2019 Videos

TEDxSaltLakeCity took place on September 21, 2019, at Kingsbury Hall with the theme, "Dynamic Harmony."

What if? Using storytelling to connect rather than to convince | Josh Taylor | TEDxSaltLakeCity

06.12.2019
Storytelling has always been a means for humanity to learn from each other and evolve, and more recently has been used to persuade or convince others of the truth in a single story. In this entertaining talk, Josh Taylor explores how the power of helping others share their own story can create deeper, more meaningful connections. Josh Taylor is a filmmaker, designer, writer, art director, and creative strategist, but at his core, he is a Creative Change Agent and Business Storyteller. He helps companies in the midst of pivotal change/transformation moments, discover, craft and share their own stories through creative content, experiences, and workshops, in order to help their employees and customers build stronger emotional engagement and human connection to the business and its journey. 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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Kathak: keeping a classical Indian art form alive | Sonali Loomba | TEDxSaltLakeCity

05.12.2019
Sonali Loomba is passionate about promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of India. In this colorful TEDxSaltLakeCity performance, the artists present "teen taal," comprising the sixteen beats of rhythmic harmony. Performed in pure Kathak style, it integrates the beauteous elements of pure dance and eloquent “Abhinaya,” or expressions. Accompanied by Tarun Gudipaty and Abhishek Mukherjee. Sonali Loomba is a Kathak dancer artist from India, now based in Utah. Kathak is one of the 8 classical dance forms from India showcasing the grace, beauty, and power of storytelling of various mythologies from India. Sonali is the first kathak dancer to have showcased this dance form on large platforms in and around Utah and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the only Kathak school in the state – ‘Kaladharaa Dance School’ which aims to promote and preserve this ancient and traditional dance form. With a Masters education in Human Resource Management from India, Sonali has always been close to Indian Classical Arts and found dance to be her calling making it her full time profession. She is a well known choreographer in her field and believes dance can bring communities and people closer to one another. She has worked with various western dancers and musicians and has been successful in bringing out the true color of different dance forms and music. 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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Resiliency Field Trip: a therapy tool to help you cope with stress | Emily Capito | TEDxSaltLakeCity

05.12.2019
That first 50-minutes on the couch of a stranger armed with a notepad is an intimidating prospect, which is why many of us will attempt any delay tactic before going to a therapist. In this emotional, yet light-hearted talk, Emily Capito tackles the serious topic of resiliency and shows us how we can prevent emotional burnout simply by going on a field trip. Em Capito is an unconventional psychotherapist obsessed with the widespread loss of resilience in the face of overwhelming comfort. While studying her own trauma from the inside out, Em embarked on a series of experiments that led to a prescription for intentional discomfort. Em blends these experiential interventions with meditation and yoga therapy to build the holistic mind-body resilience that carries us through our darkest moments. She completed a master’s degree in social work at the University of Utah in 2007 and a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Phoenix in 2011. Em is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a certified LifePower yoga teacher, and a Dharana Method meditation teacher with a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 yoga training re-creates prison environments for inmates | Denise Druce | TEDxSaltLakeCity

13.12.2019
The word prison conjures up images of impenetrable walls and hardened criminals; it's usually the last place you would expect to find peace and serenity. In this profound talk, Denise Druce shares the stories of incarcerated women who are using yoga to turn a prison sentence into a legacy, impacting not only fellow inmates, but also the correctional officers and staff. For nearly four decades, Denise Druce has been inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives. She calls herself an Elevator…when you’re around her, you’re going up! Denise has taught a wide variety of fitness classes over the years, from step to indoor cycling to her current and lasting love, yoga. She teaches her students to stand at the “Soft Edge of the Hard Place” in fitness and in life. Her non-profit Yoga Forward is "taking yoga where it isn’t"…prisons, shelters, schools, and shopping malls. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health, is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500, and is a breast cancer Thriver. She spends most weekends on the road, making the world a better place by getting more people trained to teach yoga everywhere. Denise and her husband, Michael live in Salt Lake City with their three boys. 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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Throwing my body because my mama taught me not to throw hands | Jaxon Willard | TEDxSaltLakeCity

