2020 SPEAKER SERIES
February 23, 2020 4:00 p.m. Location: xBk Live
Captain Alivia Stehlik was a military brat and moved frequently as a young child, but
spent most of her formative years in McLean, Virginia. She graduated from the United
States Military Academy at West Point in 2008, earning a bachelor’s degree of science in
Physics, with honors.
In 2019, Captain Stehlik testified in Washington D.C. before the House Armed Services
Military Personnel Subcommittee on the current transgender ban in the military. Since
then, she has spoken for numerous events and media outlets about open military service
by transgender individuals.
Dr. Kyle Christiason
March 1st, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Location: Thompson Auditorium at Unity Point
Kyle Christiason, MD, CPE is the Medical Director dyad-leader for Unity Point Accountable Care, one of the nation’s largest ACO’s. In 2018, he also founded Unity Point Health’s first dedicated LGBTQ Clinic.Dr. Christiason’s career goal is to redesign the healthcare Experience so that Unity Point Health is the network where physicians are dedicated to ‘Right Care, Right Place, Right Time;’ where team members revel in a joyful career; and, where patients feel we are a valued guest in their lives.
He practices medicine at the vibrant Unity Point Prairie Parkway Clinic in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
(POSTPONED) Jaci McCormack
March 29th, 2020 4:00 p.m. Location: xBk Live
Jaci McCormack is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Jaci began her basketball career on the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai, ID and it was clear from an early age the tribe had a star among them.
To this day, Jaci is the only Nez Perce tribal member to play in the NCAA tournament. Jaci still plays in the
Indian Basketball circuit when her schedule allows and is regarded as one of the top five female native
basketball players of all-time.
As the Nez Perce Tribal Youth Prevention Director, Jaci rediscovered her passion of working with youth and began volunteering her time outside of the work setting at various basketball camps and other youth activities. She recognized all too well the challenges tribal youth face in making a transition off the reservation to post-secondary education, and wanted
to give back.
(POSTPONED) Stephen Orr
April 9th, 2020 5:00 p.m. Location: Meredith Corporation Campus
Stephen Orr serves as Editor-in-Chief of Better Homes & Gardens, as well as the VP/Group Editorial Director at Meredith Corporation, the nation's largest brand-powered food, lifestyle and entertainment media company, engaging over 175 million unduplicated American consumers every month. In this role, Orr oversees the editorial direction of Meredith’s food, shelter, and lifestyle brands, which include Better Homes & Gardens, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Southern Living, Allrecipes, Family Circle, Rachael Ray Every Day, Eating Well, Traditional Home, and Midwest Living.
With more than 25 years of experience in content creation and design leadership, Orr has worked inside many of the media industry’s most recognizable brands, developing content across multiple channels. Prior to joining Meredith, Orr most recently held the position of Executive Editor of Condé Nast Traveler and a VP/Editorial Director for Martha Stewart Living. Orr has also held content creation and design leadership positions at brands such as House & Garden, Domino, Epicurious, The New York Times Magazine, W, and WWD. Orr is also the author of several books, including, most recently, The New American Herbal, an A-to-Z survey showing the full spectrum of useful plants with both recipes and projects.
Orr currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa and NYC.
May 17th, 2020 4:00 p.m. Location: xBk
Road Trip and National Parks expert Mikah Meyer has been named a “Social Media Warrior”by MTV and featured by NPR, The Guardian, Upworthy, and The Today Show among thousands of media outlets globally for his travel beyond convention. His 3-year, world record road trip total 419 U.S. National Park Service sites made him the first to experience all parks in a single journey, and also the person with the most recent, comprehensive knowledge of experiencing America's park system.
Mikah's expertise ranges from media partnerships with the US federal government’s news agency to over 150 speaking engagements from New York to New Zealand. Sought after for projects that focus on bringing cultures together, he is equally comfortable hosting on-screen in Iran, penning the first LGBT-focused op-ed for Outside Magazine, or creating multimedia campaigns like his “Rainbow Nation” series of LGBT flag photos with America’s most iconic natural landmarks (Instagram, 73k followers). Combining these skills, Mikah is an inspirational speaker and comedic performer, encouraging others to follow their dreams before it's too late, be comfortable with their unique traits, and use those diverse skills to change the world.