It’s about you. It’s about Dallas. It’s about everything.
TEDxSMU is an all-day TED-style conference for the SMU and Dallas communities. An active participant in the TEDx program since its inception in 2009, TEDxSMU has built its reputation on bringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner. Stories have the power to move us, to change the way we feel. Stories of success, big ideas and even failure have the power to change the world.
Since the first event in 2009, TEDxSMU has been a hub for those stories told here in Dallas and then spread across the World Wide Web. Over the years we have hosted more than 150 speakers and their talks to date have generated nearly 2 million views on YouTube.
2015 was our 7th annual conference. When curating the speakers, we asked ourselves what stories do we want to tell. What ideas do we want to spread? We are excited to say we found some amazing speakers, over half of which are local. Dallas is a community of passionate, creative thinkers and doers; TEDxSMU 2015 was a celebration of this collective.
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Session 1: Disrupt
Maria Dixon Hall | Associate Professor of Communication Studies | SMU
Cristina Girod | Catalyst Arts Movement
Jessica Shortall | Author | Work. Pump. Repeat.
Alice Laussade | The Mother of Meat Fight
Candy Peterson | Marit Peterson Fund for Melanoma Research
Trevor Douglas | American Idol and loves science
Scott Sherman | Director | Transformative Action Institute
Session 2: Spark
Tracy Brown | Author & President | Diversity Trends
Jake Minton | Kindergarten Teacher | St. John’s
McKinney Boyd High School Living Roof Team
Miranda Wang + Jeanny Yao | BioCellection
Julia R. Barton | Editor, producer & writer | PRI
Mike Baughman | Union Coffee | Community Curator
Kristina Newman-Scott | Director of Culture Dept. of Economic & Community Development | State of Connecticut
Ethan Decker | Vice President, Insight & Strategy | The Integer Group
Session 3: Ripple Effect
Noelle LeVeaux | Chief Marketing Officer | Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
Joaquin Zihuatanejo | Street Poet
Ann Ranson | President | Intentions Work and By the Grace of Tea
Mant Hawkins | Principal & CEO | 4D Circle
Jon Stolk | Executive Director | Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at SMU
Seth Fairchild | Chahta Foundation
Al Letson | Host & Creator of radio show State of the Re:Union
Tania Luna | Surprisologist