2018 Videos

TEDxSaltLakeCity took place on September 8, 2018, at Kingsbury Hall with the theme, "At the Edge."

Reclaiming Utah's pioneering legacy of women's suffrage | Neylan McBaine | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"Utah pioneers were on the leading edge of the women's suffrage movement, but their stories have been forgotten and buried. Neylan McBaine reminds us of Utah's trailblazing heritage and suggests it's time for Utah to reclaim its identity as a leader in women's advocacy. About the speaker: Neylan is co-founder and CEO of Better Days 2020." Neylan is co-founder and CEO of Better Days 2020 (www.betterdays2020.org), which popularizes Utah women's history in preparation for the 150th anniversary of women first voting in Utah (the first women to vote in the modern nation) and the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Neylan hails originally from the East Coast where she was raised in New York City and attended Yale University. A move west resulted in a career as a digital marketer at the largest (Walmart.com) and smallest (Tea Collection) retailers in Silicon Valley. Neylan’s past positions also include CMO for Brain Chase Productions, an educational technology startup, and brand strategist for Bonneville Communications, the advertising agency responsible for Mormon.org and the I'm A Mormon campaign. Neylan is the founder of the Mormon Women Project (www.mormonwomen.com), a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing Mormon women by telling their stories and exploring opportunities for increasing their voice within the church institution. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Compassionate teachers recognize the potential in students | Joshua Brothers | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
Can compassionate teachers inspire better classroom performance? Joshua Brothers, a teacher, explains that students are more than mere test takers. He says the key to success for students and teachers is simple: more compassionate, engaging human relationships. About the speaker: Joshua Brothers is an English teacher at Copper Hills High School in South Jordan, Utah. Joshua Brothers is affectionately referred to as “The Teach in the Sneaks” by his students because of his habit of wearing sneakers with his dress pants in the classroom. His desire to promote better teaching has led him to speak, teach, and train at school districts, businesses and leadership conferences across the Wasatch Front. Joshua firmly believes that teaching requires two things: a teacher and a student. And when they learn to communicate in a compassionate and human way—prospects for success with both parties tend to skyrocket. Joshua enjoys reveling in the outdoors with his wife, KC, and their two dogs, Huck and Finn. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Spidersilk: The 380-Million-Year-Old Material of the Future | Dr. Sujatha Sampath | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"Dr. Sujatha Sampath, an expert in condensed matter physics, takes us on a journey into the molecular world of a fascinating natural material that's been around for 380 million years — spidersilks. About the speaker: Dr. Sujatha Sampath is a physicist with research experience in technological and advanced materials, nanophysics, and biophysics." Dr. Sujatha Sampath is a physicist working in interdisciplinary areas of nano-scale physics, bio-physics & advanced materials. Her research focuses on understanding molecular and nanoscale structure and how specific molecular arrangements lead to interesting properties in natural and engineered materials. Her expertise is in synchrotron x-ray and neutron techniques to probe molecular structure. Dr. Sampath has worked at Argonne National Laboratory and led multi-institutional research programs in spider-silk based bio-materials, technological energy storage and polymeric drug-delivery materials. Her research findings have appeared in leading scientific journals and featured on PBS-NOVA. Dr. Sampath is a two-time recipient of the Mildred Blewett Fellowship awarded by the American Physical Society. She is a strong proponent of increasing STEM awareness and science outreach, has served as a member of the United States Delegation for a Global Summit for Women Physicists. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Can flip phones end our social media addiction? | Collin Kartchner | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"Collin Kartchner is on a mission to save the kids. That starts with exposing the dirty underbelly of social media and how it increases anxiety for children and parents alike. About the speaker: Collin Kartchner, founder of Save the Kids, is a social activist spreading education and awareness on the negative effects of social media and screen addiction." Collin Kartchner is a local internet crusader, youth advocate, and social activist spreading education and awareness on the negative effects of social media and screen addiction on our mental and emotional health. In 2017, Collin started a parody Instagram account where he posed as a social media influencer obsessed with fame, likes, diet soda, plastic surgery, and used humor to shed light on how Instagram influencers perpetuate a culture of toxic perfectionism. His account grew to over 60,000 dedicated followers and he now travels across the state and country speaking to teens, parents, educators, and communities about how social media, specifically the correlation between teen social media and screen-time addiction and the epidemic spike in teen anxiety, depression, and suicide. Collin started a nationwide movement to #SavetheKids and #SavetheParents. Collin and his wife, Liz, live in Pleasant Grove with their unplugged 4 kids and an enormous dog, Tuque. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Why the “born this way” argument doesn't advance LGBT equality | Dr. Lisa Diamond | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"Lady Gaga has said it. The Pope has said it. But are people really born gay? Lisa Diamond, a professor of psychology and gender studies, deconstructs the ""born this way"" argument and shows why it doesn't advance LGBT equality. About the speaker: Lisa Diamond is an author and professor of psychology and gender studies at the University of Utah. Lisa Diamond is Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She studies the expression of sexual attractions and sexual identity over the lifetime, and the influences of early life experiences on later sexual development. Dr. Diamond is known for her research on sexual fluidity, which describes the capacity for individuals to experience shifts in their pattern of same-sex and other-sex attractions over time. Dr. Diamond is co-editor of the APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology and is a fellow of two divisions of the APA. Dr. Diamond has published over 100 articles and book chapters, and has been invited to present her research all over the world. She has received awards from the Developmental Psychology and LGBT Psychology Divisions of the APA, the American Association of University Women, the International Association for Relationship Research, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Using the blockchain to restore online privacy | Steve Shillingford | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"We play fast and loose with our online identity in ways we would never do when face to face with a stranger. Privacy expert Steve Shillingford says blockchain can close the gap. About the speaker: Steve Shillingford is an entrepreneur, technologist, and cybersecurity expert." Steve Shillingford is an entrepreneur, technologist and cyber security expert. He is Founder and CEO of Anonyome Labs, maker of MySudo. A reformed data miner, Steve is a staunch consumer privacy advocate with more than 25 years of experience driving innovation and growth at industry-leading technology companies. Prior to founding Anonyome Labs in 2014, Steve served as President and CEO of Solera Networks, which was instrumental in defending enterprise and government organizations against zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats. Steve has a B.S. in Psychology with Honors from Brigham Young University and MBAs from Columbia University Business School and University of California at Berkeley. As an industry expert on data mining, cybersecurity and identity management, Steve has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and the Kim Komando show, where he speaks about privacy, big data, advanced threat protection, and security intelligence and analytics. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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What a sex worker can teach us about human connection | Nicole Emma | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"In a society that values strong, stoic alpha males, where can a man find space to be vulnerable? Nicole Emma, a sex worker with 18 years of experience, gives a unique perspective on men's need for connection. About the speaker: Nicole Emma is a relationship and intimacy coach, and sex worker." What can the people at the edges of society teach us about ourselves? About Love? Cultivated through a life of connecting with people at the edges of our community, Nicole shares a message of unconditional love and acceptance. She has an insatiable curiosity about people, how we think and how we work, especially those outside the boundaries of cultural norms and programming. It’s this desire to truly SEE people that led Nicole to a vibrant career in the sex industry. Drawing from 18 years in sex work, Nicole observes noteworthy patterns of human behavior, especially those of the most vulnerable demographics, while providing a space for them to experience authentic connection without judgment. Bringing to the public dialog a call to shift societal expectations and address our own biases, Nicole speaks out about how we unintentionally create a fearful and angry society, and how we can shift back into curiosity, balance, and love. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Improving health care one piece of medical trash at a time | Mohan Sudabatulla | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"Do you know what durable medical waste is? Chances are, you probably have some in your basement. Mohan Sudabattula shares how your trash can become someone else's health-care treasure. About the speaker: Mohan Sudabattula is a student at the University of Utah and founder of Project Embrace." Mohan Sudabattula is an undergraduate student at the University of Utah pursuing honors in Biology, Philosophy, and Health, Society and Policy. