Recap and Photos from Reno’s TEDxUniversityofNevada

Have you ever heard of a TED talk?

They’re influential videos from expert speakers on a range of topics from business and science to technology and creativity. Some of the organizations most notable talks come from legacies like Sir Ken Robinson, an international advisor on education in the arts to government, and Simon Sinek, the leadership guru who famously shared “Why Leaders Eat Last”.

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TEDxUniversityofNevada Big Takeaways

TED talk events are curated around the globe, and I was lucky enough to catch the annual TED talk event right here in our biggest little city this past weekend! TEDxUniversityofNevada featured incredible speakers including gold medal Olympic skier (and Reno local) David Wise and powerhouse female comedian Anjelah Johnson. The “x” in TEDx signifies that the event is locally organized – which means that this dynamite gathering is put on completely by volunteers! A small team of local folks ranging from University students and professors to small business owners and business professionals has brought the conference to life every year since 2013.

This year’s talks covered every topic under the sun and they were highlighted by three unforgettable musical performances. Michelle Rebaleati shared her use of virtual reality to help someone with advanced cystic fibrosis ski the same mountain he had 30 years earlier. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic questioned why our society promotes incompetent leaders. Mena Spodobalski shared the journey of 48 women who beat breast cancer and competed in a fitness competition after six months of grueling training. The sister-duo of Larkin Poe rocked the stage with their rendition of Ram Jam’s “Black Betty”.

Anjelah Johnson and David Wise wrapped up the 18 speakers and 3 performers. I don’t want to spoil what they shared, but all I can say is you won’t want to miss watching them. After the show, all of the presenters hung out with the 2,000 guests for the afterparty, taking pictures and chatting to share ideas. Just another of the many reasons I love this city of Reno!

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