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Session 1: 11:00am - 12:30pm

John Logan

Alumnus, Class of '16

Title: How Studying Magicians Changed My Perspective on Creativity

Description: In his talk, Logan highlights a new way of thinking using magicians as an inspiration.

John Boccuzzi, Jr.

Alumnus, Class of '90

Title: I Was Seduced By Exceptional Customer Service

Description: In his talk, Boccuzzi discusses why customer service, as opposed to traditional marketing strategies, has the potential to be the greatest form of marketing for a brand.

Melissa Gurzenda

Student, Class of '21

Title: The Simplistic Depth of Innovation

Description: In her talk, Melissa redefines innovation using her own personal story.

Andrew Viveiros

Alumnus, Class of '86, MBA '89

Title: School Breakfast: Improving Student Learning and Strengthening Our Local Economy

Description: In his talk, Viveiros discusses how innovation in providing food to students in RI can help grow the economy.

David Donlan

Alumnus, Class of '00

Title: Workplace Orientation is Not Training

Description: In his talk, Donlan draws the difference between orientation and training, explaining how the latter can make a monumental difference for companies.

Session 2: 1:15pm - 2:45pm

Brian Blais

Professor, Science and Technology

Title: Your Lack of Imagination Can Kill You — But You Can Be Saved by Math

Description: In his talk, Blais outlines a new way of thinking and problem solving for everyday decisions – both big and small.

Corey Page

Student, Class of '19

Title: Passing the Torch

Description: In his talk, Page discusses how we should be perceiving millennial leadership.

Joe Trunzo

Professor, Applied Psychology

Title: Living Well When You Don’t Feel Well: Overcoming Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness

Description: In his talk, Trunzo highlights a different way of thinking and coping with diseases (and life), specifically Lyme.

Tom Roach

Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies

Title: Low Maintenance: Why Our Obsession with Innovation is a Problem

Description: In his talk, Roach lays the groundwork for why, and how, innovation has lost its meaning.

Amanda Garber

Alumna, Class of '11

Title: The Innovation of Modern Love

Description: In her talk, Garber discusses the innovation of today’s dating applications.

Session 3: 3:15pm - 4:30pm

Bary Fleet

Adjunct Professor, Applied Psychology

Title: Your Inner Magnificence

Description: In his talk, Fleet uses personal stories to transform one’s self-image into one of magnificence.

John Bly

Alumnus, Class of '01

Title: Merge Your Culture, Aquire Your Success

Description: In his talk, Bly suggests how Mergers and Acquisitions are one of the most beneficial ways to growing a company and becoming an entrepreneur.

Michael Roberto

Professor, Management

Title: The Devil’s Advocate

Description: In his talk, Roberto elaborates on why the Devil’s Advocate is a good role to play in innovation and design thinking.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBryantU, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBryantU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.