05.12.2019
“I have discovered that not everybody who loves you is FOR you,” says dancer and choreographer Jaxon Willard. In this stunning contemporary piece performed at TEDxSaltLakeCity, Willard physically demonstrates love’s struggle—the courage required to step into love, the empty moments of heartache, the healing love that helps us to rise, and the confusion of a love lost. Music: “Hey Love,” Foreign Figures. Jaxon Willard dances at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio. He currently trains in numerous styles of dance, including Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Musical Theater and Ballroom. Jaxon has been dancing since before he could walk. He was a quick study and loved music and to move. He started choreographing early on as well. He made the Brigham Young University Youth Ballroom team when he was 12, but after much thought and heartache, he began his formal training for all styles of dance and dance company involvement. At his very first Nationals competition, the Dance Awards Vegas 2016, he placed in the Top 10 for the Best Dancer. The following year at the Dance Awards Nationals Vegas 2017, he was honored to be named the First-Runner Up for The Best Dancer, with a self-choreographed piece. Jaxon feels blessed to have the opportunity to have found something that brings him such happiness and allows him to express himself in a profound and positive way. 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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Discover the materials of the future...in 30 seconds or less | Dr. Taylor Sparks | TEDxSaltLakeCity

05.12.2019
Since the dawn of history, the materials available to man have defined the very substance of society. The Stone Age gave way to the Bronze Age and eventually to the Iron and Steel Ages. We now enter the Information Age where technologists must balance a dynamic harmony between traditional approaches and transformational new tools. In this fascinating talk, Dr. Taylor Sparks will explain how he is working to reduce the trial and error of new materials discovery. Dr. Taylor Sparks is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah. He is originally from Utah and an alumni of the department he now teaches in. He did his MS in Materials at UCSB and his PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard University and then did a postdoc in the Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB. He is currently the Director of the Materials Characterization Lab at the University of Utah and teaches classes on ceramics, materials science, characterization, and technology commercialization. His current research centers on the discovery, synthesis, characterization, and properties of new materials for energy applications. He is a pioneer in the emerging field of materials informatics whereby big data, data mining, and machine learning are leveraged to solve challenges in materials science. When he’s not in the lab you can find him running his podcast “Materialism” or canyoneering with his 3 kids in southern Utah. 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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Reclaiming my voice as a transracial adoptee | Sara Jones | TEDxSaltLakeCity

13.12.2019
Adoption is an incredible and complex experience for everyone involved, and transracial adoption is no exception. In this honest, and sometimes heartbreaking talk, Sara Jones shares her experience as a transracial adoptee and asks us to consider all the narratives that are part of a single adoption story. Sara Jones was adopted from South Korea at 3 years old and raised in Utah. As a life-long and proud Utahan, her life and career path have taken her through unexpected twists and turns - from patent attorney to CEO. Sara Jones is CEO of InclusionPro®, where she is passionate about helping thoughtful leaders and organizations build cultures of inclusion. Sara is also co-founder and COO of Women Tech Council, a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector. Sara has almost 20 years of experience within companies leading talent, workforce, operational, partnership, fundraising and legal strategies. She started her career as a patent attorney, leading diversity efforts and became a partner at Workman Nydegger. Sara has a J.D. law from BYU and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Utah. She is the proud mother of two beautiful sons. 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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Family karaoke - synching voices, hearts, and in-laws | LeBaron Family | TEDxSaltLakeCity

13.12.2019
Sharing endorphin-releasing experiences like laughing together, training for a race together, or preparing a meal together can create stronger bonds between individuals, explains Angela LeBaron. In this heart-warming TEDxSaltLakeCity performance, the LeBaron Family invites you to join their preferred method of family bonding as they sing “One Day More” from “Les Misérables” and “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen.” Accompanied by Dr. Ruby Chou of The Mundi Project. Custom designed gowns by Mary Rino (https://www.instagram.com/p/B2sxXse... Suits furnished by Tommaso Cardullo (http://tommasocardullo.com/). The LeBaron family was brought to the limelight when a casual recording of their family karaoke night went viral. Dennise LeBaron had requested that her children make her a video of them singing “One Day More.” The LeBaron children and their spouses all love to sing, so they happily complied. The video was posted to Facebook, and by the end of the week, it had over 8 million views! When the children were very young, they showed themselves to be extremely musical and eager to perform. Mom and Dad, musicians themselves, were pleased to instruct them in the hope that sharing music would create strong bonds between their children. After the oldest daughter, Holli passed away in 2002, the remaining siblings have prolonged her legacy through music. The family attributes its closeness to the memory of Holli and her deep appreciation for music and their family’s religious faith. The LeBarons hope to not only share their music with the world, but make everyone who hears it feel like family. 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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Be a better parent by partnering with your teen | David Kozlowski | TEDxSaltLakeCity

