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Theme: Time to Pause

This event occurred on
March 6, 2021
University Park, Pennsylvania
United States

Human beings are a busy species. From morning to night, our days are planned. We move from one activity to the next, to the next, to the next, until the day ends. When our world moves too fast, we lose sight of the small things. The colors of a sunset. The way our best friend laughs. A night sky sprinkled with stars.

It’s no secret that many of life’s most authentic moments and meaningful lessons come and go in a matter of seconds. When we don’t intentionally pause our lives to appreciate a moment, we might miss it. Taking time to pause amidst the chaos of life is integral in our ever evolving and meticulously planned lives. Time to pause to appreciate the magic of the world around us. Time to pause to gain new perspectives and ideas.

TEDxPSU Time to Pause is a space to pause our bustling lives and reflect on new ideas, encourage new perspectives, and appreciate the little things in life.

Virtual Conference
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania, 16801
United States
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Isabelle Snyder

Senior at the State College Area High School, Student Government President, Thespian, Journalist, Founder of 'Go With the Flow,' an organization providing free menstrual hygiene products.

Jen Emigh

Director of the AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs at Penn State University, Associate Director of Leadership Development at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Outdoor Leadership Instructor.

John Liechty

Professor of Business, Expert in Marketing, Computational Statistics and High Performance Computing, Lead Organizer of the DoDD-Frank Act

Marisa Vicere

Founder and President of the Jana Marie Foundation, Mental Health Advocate, Chairman for the Centre County Suicide Prevention Taskforce, Board Member of Prevent Suicide PA, Certified Gatekeeper Instructor for Question Persuade Refer (QPR), and Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for Youth, Teens and Adults

Mark Anner

Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, and Political Science, Founding Director of the Penn State Center for Global Workers' Rights. Author, Labor Rights Activist.

Michael Mitole

Sophomore in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, Member of the Sapphire Leadership and Presidential Leadership Academy programs, Chief of Staff in the University Park Undergraduate Association.

Molly Countermine

Beloved Associate Teaching Professor, Musician.

Perry Dripps

Educator, Sustainability Professional, Musician, and Cook.

Sam Bencheghib

Environmental activist, Filmmaker, and Co-Founder of the Make A Change World Organization.

SeriaShia Chatters

Director of Equity and Inclusivity of the State College Area School District, Adjunct Associate Professor of Counselor Education.

Shah Chowdhury

Award-winning Environmentalist and Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Footsteps-Bangladesh.

Organizing team


University Park, PA, United States


University Park, PA, United States
  • Andrew Millward
    Team member
  • Austin Berry
    Team member
  • Cassie Luzenski
    Team member
  • Devin Adams
    Team member
  • Grace Tomlinson
    Team member
  • Hannah Jarek
    Team member
  • Jonathan Albarran
    Team member
  • Kyle Funck
    Team member
  • Leah Miller
  • Morgan Jones
    Team member
  • Mufaddal Gheewala
    Team member