On Friday, January 24, 2014 I had the opportunity to photograph the TEDx University of Nevada event held on campus at the Joe Crowley Theatre inside the Joe Crowley Student Union building. TEDx is an independently organized event created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth sharing.” This was the second annual event that Bret Simmons, Associate Professor of the College of Business organized for the school. Twenty one speakers gave talks that day, among them was Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City, Utah home on June 5, 2002 at the age of 14. She spoke of her ordeal and the importance of talking to others raising awareness about abductions.
Also speaking that day was Arte Nathan, who served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Steve Wynn’s gaming companies from 1983-2006. Arte shared many stories of hiring a truly diverse workforce by giving former convicted prisoners a second chance. He emphasized that a diverse workforce means much more than just the color of one’s skin and national origin. Arte currently is a senior advisor at Strategic Development Worldwide, a consulting firm that helps organizations become high-output organizations based in San Diego, California. Atre was an extremely colorful and animated speaker.
News Personality Wendy Damonte also spoke that day. Wendy is the evening news anchor, Health Watch reporter and Places 2 Check Out reporter at KTVN, Reno, Nv. She started at Channel 2 in 1994. Wendy shared her personal journey of watching her mother battle breast cancer and actually chronicled the event, you can see it on her blog here: wendydamonte.com/my-moms-story-her-battle-with-breast-cancer/
Her talk was very moving.
Two other locals that spoke that day were Kristin Stith and Paul Klein. They are both MBA students and full time professionals in Reno. In their talk they describe how you can start a grassroots movement of change in your city using the formula of entrepreneurs, supporters, schools, inclusiveness, and engagement. They helped start #BiggestLittleCity, a volunteer campaign to get people talking about Reno in a positive way. You can check out more at their web page: biggestlittlecity.org.
It really was a great day. I had so many photo opportunities. You can view more of my work along with fellow photographer, Lee Pfalmer here: flickr.com/photos/tags/tedxuniversityofnevada, you may also view the videos from that day on the TEDx YouTube channel here: youtube.com/watch?v=lQPLMWuTlWQ
Until next time, when I bring you another photographic story, keep your eyes open for your own stories.