Save the Date: September 17, 2016

Save the Date: September 17, 2016

We've got another great TEDxSaltLakeCity event in the works for 2016. Stay tuned on our social media, enews, and website for more details.

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2016 Speakers

  • Baya Voce

    Baya's business journey started as a cast member on MTV's The Real World where her interest in relationships was nurtured. She transformed her TV exposure into an entrepr...

    Baya Voce

    Baya Voce

    Baya's business journey started as a cast member on MTV's The Real World where her interest in relationships was nurtured. She transformed her TV exposure into an entrepreneurial adventure, learning early on how the power of one strong connection can transform your life and career.

    Her inherent belief that the quality of your relationships equals the quality of your life and that your network is your net worth, led her to her interest in connection, community, and relationships. For the past decade she has studied connection in three pillars: connection with yourself, your partner, and your community.

    She is a Dating & Relationship Coach, founder of Secret SLC, co-founder of Womenpreneurs and hosts a monthly segment on ABC as Utah's Relationship Specialist.

  • Brian M. Manternach

    Brian Manternach is on the singing voice faculty of the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah. He has performed professionally across the country and in Europe ...

    Brian M. Manternach

    Brian M. Manternach

    Brian Manternach is on the singing voice faculty of the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah. He has performed professionally across the country and in Europe in opera, music theatre, as a soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and concerts.
    He has taught music and singing at every level from middle school through graduate school and his students have won numerous local, regional, and national awards. He frequently gives lectures and masterclasses on healthy use of the voice, music theatre style singing, and performing with passion and artistry. His writing has been published in the Journal of Singing and in Classical Singer magazine.

    Brian believes that we all have a unique voice that deserves to be cultivated. He feels that popular culture has had too great an influence on setting expectations of how we are “supposed” to sound. He most enjoys helping singers see beyond these expectations to instead discover their natural, authentic voices by releasing tension and strain (both physical and emotional) and working from a foundation of efficiency, ease, flexibility, and fun.

    He also believes that, as we discover the power of our own voices, we also learn the importance of listening—to ourselves and to others—allowing us to hear and respond with honesty and genuineness.

  • Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

    Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is a librarian, instructor, writer, CEO and an advocate for youth. She has worked and collaborated across sectors in government, academia, nonprof...

    Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

    Carrie Rogers-Whitehead

    Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is a librarian, instructor, writer, CEO and an advocate for youth. She has worked and collaborated across sectors in government, academia, nonprofit and business. She is also a geek, a big one. In her work with Salt Lake County Library Services, Carrie Rogers-Whitehead has led the popular and nationally-recognized ToshoCON, an anime convention for teens and a Teen Yule Ball for four years. She’s a frequent panelist at Salt Lake Comic CON and presenter and writer on graphic novels and geek culture. Carrie is passionate about providing equitable access: whether that be through her role as CEO of Digital Respons-Ability, her work in the autism community or her community volunteer work and outreach. One way she has increased access with diverse populations is through the medium of graphic novels. She has used graphic novels with the refugee population, individuals with disabilities and youth in care. Carrie believes in educating and engaging youth through unconventional means. She encourages students to take the lead on their learning and looks at fandoms, anime, comics and more as educational opportunities. Carrie is a voracious graphic novel reader and is enjoying introducing her son to them.

  • Dave Durocher

    Dave Durocher was arrested for the first time at the age of 13. By the time he was 38, he had been to prison four times for a total of 15 years. When he was given the opt...

    Dave Durocher

    Dave Durocher

    Dave Durocher was arrested for the first time at the age of 13. By the time he was 38, he had been to prison four times for a total of 15 years. When he was given the option to go to Delancey Street in Los Angeles, he was facing 29 years in prison. Dave was at Delancey Street for 8 years and became the Managing Director of their 250 person Los Angeles facility for the last 5 of those years. He was able to double revenues in their Training School businesses while he was there and when he left, he had tripled their earnings from when he had took over the facility.

    In 2015, Dave helped launch The Other Side Academy as its Managing Director in Salt Lake City, Utah. Today he is devoting his life to create a place where the most lost among us can come to learn about integrity, honesty, hard work and self-respect and become the type of person Dave has become.

    Dave is an avid baseball fan and loves the LA Angels. He also loves collecting rare coins. Dave is most passionate about helping others change their behaviors so they can change their life.

  • Davis Smith

    As a four-year old, Davis ended up on a unique life-path when his family left the United States and moved to the developing world. His father was an adventurer, so he gre...

