Community & The Possibilities of Music

Singer-songwriter Nick Williams encourages you to think deeper about some of your favorite popular music. In this talk he shares historical examples of songs that have done much more than entertain; they’ve given a voice to underprivileged populations and brought people and cultures together. Nick Williams is a world blender. He is a singer-songwriter, and also currently a student at The University of Oklahoma College of Law. The son of a pilot and an artist, Nick grew up traveling, “culture steeping,” and (after seeing Jack Black’s School of Rock) playing guitar. A graduate of the Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma, Nick spent his undergrad years studying media forms of various countries, all the while playing through Box Talent Agency. His music has been licensed by shows such as Bill Nye Saves The World and The Real World, as well as The Discovery Channel, and will be featured at this year’s SXSW Festival. Nick enjoys a cup of oolong tea, sweaters, and the occasional Harry Potter relapse. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

The Power of our Words: From Language Stigma to Language Celebration

In this talk, Carey Flack discusses the importance of minoritized and indigenous languages, supported by evidence from real communities about how language knowledge has made communities stronger. Carey Flack is a two-time social entrepreneur who believes in the power of community and technology. During her time as a student at the University of Oklahoma, Carey founded Roomswap, a lease-swapping tool that saved students $100,000 in rent. Since her graduation, Carey has co-founded BLOOM, a tool that offers introductory courses for a host of global Indigenous languages. BLOOM is currently working in conjunction with the Cherokee Nation and is set to launch its first course in 2018. Carey received her BBA in Entrepreneurship and minor in African & African American Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. The same year that she was named a “Power Girl” by Seventeen Magazine for her work in social impact technology. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Bollywood’s impact on the patriarchal society in India

Rijutha & Shreya discuss the portrayal of women in Bollywood films and how it may be affecting day-to-day life for women in India.

Rijutha Garimella is a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science & Chemistry. She hopes to be a part of the medical world one day, but also hopes to fuel her curious spirit by learning about the world around her. Rijutha strives to make an impact on the community and is involved with Class Council, Student Alumni Association, and the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth on campus. In her free time, you can find Rijutha cooking for her family and friends, dancing, or reading. She loves making people laugh, aspires to travel the world, and learn as many languages as possible.

Shreya is an undergraduate senior at the University of Oklahoma studying Economics and Computer Science. Through her studies at OU, she has found an interest in social inequalities in non-Western countries. As a first-generation Indian immigrant, she has a passion for revealing social and gender issues regarding her own homeland which has led her to underta

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Brian Bergman Declares That Great Cities are People With Great Imagination

Brian Bergman, co-founder of the largest recurring food truck festival in the U.S., talks about the importance of community and what individuals can do to help build cities worth living in.

Brian Bergman is the owner of pulpit, a branding and design agency in Oklahoma City. He’s infatuated with whiteboards, winnable arguments, and the long game. Brian is best known as the unofficial Mayor of H&8th Night Market. Follow him on Twitter at @ask_co_lab.

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Zainab Shakir and the Victory of Islamophobia

University of Oklahoma student Zainab Shakir speaks on her experience as a Muslim American and how what each of us brings to the table of religion can be used to have a real conversation about fighting Islamophobia.

Zainab Shakir is a senior at OU, studying microbiology with minors in chemistry, Spanish, and history. She aspires to a career in the health sciences, and serves as an interpreter at the Manos Juntas free medical clinic. In addition to volunteering, she tutors for the OU Honors College Writing Center and is the Vice Chair of Adjudication for the OU Integrity Council. Despite what her academic pursuits suggest, Zainab is also an avid writer; she has completed two novel-length works and multiple short stories. Zainab hopes to spark a love of writing in other students, and to make a positive impact on her community through her written works. In her free time, she enjoys piano, swimming, painting, and yoga.

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Erin Engelke Questions Work-Life Balance

Erin Engelke, APR is the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for Feed The Children, one of the largest charities in the U.S. She has more than 14 years of public relations, marketing and communications experience in the corporate, advertising agency and nonprofit arenas. She has been recognized as The Journal Record Achievers Under 40 2010 and 2013 40 Under 40 honor from She is passionate about work/life balance, nonprofit marketing, and global issues, having traveled and studied around the world. Erin is also a proud mother of three and a contributing writer for the national working mom website Work It! Mom.

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Beth Huggins Meets a Streamstress

Beth Huggins asked a question that many students do while in college: “What can I do to tell the world I exist?” In this short TEDxOU Talk, Beth, a current OU student, walks through her involvement with Global Brigades and tells how through meeting one woman and listening to her story, her question got flipped on its head.

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. 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.

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.

Courtney Griffin Talks On How We Can Affect Our Genes

Because we want to understand what genes are required for blood vessel development, Courtney Griffin studies certain enzymes that help turn genes on and off. These enzymes are specifically involved in relaxing DNA that is normally tightly coiled up in our cells. Dr. Griffin is now an Assistant Member in the Cardiovascular Biology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation after receiving her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph. D. from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

Ghislain d’Humières Has An Idea For A Forum of Wisdom

Fulfilling the roles of military officer in France, International Decorative Art Specialist in New York and Los Angeles, Director of Jewelry for Christie’s in Los Angeles, South America and Geneva, humanitarian in Guatemala and Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, d’Humieres has fostered positive change through the founding of the Alix Donation Fund for underprivileged children in Guatemala.