Students bring TEDx to UMass Amherst

Founded by UMass Amherst students, TEDxUMassAmherst is 100% student run, student organized and independently funded.  Citing TEDTalks as an inspiring and important part of their self-education, the student organizers are passionate about entrepreneurship, the power of storytelling and using the TED model to help motivate other students to achieve big things—inside and outside the classroom.

The first-ever TEDx UMassAmherst conference will take place on April 13, 2013. Innovative thinkers from around the world will participate in a day-long conference from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Mahar Auditorium, followed by a networking mixer from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. This year’s speakers include:

  • Chris Herren (Former Celtics Player)
  • David Meerman Scott (Best Selling Author)
  • Brian Halligan (CEO, Hubspot)
  • Scott Kirsner (Innovation Columnist, Boston Globe)
  • Moschell Coffey (CEO, Good Dog Foundation)
  • Michael Guglielmo (Founder, Delete Blood Cancer)
  • Toni Blackman (Hip-Hop Ambassador)
  • Steve King (Original Facebook Employee)
  • Sushil Bhatia (Inventor of Glue Stick)

The innovative team committed to bringing positive recognition to UMass Amherst and to inspiring an innovative spirit among students are:

  • Kareem Agha ’13, founder and managing director (managerial economics)
  • Nathan Tepper ’14, founder and managing director (finance)
  • Lauren Katz ’14, co-director of events (communications with a minor in psychology)
  • Christopher Scott ’15, director of web development (computer science)
  • Stephen Chan ’15, event director (neuroscience and neuroeconomics)
  • Emily Schollard ’13, guerrilla marketing director (marketing and sociology)
  • Ian Lapolla ’15, director of social media (2015, Resource Economics)
  • Dylan Brewer ’13, music director and marketing team (management & communications)
  • Grant George ’13, principal sponsorship & partner development ninja (computer systems engineering)
  • Henry Liu ’14, co-founder & sponsorship team (finance)
  • Skylar Ritwo ’13, events coordinator (sports management)
  • Andrew Considine ’13, budget coordinator (sports management)

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on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/tedxumass/, and
on Instagram @tedxumassamherst.