TEDxSMU 2013: And Then…

2013 was a great year! We can’t thank our speakers, sponsors, volunteers and attendees enough!


Our 2013 speaker line-up

Dr. Judith Allen, Psy.D.

Education innovator

Dallas Communities in Schools, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer


Dr. Kenneth Berry

Robotics education specialist

Assistant Director of the Science and Engineering Education Center, University of Texas at Dallas


Dr. Eric G. Bing

Visionary global health researcher and distinguished professor

Bush Institute, Director of Global Health

Professor of Global Health Applied Physiology and Wellness, Simmons School at SMU


Dr. Fred Chang

International cyber security expert

Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security and computer science professor, Lyle School of Engineering at SMU

Senior fellow, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences


Rachael Chong

Visionary in the field of giving

Catchafire, Founder and CEO


Dan Goods

Master visual communicator

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Visual Strategist


Devonric Johnson

Actor, athlete, SMU alumnus and mentor

Brothers by Choice, Founder


Afshan Khan

Passionate advocate for women

President and Chief Executive Officer, Women for Women International


Dave Lieber

Humorist, storyteller and award-winning columnist

Writer, Dallas Morning News


Pamela Nelson

Full-time care partner

Dallas Artist and Art Advocate


Biff F. Palmer, M.D.

Professor, physician and has conquered the world’s seven highest summits

Professor of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center


Rena Pederson

Journalist, author and foreign relations guru

Former speechwriter, U.S. Department of State


Vanessa Ramirez

Education game changer and champion of teachers and students

Director, KIPP Alumni Association, KIPP Houston Public Schools


Andres Ruzo

Geothermal scientist and science communicator

PhD Candidate, SMU Geothermal Lab and Young Explorer, National Geographic


LyAnna Johnson Smith

Former politico and foster parent

Graduate Student, Perkins School of Theology at SMU


Michael J. Sorrell

Revolutionary college president and architect of the new urban college model

President, Paul Quinn College


Katie Spotz

Adventurer and clean water champion

Founder, Row for Water


Nicole Stewart

Dallas arts leader, actress and master storyteller

Founder, Oral Fixation


Dr. Joseph Takahashi, Ph.D.

Neuroscience researcher and sleep gene genius

Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, HHMI, UT Southwestern Medical Center


Two Bit Circus

Artisanal engineering for amusement and education

Brent Bushnell & Eric Gradman


Patrick M. Walsh

Former Blue Angel pilot and four-star Admiral U.S. Navy (Ret.)

President, Strategic Programs at Academic Partnerships


DaVerse Lounge

Spoken word poetry


The University of Texas at Austin Musical Theatre Ambassadors

Musical theatre performance