The inaugural TEDxUniversityofNevada was held Friday, January 25, 2013. It was the first ever TEDx event to be held in Reno. I think our 100 participant guests would agree that is was a big success.

We are honored that Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) named TEDxUniversityofNevada as their best new entrepreneurial activity of the year. Big thanks to Doug Erwin of EDAWN for his part in this recognition. It took a lot of dedicated people to make TEdxUniversityofNevada what it was, and I want to recognize some of them here.

Dean Greg Mosier and Associate Dean Kambiz Raffiee provided sponsorship from The University of Nevada College of Business Online Executive MBA program. This was important because it allowed us to immediately focus on assembling our program of speakers.

My program committee of Liz Christoffersen, Clare Dryer, and Abbi Whitaker helped us identify and vet our fantastic group of 18 speakers. Liz served as our master of ceremonies, Clare as our stage manager, and Abbi as our timer the day of the event. The three of them managed everything that took place on stage that day.

Our program would not have been the same without the help of Abbi Whitaker and her team at The Abbi Agency. Abbi introduced us to Grant Korgan, Shawna Korgan, Mark Estee, James Kosta, and Matt Bernardis. Constance Aguilar, Nicole Rose Dion, and Leah Scherschel helped us with our logo design and press releases.  Abbi rocks!

Kristin Stith introduced me to Ryan Dolan and Brian Williams. Brian Williams introduced me to Veronika Scvacinni. Brian also did us a huge service by constructing this website.

David LaPlante introduced us to his son, Logan, and his business partner, Robb Smith.

Phyllis Freyer of Renown Health made the critical introduction to Dr. Mike Morkin. With her help, Dr. Morkin’s presentation would have never happened.

Pedro Martinez graciously entertained my suggestion that he should speak at TEDxUniversityofNevada. He could have easily ignored me, but instead he introduced me to Craig Musni who really engineered the presentation with Pedro. Lauren Ford, and Deyanira Baca.

Jim McClenahan and Lori Mead did a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work leading up to and on the day of the event to bring all the logistics together. We simply could not have done this without their help. On the day of the event, Jim managed everything outside the theater, which freed me up to work the inside of the theater. The student volunteers of Delta Sigma Gamma helped direct the flow of our participants at the event. Jeremy Wright, John Pratt, and the rest of the staff at the Joe Crowley Student Union were also instrumental to the success of this event.

Tyler Bourns of Bourns Productions, Inc. was a real pro in the way he and his team handled the video of the event.

Finally, a HUGE thanks to Tiffany Brown and Jessica Torres for handling our social media around the day of the event. They created some excellent blog posts and a ran a very informative Twitter back channel at #tedxunr.

We hope to do this again in 2014, so stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

In the meantime, I am making arrangements to attend TEDxReno in April 2013 and I’d strongly suggest you do the same!

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