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This event occurred on
January 25, 2013
9:30am - 4:30pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Norman, OK
United States


• Each attendee and speaker has been carefully selected to enhance the vibrancy surrounding the discussion of ideas.

• The audience will be a mixed group of thinkers, innovators, authors, artists, technologists, explorers, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, boundary pushers, educators, adventurers, scientists and other generally awesome people.

• Our hope is to connect people and ideas to inspire and innovate (and perhaps have a hand in creating a positive change in the world).

• TEDxOU will be held January 25, 2013 in Meacham Auditorium at Oklahoma Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

• TEDxOU is sponsored by: OU Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, Fowler VW, Creative Oklahoma, OU Student Affairs, Norman Next, OU IT, Union Programming Board, and Firehouse Arts Center.

University of Oklahoma - Meacham Auditorium
900 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK, 73069
United States
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Kristen Walter

Kristin has been FeelGood’s Executive Director since graduating in 2005 with a Finance Degree. Under her leadership, FeelGood has grown from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement with over 29 chapters and 17 more currently seeded. FeelGood partners with over 1200 student volunteers, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.4 million for the end of hunger

Talis Apud-Hendricks

Talis is FeelGood’s Director of Education and Technology. With an M.S. in Innovation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, she has pioneered an online platform for meaningfully connecting FeelGood’s many student communities and developing their educational and entrepreneurial goals. Before coming to FeelGood, Talis was a professional athlete, qualifying for the Mexican Olympic team in 2008. She has over seven years experience as a consultant in intercultural management.

Christina Warinner

Dr. Christina Warinner has excavated around the world, from the Maya jungles of Belize to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, and she is pioneering the biomolecular investigation of archaeological dental calculus (tartar) to study long-term trends in human health and diet. She is a 2012 TED Fellow, and her work has been featured in Wired UK, the Observer, CNN.com, Der Freitag, and Sveriges TV. She obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010, specializing in ancient DNA analysis and paleodietary reconstruction.

Stan Hupfeld

Stan has spoken and been published widely for his expertise in the health care industry. He currently writes a healthcare column for a local business daily, The Journal Record. Stanley Hupfeld was President and Chief Executive Officer of INTEGRIS Health from July 1995 until 2010. As the driving force of the nation’s first hospital-sponsored charter school, Hupfeld was honored in 2009 when the INTEGRIS Health Board of Directors voted to rename the school The Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village. He and his wife Suzie have three married children, and six grandchildren.

Laura Brunson

Laura Brunson studies ways to improve drinking water quality including researching technologies and investigating ways to improve treatment technology implementation. Laura enjoys working with students when teaching courses on social entrepreneurship and in the future plans to both teach and do development work focused on water, poverty reduction and empowering women. Laura occasionally gets distracted from her graduate work by camping with friends and being “Auntee Laura” to her nephew and several friends’ children. Laura Brunson is working to finish her PhD in Environmental Science.

Wes Fryer

Wesley Fryer empowers others to create and share digital stories about family life, local culture, and community history. Dr. Wesley Fryer believes in the magical power of the human voice. He coaches people of all ages to become digital archivists of family stories and community history. Since 2006 Wesley has helped facilitate collaborative, online oral history projects like “Celebrate Oklahoma Voices,” which includes over 900 videos about Oklahomans and Oklahoma oral history. He is the author of the 2011 eBook “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Fulbright Scholar, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, an avid educational blogger, and an acknowledged connoisseur of fried chicken.

Mike Moradi

Mike Moradi is a successful entrepreneur, having founded or been a principal in several nanotechnology and biopharmaceutical startups. He is a Co-Founder & CEO of Sensulin, LLC, a biopharmaceutical company that is developing the first true 24-hour glucose sensitive insulin for type I and type II diabetes. Mike was awarded a community service commendation from the United States Congress for his voluntary efforts in technology-based economic development. He is the author of The Impact of Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery: Global Developments. Mr. Moradi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma.

Nathan Mellor

Nathan Mellor is the president of Strata Leadership, LLC (Strata) based in Oklahoma City. Resources and programs offered through Strata are used in all 50 States and in over 25 Countries. Strata serves an audience of over 400,000 individuals each month. Nathan holds the B.A. and the M.S.E. degrees from Harding University. He earned the M.D.R degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.Nathan and his wife Christie were married in 1997 and have two daughters. You can read articles from Dr. Mellor each month in Character First the Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors of Wishing Well and the 111 Project. He is a member of the Church Plant team for the Oakdale Church of Christ.

Tom Boyd

Tom W. Boyd is the David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. Tom Boyd specializes is in philosophical theology, theories of religion, religion and culture, and ethics. His current concentration is on the relation among world religions and the relation between religion and culture. He is particularly devoted to issues related to interfaith dialogue. He also studies the impact of religion on ethics. He seeks through his studies and teaching to understand and appreciate religion in its contemporary setting and in light of an emerging planetary culture. His current class is a "nothing is off-limits" dream course called "Mind-Bending: Religion, Law and Science."

David Burkus

David Burkus is Assistant Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University where he teaches courses on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. He is the founder and editor of LDRLB, an online think tank that shares an online think tank that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation, and strategy. He is the author of the forthcoming book Myths of Creativity to be published in Fall 2013.

David Postic

David Postic is just figuring out what he wants to be when he grows up. As a pre-law student at the University of Oklahoma, he is studying business management and religious studies. On the side he has explored a wide range of other interests, organizing events and clubs at OU focused on the arts, creativity, education, technology, and community service. He is an avid reader, actor, pianist, chef, and has even dabbled around as an amateur magician.

Beth Huggins

While in Ghana for a month this past summer, Beth discovered the realities of solving issues abroad as well as the real beauty beneath “changing the world.” The principle of the interconnectedness between health, wealth, and education is something she plans to shed light to the rest of the world and help begin to improve the success of NGO programs abroad. She has traveled to Honduras and Ghana twice with a student-led non-profit called Global Brigades and is currently the president of the OU GB chapter. Beth is a senior in chemical, biomedical engineering at OU. She plans to attend medical school to obtain an M.D. so that she can travel to developing countries and solve health issues in a holistic manner.

Michael Benko

Featured on ABC, NBC, and Fox news affiliates Michael Benko is the co-founder of the Amazon Best Selling team the Student Success Academy. Michael's focus is to empower the next generation of students through providing personalized education within a creative framework for students to flourish. Since the start of the Student Success Academy in 2011 Michael has consulted high school students across three different states and worked with five different universities. His vision is to maximize the potential and increase the chances of success for every individual that comes into contact with the Student Success Academy.

James Burnes

James Burnes pursuing a Master of Arts in History of Science and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. He has a Master’s degree in History, which extends from his Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Anthropology, Earth Science and Geology. His graduate research interests center on the history of natural history. At OU, he would like to continue this topic, focusing on the history of vertebrate paleontology, expeditions to collect wild animals for zoos, specimen collecting and museum expeditions, and big game hunting and photographic safaris. James has participated in several paleontological field seasons, as well as having studied archaeology abroad in Belize in Maya Culture.

Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez created an online movement, called All R Equal, Inc., which fights for equality for blood donors. Michael's petition on Change.org, has garnished nearly 8,000 signatures to allow men who sleep with men, even once, the right to donate blood, which currently hasn't been allowed since 1981. He is currently an MBA Student at the University of Oklahoma.

Organizing team


Norman, OK, United States
  • Ken Stoner
  • Ryan Groves
    Social Spaces curator
  • Toni Klemm
  • Dylan Mackey
    Production Manager
  • Daniel Daily
    Technology Coordinator
  • Mark Nehrenz
    Audio/Video Producer