Archive for Talks

Jessica Shortall – The American Case for Paid Maternity Leave – TEDxSMU 2015

Driven by surprising data and punctuated with the raw stories of real working mothers, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth. The United States is one [...]

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Alice Laussade – Funlanthropy & Meat Fight: A Beefy, Hearty Take On Fundraising – TEDxSMU 2015

Alice Laussade, CEO of Meat Fight, Inc., talks about funlanthropy, and how meats, beers, and bacon doughnuts helped her organize a fanatical community in support of her beefy battle against Multiple Sclerosis. Alice Laussade is the creator and host of the Dallas event, Meat Fight®, a barbecue competition, meat dream and fundraiser that benefits the [...]

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Candy Peterson – Living Proof: Mother’s Intuition is Real – TEDxSMU 2015

Equal parts witty and emotional, Candy Peterson reveals how a mother’s intuition proved more accurate than doctors’ assessments and ultimately lead to a melanoma diagnosis in her young daughter, Marit. Thrown onto the scary path of cancer, Candy shares the unexpected twists and turns faced along the way. She challenges us that when “presented with [...]

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Tracy Brown – What is Mine to Do? – TEDxSMU 2015

The day after the Charleston murders, Tracy found herself sitting in a jury room considering whether she, a black woman, could be a fair and impartial juror in a case where a young white man killed 9 innocent people because of the color of their skin. What happened as a result of that morning has [...]

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Jake Minton – Men & Children: The Final Frontier for Feminism – TEDxSMU 2015

Men make up less than three percent of Preschool and Kindergarten teachers in the U.S., a number that hasn’t budged for at least 15 years. That isn’t just bad news for the men who would be great at this job. It’s bad for anyone who wants gender equality in any other field. Kindergarten teacher Jake [...]

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McKinney Boyd High School Living Roof Team – Leaving a Leagacy on a New Level – TEDxSMU 2015

We as a group of 16 high school students have found a way to leave a legacy on a totally different level. Team members: Sophie Alderete, Nathan Bray, Connor Campbell, Jody Chen, Adam Emerich, Jennifer Helmer, Jeremy Muniz, Emem Okan, Sagar Patel, Vanessa Pearl, Zach Post, Jessie Searles, Henry Werner, Austin Williams, Maddie Williams & [...]

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Julia R. Barton – Port of Dallas – TEDxSMU 2015

From its founding, Dallas fully intended to become a port city with river access to the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll hear the story of that quest, which reached epic proportions before it failed, and why it shouldn’t be forgotten. Music: Zachary Sarantitis, Podington Bear Photos: Library of Congress, Dallas Public Library, SMU’s DeGolyer Library, LBJ [...]

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Mike Baughman – What We Didn’t Expect While Expecting – TEDxSMU 2015

When an unexpected pregnancy develops unexpected complications, a young father learns how brokenness can help heal brokenness and reveal the precious fragility of life. Rev. Mike Baughman is a United Methodist pastor serving as the Community Curator at Union, a new kind of non-profit coffee shop in Dallas that exists to care for the well-being [...]

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Kristina Newman-Scott – What is fi yu cyan un fi yu – TEDxSMU 2015

My unexpected journey from painting student at Edna Manley College in Jamaica, to Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut. Kristina Newman-Scott is the Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut where she oversees all aspects of the state’s programs and services related to art, culture and historic preservation. Prior to this role, [...]

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Noelle LeVeaux – Asleep at the Wheel – TEDxSMU 2015

You’d think that being diagnosed with breast cancer would open your eyes and help you realize what’s important in life, but it took more than that to wake up this single working mom. Sometimes it takes crashing into something! Now she’s focused on living her best day ever – everyday and living with intent. She [...]

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