Charging full steam down the court, the point guard is planning to take it all the way to the hoop when a defender stops him cold. He now has to make a choice. Foot planted, he spins around. Throw to a teammate? Clear a path to take the shot? One thing is for sure – the moment called for him to pivot.
That point in time – the pivot moment – is what nine Concordia faculty, students and alumni will talk about at the upcoming inaugural TEDxConcordiaCollege. Organizer Justin Odney ’16 leads a team of seven students planning the event. His description of PIVOT is “transformative moments that challenge the familiar and inspire action.” The speakers were selected from a field of 100 applicants, all with Concordia connections.
“It was important to our planning team to find talks that support Concordia’s mission and would appeal to the students and alumni of our college,” says Heather Loy ’16, who selected the speakers along with Nathan Ascheman ’16.
The half-day event, which will take place April 7, has to adhere to all national TEDx brand policies including the talks being between 8 and 18 minutes and only 100 people can attend the event in person. Because of the limited number of seats, Odney says there are four alumni streaming parties across the United States and the web stream will be available to the public. Sessions begin at 5:30 p.m.
These dynamic speakers include topics such as food security, transforming pain into purpose, our filtered Instagram lives and searching for your questions instead of answers. And don’t expect answers from these experts – that isn’t the purpose, Odney says.
“We are bringing in people who are idea generators,” he says. “You get what you put into it. We want people to listen and find an action afterward.”
Amy Kelly '95 is the college communications and media relations director for Concordia.