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‘Lead’ the theme of Inaugural TEDxCreightonU event

Creighton University faculty, students and alumni will usher in a new era this month as they take the stage as featured speakers at TEDxCreightonU, the first event of its kind held under the University’s banner.

TEDxCreightonU will be held Friday, April 20 from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Ahmanson Ballroom of the Mike and Josie Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., on the Creighton campus in Omaha. In presentations running from six to 15 minutes, speakers will focus on the Creighton event’s theme of “Lead” and meditate on issues ranging from the treatment of post-traumatic stress to the challenges and opportunities of leading as an introverted person.

Among the faculty speakers and their topics:

  • Joy Doll, OTD, associate professor of occupational therapy in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, on how the collaborative care model in health care delivery benefits patients
  • Leah Georges, PhD, assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary EdD Program in Leadership in the Graduate School, on generational differences in the workplace
  • Todd Darnold, PhD, associate professor of marketing and management in the Heider College of Business, on the minimalist manager mindset
  • Josh Dotzler, Creighton alumnus and chief executive officer of Abide on the organization’s work in Omaha and its mission that the community might one day have no inner city
  • Amy Badura Brack, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychological Science in the College of Arts and Sciences on new research and treatment options in post-traumatic stress disorder

Creighton’s Theatre for Social Justice will also provide a brief entertainment break to perform an original dramatic piece.

TEDxCreightonU is open to the public but space is limited. Registration for free tickets and more information is available at Questions can be directed to

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


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