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Meet the TEDxUniversityofNevada 2019 Non-Local Speakers


Want to hear from a tech entrepreneur who has personally launched over 100 products netting more than $18 billion dollars in sales? How about the former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI? Would you be interested in learning from an authority in psychological profiling who has not only published nine books, but made dozens of appearances on national television? Would you like to find out what a New York Times best-selling author and journalist has learned about the food you’re really eating after traveling the world for four years to research it?

In addition to the eight local speakers and recently-named student speaker competition winner who will be giving talks at our February 23, 2019 event, we also have several speakers who will be traveling to Reno from various points across the country to come and share their big ideas with our community. Combined, their impressive set of knowledge, experiences—and most importantly, insight—will be sure to leave a lasting impact.

Nilofer Merchant is a three-time author, having most recently published The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World (Viking, 2017). She’s also a Fellow of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management. Merchant has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in sales and has held executive positions at Apple, Autodesk and GoLive Systems. In 2013, she was awarded the Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award which is to recognize “The #1 Person Most Likely to Influence the Future of Management in Both Theory and Practice” by the UK-based organization. She’s ranked as #22 on the 2017 Thinkers50 list of management thinkers. Her famed TED Talk, “Got A Meeting? Take A Walk,” has been seen by nearly three million people, making it one of the top 10 percent of all TED talks watched.
Chris Voss Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation. A 24-year veteran of the FBI, Chris retired as the lead international kidnapping negotiator. Drawing on his experience in high-stakes negotiations, his company specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Their negotiation methodology focuses on discovering the “Black Swans,” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems. Chris has been featured in TIME, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, The Washington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, Squawk Box, CNN, ABC News and more.
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, talent management, leadership development, and people analytics. He is the chief talent scientist at Manpower Group, co-founder and CEO of BrazenX, and professor of Business Psychology at both University College London and Columbia University. He has previously held academic positions at New York University and the London School of Economics, and lectured at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, London Business School, Johns Hopkins, IMD, and INSEAD, as well as being the CEO at Hogan Assessment Systems. Tomas has published nine books and over 140 scientific papers (h index 60), making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation. Tomas’ media career comprises over 100 TV appearances, including in the BBC, CNN, and Sky, and regular features in Harvard Business Review, the Guardian, Fast Company, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.
Larry Olmsted Larry Olmsted is an award-winning journalist, editor and New York Times Bestselling author with thousands of articles published in prominent U.S. and international magazines, newspapers, and digital publications. He is a longtime print columnist for national newspapers USA Today and Investor’s Business Daily, currently online columnist for USA Today and Forbes, past or present contributing editor to several magazines, and author of three major hardcover non-fiction books, with a fourth underway. A frequent public speaker, conference panelist, radio and television expert, Larry teaches Nonfiction Creative Writing as a Visiting Professor in the MALS Graduate program at Dartmouth College. Larry is the author of the New York Times bestselling book entitled Real Food Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You Are Eating & What You Can Do About It.
Mitch Prinstein Mitch Prinstein, author of Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships, is a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist who serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mitch’s Peer Relations Lab has been conducting research on popularity and peer relations for almost 20 years, and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, and several private foundations, resulting in over 100 scientific works, including a slew of scientific journal articles, book chapters, a set of encyclopedias on adolescent development, and even a textbook on the field of clinical psychology. He and his research have been featured in over 200 international and national TV, radio/podcast, and print outlets.
Tandy Aye Dr. Tandy Aye is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and is the Medical Director of their Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Clinic. This multidisciplinary clinic provides pediatric endocrinology, urology, psychiatry and psychology, general and plastic surgery and adolescent medicine and gynecology support to families and patients. Dr. Aye’s research examines the impact of hormones on the developing brain, bone and body composition particularly in peri-adolescents who are undergoing medical therapy. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins and medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. Upon finishing her residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she completed her fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children before her faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Erica Greve is the founder and CEO of Unlikely Heroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and restoring child victims of slavery worldwide. With restoration homes located in the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and the United States, Unlikely Heroes is providing hope and freedom to some of the most vulnerable children in the world. Erica earned her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley. She has used her academic and real-world experience to develop and implement effective prevention, rescue, and aftercare programs for the rehabilitation and restoration of sexually exploited children. In 2014, after the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok, Nigeria, Erica and her team were invited to provide emergency medical services, trauma counseling and direct support to some of the escaped schoolgirls and many of the mothers who were waiting to see the return of their daughters.
John Petrocelli John V. Petrocelli is currently the Scott Family Faculty Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University.  He is an experimental social psychologist with a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington; he obtained his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.  Petrocelli has taught social psychology, statistics, and judgment and decision making courses at Wake Forest University since 2007, where he also serves as Chairperson of the university’s Institutional Review Board.  Petrocelli has authored or coauthored over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters in the areas of social cognition and judgment and decision making.
Thomas A. Wright is currently the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor in Management at Fordham University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Wright enjoys conducting research and consulting on such topics as character-based leadership, optimizing employee performance, developing effective employee recruitment and retention strategies, and finding innovative ways to enhance employee health and well-being. In recognition of his career accomplishments, he has been awarded Fellow status in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The highlight of his professional career has been publishing a number of articles with his father, Vincent P. Wright

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