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Being Chief - Unlocking your power

April 14, 2014


Rick Miller,

Rick Miller describes how Chief titles are widely used today for people with power, but don't accurately reflect what it means to be a Real Chief. Rick asserts that Being Chief is about making a choice rather than gaining a title. Learn how to unlock your power and be a Real Chief. www.BEINGCHIEF.co...

Beauty and Danger: When Leaders Should Not Tell Stories

May 07, 2013

Creativity Culture

Jo Tyler,

Jo Tyler, Associate Professor of Training and Development at Penn State, is an educator, storyteller, organizational consultant, and mosaic artist. When she discovered there were no jobs for high school English teachers in 1982, she got an MS in Technical Writing and went to work for Hewlett-Packard...

Autism: vaccines, brain science, and adolescence

April 30, 2015

Health Science Biology

Suzy Scherf,

In this talk, Suzy debunks two pervasive myths about autism and overviews cutting edge science to show how adolescence is a vulnerable period of development for individuals with autism and their families, especially in terms of social-emotional development.
Suzy Scherf is a developmental cognitive...

Brand Love: Is Marriage a Brand in Crisis?

April 01, 2016

Ethics Love & Relationships

Tisha Leslie,

What to do when a brand we love is in crisis?  We rebrand it.  As a Brand Strategist Tisha looks at the gap between our expectations and realities of marriage and delivers a new framework for thinking about all types of relationships.
I was born with more curiosity than I knew how to handle.  Askin...

Could the way we treat addiction be more harmful than helpful?

May 04, 2015

Health Psychology Mental Health

Chelsea Carmona,

In the United States, treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is based largely on the premise that addicts have a chronic, permanent condition in which they are forever powerless over their drug of choice. Even if an addict quits using, his identity cannot change—and the first step is to admit thi...

Can you innovate within large organizations?

April 04, 2016

Design Culture

Joshua Mitro Lavra,

Joshua talks about entrepreneurship within existing companies.
Josh Lavra works in San Francisco as a product manager, design thinker, and maker. Since graduating from the Penn State College of Engineering in 2011, Josh has explored a number or roles and challenges across the US. Most recently, he ...

Connecting Communities of the World Through Art

May 01, 2013


Michael Pilato,

Michael Pilato is an international artist fostering community and business relationships through murals. He is known in the Penn State community for his many beautiful additions to the walls of downtown State College. Michael also stars in the documentary "Inspiration Lycoming" which tells the sto...

Dancing with chaos

May 07, 2014


Susan Russell,

Simplify, Clarify, Focus, Breathe.....
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small gr...

Evolution Through Experimentation

April 04, 2016

Pawel Nolbert

Pawel talks about the evolution of his design work and the importance of balancing consistency while constantly reinventing yourself.
"Pawel Nolbert was born in 1984 in Poland and despite not growing in a very creative environment, he’d always been drawn to various creative fields, from the early ye...

Holding Identity Accountable

April 06, 2016


Patrick Cines,

Patrick talks about the importance of ethics, identity, and how he’s holding his college accountable.
Patrick Cines is a Marketing major in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He started a petition in his college called “Stand Up to Altria”, which calls on his business school to...


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