TEDxURI brings big ideas to the world stage through the inspirational voices of our community and beyond. Our speakers challenge us to think bigger than ourselves, participate in shaping the future, and do our part in protecting the planet. Our mission is to honor these ideas, and share powerful stories of imagination, innovation, and integrity that will inspire others to Think Big.

Our Team

  • Maling Ebrahimpour, College of Businessorganizer
  • Christine Andrews, College of Businessproduction
  • Karl Aspelund, Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Designoperations
  • Katie Babula, Media and Technology Servicesproduction
  • Ryan Campos, Inner Space Centerproduction
  • Jen Claudino, Feinstein College of Educationoperations
  • Brendan Carty, Office of Communications and Marketingmarketing and communications
  • Alex DeCiccio,Inner Space Centerproduction
  • Gavin DiFranco,URI Studentproduction
  • Brandon Fuller, Office of Communications and Marketingmarketing and communications
  • Donna Gamache-Griffiths, College of Businesscuration
  • Daisy Gates, URI Graduate Studentmarketing and communications
  • Burr Harrison, College of Businesscuration
  • Ethan Hicks, Media and Technology Servicesproduction
  • Jennifer Luther, College of Businessmarketing and communications
  • Paula McGlasson, Theatreproduction
  • Sue McLintock, College of Businessproduction
  • Carol Pegg, Division of Student Affairscuration
  • Vince Petronio, Communication Studiescuration
  • Max Ponticelli, Alumnusproduction
  • Catherine Scott, Office of Communications and Marketingmarketing and communications
  • Meghan Turner, Theatreproduction
  • Martha Waitkun, University College for Academic Successcuration
  • James Xiong, University Librariespost-production


University of Rhode Island

  • College of Business
  • Office of the Provost
  • URI Marketing & Communications


Past Sponsors

University of Rhode Island

  • Alumni Relations
  • Harrington School of Communication & Media
  • Alumni Association & Foundation
  • Walgreens

About TEDx

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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