Jim Smalley

Speed of Life

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Teacher and Coach

Jim Smalley is a recipient of HCSD’s Educator of Excellence award. He is a passionate basketball coach for THE Hilliard Darby Panthers and serves in the role of an elementary technology teacher. A graduate of Heidelberg University, Jim lives in Hilliard, OH with his beautiful wife Danah and handsome dog Max.

A single moment can forever change how we view our world. The moment we hearing a loved one’s laughter, we smile. The moment we decide to give ourselves permission to let our imagination run wild, we create a spark, which can ignite a fire. In our overscheduled world, it is easy for a whole day to pass where we miss our moments. To help him focus on life’s details, Jim Smalley has embarked on a year-long journey to document a moment from each day in his life. He invites you to view a year of his life as he shares the impact this project has had on his life.

Kim Emch

Challenging Children to Dream:
Overcoming Poverty through Entrepreneurship

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Founder and Executive Director of SON Ministries

Kim Emch likes a free lunch. Not for herself, but for the 3,000+ children in her suburban town of Hilliard who are living in poverty. In 2007 Kim founded the Hilliard Free Summer Lunch Program to silence the rumbling tummies in her community. As this program grew to a year-round ministry partnering with children and families facing poverty in a suburban setting, she founded Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries in March of 2009 to help families move out of poverty.

Anyone can cause positive change in the world and inspiration can come from anywhere. Kim Emch had never planned on combatting suburban poverty. The day she learned that there were children living in poverty in her community she knew she had to help. Kim didn’t know anything about starting a free summer lunch camp and she doubted she was qualified to do so. But her spark of inspiration was so powerful that it overcame all her fears and doubts and she jumped in and did it. Kim shares humorous stories and experiences about from her 10 year journey. What started as a program to feed hungry children in Hilliard has grown to offering programs that help children and families climb out of poverty.

Brian Wagner

Defining Your Blind Spot

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CEO of A Radical Vision

Brian Wagner looks at life differently than most people. He has a gift for helping others identify their personal blindspots and overcome their self-limiting beliefs. His talent developed out of his childhood diagnosis of a severe genetic disorder that would eventually impair his vision, but not his outlook on life. Brian inspires and motivates others to embrace their personal blindness, whether it be physical or mental, through a process he called A Radical Vision.

You may have wondered why you’ve been passed up for a promotion. Maybe your spouse has left you unexpectedly. Maybe you didn’t get the job offer that you felt was yours. There are certain times in everyone’s life where we question why certain things are happening. “How could they do that to me?”, you might have said. This is a victim mindset. There is always two sides to every story. More than likely, these issues could have been seen far in advance and possibly corrected. They seem to have come out of nowhere because they were in your blindspot.

There’s a reason why automobile regulations are demanding blind spot detection. This is a hot topic with the automotive industry, regulatory commissions, financial industry, as well as almost any part of daily life. This is the kind of blindness that has impact for every day issues. Once you’ve concluded that you are blind and identified your blind spots you’ll be ready to learn how to see through your blindspots.

Embracing your blindness will become a movement that you want to share with others. This will allow free flowing communication for you, your love ones, your work associates and others.

Threat Level Midnight

Principal Alice Cooper & Professor Van Halen
Winner of the 2017 Groove U InstaBand Battle of the Bands


Threat Level Midnight is a 6-piece alternative rock band from Hilliard, Ohio. These six students were brought together through a class at the Hilliard’s McVey Innovative Learning Center, where their curriculum was to become a band. They bring real life experiences and their unique instrumentation to their original music.

Sharon Esswein

Empowerment: It’s an Inside Out Process
Teacher and Jennings Scholar

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Sharon Esswein is a firestarter.  As an educator for the past 39 years, she has learned to identify the internal passion that burns within us all and cultivate it into a flame. Sharon is dedicated to sharing her skill to help others ignite sparks of passion. She lives in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband Larry where she is inspired daily by her family.

How do we ignite that spark that lies waiting inside of us? How do we help others ignite that spark within themselves and into a flame that burns brightly? We all have unique gifts that only we can give and a purpose for being in this world. Educator Sharon Esswein teaches the skills that help us ignite that spark within ourselves and to identify that spark of aliveness in others. She helps people who have come alive and live more fulfilling lives. Sharon transforms spectators into “balcony people” and cheerleaders who guide through encouragement.

