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University of Nevada, Reno

TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018


Catherine Cortez Masto

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Catherine Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting for Nevada’s working families. She served two terms as Attorney General of Nevada and, in November 2016, became the first Latina and the first woman from Nevada ever elected to the United States Senate.

 During her time as Nevada’s top prosecutor, Cortez Masto became well known as an advocate for seniors, women, and children. She worked closely with local law enforcement to keep Nevada’s communities safe. She also created a senior protection unit to safeguard older Nevadans from identity theft, exploitation, and abuse.

 Cortez Masto led the push to break up sex trafficking rings throughout the state. She partnered with community advocates to give first responders the tools they need to identify and intervene in trafficking incidents. She also helped to pass a law to make sex trafficking a crime at the state level, an achievement that allowed state and local officials to share resources and information with federal prosecutors.

 To help middle-class families recover from the housing crisis, Cortez Masto created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to investigate and prosecute lending scams. She led the fight to hold the big banks accountable for their role in the housing collapse and secured a $1.9 billion settlement for Nevada homeowners.

 Now as a member of the United States Senate, Cortez Masto has taken her fight for working Nevadans to Washington, D.C.

 Her position on six Senate Committees allows her to continue to advocate for Nevadans at the intersection of issues that matter most. She sits on the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Rules and Administration; the Committee on Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.

 Cortez Masto is working to repair our broken immigration system and protect hardworking families. She is a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act of 2017, which would allow hard-working young people to come out of the shadows and fulfill their potential in our communities, and a fervent supporter of comprehensive immigration reform.

 Cortez Masto remains a strong advocate for women and children and is working to pass legislation, the Save Women’s Preventive Care Act, that would guarantee coverage for preventive health care services, like breast cancer screenings, birth control, and domestic violence intervention support. She has also co-sponsored the Code Like a Girl Act, which would create two National Science Foundation (NSF) grant programs to encourage young girls to pursue computer science.

 Cortez Masto believes that all Americans have the right to affordable, accessible health care. In response to provider shortages in rural communities, Cortez Masto co-sponsored the Marketplace Certainty Act to stabilize the healthcare markets and prevent insurers from leaving rural counties.

 Combatting human trafficking was one of Cortez Masto’s top priorities as Attorney General of Nevada, and it remains one of her top priorities as a United States Senator. In January, she co-sponsored the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act, a bipartisan bill that would clear the criminal records of survivors of human trafficking. Cortez Masto is also a cosponsor of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and the Abolish Human Trafficking Act.

 An avid hiker and nature-lover, Cortez Masto is committed to protecting our environment and public lands for future generations to enjoy. She is the co-sponsor of the Clean Energy for America Act, a bill that would measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector.

 Prior to her service as Attorney General, Cortez Masto served as Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Miller. She has also worked as an Assistant County Manager in Clark County and as a federal criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C.

 Cortez Masto earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986, and a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1990. She currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband Paul.


Jim James

Jim James has spent the better part of almost two decades as the lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of My Morning Jacket. Through seven studio albums, My Morning Jacket has grown into one of the most acclaimed rock and roll bands in the world. The New York Times heralded the band as, “…the new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock…” Their last three albums, 2008’s Evil Urges, 2011’s Circuital and 2015’s The Waterfall, each received Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album — the latter debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Alongside the band’s recording and touring, James has maintained a steady, bordering on voracious, flow of work.

In 2013, James released his debut solo record, Regions of Light and Sound of God. James wrote, produced and played all instruments himself (except for strings and some percussion) for the record, which was inspired by life and the 1929 novel (written in woodcuts), ‘God’s Man’ by Lynd Ward. It was named one of the best albums of the year by PASTE, MTV and FUSE and was “the year’s first great record” (GQ). A performance of track “A New Life” on the then-hosted Late Night earned high praise from the now-Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon just this year: “…to this day my favorite musical performance was ‘A New Life’ on Late Night that we did…He [Jim James] is fantastic. I love him”.

James’ most recent work is the 2016 solo record, Eternally Even. Rolling Stone described as, “nine flamboyantly spiritual songs wrapped in creamy electronics and set to funk and hip hop beats…an eccentric, gently compelling pleasure. [Jim James] renders his change gospel with conversational grace, Bill Withers warmth, Sly Stone optimism and Neil Young conviction”. The album’s release saw him embark on a national tour with appearances on the Tonight Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden and a debut at #1 on Billboard Alternative chart. The album topped many year-end ‘best’ lists, with NPR praising the record’s “arresting, soulful … transcendent tunes”.

Jim James has continued expanding on his zealous lists of credits, lending his voice to albums by the likes of the Roots, David Lynch, Brandi Carlile and John Fogerty and partnering with other artists on numerous side projects such as New Multitudes, Monsters of Folk, and T-Bone Burnett’s The New Basement Tapes. Known for his live performances, James has found himself in the touring company of those like Neil Young, Pearl Jam, and Bob Dylan – even appearing in the Dylan-inspired film, I’m Not There. He has embedded himself in the world of film and television, be it through the use of his music in various projects or his long-running relationships with those in the field. James has also established himself as a producer in his own right, producing records by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dean Wareham, Basia Bulat and Ray Lamontagne’s most recent record Ouroboros (2016), the same year in which he collaborated with NASA for the launch of their Juno Mission and Sundance Film Festival and their “Freedom of Expression” event. Although having recently moved to LA, James has little plan to remain in one place. My Morning Jacket will tour the US this summer, which includes a recent stop at the famed Forest Hills Stadium in NYC. James will also be embarking on a mix of unique solo acoustic and solo full-band performances including stops at Newport Folk Festival, the 50th Anniversary of Monterey Pop Festival, and at the Kennedy Center Honoring John Lennon.

Robin Brockelsby

Robin is a wife, mother of 3 teenagers, business owner, nationally recognized speaker, and incoming President of the Board for the Crisis Call Center of Nevada. For nearly 20 years, Robin has owned and operated multiple businesses in Northern Nevada, including Creative Coverings – a Reno based “co-owned” company that is recognized as one of the nations’ leading National Special Event Linen Rental & Sales Companies.

Robin believes passionately in her community and her strong desire to engage and empower others to succeed emotionally and fiscally is what drives her soul. Her newest project, Embrace the PATH, stems from her personal journey to seek her true self. Embrace the PATH is a website that includes blogs and speaking topics dedicated to helping people conquer their fears by discovering their Passion, Authenticity, and Truth…all of which are necessary to find complete Happiness. True Happiness = Success

When Robin’s not at the office, you’ll find her embracing every second of her life…be it…writing a new book (scheduled to be released in Spring 2018), driving her energetic kids to their activities, enjoying adventures with her husband of 17 years (boxing, hiking and travel are a few of their favorites), pursuing her passion in fitness (she just competed in her first body-building competition), and always in search of new activities outside of her comfort zone.

Allen Stone

On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention.

Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.

Now including seven exciting bonus tracks, Radius Deluxe will be available March 25th. Among them will be the previously unreleased songs “Voodoo” and “Faithful” as well as a new version of Stone’s energetic single “Freedom”.

The New York Times said the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s lyrics on Radius “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift … glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting.”

Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years – including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater – Allen Stone was determined to make 2016 yet another impactful year of writing and performance.

“I absolutely believe that if you’re going to stand at a microphone and say something, you need to recognize that as a privilege,” Stone said. “You’ve got to be incredibly careful about it, and really put all your heart into the message that you’re sending out into the world.”

Allen is currently writing for his fourth full length album.