The theme of TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary 2016 is “Empower.” You don’t become “the Alma Mater of a Nation” without fanning the embers of change. Our speakers will explore and discuss the forces that are changing the world that we know today. From them, we will learn about how these forces — business, technology, globalization, and many more — are shaping the world that will become our future.



What: TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary – “Empower”
Who: Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College
When: Sunday, April 3, 2016
Where: Phi Beta Kappa Hall, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
How: Student and faculty/staff tickets will be sold in the Sadler Center from March 19 until the day of the event. Student tickets are $10, faculty/staff tickets are $15. We accept only cash. Public tickets can be bought via Kimball Theatre’s website for $35.


About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together in a TED-like experience.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event


Contact Us

TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary is brought to you by a community of volunteers passionate about the power of ideas.

Have a speaker suggestion? Member of the press? Or just want to say hello? Let’s start a conversation.
Contact: tedx@wm.edu

About TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary 2014

TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary 2014 will feature some of the Tribe’s most passionate and innovative minds sharing ideas worth spreading.

What: TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary – Forward

Who: Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College

When: Sunday, April 6, 2014

Where: Kimball Theatre, Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA

How:  Tickets are on sale in Sadler during lunch (11am-1pm) and dinner (5-8pm) hours. Any questions? Visit our FAQ**

On it’s second year, TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary is taking its next step from commemorating the College’s long-standing history to realizing exactly how we are transforming the present. We carefully selected this theme, “Forward,” to address the subtly powerful forces that are changing our daily lives and affecting our future through our communication, our careers, and our relationships. Pulling speakers from various backgrounds and disciplines, we have compiled a program worth viewing for any individual curious about the direction of the future. Our hope is to leave guests inspired and empowered, as each one of us has the ability to impact the course of our futures.

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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. Beginning as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available for free at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), while TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles, interactive transcripts, the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, in which exceptional individuals with a desire to change the world are given the opportunity to turn their dreams into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED


A limited number of tickets for TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary are available. The tickets will be sold to students for $10  and faculty/staff for $15 on a first come, first serve basis at the Sadler Center. Public tickets are available for $35 through the Kimball Theatre and there are a select number of tickets for the William & Mary Law School.


TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary is excited to announce the following nine innovative minds presenting at this year’s event:

Dan Murray

Entrepreneur, private investor, and founder of WebFilings/Wdesk
My Startup Life

Scholar-in-residence at William & Mary, author and speaker
Organic Education:Using Insights From Our Past to Build a Better Education System Tomorrow

Tara Grove

Professor at William & Mary
The Executive’s Duty to Enforce the Laws

Author, speaker, and founder of Financial Insyghts, Class of  ’83
America’s Chronic Case of Underconfidence

Paul Dommel

Global health and human services sales leader at IBM, Class of ’86
Technology and Regional Economic Vitality

Christopher Sprigman

Professor at New York University
The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation

John Glick

Co-creator of the Gesundheit Institute, Class of ’74
We Shape Our Future as We Shape Our Selves

Karen Catlin

Former CEO of Athletica and a former vice president at Adobe Systems
Women in Tech: The Missing Force

Get Involved

Thanks for helping to spread ideas worth sharing.

TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary would not be possible without the generous support from our partners and friends.

Help make the first TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary the best example of what it means to come together as the Tribe. Contact Chase Jordan if you or your company can serve as event sponsors. Want to be part of the volunteer planning team? Join one of our four teams – Publicity, Logistics, Partnerships, and Speaker Relations. Updates on upcoming team meetings will be posted on our Facebook our Facebook page.

TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary Steering Committee

The team bringing you TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary is a unique group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni formed under a college-wide committee. The Steering Committee is in charge of applying for the TEDx license, organizing event logistics, and managing team volunteers.

Meet the Team

Curator: Rebecca Silverstein ‘14
Publicity Team Chair: Alyssa Zhu ‘14
Partnerships Team Chair: Chase Jordan ‘15
Logistics Team Chair: Anna Glendening ‘14
Speaker Relations Team Chair: Lewam Kefela ‘15

Undergraduate Advisor: Melissa Alim ’14

Graduate Advisor: Lenny Simmons


Who is TED?
TED isn’t a who, it’s a what. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. The TED conference is an annual gathering of big brains and cool creators. Get the full story at TED.com.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has launched a new program TEDx to expand the ideals of TED around the globe. There have been over 2,700 TEDx events around the world.

Who is presenting at TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary?
It’s a mix of speakers you won’t see anywhere else. Please see our speakers page.

What time is the event?
The full experience is 1 pm-5:30 pm. The official conference is 1 pm-5 pm. The after party is still in the planning stages, but should run from 5 pm to 5:30pm.

Apply for a conference? Seriously?
Seriously. Space is limited for this event. We’re working to ensure the people attending the conference are as committed to the experience as the people presenting. If you have positive ideas for the world, you might be just the person we’re looking for.

Why do you end sentences with a preposition?
We like to keep you on your toes – about, to and from.

Can I volunteer to help at TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary?
Sure. We need tons of help – from working registration to capturing the event with your lens. Contact us at tedx@wm.edu.

Can I sponsor TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary?
Yes! Help support ideas, innovation, entrepreneurialism and inspiration (and get your brand in front of a lot of brilliant thinkers and doers). Please contact Chase Jordan at ctjordan@email.wm.edu for information on becoming a TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary sponsor.

Who’s putting this shindig together?
This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.com. The event is being produced by a college-wide committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff.

Still have questions?
Please contact tedxcollegeofwilliamandmary@gmail.com


If you are a member of the media interested in more information about TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary, please contact Alyssa Zhu, Publicity Chair at amzhu@email.wm.edu.