Tickets for TEDxUNO 2016 are now SOLD OUT. Stay tuned for updates about TEDxUNO 2017.
TEDxUNO 2016 will take place on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus on Saturday, Feb. 13 from noon - 6 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Breaking Through,” with speakers ranging from an entrepreneur to a scientist to a comedian.
“There is probably no better theme for our second year hosting TEDxUNO,” said Ben Jager, TEDxUNO organizer and UNO’s Associate Director of Student Activities. “As Mavericks, we know a thing or two about breaking boundaries and this year’s speakers are great examples of that Maverick spirit.”
This year’s speakers are:
Correa is a UNO administrator focused on enrollment, and responsible for developing and implementing a dynamic plan that supports UNO’s strategic priorities. A firm believer in the power of education, Correa also believes everyone should look for their own breakthrough moment.
Flowers is an international speaker, business strategist, and author known for connecting happiness to peak performance. Stacey’s hope is to teach people to live beyond preconceptions, boundaries, and limiting beliefs.
Dr. Jay Irwin
Dr. Irwin is a medical sociologist at UNO who researches and teaches in the areas of sexuality; LGBTQ identities and health; and social causes of health and illness. He is involved in campus and community social and advocacy groups.
Jones is a two-time winner of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards’ “Best Comedian” category and has been nominated again this year. She’s a founding member of Big Canvas Improv, a nonprofit organization that performs and teaches classes with a mission that comedy is for everyone.
Kolbo is a vocal performance student at UNO, studying the benefits of a mind-body conditioning program when used by singers. Grace uses the Nia Technique as a vehicle through which to practice and promote mind-body awareness and self-empowerment.
Mercado is a first-generation American, and a business student at UNO. He strives to promote a positive image of Mexican immigrants and to promote self-acceptance, as he explores the meaning of what it means to be an American.
Olson is a UNO student in the Entreprenuership and Marketing program and also a successful business owner. She has been a fashion designer and owner of her own business, Hannah Caroline Couture, since her senior year of high school.
A UNO alumnus, Slobotski leads a team of engineers, designers and strategists at Wave Interactive. He founded Router Ventures, an angel investment fund that connects talented people and impactful companies with global resources. Slobotski is on the College of Business Administration's Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising Advisory Board.
Dr. Nicholas Stergiou
Williams is on the Board of Directors for No More Empty Pots, a grassroots nonprofit corporation that promotes local, sustainable business to improve self-sufficiency and regional food security through advocacy and action.
Zamorano is a UNO student with a talent for creative expression that gives back to the community. He discovered graffiti art and hip-hop while growing up in Los Angeles; he began to grow as an artist and advocate after he moved to Omaha.
If there are any questions, please contact:
Sam Petto, UNO Media Relations Coordinator
402.554.2704 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Charley Reed, UNO Associate Director of Media Relations
402.554.2129 | email@example.com
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.