    Davis Smith

    Davis Smith

    As a four-year old, Davis ended up on a unique life-path when his family left the United States and moved to the developing world. His father was an adventurer, so he grew up climbing into active volcanoes, floating down the Amazon in a self-made raft, and surviving on uninhabited islands. He developed a love for adventure and the outdoors, which extended into adulthood. He has since traveled to over 60 countries and recently led a kayaking expedition from Cuba to Florida. While his life path was shaped by these childhood experiences in the outdoors, it was actually his exposure to those living in extreme poverty that most impacted his life. He believes that it is only through service to others that we can find true happiness.

    Davis is the CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear company with a humanitarian mission at its core. He is also a member of the eight-person United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. He holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a BA in International Studies from Brigham Young University.

  • Deanie Wimmer

    Nadine Wimmer currently co-anchors KSL News at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10pm. She is also an Emmy award-winning reporter who covers education and leads the station's literacy initi...

    Deanie Wimmer

    Deanie Wimmer

    Nadine Wimmer currently co-anchors KSL News at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10pm. She is also an Emmy award-winning reporter who covers education and leads the station's literacy initiative "Read Today."

    Wimmer moved up the ranks in the KSL 5 newsroom as weekend anchor, political reporter, general assignment reporter, and producer. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City and began her broadcasting career at KSL Television as a University of Utah intern.

    Education has always been important to Nadine. She earned her Master's degree in political communication and bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Utah. She attended a fellows program on education and journalism through the University of Washington.

    Because of her commitment to education, she is excited about her involvement in the Read Today, KSL's high impact reading program.. Read Today aims to boost reading scores by encouraging families to read together and by recruiting community volunteers to read with struggling students in their neighborhood schools This last school year, a few thousand volunteers helped nearly 5,000 Utah students improve their reading abilities.

    Nadine won a regional Emmy award for her Education and Staying Safe reports. She has received various awards from Utah Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. She serves on the Governor's Literacy Commission and on boards at the University of Utah.

    In her free time, she loves the outdoors and outdoor recreating in Utah's mountains and red rock country. She is often trail running, mountain biking, hiking, Alpine skiing and skate skiing. She's an avid reader and studies Spanish.
    Her favorite thing is to spend time with family. She's married to Phil Kirk, who works in law enforcement. They live with their two boys in Park City.

  • Jamie Littlefield

    Jamie Littlefield is the author of an upcoming book about placemaking - the wild and wonderful ways people are re-creating their cities.

    As an instructional designer, Ja...

    Jamie Littlefield

    Jamie Littlefield

    Jamie Littlefield is the author of an upcoming book about placemaking - the wild and wonderful ways people are re-creating their cities.

    As an instructional designer, Jamie is interested in how intentional creation within a defined space (either digital or physical) shapes the ways people learn, think, and connect.

    For the last three years, she has traveled the world in search of inspiring stories from innovators working to create a sense of place and connection within their communities. Her journey has introduced her to urban gardeners in Detroit, yarn bombers in Buenos Aires, front-yard “playborhood” legends in San Francisco, mall revolutionaries in Thailand, and a woman who sewed a massive 40-foot orange pedestrian crossing flag right here in Utah.

    Jamie previously taught English at the university level. Her articles have appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, About.com, Sunstone Magazine, and other publications. She is the curator of her own front-yard Little Free Library, a wooden box that invites neighbors to take or leave a book as they pass by.

    Jamie can often be found advocating for walkable streets in city meetings, planning her next adventure, or rocking a polk-a-dot helmet while riding her favorite blue bicycle.

  • Kyl Myers

    Kyl Myers is a sociologist at the University of Utah who specializes in gender, and sexual & reproductive health research. Kyl is the Project Facilitator for the HER Salt...

    Kyl Myers

    Kyl Myers

    Kyl Myers is a sociologist at the University of Utah who specializes in gender, and sexual & reproductive health research. Kyl is the Project Facilitator for the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative, which provides free birth control to thousands of Utahns, and her dissertation research focuses on the unmet need for contraception among incarcerated women. She has to pinch herself daily because helping people achieve their family planning goals is her dream job! When she isn’t geeking out over data, she loves traveling. While collecting an Australian stamp in her passport, she met her husband, and they are now the proud parents of Zoomer Coyote. After studying gender inequalities day in and day out, Kyl decided to forego traditional gender binaries when it came to her own child, opting instead to raise Zoomer along the gender spectrum; not disclosing their sex nor assigning a gender, but rather, allowing Zoomer to self-identify when the time comes. Kyl is on a mission to raise awareness of childhood gender inequalities and advocate for Gender Creative Parenting. She’s no parenting expert, but she loves helping parents understand gender through a sociological perspective.

  • Lance Allred

    Born and raised in a polygamist commune in rural Montana before he escaped at the age of 13, Lance Allred was the first legally deaf player in NBA History, with 80% heari...

