Keynote Speakers

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Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Wednesday, October 9

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Ijeoma OluoIjeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times Best Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January 2018 by Seal Press. Named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle, TIME, The Stranger and The Guardian, among other outlets. 

Friday, October 11

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Hensley MichelleMichelle Hensley founded Ten Thousand Things Theater, where she directed and produced more than 60 tours of award-winning drama to audiences in prisons, shelters and housing projects, as well as to the general public. Many of her productions made the local critics' Top Ten lists. A McKnight Theater Fellow, in 2005 she received the Francesca Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association for outstanding contribution to the American Theater.

In 2015, she published the book All the Lights On: Reimagining Theater with Ten Thousand Things. In 2017, Michelle won the Twin Cities' Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2018 Theatre Communications Group gave her its Visionary Leadership Award.