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This event occurred on
April 1, 2015
8:00am - 5:30pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Orem, Utah
United States

The theme for TEDxUVU is Imagine. We want to expand that idea across the ideas that TED stands for: Technology, Entertainment and Design. These are presentations that will enhance and support the established programs, schools and colleges found at Utah Valley University.

Imagine the School of Technology & Computing Sciences with 3D printing on campus, new technological ideas and innovations, and our graphic design program.

Imagine the School of the Arts being recognized for the New York star quality it truly has. For the past two years our theater department has won back to back Kennedy Center Awards, as well as our national dance champions.

Imagine the broad topic of culture in Utah the differing viewpoints of culture, diversity, and religion coming even more together in celebration in Utah. Known as a conservative state, Utah has recently been a focal point of many conversations at the intersection of liberal and conservative views and how to move forward in peace as two groups have very differing ideas.
Imagine the environmental beauty that Utah has to offer being explored more often by more people. Often forgotten, sometimes taken advantage of, we enjoy 6 ski resorts, 25+ lakes, mountains, Red Rock in Southern Utah, river rafting, miles of biking trails, just to name a few.

The concept of imagine is endless and today, some of those ideas will become a reality.

800 West University Parkway
Orem, Utah, 84058
United States
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Adam Meredith

Adam Meredith is a game developer who works in design, programming, art, and anything in between. As the founder of an indie studio, Monster Groove Games, he seeks to merge retro-gameplay with modern style, as is reflected not only in his games but also in his stupid hair. He is known as a jack of all trades and started developing games as a child in programs like MS Paint which he still uses to this day.

Carine Clark

Carine leads corporate direction and initiatives at MaritzCX. She played a crucial role in creating and executing the acquisition of Allegiance by Maritz Research, and combining the two companies to create MaritzCX. Clark has decades of experience building successful software companies. Previously, Carine was president and CEO for Allegiance. As the former SVP and CMO for Symantec, Clark was responsible for global campaign and field marketing, partner and product marketing, branding and marketing communications, as well as public relations and analyst relations. As an executive at Altiris and Novell, she was responsible for driving top and bottom-line company growth through fiscally accountable and operationally efficient marketing. Her leadership helped establish Altiris as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world, growing revenues from $62 million to $230 million during a four year period.

Carl Moore

Carl Moore

Cheryl Hanewicz

Dr. Cheryl Hanewicz is an associate professor and department chair of the Technology Management department at Utah Valley University. She has also served as an Assistant Dean in the College of Technology and Computing as well as Director of Student Success and Retention at UVU. Previously, she taught technology-related courses at Eastern Michigan University in the School of Technology Studies. She received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Liberal Studies in Technology, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Technology Management. Dr. Hanewicz has over 20 years of computer and managerial experience in both the business and academic environments. Before teaching she worked as an administrator in software development companies and was a consultant who taught computer skills to airport administrators, edited security manuals, and updated maintenance policies for ISO 9000 compliance.

Craig Thulin

Craig Thulin was born and raised in Utah and received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, majoring in Cell Biology with a minor in Linguistics. Then received his PhD from the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Craig’s first position after college was a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, affiliated with the Oregon Health Sciences University. From there Craig went to BYU, where he worked for a total of nine years before coming to Utah Valley. He has been on the faculty at UVU for eight years now, teaching Biochemistry and Pharmacology as well as some introductory Chemistry.

David Thulin


Jacob Rees

Jacob Rees

James Green

Former Naval Officer, Retired Airline Pilot, United Nations Lobbyist, Businessman and a University Professor, Captain Jim Green, Graduated #1 in US Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School class, and served as Regimental Commander. Spent 7 years as a Naval Officer, and Aircraft Carrier Jet Attack Pilot. Captain Green flew as a pilot for Continental/United Airlines for 26 years, and helped take our company from "worst to first" through direct involvement in operations and management procedure improvements. Presently teach as a full-time Tenured Associate Professor in the School of Aviation Sciences at Utah Valley University and also serve as the Department Chairman. Captain Green is a frequent author/contributor to numerous publications--- speaking out on political, societal, and economic issues of the day.

Jeanette Bennett

Jeanette Bennett is founder and editor-in-chief at Bennett Communications, where she primarily focuses her pen on Utah Valley Magazine, BusinessQ Magazine and Prosper Magazine. Jeanette earned a bachelor's and master's degree in journalism from BYU and has been a regular guest on HuffPostLive. Jeanette serves on UVU's National Advisory Council for the Woodbury School of Business, and she is heavily involved in United Way of Utah County Women's Leadership Council. She has moderated gubernatorial debates and numerous business panels. Jeanette plays the piano and organ, but her feet did the talking last year when she took third place in "Dancing with the Community Stars." Jeanette has a love/hate relationship with deadlines, half marathons and the stock market — and she has a love/love relationship with glossy pages, watching her kids play sports and enjoying Utah's canyons. She and her husband, Matt, are raising their five children in Cedar Hills.

Joe Landolina

Joe is the 21-year old inventor of VETI-GEL, a gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. He recently built a state of the art manufacturing facility in Brooklyn, New York to bring the product to market. He is the co-founder of Suneris and inventor of the company’s gel technology. As the face of Suneris, Joe meets with investors and clinicians to stay current in the demands of the markets. He leads innovation and the development of technology at Suneris while managing a team of professionals directing specific aspects of the company.

