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Melissa Thornley

Creative Leadership Expert, Melissa Thornley Consulting in Chicago

My Belly Button: A User’s Guide

PRESENTED ON MAR 03, 2015
IN CHICAGO @ VOL 33

Our belly buttons connect us to our mother as we enter the world.  Melissa Thornley reflects on how we get our nourishment once that connection is cut.

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Is Crowdfunding the New "Like" Button?

BY BRIAN MEECE
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Brian Meece gives a quick rundown on what crowdfunding is and what you need to start a crowdfunding project. He gives an example using a company called Spira. Spira makes revolutionary new sneakers with springs in the soles to make walking easier.

"Presentation of the Day" on November 14, 2013.

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How Pole Dancing Changed My Life

BY ANGEL STEWART
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 18, 2014

Pole Dancing is a highly misunderstood sport that requires extreme flexibility and muslce control. Angel Stewart, a pole dancing instructor, goes beyond the stigma to show how it has changed her life both physically and emotionally. 

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A VERY Brief History of American Belly Dance

BY JO ROSS
@ VOL 22 ON MAY 18, 2014

Jo Ross takes us through a brief history of the origins of American Belly dance as we know it today. Little did we know the origins are many and varied!  

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In the Belly of the Fail

BY MEGAN GARZA
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 21, 2014

Second-generation librarian, Megan Garza is interested in failure. Why do we have such a hard time failing? What does failure do to us? How can we fail better?

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Behind the Podium: Jeopardy!

BY DAVE LEACH
@ VOL 28 ON FEB 21, 2016

Alex Trebek loves the SNL parodies of his legendary show. What is the minimum bet for a Daily Double? What else might you not know about Jeopardy!? What is, of course most everything unless you listen to Dave Leach guide us through the selection process of Jeopardy! contestants and other #BTS aspects of this legendary game show. Keep your button ready and good luck on the Daily Doubles!

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Button Masala

BY ANUJ SHARMA
@ VOL 59 ON MAY 18, 2017

"It's been nice to see how powerful design can be."

Anuj Sharma is the fashion designer who invented the technique Button Masala. Button masala is a simple joinery system designed for clothing. The technique uses only buttons and rubber bands. His PechaKucha shows many examples of this innovative technique – enjoy the ride!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 5th, 2017. 

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Belly Buttons: An Unexpected Portal to Miracles

BY JOHN LAMPERIS
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

The birth of a blind child followed by the birth of a sighted child provided a miraculous discovery for John N. Lamperis, the father of both, who was not only present at their births, but assisted in making their belly buttons. While sharing his journey, John tells humorous anecdotes of his frustration with his oldest daughter’s attire, which revealed his creation—that is, the belly button—and describes the joy in knowing that, sighted or not, each of children is a blessing.

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Them Belly Full - Creating a hunger for your art that feeds you

BY JAMIE PHILBERT
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 01, 2017

She dances, teaches, sings, designs and is a motivator. Jamie Philbert is an artist and founder of Art on Purpose, which encompasses her many talents and is the conduit for chanelling this energy to the masses.

Jamie shares her journey and inspires other creatives to ditch the notion of the starving artist and instead reclaim their abundance.   

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The Beast Has No Belly

BY JIM BRUNBERG
@ VOL 24 ON DEC 12, 2017

It's pat to say we have more common ground than we have differences.  Yet, we just said it. There is an art to dropping assumptions, in approaching people and issues without prejudice, as children do. Jim Brunberg believes the next step is actually hearing the stories, and sharing them in a way that doesn't pander, condescend, or otherwise filter the truth or rob it of its nuance.