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TEDxUniversityofNevada 2016

David Burkus

David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and business school professor. In 2015, he was named one of the emerging thought leaders most likely to shape the future of business by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers.

His forcoming book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He is also the author of Under New Management and The Myths of Creativity. David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and his work has been featured in Fast Company, the Financial Times, Inc magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning.

David’s innovative views on leadership have earned him invitations to speak to leaders from a variety of organizations. He’s delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker and governmental and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.6 million times.

When he’s not speaking or writing, David is in the classroom. He is associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University where he was recently named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.” He serves on the advisory board of Fuse Corps, a nonprofit dedicated to making transformative and replicable change in local government.

The Warning

The Warning are three young sisters from Mexico trying to win a place in the world of Rock music.

At TEDxUniversityofNevada 2016, they performed and spoke about the initiation of their passion for music. The video of their performance is the most viewed from that event.

They started playing music at a very young age, inspired by the video game Rock Band, and now they are creating their own music. They are still developing their musical knowledge, studying and practicing every day. Despite all the difficulties on their way they have managed to independently record their first full album without signing with any label. Their fans helped them raise the money they needed to produce their album via They hope to inspire other young musicians not to sacrifice the essence of their true sound just to become part of the music business.

Their music themes are based on their visión of an actual 21st century society, on the need to be heard on what´s absorbing youth these days, and to step-by-step leave a better world. During 2015 and 2016  they played concerts in venues like the House of Blues, the SXSW festival and the Hard Rock Café. They continue to be inspired to write more and more songs to share their passion for what they do.

Look for their first full album soon!

Sherry McConkey

An avid world traveler, Sherry McConkey was born in Ireland, raised in South Africa, and began her global journey in 1989. After traveling through Europe and Canada, she landed in Lake Tahoe, CA, which she still calls home.

A passion for the outdoors connected Sherry to legendary free ski pioneer Shane McConkey. The two were married in Thailand in 2004 and their greatest creation, Ayla, came along in 2005. Shane passed away in 2009.

Through both her life with Shane, and his death, Sherry has come to believe that with desire, passion, and a goal, anything is possible. Despite the grief after losing him, Sherry knew she wanted to carry on Shane’s legacy. She turned moments of sadness into inspiration and used the power of positivity to build The Shane McConkey Foundation, and Executive Produce the movie, McConkey. Sherry continues to find ways to celebrate Shane’s life and pay appropriately fun and hilarious tribute to the talented, goofball, innovative man who inspired thousands to think outside the box and follow their dreams.
As a yoga instructor and the Executive Director of The Shane McConkey Foundation Sherry continues to travel the world with Ayla, and inspire people with her and Shane’s belief that “You have one life, live it. You have one world, protect it.

Jon Foreman

It’s easy for a surfer to lose focus and fall into the steady pull of the crashing waves, and it’s easy for a musician to forget where they came from under the glaring lights, before a sea of adoring fans screaming their name. On a surfboard or on a stage, the ground is made of different matter, and truth defers to the engulfing chaos. Jon Foreman has treaded these waters for nearly 20 years, moored by the truth he carries in his bones.

Back in 1996, he started his music career heading an unassuming San Diego-based band, now known all over the world as the multi-platinum Grammy-winning alt-rock group Switchfoot. A lifelong quest for divine answers translated effortlessly through Jon’s gritty vocals, which mediated between a lost self and an unseen higher power. Echoing an early oughts American existential crisis of faith, his spiritually-oriented rock band tapped into the cultural zeitgeist, and endured as defining sound-makers for a generation filled with unanswerable questions of their own. He later went on to form a long-term collaboration with Sean Watkins, releasing their first home-brewed collection of love ballads in 2009 under the name Fiction Family.

A devout disciple of rock & roll, Jon was intent on tapping into the sacred space from where his words flow to find its purest expression. When the venue empties at the end of the night, and when the tide drops low at sunset, whether you’re an internationally renowned rockstar, or one man a few hundred meters into the Pacific Ocean, all that remains is you and your instrument, and truth inevitably returns with the silence. In the death of the day, the unanswered questions coalesce into the raw matter of tomorrow. In the place between sets and sleep, he discovered what would become a foray into a solo project.

On Sunlight, Jon surrenders to the wipe-outs of an unpredictable world, articulating in the dappled harmony of his vocals and acoustic guitar, the feeling of regaining bearings under saltwater, and floating back up towards the sun. Answers once forcefully demanded yield to the peaceful acceptance of the unknown. “In songs you can have all these metaphors to hide behind, but there’s a strength in honesty that can’t be found in cynicism or detaching from an emotional element.”

Born from solitary introspection, then opened to the world, The Wonderlands’ 24 tracks blossom with the diverse yet cohesive contributions of 24 different producers, each interpreting the meaning of Jon’s vocals through their own instrumental vision.

“Through song, I’m trying to explore the physical space of music. I wanted to create a place that would exist only when you press play; a place of light and shadows, tension and release, things that you know and things that you don’t know. It’s incredible that you can create a mood, almost a structure of feeling. All 24 songs will correspond with different moods of the day. At the end I’m going to do 25 concerts in 24 hours.”

Jon’s collection is his sanctuary where questions don’t need answers, where money doesn’t matter and translating inner truth into song is an end in itself.

Shane Wickes

Shane is a strong believer in the power of sports to bridge social gaps. He was born in Reno, Nevada. As a walk-on football player for Boise State University he was inspired to become a coach after his playing career came to an end.

Returning home to Reno he quickly got back into the saddle and started coaching at his high school Alma mater. Recently he fulfilled his dream of being the Varsity Offensive Line Coach and at the age of 21 became the youngest Line Coach in the school’s history. A senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, Shane is majoring in Finance and Economics. He is the author of the blog Faith, Family, Football.

He loves the game. Coaching is a strong passion for Shane and it has given him the ability to do what he loves most – have a meaningful impact on the lives of others.

Jennifer Gurecki

Jennifer Gurecki specializes in designing creative approaches to building resilient communities and cultivating female leadership. She is the founder and CEO of Coalition Snow, the world’s first women’s ski and snowboard company. #sisterhoodofshred

When she’s not playing in the Sierra Nevada, you can find her in Kenya working with Zawadisha, a non-profit social enterprise providing fair and transparent microloans to women through an innovative model of lending that is soundly pro-poor, pro-woman, and pro-environment. #investinwomen

Learn more at Coalition Snow and Zawadisha