaar/Ruby’s Market social enterprise. rbazaardenver


Neuroscience Outreach Group, CU Anschutz

Learn about the fallacy of perception and glean broader life lessons. These handson activities, led by neuroscientists, will delight your senses and test the plasticity of your brain. @cu_noggins


The HistoryMakers

Rethink open access to technology and how to make tech-ed fun! Feel in your own body what it takes to pedal-power (yes, on bikes!) a DJ Dance Party, lightbulbs, a toaster or a bubble machine. @open_energi

Explore the HistoryMakers archive, learn more about the men and women interviewed in the collection, and possibly conduct an interview yourself! TheHstryMakers

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Science Network

Wildfires are a natural part of our ecosystems, and we have many fire professionals who are focused on improving land management and protecting our values. See how fires are a natural process and learn about the people who are involved in this work. SouthernRockiesFireSci SRfirescience

Casa de Paz

Learn about Julia's Journey and better understand the plight of the detained immigrant. Step into the shoes of detained immigrants and read/listen/watch a story of someone currently locked in detention. After being immersed, write a message of hope which will be delivered to a detained immigrant in Colorado. CasaDePazCo


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Ozy Aloziem she / her

Visionary Leader Too often we make marginal improvements on the status quo. It’s hard to imagine how our lives, or the world, could be radically different. But not for Ozy Aloziem. She’s forging a new path for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) through radical imagination. Ozy (Ozioma) Aloziem is an Igbo scholar and the Denver Public Library’s first Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Manager. As a critical Black feminist, she amplifies voices of marginalized communities that are left on the fringes of academic research and public policy. In 2019, she served as a UN Practicum Delegate for the United Nation’s Annual Commission on the Status of Women. In 2021, she won the Library Journal “Movers & Shakers” award. Presently, her research is centered around trauma-informed and culturally responsive community engagement, radical healing, and radical imagination.



Jennifer L. Fluri she / her

Political Geographer What will happen to Afghanistan’s female leaders after the U.S. evacuation? Jennifer Fluri has been studying & closely collaborating with women in Afghanistan for the last 20 years, carefully documenting what does/doesn’t work in advancing feminism in the nation. Now, all of that is up in the air. Jennifer L. Fluri is a political geographer, Fulbright Scholar, and Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She’s published 30+ peer reviewed articles and co-authored three books: “The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and other American-Afghan Entanglements,” “Feminist Spaces: Gender and Geography in a Global Context,” and “Engendering Development: Capitalism and Inequality in the Global Economy.” Her current research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, examines gender, security, and development in Afghanistan with a focus on Afghan women’s leadership.




Arden Lewis he/him

Chef & Social Entrepreneur For so many people (especially post-pandemic), it’s simply not feasible to be paying for an education while taking time off work — just so that you can eventually get paid to work using your education. Chef Arden Lewis and Comal Heritage Food Incubator are working to change all of that. Chef Arden Lewis is the first-generation son of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago. After studying at the French Culinary Institute in New York, he became Sous Chef at the Union Square Hospitality Group and later the Executive Chef at one of the top catering companies in Brooklyn. When his partner, Caroline, started a Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver, Lewis signed on as Executive Chef for Comal Heritage Food Incubator by Focus Points Family Resource Center. There, he teaches immigrant and refugee women how to become entrepreneurs and launch their own food businesses.




Chela Lujan she / they

Musician Artist Chela Lujan was born in New Mexico and grew up on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, but has long since made the high-plains of Colorado her home. A devoted disciple of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, she sings with a classic air. Adam Hook of Soaked in Sound describes her as having, “an oracle-like sound, warning of events that may come to pass.” Her hypnotic voice has a siren song effect on the listener, luring them closer into the depths of echoed beauty.



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Inaiah Lujan he/they

Musician Inaiah Lujan is a 6th generation Colorado native, of Latinx and Jicarilla Apache ancestry. He is the fourth of six brothers and sisters, born to a family of teachers, healers and music lovers. “We have a musician in the family!” his father exclaimed moments after his home birth in the San Luis Valley. Drawing inspiration from 50s & 60s Folk, Rock, Pop, R&B, Soul and HipHop; Lujan croons and swoons, winning hearts wherever he may roam. From intimate house concerts to large festival stages, Lujan has spent over a decade on the road and continues to grow his community one town, and one show at a time.


Edwina Maben she / her

Songwriter & Educator Songwriter Edwina Maben has performed at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, as part of The Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America Series, and, most recently, at Levitt Pavilion in front of 7,500 people, opening for Devotchka. In 2017, Grammy-winning producer RedOne selected her as a top 5 finalist (of 9,000+ songwriters) in Guitar Center’s national songwriting contest. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Recording Arts and Computer Science in May 2021. She works with Youth on Record’s FEMpowered program and is a board member for Music Minds Matter.





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Kenya Mahogany

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Spoken Word Artist Kenya Mahogany Fashaw is a spoken word artist, actress, and playwright, and the Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of 5280 Artist Co-Op. She is a member of the Denver Center of Performing Art Playwrights Group. She wrote and directed “Colorism, Breaking The Chains of Complexion,” which won a 2018 Henry Award for Outstanding New Play. She was also nominated for a Henry Award for her part in writing 5280’s “1 Night 6 Plays,” which included two of her micro-scripts: “Hiphop Matrimony: A Hiphop Musical” and “Cages: No More Boundage.” Kenya creates stories to normalize people of color and to change their narratives.


