Penn State Berks will host its inaugural TEDxPSUBerks event, on its campus Friday, November 14, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Organized by the Penn State Berks Student Veterans Organization, their goal is to create a memorable experience to connect and bring diverse disciplines and backgrounds together around new ideas, focusing on the theme ?Love and Education.?
TEDxPSUBerks will be a unique conference where attendees can openly discuss big ideas and challenges that affect our community. This event highlights an impressive lineup including speakers who are not typically heard from locally, but who are doing incredibly creative, innovative, and provocative work in their fields.
The format short, powerful talks, each focused on a single topic or idea. No talks will exceed 18 minutes. There will be no keynote speeches and no panel discussions.
Interested attendees can participate by tuning into our livestream (new.livestream.com/tedx/tedxpsuberks2014/) or by going to one of the many areas on campus we will have a live stream, such as the Multipurpose Room in Perkins Student Center.
Innovators scheduled to appear in person or by video at TEDxPSU events include:
Laurie Davis, How Technology Will Change Our Relationships
Davis is the founder of eFlirt Expert, an online dating consultancy that helps singles navigate the intersection of dating and technology. She is the author of Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating and a Best Dating Coach finalist in the iDate Awards. Davis? advice has been featured in more than 500 international media outlets including The New York Times, Good Morning America, Forbes, Men?s Health and Elle. She is engaged to her ?tweetheart? who she eFlirted with in 140 characters on Twitter.
Marie Planchard, Engineering Girls
Marie Planchard is Director of the Education Community, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of curricula, content and social outreach for the SolidWorks educational products across all levels of academia.
Lori Cheek, Look Up...You Might Miss Something (Finding Real World Love in the Digital Age)
Cheek is a former architect turned Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekd.com ? the reverse engineered dating site coined by The New York Times as "the next generation of online dating." A Shark Tank veteran, she was recently listed on the American Express Open Forum as "The Digital Dating Disruptor" and "One of the Top 10 CEOs to Watch." A University of Kentucky Architectural graduate, Cheek is no longer building structures. She's now building relationships... one card at a time.
Marie Bjerede, Do What You Love or Love What You Do?
Brigadier General John E. Michel, Liberating Genius
Angela Maiers, Liberating Genius
Shreyas Parab, Innate Incredibility
Dr. Dan Gottlieb, Do You Feel You Are Lovable? Roadblocks That Prevent Us
As a young psychologist, Gottlieb was enjoying professional success and the love of his family. Everything seemed perfect until a catastrophic automobile accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. There were years of despair and depression but for the last three decades, he has been observing how adversity can teach us how to live better. Since 1985 he has been hosting ?Voices in the Family? and award-winning mental health call-in show at Philadelphia?s NPR affiliate. Author of numerous articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer, he has published five books including the international bestseller Letters to Sam. His most recent book is The Wisdom We?re Born With: Restoring Faith in Ourselves.
Jordan Shapiro, More Friction, Less Fractions
Chris Kaag, Improvise, Adapt and Overcome: Challenges Are Stepping Stones Not Crutches
Blake Miles, College After Special Forces
Dr. Ike Shibley, Why Loving Your Students Might Mean Seeing Them Less Often
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at 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.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.