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TEDxStLouis Presents "What Now?" and "What Next?" Talks

TEDxStLouis Presents "What Now?" and "What Next?" Talks

Jim McKelvey

Jim McKelvey, CEO of Square/Invisibly, will be featured at the two-part TED series highlights innovation, women, and leadership.

TEDxStLouis – a nonprofit community of learners and change-agents in St. Louis – will hold a two-part series of talks on Fri., Dec. 3 at the America’s Center Ferrara Theatre located at 701 Convention Plaza.  Tickets range from $38 to $45 for General Admission tickets and $75 to $125 for the VIP experience.


The “What Now?” TEDxStLouis Women’s event from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. will spotlight the forward-thinking nature of St. Louis women in various fields.  The TEDxStLouis “What Next?” Innovation event from 5 to 9 p.m. will include cutting-edge leaders who approach their fields from new directions. 


What Now?  Speakers

●       Adrian Bracy, president of Adrian Bracy & Associates, “Why Nonprofits Should Make a Profit”

●       Maxine Clark, Founder of Build-A-Bear and CEO of Clark-Fox Family Foundation, “An Interview with Maxine Clark”

●       Charli Cooksey, Founder and CEO of WEPOWER, “The Fiery Power of We”

●       Erin King, Physician and Executive Director of Hope Clinic for Women, “Missouri - Your Mothers are Dying”

●       Kelly Pratt-Kreidich, Photographer and Owner of Pratt+Kreidich Photography, “Dancers & Dogs: Art as a Social Remedy”

●       Quinn Tyminski, Washington U School of Medicine instructor, “Occupational Therapy for the Homeless”


What Next? Speakers

●       Josh Allen, Founder of Companion Baking, “Changing Our Culture by Watching Our Waste”

●       Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director of Arch Grants, “Be Unreasonably Generous”

●       Sukanya Mani, Interdisciplinary Artist, “Paper Cutting Art Explores Physics & Philosophy”

●       Jim McKelvey, Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of Square/Invisibly, “The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time”

●       Brian Owens, Founder & Creative Director of LIFE Creative, “Art & Music for the Under-Served”

●       Colin Rohfling, Director of Sustainable Development at HDR Inc., “Buildings That Regenerate”

●       Sarah Schlafly, Founder of Mighty Cricket, “It’s Time to Embrace Insects as a Food Source”


TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.  Founded in 2013, TEDxStLouis, formerly TEDxGateway Arch, provides the community with events, connections, and ongoing information.  For more information or to register, visit  

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