Archive for Talks

Nikki Duong Koenig – Ethical Fashion – TEDxSMUWomen 2016

We are all a part of the $1.5 trillion global fashion industry and we may be supporting forced labor, environmental pollution, and animal cruelty without knowing it. Conscientious consumers should be aware of the fashion industry’s tremendous global impact on people, our planet, and animals. We can all choose to not support unethical practices with [...]

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Catherine Cuellar – How can we redesign care to strengthen community for generations? – TEDxSMUWomen 2016

The populations of both children and seniors are exploding in the U.S., and each is at risk because they must depend on others for care. As traditional family structures and careers change, intergenerational bonds disintegrate, so knowledge and life skills are lost rather than passed on. How can we design more safe, caring places where [...]

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Maria Cramer – Fearlessness – TEDxSMUWomen 2016

Women are naturally a nurturing gender, leading from a place of caring and compassion. What happens when women are able to tap into the courage to be fearless and lead from a place of power and compassion? Maria Cramer discusses how women can tap into their fearlessness and find their power to make lasting change, [...]

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Suzanne Brown – It’s Time to Create Professional Part-time Working Mom Opportunities – TEDxSMUWomen 2016

For more than 3 years, Suzanne Brown has interviewed professional part-time working moms to hear their stories and understand their advice, insights, and challenges. In addition to sharing a few of these stories, Suzanne highlights a holistic view of changes impacting the U.S. workforce. She argues that the U.S. population shifts, social aspect, and business [...]

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Candice Bledsoe – Power of Narratives: Sharing Experiences of the Underrepresented – TEDxSMUWomen 2016

Through powerful narratives, researcher and SMU faculty member, Dr. Candice Bledsoe discusses the experiences of the underrepresented in America. She challenges her audience to read between the lines of American history to find the missing narratives. Dr. Candice Bledsoe is a faculty member at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and executive director of the Action [...]

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Jon Stolk – Creating Autonomy-Supportive Learning Environments – TEDxSMU 2015

Educators talk a lot about learner autonomy, but less so about the conditions that promote learners’ feelings of choice and control. In this talk, Jon Stolk examines how learning environments may be better designed to promote the emergence of confident, agile, self-directed learners. Jon Stolk strives to design and facilitate extraordinary learning experiences. He creates [...]

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Ethan Decker – We’re All in Marketing: What Evolution Tells Us About Advertising – TEDxSMU 2015

Advertising is the Dirty Profession, famous for snake oil salesmen and shysters, shilling things that nobody needs, creating this bankrupt consumerist culture. But what if I told you that you were unknowingly in advertising too? My own journey from human evolution and ecology into marketing has taught me that we are all in advertising—and that’s [...]

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TEDxSMU 2015 Highlights

TEDxSMU is an all-day TED-style conference for the SMU and Dallas communities. An active participant in the TEDx program since its inception in 2009, TEDxSMU has built its reputation on bringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner. Stories have the power to move us, to change the way [...]

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Maria Dixon Hall – A Scandalous Connection – TEDxSMU 2015

40 people around the world including a Pulitzer Prize winner have created a virtual church around ABC’s hit show Scandal. We are creating significant connections in new ways, but our need to connect remains as old as time. How can we use these connections to make our communities and lives stronger? Dr. Maria Dixon is [...]

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Cristina Girod – Be A Catalyst – TEDxSMU2015

Be a catalyst. What does that even mean? The Catalyst Arts Movement speaks on why we should all be catalysts, and the three steps to becoming one. The co-founders discuss their personal experiences in becoming catalysts, and why they believe all people should seek to spark change in their communities, regardless of their age or [...]

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