My Experience At TEDxUniversityofNevada 2016

TEDxUniversityofNevada is one of my favorite events and this year’s event was January 23, 2016. It is an event near and dear to me because I also volunteer for this event. I was asked by Dr. Bret Simmons to help out and redesign the website a few years ago and have volunteered keeping the website up to date and helping out where needed on the day of the event.

My experience at TEDxUniveristyofNevada 2016 left me inspired, emotional, enthusiastic, and entertained. It is an event I encourage all my friends and family to attend. It is well worth the time and the money. The volunteers for TEDxUniveristyofNevada work very hard to put on a TEDx that inspires “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

TEDxUniversityofNevada 2016 was packed with thought provoking topics, talented musicians, and moments of respect & gratitude. Each speaker or performer has a special story to tell. It’s their story. It’s their experience. It’s sometimes a very tough topic to talk about and to hear. However, it is always inspirational and thought provoking.

I have so many speakers that are worth noting in this post. I won’t be able to talk about them all but I do encourage you to find out more by watching the videos of each talk either on YouTube TEDxUniveristyofNevada Playlist or keep an eye out on the TEDxUniversityofNevada website.


If you are from the Reno Tahoe area or you are into skiing Shane McConkey is someone you would recognize. Although Shane is no longer with us his wife Sherry McConkey keeps his spirit alive. Shane McConkey was a free spirit that lived life to the fullest and this is one of the many things Sherry learned from him. His death was devastating and she has had to learn how to live without him. Her message – “You Have One Life To Live. Live it.” Wise words to live by.

Interesting Concept

David Burkus asks the questions “How much do you get paid?” and “Do you know how much other people get paid that you work with?”. Interesting questions that make people feel uncomfortable. He talks about “pay transparency” and how if companies were transparent about their payroll what a powerful tool this is for you and your peers. If everyone knows where they stand then everyone would be armed with the knowledge of how their pay measures up to others. This would also lessen the opportunity for pay discrimination. It’s an interesting concept and something to think about. What do you think?


Gino Borges impacts the world by investing in communities and our planet. It’s not just about the debits and credits of your bank account that matter. Bringing people together and creating a community that thrives through connection and thoughtfulness of making this world a better place is the best investment we could all take part of.

An Uncomfortable Conversation

Jill Tolles has the courage to speak about child sexual abuse. She is a hero that doesn’t wear a cape but she talks about the uncomfortable topic to stop the silence. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by someone they know. Be a hero that talks about this even if it makes you feel uncomfortable. This powerful talk should be shared over and over to spread the knowledge and help the ones who need our help.

Telling Your Truth

Shane Wickes is an accomplished guy. He is someone with integrity and a moral compass. Shane shared with us his truth and how he came to tell his truth that he is gay. This was difficult for him because he was a football player and now a coach. In the football world this was not accepted. He shares his story and is a role model for others.

Modern Tribal Fire

Don’t senior citizens have a seat at the modern tribal fire? This question brings up the topic of the isolation that our senior citizens are enduring. The answer is to include senior citizens and have a seat at the table for them to break bread with you. Listen to their stories, break bread with them, and become a modern tribe to stop the isolation. Elissa Altman shares her story about becoming a tribe with her mother and how they nurture each others heart, spirit, and soul by sitting down together and eating a meal as a tribe.

Authentic Sexual Well Being

Sex educator Emily Nagoski talks about authentic sexual well being. She gives an informative fun talk about accepting your sexuality and knowing how to unlock the barriers. We all have a gas pedal and a brake when it comes to our sexuality and it comes down to context, confidence, and joy.

TEDxUniversityofNevada 2016 Emily Nagoski

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