Kyle Nelson

Kyle Nelson

Kyle Reyes

Dr. Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Education at Utah Valley University (UVU). Kyle has spent his career championing initiatives to improve outcomes and opportunities for students from various underrepresented backgrounds. In his current role as UVU’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Reyes works to advance issues of inclusion and diversity throughout the campus. From 2009-2014, he served as Special Assistant to the President at UVU and before that, he dedicated 6 years to programs and services for underrepresented students and communities. Kyle currently serves on a number of community boards including American Indian Services, The United Way of Utah County, and the national organization of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education. Dr. Reyes was elected by his peers statewide to co-chair the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education from 2012-2014.

Matthew Holland

Matthew S. Holland assumed the role as the 6th president of Utah Valley University in 2009. Under President Holland’s leadership, UVU completed the transition from a state college, to full fledged university. UVU is among the fastest growing higher education institutions in the United States, and is well on its way on becoming the largest university in the state of Utah. President Holland’s leadership is successfully guiding the unprecedented growth by adopting a unique campus mission that embraces serious academics, an inclusive environment, and engaged stakeholders. President Holland is contributing to a rich teaching and research environment by leading the largest expansion of faculty and academic programs in UVU’s history.

Michael Savoie

Dr. Michael J. Savoie, Ph.D., serves as the Dean of the College of Technology & Computing at Utah Valley University. As Dean, Dr. Savoie oversees a college with 101 full time faculty, 36 full time staff, and over 180 part-time employees. Dr. Savoie is an award-winning teacher (2012 Undergraduate Teacher of the Year) with over 25 years of University experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching has focused on the Integration of Information Systems with Business Processes. Classes taught include Social Media, E-Business, Information Systems Management, Information Systems Strategy, and Project Management. In 2011, he taught International Trade and Investments (IT Focus) in Seoul, South Korea.

Pamela Lara

Pamela I. Lara was born in Chile and became a US citizen in June of 2014. She migrated to the US over 15 years ago to finish law school. She has obtained a bachelor of Science in Physics from Utah Valley University and plans to obtain a PhD in Astrophysics, complete a postdoctorate in an observatory in Chile and come back to UVU to teach Astronomy. She is currently teaching Physics, Math and Spanish at a local High School.

Paul Parkin

Paul Parkin is a teacher, speaker, and researcher that focuses on relational communication. With over 10 years’ experience teaching at various universities, he began teaching at UVU in the Fall of 2014. His doctoral dissertation research focuses on the power of empathy. Paul has a passion for teaching and for facilitating transformative change in and out of the classroom. He has won multiple teaching awards, the most recent being the prestigious University of Utah Student's Choice Teaching Award (2013). He has a Master's Degree from California State University, Sacramento, in instructional and leadership communication, and will graduate this year with a Ph.D from the University of Utah. As a speaker, Paul has presented to a variety of groups across the U.S. and has provided communication, leadership, and personal growth trainings for various companies and corporations.

Robert Bennett

Robert Bennett is from San Jose, California and will graduate in April 2015 with a BS in University Studies emphasizing in Outdoor Recreation Management. Robert joined the Parkour and Freerunning movement over 7 years ago because of the creative freedom it allowed and the self-mastery it called for. In 2012, Robert attended the International Stunt School in Seattle, WA where he was trained as a professional stuntman. Robert has utilized his Parkour skills and professional stunt and fight training in movies, local commercials, and viral YouTube videos. As a private Parkour instructor and personal trainer, Robert seeks to inspire others to overcome their own physical and mental barriers through Parkour.

Sean Reyes

Sean Reyes has been recognized nationally and locally for his legal skills and professionalism, local and national Bar leadership and unparalleled commitment to public service. He has lent his legal expertise to media outlets ranging from Fox National Business News to The Economist. Reyes has been honored as the first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer by the American Bar Association, a distinction bestowed on one lawyer out of millions nationwide. He was also recognized as the Utah Young Lawyer of the Year, one of Utah’s forty most influential business leaders under the age of forty and the first recipient of Brigham Young University’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. A nine time consecutive honoree on Utah Business Magazine’s Legal Elite List, Reyes has also been highlighted as a Mountain States Super Lawyer and Top 50 Most Influential Asian Professional in America.

Suzy Cox

Dr. Cox is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Utah Valley University, where she works to help prospective junior high and high school faculty better understand the psychological landscape of their students in order to improve classroom climates and instruction. Her research interests include developmental neuropsychology, technology integration, and learner-centered teaching. She is particularly interested in finding ways to engage students in deeper learning using technology and in the technology-life balance. Dr. Cox has presented at numerous local, regional, national, and international conferences, including the prestigious Learning and the Brain conference in Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA. She also conducts workshops for teachers and students about brain development in an effort to help both groups better understand the adolescent mind and strategies we can all use to make the most of this amazing period of development.

Taylor Hartman

Taylor Hartman heads his company, Taylor Hartman Enterprises, Inc. His corporation's single purpose is to educate people from all walks of life about themselves and how they can most effectively enhance their personal and professional relationships through keynote speeches, training and workshops, coaching, and consulting. Dr. Hartman's first book, The Color Code (now titled The People Code), published by Simon and Schuster, is an international best seller and has been translated into nine languages. It has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Dr. Hartman's second book, Color Your Future, enriches and deepens the revolutionary theory initially expressed in The Color Code. His five subsequent books offer specific methods and a powerful system for developing a charactered life.

Organizing team


  • Mallory Wallin
    UVUSA Academic Vice President
  • Phil Clegg
    Associate Dean of Students
  • Todd Olsen
    UVUSA Senate Coordinator
  • Sandra Chavez
    UVUSA Senate Assistant
  • Katie DeSantis
    UVUSA Student Body President Assistant