Just A Moment

April 8, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

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 TEDxPSUBehrend, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPSUBehrend 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. 

2017 Speakers/Performers

Seun Babalola

Seun Babalola is a current sophomore student at Penn State majoring in Political Science and minoring in African-American Studies. Outside of the classroom, he serves on the Student Government Association as the Director of the Diversity Committee and as a Senator. He also serves on the executive board of the Organization of African and Caribbean Students. Seun's TED Talk will be on building better relations between police and communities of color, specifically focusing on the African-American community. This is an issue currently facing the United States that Seun has shown great passion for and he plans on approaching this topic by discussing proven ways to de-escalate police conflicts as well as telling the stories of those who were killed due to police violence while also giving accounts from his own life.

Bobby Borgia

World-renowned Magician Bobby Borgia… has been thrilling audiences for the past 30 years with live performances and appearances in more than 70 countries and on such television networks as NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV, and the Disney Channel.
He also was the Head Magic Consultant for the hit movie “Now You See It”, Mary poppins live theater show and has designed illusions for some of today’s hottest music artists including Destiny’s Child, Brian McKnight and Boyz II Men.

Jeanette Bronee

It’s often assumed that people are born with creativity while others are not. Or we have it, but only sometimes, as though we are catching a rare butterfly. But we’re all born with creativity. The question isn’t how to catch it—it’s how to feed it. 

Jeanette Bronée is a Nourishment Expert who focuses on finding a new relationship with our own bodies, our food and our nourishment to guide us in harnessing the creativity and wisdom that we long for in our daily lives. She explores how we perform and thrive better in a busy world, where distraction and multi-tasking make us feel productive, yet keep us from being effective and creative. She provides insights to why mindfulness matters, and how we can use food as a tool to connect and align ourselves with our true wisdom—the one that lives within. In her daily work, Jeanette coaches and provides motivational business keynote speeches about why we need nourishment to perform better and she consults businesses on how to create a corporate culture of nourishment, where everyone thrives. She speaks about the challenges we face to change our habits, -and gives us the tools to do so. Her goal is to empower everyone to take charge of their daily well-being, performance and health by changing their relationship with food. Certified Integrative Nutrition & Meta-Medicine® Health Coach, Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner, Felt-Sense Focusing Teacher & Ericksonian Hypnotherapist. She is a serial entrepreneur, who is still in love with her ex-life of marketing and design, and brings a fresh perspective to what it means to do what you love.

Genevieve DeRose

Genevieve DeRose was practically born into business.  At the ripe old age of 22, she set aside her degrees and her corporate world aspirations to open up her own Pilates Studio.  16 years later she continues to be a successful entrepreneur. 

So… What’s a GIRL BOSS anyway? pulls from the experiences and moments in the life of a young female entrepreneur, exploring exactly what being a GIRL BOSS is to her, and the factors involved in cultivating one.  

Derick Fiedler

Derick Fiedler is an Erie, PA native and 2014 Slippery Rock University graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies. While earning his degree he also ran on the collegiate track team. A high and long jumper turned decathlete. He won conference
championships his junior year and was ranked 16th in the nation. Since college, he has found a passion for traveling and craft beer. Starting out as a brewing apprentice for Lavery Brewing shortly after graduation has turned into a hopeful career path with Voodoo Brewery where he is currently employed. Along with those passions Derick has a dream to motivate people to follow their intuitions instead of let fear navigate their lives through his blog and essays. In his TEDx talk Derick would like to bring awareness to both those who do and do not suffer from mental health issues alike. He believes mental health is a disease that is far overlooked and the first step in bringing it into focus is by removing societies stigmas. He believes that his success and courage would never have been achieved without the support of his family and friends who have never given up on him.