05.12.2019
After 20 years of working with parents and teens struggling to relate to each other, David Kozlowski realized that a partnership is the most effective way for parents to successfully support their teens. In this informative talk, David explains how seeing your teen as a partner, who will one day be your equal, and someday become your successor, is just good family business. Find out more at http://ptpartnership.com/ David Kozlowski obtained a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in San Diego. Since 1999, David has worked as a counselor, behavioral specialist, mental health worker, and therapist in group homes, crisis treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, drug addiction facilities, and schools for severely emotionally disturbed kids and teens. David has his own private practice, is the Host of the Light The Fight podcast, and is the Executive Director of the Non Profit Quit Trip’n. David Kozlowski obtained a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in San Diego. Since 1999, David has worked as a counselor, behavioral specialist, mental health worker, and therapist in group homes, crisis treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, drug addiction facilities, and schools for severely emotionally disturbed kids and teens. David has his own private practice, is the Host of the Light The Fight podcast, and is the Executive Director of the Non Profit Quit Trip’n. 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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Technology to help revitalize Native American languages | Cathy Callow-Heusser | TEDxSaltLakeCity

05.12.2019
The world is filled with disappearing languages and cultures; over half of the languages in the world are endangered. Dominant languages may be necessary to function in society, but retention of one’s language and culture are crucial for feelings of self-worth, belonging, and competence. In this illuminating talk, Cathy Callow-Heusser shares how, working with Native American tribes, she is creating software these communities can use to create early literacy curricula using stories from their own culture to teach vocabulary, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Cathy Callow-Heusser started her career as a software engineer. She coded expert systems and multimedia applications while earning degrees in Instructional Design and Educational Research and Evaluation. She has worn many hats, but her happy place is teaching math. Cathy prefers to teach students who have traditionally struggled in math because she loves watching attitude changes as students become successful. The best decade of her career involved evaluating the Bureau of Indian Education’s (BIE) Reading First program and subsequent initiatives in literacy and math, as well as providing technical assistance to help teachers improve reading and math instruction. During this time, she and her teams traveled to 86 BIE schools throughout the US, which cemented her passion for honoring cultures and languages. Representation MATTERS! Cathy is the proud mom of 2 biological, 2 adopted, and 3 bonus children. She and her husband Val have 10 grandchildren. 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 therapy dogs can be an intervention tool for struggling readers | Karen Burns | TEDxSaltLakeCity

05.12.2019
Learning to read is arguably one of the most important skills taught in school, and it is no surprise how challenging it can be. Karen Burns knows how the reading skills gap can affect someone for their entire life. In this poignant, and sometimes funny, talk, Karen tells us how man's best friend helps create top-dog readers. After working in the corporate world for many years, Karen Burns found her true passion in a non-profit organization, Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA). Karen is the Assistant Director of ITA and manages Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) Programs in 30 (and growing) schools and libraries in the state of Utah. She has partnered with three different therapy animals over the past two decades, and is also a licensed ITA Workshop Instructor and R.E.A.D. Instructor. Karen enjoys traveling around the country and internationally training others to use our literacy support program, R.E.A.D., in their communities. Karen remains passionate about sharing the gifts our four-footed friends can offer people during difficult times in their lives. They offer hope, healing, fun and a sense of normalcy in settings where that is rarely otherwise possible. 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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An idea for the insulin cost crisis for type 1 diabetics | Connor Behr | TEDxSaltLakeCity

09.12.2019
With more than 1.2 million Americans with Type 1 diabetes, and 40,000 more diagnosed every year, the manufacturers of synthetic insulin are the epitome of job security. But why is the expense of insulin so burdensome to those living with Type 1 diabetes? In this fascinating talk, Connor Behr explains the current method of producing synthetic insulin and offers hope for a better solution that is more efficient and less costly, in more ways than one. Connor Behr is currently a student at BYU PathwayConnect in pursuit of a degree in molecular biology, which he has loved and studied since he was 12 years old. He is skilled in the field and has experience shadowing at ARUP Laboratories and a summer internship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Connor received the Emperor Science Award in 2017 for his research in cancer development and treatment, and he conducted related gene and protein expression projects with Physarum polycephalum, an organism he has been studying for more than 9 years. He is currently heading a campaign called the PhyR Project for the development of an alternative insulin production technique. 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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