March 4th, 2017

The word outliers may bring to mind people, movements, concepts, or ideas. We are all outliers in some way — in our thinking, our communities, our passions, our values. Think of this theme as a celebration of all the ways we can be and are outliers. We believe there are ideas in our community that have not been given the light or focus they deserve, and this year’s theme is dedicated to giving a stage to those ideas.

The Talks

The Speakers

Allen Woods | <i>gladiator</i>

Allen Woods | gladiator

Allen Woods is a devoted husband, father & entrepreneur – in that order. The “Branding Gladiator” has assisted directly in the growth of hundreds of small businesses & personal brands across the globe & serves as the creative force behind MORTAR, earning him a spot on Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 under 40 list.

Melinda Butsch Kovacic | <i>thinker</i>

Melinda Butsch Kovacic | thinker

Melinda Butsch Kovacic, MPH, PhD is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research for UC’s College of Allied Health and a researcher at Cincinnati Children’s. Co-founder of Ignite Partnerships, she uses Polarity ThinkingTM to support organizations in identifying action steps to overcome chronic obstacles and strategically measure outcomes.

Ayesha Haq | <i>thought provoker</i>

Ayesha Haq | thought provoker

Ayesha Haq is a J.D candidate at the UC College of Law. Currently, she is involved with the Human Rights Quarterly and Asian Pacific American Law Students’ Association. Ayesha’s goal is to create an American society where people from different cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities are celebrated for their unique differences.

Jeff Alt | <i>hiker</i>

Jeff Alt | hiker

Jeff Alt walked the entire Appalachian Trail in tribute to his brother who has cerebral palsy and inspired the annual Sunshine walk for people with disabilities. He lectures about his trail lessons and how nature can help organizations and individuals. Jeff is also the award-winning author of A Walk for Sunshine.

Danilo Palazzo | <i>cooperator</i>

Danilo Palazzo | cooperator

Danilo Palazzo, educated as architect and planner, is director of the School of Planning at UC. Previously he was at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He has authored books, books chapters, and papers on ecological planning, urbanism, urban ecological design, sustainable planning, and design processes and pedagogy.

Bekah Michael | <i>nerd</i>

Bekah Michael | nerd

Rebekah Michael works in the School of Information Technology to educate and promote IT to students of all ages and improve diversity in IT. She uses her 14 years of experience in aerospace and defense manufacturing software engineering to teach innovative classes on database management and coordinate the graduate programs.

Caitlin Taylor | <i>educator</i>

Caitlin Taylor | educator

Caitlin Taylor is a 2016 graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence recipient. Caitlin is a 2016 Teach For America Corps Member in Southwest Ohio, and teaches special education at Woodward Career Technical High School. In addition, Caitlin is a Master’s candidate at Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Mark Godsey | <i>reformer</i>

Mark Godsey | reformer

Professor Mark Godsey directs the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and is a leading activist globally in the innocence movement. He is the author of Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions, forthcoming September 2017.

Levi Bethune  | <i>builder</i>

Levi Bethune | builder

Levi Bethune is a creative director with proficiency in identity discovery. He has communicated hundreds of organization’s brand promises. He is Chief Creative Officer at Cladwell—a clothing recommendation app—and co-founder of Cloverleaf—a culture identity tool for teams. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with no regrets.

Marybeth Privitera | <i>exception</i>

Marybeth Privitera | exception

Dr. Mary Beth Privitera, Mdesign., PhD, FIDSA is currently the Principal, HFE/Research for HS- Design, Inc.; Co-Chair & Faculty, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Human Engineering Committee; and is an Associate Professor, Director, Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

Saturday, March 4th 2017


1pm to 5pm
doors open at noon


Crossroads Uptown
42 Calhoun Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219


Students – $10, General – $15
Available starting February 13th

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