TEDxBryantU: A showcase of Bryant's collegial community
TEDxBryantU, a student-run initiative that is independently organized but licensed by the TED media platform, offers an inspiring opportunity to listen to members of the Bryant community who will share ideas close to their hearts and spark deep conversations about innovation.
Six alumni, five faculty members, and two students are the featured speakers who will cover such topics as reimaging customer service, pioneering new methods of decision-making, and living well with chronic illness.
TEDxBryantU came to Bryant after Samantha Scoca ’18, inspired by innovation throughout the University and wanting to give back in appreciation for all she’s learned, applied for a TEDx license. She formed a committee with five other dedicated students and put out a call for proposals to the entire Bryant community.
For this inaugural event on Feb. 10, the committee – under the guidance of Director of Faculty Development and Innovation Edward Kairiss, Ph.D. – set the formidable challenge of discovering unique and valuable ways to look at the world: “Innovation is value. It is details. It is intuition. We are all born with it, but so few take advantage. Why is this?” asks their mission statement. "Many people believe that in order to innovate, you simply need some inspiration. While this is partially true, innovation takes much more than that; it takes grit, passion, and heart. It is not our past experiences, rather our skills and perseverance that we bring to the table. Inspiration is easy, but innovation takes the courage to explore.
"Here at TEDxBryantU, we believe it is worth it.”
The committee’s call was heeded and Bryant students, faculty, and alumni from across the country enthusiastically came out to support the students and the conference theme.
Videos of this year’s presentations will be posted this spring.
- Brian Blais, Ph.D., Professor of Science and Technology: "Your Lack of Imagination Can Kill You — Byt You Can Be Saved by Math"
- Bary Fleet, M.Div., Adjunct Professor of Applied Psychology: "Your Inner Magnificence"
- Tom Roach, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English & Cultural Studies: "Low Maintenance: Why Our Obsession with Innovation is a Problem"
- Michael Roberto, D.B.A., Trustee Professor of Management and Author: "The Devil's Advocate"
- Joe Trunzo, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Psychology: "Living Well When You Don't Feel Well: Overcoming Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness"
- Melissa Gurzenda ’21: "The Simplistic Depth of Innovation"
- Corey Page ’19: " Passing the Torch"
- John Bly ’01, Principal & CEO of LBA Haynes Strand: "Merge Your Culture, Acquire Your Success"
- John Boccuzzi Jr. ’90, Managing Partner, Boccuzzi, LLC: "I Was Seduced By Exceptional Customer Service"
- David Donlan ’00, Chief Revnue Officer of Crayon, Inc.: Workplace Orientation is Not Training
- Amanda Garber ’11, Senior Account Manager-Tech, Games, & Media, CBS Interactive: "The Innovation of Modern Love"
- John Logan ’16, Live Content Correspondent, National Football League: "How Studying Magicians Changed My Perspective on Creativity"
- Andrew Viveiros '86, MBA '89, General Manager Sodexo: "How Feeding More Children will Impact the RI Economy"