The speaker lineup for the 2017 TEDxZumbroRiver is comprised of insightful local and national speakers with a variety of backgrounds, each with a different perspective of this year’s theme, “What’s Possible?”
Let’s meet Aaron Leppin, MD.
Aaron Leppin, MD is an implementation scientist in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic and an Assistant Professor in its Division of Health Care and Policy Research. His research focuses on the development of strategies that increase communities’ capacity to partner with healthcare and engage in self-directed and evidence-based health promotion. In collaboration with diverse stakeholders, he seeks to develop innovative and scalable models for improving population health and enabling a more socially connected and empathic society.
He lives in Rochester with his wife, Beth, who is a teacher at Mayo High School.
Asked a few interview questions about his experience with the 2017 TEDxZumbroRiver, he had this to say:
Why did you want to be a TEDxZumbroRiver speaker?
Honestly, I don’t know that I ever really wanted to be a TEDxZumbroRiver speaker. It’s definitely taking me out of my comfort zone. I think I thought, rather incorrectly, that TED talks were about self-promotion. I now realize that they’re not. I’m giving a TEDx talk for the same reasons everyone else at TEDxZumbroRiver is; I have an idea that I’m passionate about and I want other people to be passionate about, too.
TEDxZumbroRiver is the ideal venue to communicate my idea because it’s based on the work that this community has done and will continue to do, really as an example for the rest of the country.
Describe your TEDx talk in three words
Educational. Aspirational. Actionable.
What do you hope the audience walks away with from your TEDx talk?
I hope they walk away with a new and different idea about the fundamental problem with healthcare in this country. Actually, I hope they walk away with a different understanding of what healthcare is, or could be, or should be.
Secondly, and maybe most importantly, I hope they walk away excited about a clear path forward. My talk proposes a collective impact solution to key problems with health and wellness. I’m hoping people will be excited to engage and be a part of that solution.
What are you most looking forward to as a presenter at TEDxZumbroRiver?
Well, I’m hoping that I won’t be nervous and that I’ll just be able to enjoy the environment. It’s a special thing, getting people together for the specific purpose of inspiring them. I mean, how odd and incredible is that? I’ve had a chance to hear some of the other talks so I’m starting to get a sense of what I think the evening will feel like. I think it’s going to be great; a very human yet very extraordinary experience. I’m looking forward to just being there and taking it in.
Listen to Aaron’s entire presentation at the 2017 TEDxZumbroRiver event on May 18, 2017, at Autumn Ridge Church. Buy your ticket and secure your spot today!