Dr. Boris Terebuh

Translating Pain’s Message
Specializes in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management

Patients look forward to a visit with Dr. Boris Terebuh. As a practitioner of musculoskeletal medicine, he alleviates pain. Dr. Terebuh has been re-envisioning his profession’s current solution of pain management. He realized that focusing on the symptom of pain and offering medication as the only solution was short sighted. He has dedicated the past twelve years of his career to teaching patients how to manage their pain independent of medication.

Our society has a pain problem. We have become hypersensitive to it and are terrified of it. Pain is a universal language, but it doesn’t speak English. We do our best to guess how to treat the symptom, but sometimes that does not fix the issue that causes the pain. With opioid use out of control, alternatives methods are being developed to treating pain without medication. As a specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management, Dr. Boris Terebuh has learned to translate the pain message. He shares pain’s message with his patients and is excited to share what Regenerative Medicine has to offer right now and in the future.

Dev Pathik

The Power of Self-Coaching

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Founding Partner in Bo Jackson’s Sports Leadership Centers

Dev Pathik listens to the voice in his head, his inner coach. This voice pushes him to go further, dig deeper, try harder. It is a voice that we all can employ to overcome great adversity or to resist temptation. Everyone has this inner voice. Dev believes that when we teach others how to be more proactive coaches to themselves, the outcomes are extraordinary.

Dev Pathik believes that the single most important skill you will ever develop is the power of self-coaching. Dev will discuss how utilizing different styles of self-coaching can transforming personal outcomes and influence the way we educate, lead, and develop people. He will discuss the power of personal promises, self-coaching, and the concept of pursuing your very best self.

Ross Youngs

Microbiome Mining for New Cures

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CEO of Biosortia Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ross Youngs is a serial entrepreneur and inventor who founded his first company in 1988 and went on to land on the INC 500 list of Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies for 5 times. He was named the Nation’s Business Person of the Year in 1998 and holds over 75 patents. Ross has extensive involvement in materials, processes, and products that range from the plastic industry to green energy and now pharmaceutical discovery.

His current focus is drug discovery from the microbiome. The microbiome of interest is the aquatic microbiome which includes all types of microorganisms. The overlap to the human gut microbiome is at least 73%.

Jimmie Bell

Invincible Currency; Better Than a Trophy

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Speaker and Former OSU and NFL Football Player

Inspiring, educating, and empowering others to Launch Your Legacy with the same blend of optimism, humor, and resolute determination that propelled him through his football career, Jimmie Bell utilizes his life experiences and setbacks- both on and off the gridiron – to inspire and encourage his audiences to “Launch Your Legacy!” Jimmie learned early in life the importance of hard work, commitment, and determination. Jimmie rose to national prominence in high school as one of the country’s top high school defensive linemen, and then continued his athletic career at Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he not only earned 2 Big-Ten Championships, but also was an integral part of the defensive squad at the Ohio State University Rose Bowl Championship Team of 1997. After an injury forced Jimmie to end his professional career in the NFL, Jimmie knew his full potential had yet to be reached. Jimmie understood what he was being called to do, to inspire, educate, and empower others to succeed. Now as dynamic in front of a group as he was on the field, Jimmie shares his personal and professional experiences with groups around the country. Jimmie’s motivating style pushes his audiences to identify their personal or professional goals. Demonstrating how focusing on your legacy can only begin with personal development.

Amit & Ami Majmudar

Spark in Motion
Nuclear Radiologist and first Poet Laureate of Ohio (Amit) and Dancer (Ami)

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Amit Majmudar gets paid to look for patterns. In his day job as a nuclear radiologist, Amit scans X-rays, CT-rays, CT scans, and Pet scans looking for the pattern of normal anatomy. At home, Amit uses his love for patterns in writing his poetry, creating patterns in language. He says language has both a mathematical and musical aspect to it that quickens it into poetry. Similar to her husband, Ami Majmudar finds patterns in everyday life, though she experiences them through rhythm and motion. With three decades of experience as a classically trained Bharata natyam dancer, Ami uses dance and the motion of her body to express emotion and stories.

Inspired by the program’s theme of Spark, Amit & Ami Majmudar bring their gifts of spoken word and dance to the TEDxHilliard stage. Their choreographed performance of words, rhyme, rhythm, and Bharata natyam, an Indian Classical Dance, celebrate the feeling of a spark, internal fires, and the small beginnings of world-changing things. This powerful performance interprets the feeling of the soul when it is set on fire.