Ashley Butler

Ashley brings inspired storytelling to life with experiences from her past that will propel you into the future.

Ashley Butler is a physician and the founder and CEO of MySherri, a premium boutique home management company that employs and deploys an excellent workforce designed to normalize support at home while reducing the guilt and shame associated with asking for help. Butler’s years of experience with food and housing insecurity propels her to ensure that each of her employees achieves their own balance with a living wage, paid time off, and growth opportunities at MySherri.

Stephanie Wang

As a professor in the management and entrepreneurship department and a spouse of a serial entrepreneur, Dr. Stephanie Wang will share how spouses are “not-so-salient partners” in the entrepreneurship journey.

Dr. Stephanie Lu Wang is an Associate Professor at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. She is one of the Poets & Quant’s Best 40-Under-40 Business School Professors in 2022. She is a mother of two boys and a spouse of a serial entrepreneur.

Cassidy Puckett

Cassidy invites us to redefine “geek” by thinking differently about what it means to be good with technology and to learn to use it effectively.


Cassidy Puckett is an assistant professor at Emory University who studies the relationship between technological change and inequality in education, occupations, and healthcare. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the author of “Redefining Geek” which takes a close empirical look at what it means to be good with technology, unpacking what is often thought of as the “natural” ability of younger generations.

Rob Kunzman

His talk explores how humility can help us develop resilience when we fail and wisdom when we succeed.

Rob Kunzman is a former high school teacher and now professor of Curriculum Studies and Philosophy of Education at Indiana University. His scholarship explores the moral and civic purposes of schooling. He also teaches courses in the Hutton Honors College, including “What Is a Good Education?” and “Failure, and How We Can Learn From It.”

Nikki Pope

Nikki shares her insight into what we can do to help wrongfully convicted people have a successful fresh start after being released from prison.


Nikki Pope is in-house counsel at NVIDIA, where she leads the company’s Trustworthy AI initiative. Her interest in criminal justice reform began when she joined the Advisory Board of the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University, where she was also interim executive director for one semester when the executive director was on sabbatical. In 2015, Nikki co-authored a book, “Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction,” that was subsequently turned into an audiobook narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Kurtis, with a cast of 20 additional voices. In 2018, she co-founded The Pruno Fund, a nonprofit that helps exonerated people manage transitioning back into society after being incarcerated.

Rebecca Woodward

Artist in Residence

Engaging us in the process of new beginnings by inviting attendees to watch as she creates an original work of art at the event.

Becca is a student of classicism who has studied drawing, painting, sculpture, sacred geometry and classical architecture. She received her BFA in Illustration from BYU Provo before going on to study at the Beaux Arts Academy when it moved to Salt Lake from New York in 2015. She now resides in Bloomington, Indiana where she continues to study and teach art.

Ant Blair


Entrepreneur and prior TEDxBloomington speaker – taking the stage as emcee for this event.


Ant Blair is a former TEDxBloomington speaker and will be making his first appearance as the emcee for this event. A life-long entrepreneur, Ant now seeks to inspire young leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to find freedom through capitalism and marketing and helps C-Level executives command a room, provide clarity, align effort, and hold people accountable for achieving key business results and objectives with high-performance speaker coaching.


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