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Theme: Live Innovation

This event occurred on
February 11, 2011
1:00pm - 5:00pm MST
(UTC -7hrs)
Provo, UT
United States

TEDxBYU aims to spark thought and dialogue among audience members around social entrepreneurship and what it means to live an innovative life.

Speakers will share their experience in building their disciplines, careers and lives to encompass their passion, purpose and creativity. Speakers will feature world-renowned social entrepreneurs, BYU students, faculty and alumni.

Pardoe Theater, Harris Fine Arts Center
Pardoe Theater, Harris Fine Arts Center
Brigham Young University Campus
Provo, UT
United States
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Willy Foote

Founder and CEO of Root Capital, recently recognized by the G20 at the Seoul Summit by President Obama, Korean President Lee Myung-bak, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Mr. Foote began his career as a financial analyst in the Latin American Corporate Finance group at Lehman Brothers, and as a journalist in Mexico and Argentina. He was named an Ashoka Global Fellow in 2007, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in 2009. Mr. Foote is on the executive committee of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a founding board member of the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) and currently serves on the boards of the Open Learning Exchange (OLE) and E&Co. Mr. Foote holds a B.A. from Yale University and a M.Sc. in development economics and economic history from the London School of Economics.

Martín Burt

Founder and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya, recently recognized by UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague for outstanding innovative work in Latin America. Martin Burt is a highly energetic, extroverted social entrepreneur. Burt has twice served in public office, once as Paraguay’s vice-minister of commerce, and once as the mayor of Asunción. He has received the Inter-American Development Bank’s Microfinance Award, the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award, the Schwab Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Templeton Freedom Award and the World Innovation Summit in Education Award. He has also received distinguished alumni awards from the University of the Pacific and the George Washington University, as well as the 2007 Social Innovation Award from Brigham Young University. Burt is an Avina Foundation leader, and a Synergos and Eisenhower Fellow. He was twice elected president of the Paraguayan-American Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is a founding board member of the Bertoni Conservation Foundation and the Mbaracayu Biosphere Reserve, as well as a trustee of the Karatara Project in South Africa. Martin Burt is a visiting professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. His commitment to education is featured as part of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Marina Kim

Founder and Executive Director of Ashoka U. Marina leads Ashoka U, bringing together university partners from around the world to increase the quantity and quality of social entrepreneurship education. Having been at Ashoka for four years, Marina helped to found the University Network for Social Entrepreneurship, and more recently, Ashoka U. At Stanford University, Marina led both the Future Social Innovators’ Network and the Social Entrepreneurs’ Challenge, and co-founded the university’s first minor in social innovation. Her involvement with Ashoka dates back nearly a decade, when she spearheaded Ashoka’s first efforts to formalize outreach to universities. Marina has worked with the Nonprofit Enterprise Self-Sustainability Team (NESsT) and the Flora Family Foundation, and has been featured on Social Edge and

Jessamyn Lau

Program Leader of the Peery Foundation. Jessamyn works with the Peery Foundation, a small, nimble family foundation that funds social entrepreneurs with solutions to poverty. Jessamyn is part of the two person team at the PF, shaping the foundation’s strategy, strengthening and supporting the four PF portfolios, and ensuring a solid level of playfulness and experimentation is built in to the foundation’s culture. Jessamyn holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, London and an MBA from BYU. And the rest, excitingly, is still to be determined.

Mike Murray

Co-founder and Past Chairman of Unitus. Mike Murray is a helper and advisor. He is co-founder and past chairman of Unitus, an award-winning innovator that helped facilitate the delivery of over 15 million microcredit loans from 2001-2010. He is now helping reinvent Unitus for its next project. Mike spent 20 years as a senior executive in the personal computer industry. He has worked directly for Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. He and his wife use the resources of their family foundation to support projects that create permanent improvements in people’s lives, both in Seattle and internationally. These include start-up grants to Ashesi University in Accra Ghana and Seattle-based Vittana, an innovative organization that helps young people around the world get access to higher education for the first time. From 2007-2010 he and his wife served as mission presidents in Philadelphia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mike holds an engineering degree and an MBA, both from Stanford University.

Dan Blake

A Brigham Young University undergrad, Daniel is the Founder and CEO of EcoScraps. EcoScraps won 2nd place and the Audience Choice award at the 2010 BYU Social Venture Competition, is a Sparkseed Innovator and was named the #2 Utah Student Emerging Company for Utah. Daniel has always enjoyed organizing events. In high school through events that he organized he helped raise over $500,000 for non-profit organizations. He was named one of “Utah’s Young Humanitarians” and is a recipient of BYU’s “Brigham Award.”

David Wiley

Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology. Dr. David Wiley also serves as Associate Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling at BYU with responsibility for the research unit. David is founder and board member of the Open High School of Utah and Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge. David was formerly Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning at Utah State University. David has been a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the Open University of the Netherlands, and a recipient of the US National Science Foundation’s CAREER grant. David is also the Founder of and was recently named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. His career is dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunity for everyone around the world.

Christa Gannon

Founder and CEO of Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). Christa Gannon has B.S. in Sociology and Law and Society, graduated with honors from Stanford Law School, and is a member of the California Bar. After completing a yearlong clerkship for Federal Judge Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., Christa was one of ten nationwide George Soros Fellows selected to develop an innovative criminal justice program. With this seed funding Christa started Fresh Lifelines for Youth “FLY”. Today, with just over a 2 million dollar budget FLY serves juvenile justice and at-risk youth in two counties in California providing legal education, mentoring, and leadership training. Christa has received numerous awards including a recent induction as an Ashoka Fellow. In addition to her full-time work at FLY, Christa is a member of Stanford’s National Haas Advisory Board, Thrive (an alliance of nonprofits), and is a wife and mother of two young children.

Sini-Tuulia Sohkanen

Sini-Tuulia Sohkanen began her violin studies at the age of five in Mikkeli Music School, Finland. Between 2004 and 2008, she studied violin in Helsinki Conservatory, receiving a vocational qualification in music. At the moment, Sini-Tuulia is a junior in Violin Performance at Brigham Young University. She regularly gives solo and chamber music recitals. Sini-Tuulia has appeared as a soloist with Jyvaskyla Symphony, St. Michel Strings, and BYU Chamber Orchestra, among others. Performances have taken her all over the USA and Europe including Russia, England, Switzerland, and Austria. Besides recitals and concerts, Sini-Tuulia constantly prepares for and participates in competitions. In October 2010, she won the first place in the Utah ASTA Solo Competition. She has also been recognized twice in the final round of the National Jyvaskyla Violin Competition. Sini-Tuulia hopes to have a career as an active performer and a professor.

Organizing team


Salt Lake City, UT, United States


Provo, UT, United States
  • Amy Fisler
    TEDxBYU Production Manager