Jui-En (Anthony) Hung

Jui-En Hung or Anthony as he is usually known as, is an international student from Taiwan studying at Penn State Behrend. Growing up in the United States as a very Americanized young man, he returned to Taiwan for high school and later served in the Taiwanese Army. After his army service, Anthony worked as a marketing manager for a Taiwan based company and traveled overseas for his work. Eventually he decided to return to the United States to pursue a college education. At Penn State Behrend, Anthony has served two terms as the President of the International Student Organization and has orchestrated various programs to promote diversity, help international students and domestic students to overcome stereotypes in order to achieve a deeper respect for different cultures. It is with the unique experiences growing up, serving in the Army, working in marketing and sales overseas as well as being a student leader that inspired Anthony to talk about the importance of intercultural communication. This is a concept that has become increasingly important to understand as the world becomes more globalized. 

Anthony's Talk: With the abundant experiences in cultural clashes and communication with people of different cultures, I hope to share what I have learned about the importance of intercultural communication, why it matters and how to effectively use it.    

Joseph Keogh

Joseph Keogh is a nineteen year old freshmen at Penn State Behrend. He is from Stafford Virginia where he lives with his family of five. Joseph graduated in 2016 from Mountain View High School. For his Ted Talk, Joseph will be telling the story of how he witnessed a shotgun suicide of one his classmates. This experience was obviously very traumatic and life altering. His story however will not be focused on the pain or hardships this moment had on his life, but rather the good that has come out of it. Joseph hopes to share his moment in time with the world in order to raise awareness about the reality of mentally based hindrances, as well as help the world look at themselves deeply and evaluate what they hold dear.

Ricardo Palomares

Ricardo is an international keynote speaker, coach, author, explorer, and filmmaker. After graduating from photography school, he immigrated to the United States from Mexico City with the singular focus of building a career that would allow him to explore the world. Later he earned a bachelor’s degree in Film at the University of Texas at Austin, then he went on to create documentaries in Mexico and China. In 2012, Ricardo made the famed pilgrimage Camino de Santiago in Spain. His most recent project, Pedal South, entailed leading a team on a two-year expedition, cycling from Alaska to Argentina to create a documentary that gives a perspective of the people and landscape of the Americas today

Ricardo’s goal is to spread compassion, knowledge, and wisdom gained through overcoming inconceivable obstacles. His unique personal experiences and trials allow him to teach others how to unlock their potential, achieve what seems impossible, and find contentment with their lives.

Currently, Ricardo helps individuals and organizations clarify their purpose, achieve their goals, and love the journey, even when every step of the way is painful.


Anjali Sahay

“Explore Tradition with a Modern Innovative Mind” is Dr. Anjali Sahay’s mantra that works as well in the classroom as much as on the stage. Dr. Sahay is an educator, leader, researcher, and a performer who works at Gannon University as a Professor of Political Science and International Studies. Balancing her various roles as professor in the classroom, Senate President in the university, and a performer of Indian classical dance form, she is a determined person who uses an innovative, creative and a balanced approach to life to inspire other professionals and students. As a performer, Dr. Sahay was introduced to ‘Kathak’ an Indian classical dance form originating in Northern India in New Delhi, India under the tutelage of her Guru Shovana Narayan. Continuing her dance journey into the United States, she has performed in various cities in India and also in the United States. She explores traditional dance with a modern mind to explore the past to create a new, imaginative future and often work with other dancers and dance styles. She believes that her dance is both local and global at the same time and blends tradition with the contemporary. Through her dance, she seeks to challenge established norms and develop the courage to dance her own dance, while at the same time being informed about the heritage, cultures, influences and language of other dance styles and forms, viewpoints and ideas.

Penny Zenker

Penny Zenker is a strategic business coach, trainer and best selling author of “The Productivity Zone: Stop the Tug of War with Time”, who helps business leaders think and act more strategically in all areas of their lives. Her P10 Productivity Accelerator system was derived from her experience building and selling a multi-million dollar business, as a senior executive at one of the world’s largest market research companies, and working with business leaders as a coach and trainer all over the world.

In her presentation, Penny shares three ways make the unconscious conscious. When practiced, this quick thinking can appear to slow time and transform your result.