Thomason Selected for TEDx Topeka

September 22, 2015

TEDxTopeka Announces Speaker Line-up for 2015 Event

Topeka, Kansas; September 9, 2015 – TEDxTopeka will take place on Tuesday, December 8 at the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy from 5-9 p.m. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

“TEDxTopeka is an opportunity for speakers from Topeka and the surrounding areas to share their ideas with the world”, said Nathan Morris, TEDxTopeka founder and organizing committee member. “There is so much talent in this community and we want TEDxTopeka to help highlight the amazing things, people and ideas here.”         

Speakers at 2015 TEDxTopeka include:

Brian Thomason – Growing Solutions to Feed the World
David W. Carter – The Power of Humility in the Age of Selfie
Nick Givechi – CANVAS: The Formation of Identity
Mikki Burcher – #lovethyselfie
Beth Lenherr & Macy Tanking – Neuro-Linguistic Programming: The Female Mindset Redefined
Lori McMillan – Taxation Myths and Realities: What’s the Matter with Kansas?
Stephanie Mott – Transgender in Kansas: Words That Work

For more information about TEDxTopeka, please visit

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About Brian Thomason.

Brian Thomason is the CEO of the Blue Valley Network of Companies, including Blue Valley Tele-Communications and Networks Plus. His TEDx application included a proposed presentation titled, Growing Solutions to Feed the World. Thomason will focus on the challenging crossroads the agriculture industry is facing and how technology is playing an important role in helping to feed the world.