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Claudette Zolkowski
Apr 13, 2017

TEDxSalon attendees connected with ideas, each other at interactive event

Apr 13, 2017 by Claudette Zolkowski


Oakland’s first TEDx Salon was a night full of love, laughter and connections. Smaller and more interactive than previous TEDx events, attendees at the OU Salon event connected with ideas focused on living their best lives, making the world a better place and strengthening their most important relationships.


Shaun Moore, e-learning at Oakland University, served as host for the evening, presenting three energetic and lively discussion leaders: Lisa Jesswein, Dr. Terri Orbuch and Nicholas Kristock.


Lisa Jesswein, host of Power Now on Empower Radio, launched the evening with her uplifting discussion about remaining positive no matter what comes your way. “Always let your inner cheerleader defeat your inner heckler,” Jesswein told the audience. She shared her way to handle anything life throws at you, prepare, adjust and trust (PAT). “You need to prepare for what you want to happen, adjust according to what actually happens and trust that everything will work out,” she advised. Jesswein had everyone laughing and reflecting on all of the positives in life.


Next, Dr. Terri Orbuch, aka The Love Doctor, began her discussion with a love IQ test that busted a myths about relationships, proven by studying the same couples over decades. Then she shared her steps to a happy relationship, which included setting realistic expectations, resolving disagreements constructively, and keeping things fresh. “Individuals in happy, healthy relationships are better off physically and psychologically,” she told the audience. Dr. Orbuch left everyone with new ideas to improve relationships.


Nicholas Kristock, founder of Fleece & Thank You, ended the evening by helping the audience focus on starting programs to make the world a better place. “You need to live the problem to combat adversity,” he told the audience. He shared his journey founding Fleece & Thank You, a non-profit that makes fleece blankets for children’s hospitals. Kristock then challenged the audience to come up with ideas to solve problems in the world through entrepreneurship.


See photos from the event and keep up with the latest news here.


The TEDxOaklandUniversitySalon was sponsored by the School of Business Administration and the School of Engineering and Computer Science.


By Allie Peterson