Why I’m Looking Forward to TEDxUniversityofNevada in Reno on January 27th

This January 27th, TEDxUniversityofNevada returns to Reno and will once again feature an enviable lineup of speakers from best-selling authors, seasoned journalists,  CEOs, and business leaders to intriguing professors, well-respected performers … even an attorney from the ACLU and a United States Senator. Each speaker or performer has been preparing for months to share an important idea worth spreading with YOU!

Now in its sixth year, videos from the TEDxUniversityofNevada event have collectively accumulated over 25 million views online and every day that number is growing. If you’re in the Northern Nevada or California area, buy your tickets now! It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Attend TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018: What Are You Waiting For?

Planning to attend your first TEDx event? If so, make sure to check out this recent post from the TEDxUniversityofNevada blog offering a handful of tips for what you can expect as a first time attendee.

In the words of Robb Smith—one of our past TEDx speakers who very recently gave a keynote on a separate but related topic about the times we find ourselves living in today—he said something that really stood out to me, which also applies directly to TEDx:

We’re not just in an average moment of political disruption, or even economic reorganization. We’re entering an age of transformation … what I said in my TED talk five years ago is that the nature of transformation is that things change shape, literally. Their deep structure undergoes modification. So what is changing shape? Everything. When we’re able to share views, behavior, values, choices, resources, money, assets, perspectives, all from our pocket, all in real-time, the real structure of the world changes in powerful ways.

Expand Your Mind, Uncover New Possibilities

While it’s impossible to predict or know the talks that will resonate with each person the most—for me those usually come out of left field—here are a few of the speakers that I’m personally looking forward to hearing from, and why I find each so interesting:

  1. Mariana Atencio – Since NBC/MSNBC correspondent Mariana Atencio gave her TEDxUniversityofNevada talk in January of 2017, her video has racked up nearly four million views. Atencio is a busy journalist, just this past year having traveled to over two dozen countries to report on major disasters and events from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria,  to the 6.1 earthquake in Mexico. She has also covered such tragedies as the church shooting in Sutherland, Texas, to the violent protests in her home country of Venezuela. With this level of first person experience, she is sure to bring back some very important insights and stories to share.
  2. Sharyl Attkisson – I recently finished journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s latest book entitled “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How you Vote.” According to Attkisson, the majority of what you see and hear in the news today is largely shaped, skewed, and twisted by the money behind the interests that most want their messaging heard. And in the digital age, it’s complicated. Her book currently has five stars on Amazon with well over 600 reviews, and she does a great job of giving some sound journalistic perspective into the “fake news” phenomenon. Attkisson is an Emmy award winning investigative journalist and host of the Sunday morning news program “Full Measure.” She was a correspondent for CBS News from 1993-2014. She will be giving a talk on fake news.
  3. Steven Ing – Steven Ing’s father led a life of violent crime. He was ultimately shot and killed by police officers when Steven was just 12 years old. Growing up in a situation surrounded by alcoholism, abuse, and violence, Steven eventually went on to become a sought-after speaker, trainer, and therapist focused on the intelligent management of human sexuality. His book, “We’re All Like This,” is used as a text in Human Sexuality classes in university classrooms. His talk is guaranteed to be both timely and enlightening.
  4. Tony Lillios – Tony Lillios is an 8-time Iron Man and seasoned open water swimmer who also led an expedition across the country of Bhutan, seeking a deeper first-hand account of the country’s policy of Gross National Happiness. You can view the trailer for that documentary here. As an Integral Coach in personal development who is passionate about bringing transformational tools to larger audiences, Tony brings a breadth of experiences and education into this growing field of integral practice that supports whole person evolution to create sustainable personal shifts.

From a marketing and business perspective, here’s why I am also looking quite forward to hearing from Christine Porath, Daniel Price, Daniel Burkus and Julie Hogan.

  1. Christine Porath – Christine Porath is Associate Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Porath travels the world working with leading organizations such as Google and the International Monetary Fund to help them solve the vexing problem of incivility. She recently wrote the book “Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace.”
  2. Daniel Price – Daniel is the CEO of Breadware, a Reno-based electronics design and sourcing company that partners with organizations to help them launch new IoT (Internet of Things) products. Daniel has spoken at multiple national IoT conferences on the industrial shifts that are being brought about by the Internet of Things.
  3. David Burkus – David Burkus is the author of such books as “The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas” and his latest “Under New Management: The Unexpected Truths About Leading Great Organizations.” David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Inc., the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and on CBS This Morning. He was also recently named to the Global Thinkers50 list.
  4. Julie Hogan –  Dr. Julie A. Hogan is an associate professor at the University of Nevada Reno’s College of Business. Hogan earned her doctoral degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Sociology.  For 30 years, Hogan has been deeply engaged in the topic of culture and believes that the American social space we all share presents very interesting lessons if we open ourselves to its voice.

While it’s impossible to do justice to all of the event’s speakers here, what you can do is visit the TEDxUniversityofNevada website to learn more detail about all 21 speakers and performers! Which speakers pique your interest? Who would you be the most excited to meet or have a conversation with? Who do you think you stand the most to learn from?

On the recently revamped TEDx website, you can also learn all about past speakers and see all of the videos from our previous events. In short, hope you can join us for day of sharing new ideas on January 27th! And if you simply can’t make it, make sure to follow @tedxuofnevada or tune into the hashtag #tedxunr for the latest updates on the day of the event.


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