    Lance Allred

    Lance Allred

    Born and raised in a polygamist commune in rural Montana before he escaped at the age of 13, Lance Allred was the first legally deaf player in NBA History, with 80% hearing loss, when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008. Lance retired from basketball in 2015 to be a single father to his 3 year old son, Simon. He is now a motivational speaker with a strong passion for empowering people with the accountability of choice and education. He is the author of LONGSHOT and Basketball Gods.

  • Michael Ferguson

    Michael Ferguson is inspired by questions about human brains and the gods they adore. His research program examines the intersections of culture and brain through the len...

    Michael Ferguson

    Michael Ferguson

    Michael Ferguson is inspired by questions about human brains and the gods they adore. His research program examines the intersections of culture and brain through the lenses of cutting-edge fMRI methods and cognitive neuroscience. Most recently, he is conducting interdisciplinary work with philosophy of mind to analytically describe intelligence. Michael is interested in questions related to optimizing social good. As a graduate student at the University of Utah’s department of bioengineering, he, his committee chair, and co-investigators designed and executed a first-of-its-kind fMRI study, looking at the brain activity of returned missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while the research participants were involved in acts of religious worship and devotion. Results of these experiments are currently in the review process for publication in the social neuroscience literature. Michael and his husband were the first same-sex couple legally married in the state of Utah, and they retain a major portion of their heart and love here in Salt Lake City. They currently live in upstate New York, the spiritual cradle of their native faith.

  • Paul Tanner

    As an artist, Paul Tanner’s work is unconventional. His best work goes unseen to the casual observer. Paul studied art, science, and business to pursue his dream of makin...

    Paul Tanner

    Paul Tanner

    As an artist, Paul Tanner’s work is unconventional. His best work goes unseen to the casual observer. Paul studied art, science, and business to pursue his dream of making facial prosthetics for those without an ear, eye, or nose from cancer, trauma, or facial anomalies. A few years ago, his career unexpectedly turned to help those with breast cancer when he was asked not to make a breast prosthesis, but to make a nipple prosthesis for a woman that had a mastectomy. The impact it had on that woman changed both of their lives. The custom nipple prosthetics that Paul now makes are helping women all over the world to feel whole again.

  • Piper Christian

    Piper Christian grew up canoeing the lakes and marshes near her hometown of Logan, Utah, camping in Utah’s Southern Deserts, and hiking the canyons of the Wasatch and Uin...

    Piper Christian

    Piper Christian

    Piper Christian grew up canoeing the lakes and marshes near her hometown of Logan, Utah, camping in Utah’s Southern Deserts, and hiking the canyons of the Wasatch and Uintah Ranges. Piper’s family instilled in her a deep love of nature. As a 16 year old, she has become a passionate advocate for youth environmental stewardship. In December of 2015, she attended the COP21 United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, France as a junior news correspondent. While there, she interviewed individuals from six continents to learn how ordinary people can find extraordinary ways to combat climate change. Upon returning to Logan, she shared these “climate interviews” throughout her community and discovered the power of storytelling to move people to action. As the president of the Logan Environmental Action Force, she helped pass a Clean Air and Sustainability Resolution through the Logan City Council, and is working to pass similar resolutions across Utah. She co-founded the Student Coalition for Institutional and Environmental Integrity, which fosters youth environmental awareness and activism throughout Utah. As a member of Citizens Climate Lobby, she spoke at both their regional and national conferences and lobbied members of congress in Washington DC.

  • Reid Robison

    Dr. Reid is a physician and data scientist turned social entrepreneur. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and is CEO and co-fou...

    Reid Robison

    Reid Robison

    Dr. Reid is a physician and data scientist turned social entrepreneur. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and is CEO and co-founder at Tute Genomics, a venture-backed startup for precision medicine (with funding from Intermountain, Tencent, and others). Reid believes that knowledge is empowering, and that everyone should have access to their genetic information to live fuller and healthier lives. Reid has previously built and sold a number of companies focused on health and social good, including Anolinx, Boli and Clinical Methods. He is an active humanitarian and founder of the Polizzi Free Clinic, and Board Chair at the Utah Foundation for Biomedical Research. Reid has led students on charitable expeditions in diverse places ranging from Burmese refugee camps to rural Ghana, and from post-quake Haiti to Guyanese orphanages. As a father of 5 kids, including particularly lively 7-year-old twins, Reid uses meditation and yoga to stay sane and present in our fast-paced, tech-crazed society. In what little free time he has, Reid can occasionally be found painting large pixelated murals of inspiring people, including Einstein and Tesla in downtown Provo, and Bill Murray in, well, Murray, Utah.

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