TEDxLibraryWomen Set for December 1 in Rochester

Rochester Hills Public Library Partners with Chief Financial Credit Union to Host TEDxLibraryWomen

Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) in partnership with Chief Financial Credit Union is proud to offer a day of informative TEDx talks with remarkable women who have shown up to make a difference in their communities Saturday, December 1. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m., with sessions starting promptly at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments, snacks and lunch from Panera Bread will be provided. A surprise musical guest star will give a performance, and jazz singer Sheila Landis will do a poetry reading. Speaker sessions end at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by TEDWomen2018 videos from 3-4:30 p.m. Attendees are required to stay for all of the speaker sessions. If you cannot stay for all of the speakers, please do not register for this event. The seating list is limited to only 100 guests. You must register in advance at calendar.rhpl.org and pick up your entry badge from the library.

A photo of the TED talk with a crowded arena and a person on stage


“The support from Chief Financial Credit Union is very meaningful,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley. “TEDxRHPLibraryWomen gives women who have shown up to make a difference in their communities a platform to share their ideas and inspire others.”

TEDxRHPLibraryWomen event will feature 12 TEDx talks from women who have ‘shown up’ to make a difference in their community. TED talks are devoted to spreading big ideas, in short powerful talks.

“When we heard about this event we knew right away it would be something Chief Financial Credit Union would want to support. Our credit union is dedicated to empowering women, many of our female employees have taken on leadership roles within our organization and we felt this would be the perfect event to advance that commitment,” said Cheryl Boodram, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

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TEDx Talk December 1

Rochester Hills Public Library Announces TEDxRHPLibraryWomen Speaker Lineup

  • Jen Anesi-Brombach, chief editor for the national magazine, Plumbing & Mechanical.
  • Stella Brochado, manufacturing engineering manager, responsible for different vehicle launches in the auto business.
  • Hollianne Cieslinski, reator of Me!Magazine, a local magazine focused on social enterprise and empowering women.
  • Jennifer Craft, English as a Second Language teacher at Oakland Community College.
  • Andrea Walker-Leidy, publicity consultant and development director at Meadow Brook Theatre.
  • Rochester Hills City Council Member Jenny McCardell, credited for establishing a garden at her kids’ elementary school and starting a Facebook page for Rochester Community School District  parents.
  • Roxanne Ropponen, RN, BSN, Family Nurse Practitioner student at Oakland University, former oncology and trauma ICU nurse and current hospice nurse.
  • Rochester Mayor Pro Tem Kim Russell, co-owner of Helro Corporation manufacturing plant and executive consultant for Rodan + Fields which fuels her Mission work.
  • Taharah Saad, infotainment engineer at Ford and the VP of the Arab American Women’s Council. She founded @glassceilingbreakers on Instagram to help inspire, motivate, and empower women.
  • Beth Talbert, Professor of Communication at Oakland University and director of the OU Women’s Leadership Institute.
  • Maureen Thalmann, author of Petticoat Surgeon: The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen.
  • Melissa Parks, founder of Art&Soul Dreams, a 501(c)3 dedicated to bringing awareness revolving around children in foster care.
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