Speakers of 2013

Adam Helbling

The End is Where I Begin

Adam came to Ohio State from his hometown of Stow, Ohio on a full ride scholarship in 2005. He became involved immediately with the Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program and the Ohio State Waterski Team among several other organizations. Waterskiing was always his greatest passion and he served as captain of the team for two years. He has won a national championship for show skiing and a state championship for slalom skiing. His involvement at Ohio State led to his acceptance into the Sphinx Senior Class Honorary in the spring of 2008. Sphinx is the highest honor which can be accorded a student at the Ohio State University. After his accident he returned to Ohio State and finished his degree in civil engineering. He started sharing his story through public speaking and through his blog to raise awareness about bipolar disorder and spinal cord injuries. He originally chose to become a civil engineer so that he could build waterski lakes, but now he wants to make this world a better place for people with disabilities. He intends to be a grant writer to build housing and vacation housing for people with physical disabilities. He recently finished a book titled ‘Well… I Guess I’m Not Jesus’ that he is working on getting published. He hopes to find a successful career as an author, public speaker, and grant writer.

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Balpreet Kaur

The Power Behind Kindness

Balpreet Kaur is a first-generation sophomore at the Ohio State University where she is studying both Neuroscience and International Development. She hopes to continue on to medical school to become a neurosurgeon, research the effect of social stigma on the progression of mental disorder in developing countries, and hopefully open a few free clinics in Africa. At OSU she is part of the executive board of the Better Together team, president of the Sikh Student Association, and a Humanities Scholar. Being inspired by the tenents of universal love and service in Sikhism, she aspires to learn about the human condition and, one day, save the world — one step at a time. Her turban and faith inspire her to be different and to initiate dialogue with others. She finds herself reading everything and anything in her spare time, meditating, baking vegan desserts, and thinking about the profundities of life.

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Blake Renaud

Dreaming in the Day

Blake, originally from small town Iowa, started his time at Ohio State coming off a close call with a brain tumor. While at OSU, he has majored in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies and has been involved with various religious and fraternal groups on campus. As a student, the focus of his education has been on developing markets in the Middle East and how Islamic Financial Law plays a role in that development. His passion for this stems from time he spent serving in the Middle East in 2009 and interactions he has had with Muslim students on campus.

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Bol B. Aweng

Journey of Hope Continued

Bol was born in Jonglei, a region in Southern Sudan. In 1987, he was forced to flee his homeland at age six with out parents as helicopter gunfire and aerial bombs ripped apart his village along the Nile River. He seeks refuge in Ethiopia and Kenya before making US his new home in 2001 and become a proud citizen in 2007. While in the refuge camp in Kenya, he developed his art skills on his own from memory and imagination, using materials available in the camp. Many of his paintings are about African scenery and the Journey of the Lost Boys, which he calls The “Journey of Hope”. He graduated from the Ohio state University in 2009, where he majored in Fine Arts (for more information about Bol’s art, his website is www.bolaweng.com). Bol returned to his home in Southern Sudan in 2007 and 2010. He along with Jok Dau, builds a Buckeye medical clinic to focus on maternity and child health in their village in Piol. They are currently raising funds to send in a team to hire staffs, open the clinic, and maintain it for the following years. (More info: www.sudanclinic.org). Bol lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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Cole Ledford

Save it Forward

Cole Ledford is a first year student at The Ohio State University majoring Business and Political Science but originally from a small rural town called Lebanon, Ohio. He has appeared on 2 seasons of the hit TLC show Extreme Couponing where he holds the record for the highest percentage saved on each season respectively. He now dedicates his talent to providing for his family and inspiring others to live a lifestyle of fiscal consciousness and responsibility through speeches and seminars on fiscal responsibility.

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Giorgio Rizzoni

What cars will our grandchildren drive?

Giorgio Rizzoni, the Ford Motor Company Chair in ElectroMechanical Systems, is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Design. Dr. Rizzoni received his B.S. (ECE) in 1980, his M.S. (ECE) in 1982, his Ph.D. (ECE) in 1986, all from the University of Michigan. In 1999 he was appointed director of the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR), an interdisciplinary university research center in the OSU College of Engineering. Dr. Rizzoni’s research interests are in energy and transportation systems, with special interest in alternative fuels and future ground vehicle propulsion systems, including: advanced engines; electric and hybrid-electric drivetrains; energy storage systems; and hydrogen fuel cell systems. He has contributed to the development of a graduate curriculum in these areas, and has served as the director of three U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Automotive Technology Education Centers of Excellence at Ohio State. Since 1999, Dr. Rizzoni has been responsible for the growth of an automotive industry research consortium with sponsorship from twenty automotive manufacturers, suppliers and government agencies. In 2008 he launched a consortium of electric utilities and automotive OEMs, SMART@CAR, to study problems related to plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles and the smart grid. The consortium sees the participation of some twelve electric utility and automotive companies. . Prof. Rizzoni is a Fellow of SAE (2005), a Fellow of IEEE (2004), a recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and of several other technical and teaching awards. He serves on various advisory boards, and is active in community outreach, economic development, and STEM education programs.

