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Where Are They Now? Past TEDx Speakers in the News This November


Have you ever wondered what some of our past TEDx speakers are doing now? What they have been up to lately? Since 2013, our TEDx event has featured a spectacular array of individuals who are collectively working to create and impact change.

Below are a few of our previous TEDx speakers who are currently making news headlines this November.

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See Current TEDx Speaker Sharyl Attkission Interview President Trump.

TEDx Speakers | Sharyl Atkisson

In 2015, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson gave a TEDxUniversityofNevada talk on, “Astrotruf and the Manipulation of Media Messages.To date, her talk has achieved nearly 1 million views. This summer, she released a new book entitled, Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote. And earlier this month, she just aired her one-on-one interview with Donald Trump.

You can watch that November 2nd interview here. In 2018, Sharyl will return to the TEDxUniversityofNevada stage to share a new idea worth spreading.

Watch Elizabeth Smart’s New Two Part Documentary on the A&E Channel.

TEDx Speakers | Elizabeth Smart

In 2011, Elizabeth Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation aimed at bringing hope and ending victimization through prevention, recovery, and advocacy. In 2014, Smart delivered a riveting talk about being kidnapped from her bedroom at the age of 14. Her TEDx talk entitled “My Story” has seen nearly 1.5 million views.

Since her talk, Elizabeth has had two children. You can learn more about her new family in this recent interview with People Magazine. Earlier this week, the A&E channel aired a new, two-part documentary about Smart’s kidnapping story. You can learn more about the documentary here.

Current TEDx Speaker David Burkus Recently Named as a Leading Global Thinker on Management.

TEDx Speakers | David Burkus

David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after keynote speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. In 2016, Burkus gave a TEDx talk “Why Do We Keep Our Salaries Secret?” That talk was later picked up and featured on TED.com, achieving over one million views.

Earlier this week in London Burkus was honored among the world’s most influential and inspiring management thinkers at the Thinkers50 Gala, a biennial gathering of leading management thinkers. In 2016 he released the book, Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual.

He is currently working on a new book scheduled for release in 2018 entitled, Friend of a Friend: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career. David Burkus will also return to the TEDxUniversityofNevada stage in 2018.

Dr. Leana Wen: Steering the Conversation on Healthcare.

In 2013, Dr. Leana Wen gave a talk entitled “Liberty, democracy, equity, and justice in healthcare.” Formerly an emergency room doctor, she now serves as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, an agency that oversees 1,100 employees with a $130 million annual budget.

In 2016 Dr. Wen  was invited by the White House to speak on a panel with President Obama about Baltimore’s efforts to address addiction as a public health crisis. She is a frequent contributor to a variety of publications from Huffington Post to Psychology Today, and is a trusted voice actively shaping the healthcare industry.

Approximately two months ago, Dr. Wen had her first baby. She recently wrote about the experience for NPR, which has made her even more dedicated to public health programs to support women and ensure a healthy start for their babies. Dr. Wen wrote the book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Care.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Zeb Hogan Shines a Spotlight on Global Ecosystem Management.

TEDx Speakers | Zeb Hogan

In 2016, the University of Nevada, Reno’s own Zeb Hogan gave a TEDx talk about “Why You Should Care About Freshwater ‘Megafishes.” As the host of Nat Geo Wild’s Monster Fish show, Zeb talked about the importance of the freshwater fish ecosystem and why it’s in everyone’s best interest to learn more about them.

You may have seen the National Geographic Monster Fish Exhibition when it came through the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno last year that is currently traveling around the country.

In March of this year, National Geographic wrote about Hogan’s latest endeavor leading a new, five-year research project, supported by USAID, called “The Wonders of the Mekong,” which brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in an effort to generate greater awareness of one of the most extraordinary ecosystems on Earth.

And just last week, the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Science published a video essay about the research that Hogan is doing in Mongolia to bring awareness to ecosystem management globally.

Want to hear TEDx talks from more inspiring TEDx speakers like this? As an attendee of all our past TEDx events, I can attest that there is nothing quite like seeing a talk in person. TEDx Tickets are on sale now, with group discounts available.

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In the meantime, be sure to check out our video page to watch TEDx talks from our past events and learn more about the new and engaging TEDx speakers joining us this January!