TED Talk Video Series - Student Life - Penn State Altoona

TED Talk Video Series

The Office of Student Life at Penn State Altoona is offering the new program TED Talk Video Series on Campus. This program will utilize TED Talks by Simon Sinek, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, Brene Brown, and Steve Jobs to stimulate conversation, help students learn more about themselves and their leadership styles, and enhance their understanding of the world.

The TED Talk Video series will be held each Wednesday from February 19 - April 2 in the Fireside Lounge of the Slep Student Center. Students will have the opportunity to win a book by the featured TED Talk speaker. There will also be refreshments and prizes.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation under the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading." TED conferences and events, held all over the world, address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. Speakers are given a maximum of eighteen minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. The TED mission statement reads, "We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other."

For more information on the program, contact Cara Powers at cvp11@psu.edu.


Spring 2014 Presentations

All TED Talk events will be held in the Fireside Lounge of the Slep Student Center

Simon Sinek

“How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

Wednesday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.. At this event, participants will be encouraged to think critically about the, “why,” behind their actions and examine leadership opportunities in the Penn State Altoona community.

OPPORTUNITY TO WIN: Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Susan Cain

"The Power of Introverts"

Wednesday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m.
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and they should be encouraged and celebrated. Susan Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative. Participants will be provided with an abbreviated variation of the MBTI and be challenged to think about the way they perceive the world and take in information.

OPPORTUNITY TO WIN: Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Daniel Pink

“The Surprising Science of Motivation”

Wednesday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that so-cial scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effec-tive as we think. Pink identifies a sea change in the global workforce -- the shift of an information-based corporate culture to a conceptual base, where creativity and big-picture design dominates the landscape. Students will be encouraged to identify where their motivation comes from in the context of a free market world.

OPPORTUNITY TO WIN: A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

Brené Brown

“The Power of Vulnerability”

Wednesday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. Students will be encouraged to consider what makes them vulnerable and how they can embrace vulnerabilities and imperfections to engage with society from a place of authenticity.

OPPORTUNITY TO WIN: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Steve Jobs

“How to Live Before You Die”

Wednesday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m.
At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself. Students will examine their dreams and career aspirations as one entity and think critically about the impact of pursuing passions.

OPPORTUNITY TO WIN: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Dylan Baker