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October 7, 2021

Bismarck Event Center


An annual gathering of lifelong learners where curiosity and discussion take center stage, the GameChanger Ideas Festival invites some of the most provocative and inspiring thinkers in the world to share their ideas with you! Join us for this exciting day of learning to re-energize your mind and make new friends.

Eli Saslow is a staff writer for the Washington Post and a contributor to ESPN The Magazine. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting and a George Polk Award for national reporting, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. His works include Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President and American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series.


He will speak about his experience interviewing former White Nationalis Derek Black and the writing of his book Rising Out of Hatred.

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Public health and behavioral science expert Sara Gorman has written extensively about global health, science communication, psychology and mental health, among other topics.


Sara’s first book, Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us, explores the psychology behind irrational health beliefs and decisions. The book also provides advice for how the general public can discriminate between valid and invalid science, and considers how public health professionals and doctors can communicate with patients who have a fundamental mistrust of science and medical research.


Sara’s work has appeared or been reviewed in TIME, The New Yorker, Science, Psychology Today, The Atlantic, BBC and NPR. Sara is also co-founder of Critica, a community committed to making rational decisions about health and security.

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Award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox is currently touring her one-woman show: One Drop of Love.


Fanshen is also a Producer and Development Executive at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and holds a BA in Spanish & Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in TV, Film & Theatre. She has been honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards from CSULA and from Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves on the board of The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and on the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts Equity Advisory Committee. Fanshen is also a co-author of the Inclusion Rider which was announced at the 2018 Oscar awards by Frances McDormand.


Fanshen will speak about identity in the face of bias.

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Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela, Michelle Poler is a creative and passionate social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, fear facer, and branding strategist.

She is the Founder of Hello Fears, a social movement empowering millions to step outside of the comfort zone and tap into their full potential. She has spoken at TEDx, Google, INBOUND, Facebook, ESPN, Netflix, Procter and Gamble, Microsoft, Toyota, World Domination Summit, Festival of Media Global, and many more.

Michelle is also the creator of the project 100 Days Without Fear. Her work has been featured on CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fox News, Telemundo, Glamour, Elle, The Rachael

Ray Show, Refinery29, and Daily Mail among many others.

In 2017, she started speaking to the younger generation. Since then, she has empowered over 20,000 students at schools and universities around the world to live with courage, find their

authenticity and embrace their growth paths.

Her book Hello, Fears! was released May 5, 2020.

Breakout Speakers Include
Tami DeCoteau
David Whitesock
Kelsey Timmerman
David Adler
David Bjerklie


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