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Partnering with TEDxMuskegon is a chance to play an important role in nurturing an innovative culture in our community. Our partners are committed to the power of ideas.


In the spirit of TED, our talks center around ideas worth spreading. Apply to share your idea on our stage or refer someone else.


Our event is supported by organizations that believe in the power of ideas to change our community and the world. Email us for details.


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It’s about spreading ideas. Watch our talks. Then share your ideas and ours with the world on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Meet our Speakers

Dr. Cleamon Moorer, Jr.Speaker

Dr. Cleamon Moorer, Jr.


Pursue Promise: The Greatest Failure is in the Inability to Quit

Cleamon Moorer Jr., DBA, is a father, husband, philanthropist, educator, author, mentor and educational entrepreneur. Moorer is the author of “From Failure to Promise: 360 Degrees,” the inspirational autobiographical story of how he overcame flunking out of college to become an engineer, college professor and dean.

Cassidy BriggsSinger/Songwriter

Cassidy Briggs



Cassidy Briggs is a singer/songwriter. She has been in musicals and plays at her local high school, Reeths-Puffer, and loves performing. Cassidy is 15 years old and is a street performer at the Muskegon Farmers Market.

Brian StrobelSpeaker

Brian Strobel


Normalizing Deviance

A former Marine Officer, Brian Strobel is an award-winning author on change. As a continual learner, he often needs to unlearn what he once believed as true. He believes without equivocation that leaders are in the “people business” and that they must lead with both their heart and mind.

Darnell JacksonSpeaker

Darnell Jackson


Race: The Final Frontier

Darnell Jackson is the first African-American to serve as judge in Saginaw County Circuit Court, to serve as director of Michigan’s Office of Drug Control Policy, and to serve as deputy chief assistant prosecutor for Saginaw County.  He has also served as deputy police chief for the City of Saginaw.  Judge Jackson received his law degree and bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University.

Lori McElrath EslickSpeaker

Lori McElrath Eslick


ART: Make it Your ‘Favorite Inch’ of the Day

After Kendall College of ART and Design, Lori illustrated for Hallmark Cards. She is now a picture book illustrator. My family: Golman (Teacher) & our kids Camille and Chase model often for her illustration/paintings. After two open-heart surgeries, Lori loves to paint in the open air, as inspiration is immediate.

Michael GerstweilerSpeaker

Michael Gerstweiler


We’re Running Out of STEAM

Michael Gerstweiler is an electrical and computer engineer by profession and a student mentor and technology advocate by choice.  In his youth the path to his engineering profession was laid out thanks to some caring teachers and mentors. His goal is to return that favor for today’s youth.

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About TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. At its inception in 1984, talks focused on technology, entertainment and design, and today include inspiring talks in more than 100 languages which range over politics, education, medicine, science, and global issues.

About TEDx

TEDx events, like the TEDxMuskegon event, are independently organized events that bring the engaging, challenging and thought-provoking talks of the TED movement to a local audience. The first TEDxMuskegon was held in 2011. Learn more about TEDxMuskegon.

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