Power Without Press: The Foundation of Authentic Communication

Voice and presentation coach Rena Cook shares a foundational communication technique that starts with the grounded and centered body, deep central breath and released shoulders. From this starting point communication in any setting can be powerful yet easy and open. Rena Cook is Professor Emerita in the University of Oklahoma’s Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama where she taught voice, speech and dialects. She is the founder of Vocal Authority, a training consultancy helping corporate clients – politicians, attorneys, educators, sales teams, and CEOs – who want to use their voice in more commanding and authentic ways. Rena is the author of Empower Your Voice: For Women in Business, Politics and Life, and Voice and the Young Actor; she co-edited Breath in Action: The Art of Breath in Vocal and Holistic Practice, and is former Editor-in-Chief of the Voice & Speech Review. She holds an M.A. in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Oklahoma, and an M.A. in Guidance & Counseling from the University of Tulsa. Rena’s guilty pleasure is voicing animation and video game characters. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Thinking Twice About Twins

With 21 years of experience on the matter, Alec Armer explains how twins have a stronger sense of personal identity than most individuals. Alec Armer is a senior Entrepreneurship major at The University of Oklahoma who currently serves as the chair for Campus Activities Council. During his time at OU, he has made an impact on growing businesses through his involvement in the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and served to improve campus life through his involvement in CAC, Camp Crimson, the JCPenney Leadership Program, and more. One of the biggest factors that has shaped his life experiences and sense of identity is the fact that he is an identical twin. Alec’s identical twin, Justin, is a rising junior majoring in drama with an acting emphasis at OU, and most recently appeared in the University Theater production of “Noises Off.” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

The Future of Water Security in Oklahoma and Texas

Will Shelden discusses the implications of his research on water security in the Southern Great Plains. He asserts that if our society doesn’t make changes in the way it handles water today, states like Oklahoma and Texas could see major challenges in the future. Will Shelden is a senior geology major in The University of Oklahoma’s Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. Originally from North Carolina, Will has been a student at OU since 2014 and has been an active member of OU’s Campus Activities Council and the MCEE. His research focuses on Oklahoma’s longterm water security and the potential problems arising from resource depletion and climate change. He looks forward to graduating this May in order to continue his studies in energy and resource law. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

How Cover Songs Can Change Your Life

What can cover songs teach about finding your best path forward? Watch Barron Ryan explain how they helped him move past a harsh rejection, and how they can help you too. Barron Ryan has spent his entire career figuring out how to engage audiences with music almost no one listens to. He quickly realized that while classical piano and satirical hip-hop may be tough to sell, everyone loves a great story. Barron earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Oklahoma, but after getting rejected by all the graduate schools that might impress you, became determined to blaze his own trail with music in which—as he puts it—Classic Meets Cool. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Don’t Feed the Trolls: How to Handle Jerks on Social Media

Did an internet troll ruin your day… again? It’s amazing what people will say on Facebook and Twitter isn’t it?! Social Media maven Emily Sutton is best known for chasing tornadoes as a TV meteorologist, but she’s also made a name for herself wrangling the trolls. Emily offers an informative, hilarious, how-to guide for navigating social media in a world where the trolling can be relentless. Emily Sutton joined the 4Warn Storm Team in 2009 as KFOR’s first female meteorologist. Since distinguishing herself while storm chasing live during the historic May 2013 tornado outbreaks, Sutton continues to cover significant storms firsthand for KFOR-TV. Her storm chasing gained national recognition with footage showcased on CNN, MSNBC and The Weather Channel. KFOR’s team coverage of the May 20, 2013 Moore tornado won a National Emmy. She’s been awarded “Best Meteorologist” by local publications in OKC, Norman and Enid. Besides weather, Sutton has had the honor of singing in front of thousands at Tennessee’s famous NASCAR track, and Oklahoma City Barons hockey and Thunder basketball games. She crossed the finish line of her first IRONMAN triathlon in 2014 as part of TEAM OKLAHOMA, which raised $200K for “The Go Mitch Go Foundation,” a non-profit raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research. Sutton and her husband reside in Oklahoma City with their two “fur kids,” Okie and Winnie. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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 https://www.ted.com/tedx

Own It: Combatting Imposter Syndrome

Almost 70% of people admit to the “crisis of confidence” that defines imposter syndrome – attributing their successes and achievements to luck, happenstance, charm, other people… basically anything or anyone other than their own abilities. By empowering ourselves to own what we look like, own what we do and own what we want, Meredith Peebles shows us that we are proactively fending off imposter syndrome from permeating our psyche. Meredith Peebles is the COO for the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation in Tulsa, OK. Prior to joining LTFF, she spent more than five years working for ConocoPhillips in various supervisor, advisor, and analyst roles in the finance and human resources organizations. Meredith graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 with a BA in Economics and a minor in International Studies. While at OU, she served as Panhellenic President and was honored as a Big Woman on Campus for her service to the university community. Currently Meredith is pursuing her Master of Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma- Tulsa. She serves on the advisory board for The Mine, the Domestic Violence Intervention Services associate board and as a trustee for the Tulsa Young Professionals Foundation. She was recognized as a 2016 Tulsa Business & Legal News Top 40 Under 40. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Native Men Are Being Raped

In narratives about sexual and intimate partner violence, we often forget about race. Nicolás Juárez talks about ways to change this in the context of Native American men and what it means for how we fight it. Nicolás Juárez is a Native American studies student at the University of Oklahoma. His work focuses on an examination of the intersections of race and power with a focus on settler colonialism. He hails from Youngsville, Louisiana and has Tzotzil ancestry. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Methane – An illustration of relationships between bacteria

Professor Lee Krumholz explains everything you need to know about methane, including his research on the methane oxidizing bacteria that could have tremendous impact on energy production and the environment. Lee Krumholz is an environmental microbiologist at the University of Oklahoma where he teaches Geomicrobiology and other microbial ecology related courses and labs. His research focuses on how bacteria survive and grow in several different natural ecosystems. This work has recently taken him to a sulfur and methane spring in western Oklahoma, a deep mine shaft in South Dakota and to the Brant Park Duck pond in Norman, OK. Lee has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois where he studied how the bacteria that live in the cow’s rumen make a living. Before moving to Oklahoma, he taught at MIT in environmental engineering, where he investigated how bacteria can aid us in dealing with environmental contamination. In 2017, Lee received funding from the National Science Foundation to look for novel bacteria that convert methane to carbon dioxide and to understand the mechanisms by which the conversion processes occur. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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 https://www.ted.com/tedx