David Burkus On Why Great Ideas Get Rejected

Have you ever debuted an exciting new idea to the world only to receive a lukewarm or even highly critical response? Well, get used to it. Mounting evidence shows that we all possess an inherent bias against creativity. David Burkus shares the good news that there actually is something we can do about it.

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 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.

Nathan Mellor Begs Corporate America for Less Rules and More Character

Nathan Mellor has some advice for corporate America and how they treat their employees: less rules, more character. In this Talk, Nathan looks at companies whose people show up to work and know that their work is a part of who they are.

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.

Paul Risser Warns On The Dangers Of Fragmentation

Dr. Paul G. Risser’s primary research interests have included the study of the structure and function of grassland and forest ecosystems; environmental planning and management; landscape ecology and global change. He is the chair and chief operating officer of the University of Oklahoma Research Cabinet. Previously Risser was the chief executive officer (Chancellor) for The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Before assuming the Oklahoma Chancellor position, Risser was President of Oregon State University, as well as President of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Jeff Swearingen, the Father of Fishermen, Talks About Happiness vs Pleasure

Jeff Swearingen is currently the Senior Vice-President of Customer Strategy and Marketing for Frito-Lay North America. His team is responsible for Retail Analytics, strategy and marketing, as well as the Marketing Center of Excellence and Design. He is a 17-year veteran of PepsiCo, having joined the Company in 1994. Jeff has a Finance degree from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Jeff, his wife Lynn, and their two sons, Connor (9) and Tyler (7) live in McKinney, Texas. Jeff enjoys travel, fishing, exercising and spending time with family.

Ken Parker On How Community + Technology Enhances Education

A lifelong learner and optimist, Parker developed software for Martin Marietta Aerospace and JPMorgan. He then co-founded financial risk technology company, RiskMetrics Group, unique among Wall Street with the mantra: Change the World, Have Fun and Make Money — In That Order. His next move? He is now CEO of a tech startup called NextThought, an education platform built to connect learners with quality content, a social community, and an environment that encourages and enhances collaboration.

Jeremy Short Talks On His Graphic Approach To Higher Education

Jeremy Short has taken his love of writing graphic novels and has developed it into a teaching tool through graphic textbooks. “I’ve yet to encounter a single soul who can recite a line from a textbook.” Instead, he is looking to mix things up by escaping the “snooze-fest” associated with most textbooks. Short was named Researcher of the Year in 2010 for the College of Business at Texas Tech University prior to joining the faculty at OU.