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Monalicious she / they

Songwriter & Music Producer How do you make sense of a global pandemic? How do you bottle up the lived experience for future generations? Well, you can’t. But for Monalicious and artists around the world, music is a good place to start. At 17, Mona Magno founded FreeMusicForFreePeople, a community-focused music company based in Denver. They’ve been performing with local bands for 10 years, but now write and perform all of their music as Monalicious. In 2015, Mona started co-facilitating the Denver Chapter of the Balanced Breakfast music industry meetup with local legend, Reed Fox. Currently, Mona is a Teaching Artist and Lead Program Coordinator at Youth On Record, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that brings artistic opportunity to underserved youth.



Dwinita Mosby Tyler she / her

Emcee Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC, which supports organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, and The HR Shop, LLC – a human resources firm for non-profits and small businesses. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado & the former Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver. She holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Colorado. nitamosbytyler Dwinita Mosby Tyler

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Julieanna L. Richardson she / her

Historian Who gets to write history? For too long, African American histories have been left out of archives and textbooks. Julieanna L. Richardson & her team at the HistoryMakers are changing that, with the largest national collection of African American video oral histories on record since the WPA Slave Narratives. Julieanna L. Richardson is the Founder and President of The HistoryMakers, the largest national collection of African American video oral histories on record since the WPA Slave Narratives. At Brandeis University, she did extensive oral history interviews on the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980 and worked as a corporate lawyer, prior to serving as the Cable Administrator for the City of Chicago. In 2014, Richardson was profiled in American Masters: The Boomer List, a PBS documentary and exhibition at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.


Virginia Spielmann she/her

Occupational Therapist Are you comfortable right now? How do your clothes feel against your skin? How does food feel inside of your mouth? Sensory processing is widely discussed among Autistic & neurodiverent communities — but we’re all sensory beings, says Virginia Spielmann. It’s time we talked about it. Virginia Spielmann is an Occupational Therapist and the Executive Director of STAR Institute for Sensory Processing. She obtained her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development in August 2021 and is Affiliate Faculty at Colorado State Department of Occupational Therapy. She co-founded and authored the Critical Core therapeutic role-playing game and co-developed the Palaana sensory lounger with SLACK Lifestyle. Her extensive clinical experience includes autism, differences in sensory integration/processing, infant mental health, adoption, developmental trauma, and physical disabilities.




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Camille StevensRumann she / her

Fire Ecologist Between Colorado, California, and Australia, 2020 was one of the worst years on record for wildfire. How do we rebuild from these burns & prevent future ones? Fire ecologist and former firefighter Camille Stevens-Rumann has an answer. Camille Stevens-Rumann is a fire ecologist & faculty member in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship department at Colorado State University, as well the Assistant Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. She started working in fire ecology after being a wildland firefighter and now her research focus is primarily on post-fire recovery. She has two children who get to tromp around many forests with her.


Fi Sullivan she / her

Musician An ethereal electronic singer, producer, and songwriter, Fi Sullivan layers intricate vocals through algorithmic improv and deep bass inspired by the natural world. Fi was classically trained as a mezzo-soprano, then fell in love with jazz. She received her degree from Middlebury College with additional music computing studies at Goldsmiths College, UCL, Berklee College of Music, Valencia, and CCRMA, Stanford. In addition to performing in Nuuk and Canberra, Fi performed in Berlin, Dublin, and The Hague during her Watson Fellowship. Her highly anticipated EP, “Shades of Forest,” will be released in Fall 2021.



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Ellen Trachman she / her

Reproductive Law Expert Can you donate sperm after you die? And what if you leave behind frozen embryos — can your children bring their own siblings to life? These are just a few examples of how the legal system hasn’t caught up to reproductive technology. Family formation lawyer Ellen Trachman is here to advise. Attorney Ellen Trachman represents those wishing to build a family through assisted reproductive technology. In 2019, Ellen co-founded Colorado Fertility Advocates, a non-profit organization supporting Colorado fertility professionals and advocates. She was named Ally of the Year by the Colorado LGBT Bar Association and one of Denver’s 40 Under 40. Ellen writes a weekly column for Above the Law and co-hosts the podcast I Want To Put A Baby In You. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her spouse, four kids, and adorable mini goldendoodle, Teddy.


Kaitlyn Williams she / her

Singer and Songwriter Award-winning Denver-based singer-songwriter Kaitlyn Williams is unapologetically individualistic. Beginning songwriting at the age of 11, she continues to explore the vast possibilities of the piano, tender guitar melodies, and vocal riffs that will move you. She is a Downbeat Magazine Solo Jazz award winner and the winner of 303 Magazine’s Best Pop Artist in 2019. Her voice is a mix of honey and soul with the musical style to match. About her work, 303 Magazine said, “Kaitlyn Williams is an artist who will not and must not be ignored.”



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