Do you have a story worth spreading? Now’s your time: TEDx makes its way to UNR


“This is a great opportunity for Reno’s brand. This town is full of talent. We want to find and showcase the hidden stories and talent in our community as well as the familiar ones.” -Bret Simmons, Associate Professor of Management, College of Business

Can it be? Is it true? Word on the street is that TEDx is making it’s way to the campus of our very own University of Nevada in search of “ideas worth spreading.” Believe the buzz. This is yet another excellent opportunity for our community to come together and really shine. TED has created a program called TEDx, and TEDxUniversityofNevada will be held on January 25, 2013 at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the campus of UNR.

The most beautiful part about our town is the people. I just moved back in January, and in the past 10 months I have been nothing but inspired, moved, intrigued, and motivated by the people I have connected with in Reno. There are some extremely inspiring people which make up our community and now is the time for them to share their story.This isn’t for professional speakers or superheros, this is for anyone in our community who has a story or an idea worth spreading. Doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do, the more diversity among the TEDx talks- the better! All proposals will be considered. TEDx wants to hear your story.

Who’s TED?

TED isn’t a person. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. It started 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED’s mission: Spreading ideas. They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). These talks are recorded, and published on What’s your favorite TED talk? Mine is John Wooden’s.

What’s TEDx?

It’s TED, but local! TEDx is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

TEDxUniversityof Nevada

Team TEDxUniversityofNevada consists of: Bret Simmins, Clare Dreyer, Greg Mosier, Kambiz Raffiee, Sue Moore, Lori Mead, Christina Hilfer and Jim McClenahan from UNR, Abbi Holtom Whitaker, President of The Abbi Agency and Liz Christofferson, CEO of Empower Consulting. This team is responsible for organizing the event. The mission is broader than traditional education. This opportunity is beyond the University; the college of Business MBA program is sponsoring this event, but it’s for the best interest of the community as a whole.

“I am a state employee with the College of Business. My responsibility extends beyond the classroom, it’s also to be a good citizen. I have brought TEDx here because it is a great way for the University and the community to work together.” -Bret Simmons

Have an inspirational story you want to share at TEDx?

All proposals need to in by Friday, October 19, 2012. Please visit the TEDxUniversityofNevada site for all of the info, and for specific instructions on how you could be considered as a speaker for TEDx.

Now’s our time to shine, Reno!


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