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Lise Worthen-Chaudhari

The Body Knows More than We Think

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari connects rehabilitation science to the creative arts at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Seeking to make physical rehabilitation following CNS injury more engaging and more data-driven, Worthen-Chaudhari applies principles from dance and emerging digital technologies to evoke creative process during activity-based prescription performance. Worthen-Chaudhari is a research assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and associate director of the Motion Analysis and Recovery laboratory within Dodd Hall at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She received an MFA in Dance at Ohio State and an MS in Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Worthen-Chaudhari has more than a decade of experience conducting clinical research of central nervous system impairment and recovery.

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Kathryn Campbell-Kibler

Accents — Where and Why?

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari connects rehabilitation science to the creative arts at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Seeking to make physical rehabilitation following CNS injury more engaging and more data-driven, Worthen-Chaudhari applies principles from dance and emerging digital technologies to evoke creative process during activity-based prescription performance. Worthen-Chaudhari is a research assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and associate director of the Motion Analysis and Recovery laboratory within Dodd Hall at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She received an MFA in Dance at Ohio State and an MS in Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Worthen-Chaudhari has more than a decade of experience conducting clinical research of central nervous system impairment and recovery.

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Sarah Nerad

Investing in recovery

Sarah Nerad is a young person in long-term recovery since 2007. She has made it her life purpose to create the same opportunities that she had to enter and sustain recovery for other young people across the country. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Community, Family and Addiction Services. Sarah was one of the founding members of YPR | Young People in Recovery, a national advocacy organization for youth recovery. She also started her own consulting company, PTR Associates. Sarah left graduate school in Boston to work in the Student Wellness Center and start OSU’s collegiate recovery community and recovery house. She is planning on attending graduate school at OSU in the fall for her Master’s in Public Administration.

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William S. Marras

Back Pain and Your Brain

Ph.D., CPE. William S. Marras holds the Honda Endowed Chair in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University. He serves as the director of the Biodynamics Laboratory and is in the process of developing the Spine Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Dr. Marras also holds joint appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as Biomedical Engineering. His research is centered on musculoskeletal causal pathway investigations including occupational biomechanical epidemiologic studies, laboratory biomechanics studies, mathematical modeling, and clinical studies of the spine. His findings have been published in over 200 peer reviewed journal articles and numerous books and book chapters including a recent book entitled “The Working Back: A Systems View.” Professor Marras was the past Chair of the Board on Human Systems Integration at the National Research Council (NRC). He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Human Factors, Deputy Editor of Spine, and has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (the National Academies).

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Zain Shaito

Shakespeare [Almost] had it Right

Zain Shaito is a Lebanese-American international fencer, who represented Lebanon in foil at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London. Zain, who was raised in Texas, was on the national Ohio State fencing team, won the individual title in men’s foil at the NCAA Fencing Championships in 2012. He was named the 2011-12 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the second fencer in OSU history to earn the title. In 2011, Zain was a Second Team All-American and a first-place finisher at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships. Shaito decided to pursue the 2012 Olympics as a Lebanese competitor in order to give Lebanon its best chance at grabbing a medal. In 2016, he plans to qualify, compete and medal for the United States.

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Joel Diaz

Taking a Stand: Voices Amplified

Joel Díaz serves as the Chief Development Officer for AIDS Resource Center Ohio, the largest statewide AIDS service organization leading the fight against HIV/AIDS through awareness, advocacy, and care in Ohio. He holds a BSBA from the Ohio State University’s Max M. Fisher College of Business. In 2011 Joel was named a Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, the youngest individual to have received this recognition to date. In 2012 he was appointed to the Columbus Community Relations Commission. Joel has a passion for social justice and is committed to the fight for human equality.

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Artie Isaac

Now We Must Have Questions

Artie Isaac has worked for more than 30 years with highly creative people, addressing challenges and opportunities facing more than 1,000 companies. Now — after selling his award-winning advertising agency, Young Isaac — Artie leads corporate brainstorming and idea generation programs to develop new products and expand productivity. Artie is a Vistage Columbus group chair and executive coach with Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive organization. Artie teaches Personal Creativity and Innovation at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. He also teaches Marketing Strategy, Ethics and Creativity at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Artie is a writer, actor, corporate trainer and sought-after public speaker. Artie has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Yale and an M.B.A. from Columbia.

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