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Speaker Sessions

During our speaker sessions, IdeaFestival Bowling Green participants listen to innovators from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines as they talk about their big ideas, their passions, and their visions. Participants also have the chance to ask questions.


2021 Speakers

Frankie Lewis

Frankie Lewis

Designer, Frankie Lew Organization


Frankie Lewis was born and raised in Louisville. In 2014, after receiving her BS in theater arts from the University of Louisville, she started her first fashion label, Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Company. Her work was featured in EXTOL Magazine, Louisville Magazine, and KMAC COUTURE – Art Walks the Runway, and was mentioned in British and Italian Vogue. In 2018, Frankie was selected to compete with 15 other designers on season 17 of Project Runway. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, as a freelance tailor for Michael Schmidt’s Studios and as owner of the Frankie Lew fashion house.


Amy Samples

Amy Samples

Director of Community Outreach and Peoples Programs, AppHarvest


Amy Samples is helping assemble the world-class, 285-person team responsible for operations at AppHarvest's 60-acre indoor farm in Morehead. In her role, Amy has been instrumental in helping unite community organizations, universities, and government officials at all levels to create an AgTech ecosystem that will cement Eastern Kentucky's status as America's AgTech capital. A Kentucky native, Amy joined AppHarvest following years with The Nature Conservancy in and around the nation's capital, as well as with land-focused non-profits in Michigan.



Janessa Unseld

 Janessa Unseld

Finalist, Breakthrough Junior Challenge


Janessa Unseld is a senior and community developer at The Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. Her love for exploring diverse perspectives has led her to many an extracurricular, including sitting on her school's literary magazine editorial board, engaging in her local philosophy club, and cofounding Project Unite, a group focused on promoting cultural awareness. She feels that anything worth articulating is worth articulating well, and thus always works to develop her communication skills. A three-minute video she created exemplifies this attitude: it details the practical limitations of quantum computers and is now a finalist in the 2020 Breakthrough Junior Challenge.


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February 17, 2021
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