UNLV professor Georgiann Davis on stage

TEDxUNLV Announces Speaker Lineup for June 22 Event

Inspirational artists, entertainers, educators, athletes, and students headline TEDxUNLV 2018, a daylong celebration of “ideas worth spreading."

UNLV has announced the speaker lineup for TEDxUNLV 2018, a daylong event scheduled for June 22 at the university's Judy Bayley Theatre.

TEDxUNLV will feature a slate of inspirational speakers and entertainers, whose thought-provoking presentations are geared to spark deep discussion among attendees and throughout the community. This year’s lineup focuses on the theme of “Living in the Extreme.”

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created the TEDx program for local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Tickets are on sale now through the TEDxUNLV website.

TEDxUNLV 2018 Speaker Lineup

Roberto Coppola, Vice President of Advanced Products for Aristocrat Technologies Incorporated, will discuss mythical millennials.

Kimberly Galbe, a UNLV graduate architecture student, will present on city designs.

Karessa Royce, a UNLV student, will share her story as a Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting survivor.

Ranita Ray, a UNLV assistant professor of sociology, will discuss poverty.

Savvas Trichas, primary education teacher, will present on body language and being authentic.

Jim Marggraff, CEO of Rival Theory, will offer inspiration for entrepreneurs.

Corey Padveen, partner at t2 Marketing International, will discuss the importance of block chain theory in our daily lives.

Todd Fisher, actor, director and son of Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds and brother of Carrie Fisher, will talk about movies and history.

Raymond Fletcher, transportation consultant, will discuss why belonging and community are vital when living in the extreme.

Benjamin Morse, a UNLV visiting lecturer and former editorial director of new media at Marvel Entertainment, will share his ideas about how comic books shape a culture.

Shawn Sturges, a blind rock climber, will present his perspective on facing adversity.

Cynthia Sanford, registrar at the Clark County Museum, will present on the significance of “crisis collections,” impromptu memorials at the sites of tragedies.

Tim Toterhi, a human resources professional, will talk about owning our diversity.


Megan Slankard, singer/songwriter, will share her story through music. 

Matthew Morgan, an actor and circus performer, will deliver a performance and talk about the role of circuses in today’s culture.

Michel Santiago, a mentalist and graduating UNLV student, will talk about his experience as the first Hispanic performer on the Las Vegas Strip whose headlining act is presented entirely in Spanish.

This year’s TEDxUNLV event is possible through generous sponsor contributions. To participate as a sponsor or to volunteer, contact Gael (Hancock) Hees at gael.hancock@unlv.edu or 702-895-5430.

Follow TEDxUNLV on Twitter @TEDxUNLV, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

About TEDx

x = independently organized event
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, TED Talk videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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