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Pepperdine to Host Second Annual TEDxPepperdineU

January 24, 2020  | 2 min read

Pepperdine University will host its second annual TEDx event on Thursday, January 30, 2020. TEDxPepperdineU, a program of local, self-organized events providing the community with a TED-like experience, will take place from 1 to 5 PM in Smothers Theatre. More than 400 guests will hear from a variety of speakers with a myriad of personal and professional backgrounds for an afternoon of innovative and inspiring conversations.

The student-run event, organized under the leadership of Ryan Groves (MA ’15), director of strategic employer partnerships, centers on the theme “Surf-to-Summit.”

“TEDxPepperdineU celebrates those who strive for the pinnacles of achievement and ride the waves of change,” shares Groves. “The Pepperdine community is tremendously excited to curate a roster of phenomenal speakers, and we are grateful for the opportunity to learn from each of their triumphs, hardships, and lived experiences.”

Speakers include Cary Singleton, cofounder of the Singleton Foundation focused on financial literacy education; esteemed photographer Sue Bryce; global product marketing lead at Tesla Marissa Muller; poet and executive director of spiritual programming at Pepperdine Eric Wilson; director of the youth leadership initiative at Pepperdine Jeff Walling (MS ’16); the band Loud Forest; assistant professor of economics Julia Norgaard; Seaver College students Kaci Courtwright and Payton Silket; and alumna Bree Irvin (’13).

For more information or to attend TEDxPepperdineU, visit www.tedxpepperdine.com. Speaker sessions will be broadcast live via the Pepperdine University Livestream page on the day of the event beginning at 1 PM.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.