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Embrace, an international medical nonprofit dedicated to the reduction of global health disparities and promotion of sustainable health care practices. Mohan has presented at numerous professional and academic conferences, including on the stages of the University of Utah, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford’s School of Medicine, the Utah State Legislature, and at St. Hugh’s College at the University of Oxford. Mohan’s advocacy to increase access to healthcare in developing communities--both locally and abroad--have provided him a comprehensive understanding of the challenges both individuals and communities face in providing quality health care services to those in need. After graduation, Mohan intends to pursue his passion for the advancement of health and human rights as a public servant. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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How the term "fake news" undermines democracy | Jesse Hyde | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"As a journalist for more than 20 years, Jesse Hyde shares his perspective on how the idea of ""fake news"" is gaining traction with much of America, and cautions us to not turn a blind eye to attacks on the press, to seek out credible and well-reported journalism from all sides, and to be allies of truth. About the speaker: Jesse Hyde is an editor at the Deseret News, and a regular contributor to Rolling Stone." Jesse Hyde is the projects editor at the Deseret News. He is also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone and has written for GQ, The Atlantic, Slate, Men's Journal, and BuzzFeed. He has reported on famine in Africa, drug runners in Canada, and a mysterious colony of twins in South America. Jesse has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Can we build technology with soul? | Alan Whitaker | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"Futuristic movies often depict technology as the enemy in a hostile takeover. But what if technology was build to be your friend? Technologist Alan Whitaker makes the case for soulful technology. About the speaker: Alan Whitaker is a technologist seeking more productive cooperation between humans and machines. He is the founder of Department 24c." Alan Whitaker is a technologist seeking more productive cooperation between humans and machines. He is the founder of Department 24c, where digital makers apply emerging technology and AI to build smarter products. The Department employs methods like natural language interfaces and quantitative decision-making, informed by experiential data as well as human expertise. Previously Alan served as a Fortune 500 CTO building global data flows for clients including UPS, UnitedHealthcare, MetLife, Aetna, and General Motors. He co-founded a digital marketing company, then founded and led a data science company, Red Brain Labs, which helped large enterprises make better realtime decisions. After this was acquired by healthcare research firm Savvysherpa, Alan led prototyping efforts as a principal there. He’s hooked on adventure travel with the family, attempting to run unusual distances in the mountains, and collecting visual evidence of life on earth. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Head, heart, and gut instincts backed by science | Lyn Christian | TEDxSaltLakeCity

18.12.2018
"We're often told to trust our gut or follow our heart. Lyn Christian, a Master Certified Coach, says this old-fashioned advice is backed by solid science. About the speaker: Lyn Christian is a master-certified life and business coach, and founder of SoulSalt." Lyn Christian is a visual thinker, a connector-of-dots, the channel who hands you the very words you need when you need to hear them. She challenges her clients to escape mediocrity and be more strong, focused and true. In addition to certifying in Conversational Intelligence®, Lyn holds the Gold Standard in coaching - M.C.C. designation (Master Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation). Coaching since 1998, she is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s elite Stakeholder Centered Coaching, is a Franklin Covey Certified Coach and Certified mBIT Coach (Multiple Brain Integration). Lyn is the former Director of Innovation at Franklin Covey Coaching and former ambassador for the WABC (World Association for Business Coaches). She currently contributes to the WWC (World-Wide Coaching e-zine published out of Amsterdam). She also co-produces the What’s Your Conversational Intelligence® Podcast with Judith E. Glaser. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Teeth: Your body's early warning system | Marielle Pariseau DMD | TEDxSaltLakeCity

20.12.2018
When the hardest substance in the human body deteriorates, what is our body trying to tell us? Learn from dentist Marielle Pariseau how a cavity is a warning signal for more serious problems to come. About the speaker: Marielle Pariseau is a dentist, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Teeth First. Marielle is a dentist with the soul of a Tooth Fairy. She is an explorer engaged in the complex discovery of how community can contribute to oral health as part of its fabric of caring. Marielle is an architect enabling others to build and develop new oral health support systems. As a speaker, Marielle connects teeth to body and mouth to health in a uniquely engaging way. Her core belief: oral health is a fundamental human right. Her vision: a cavity-free future. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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