Clayton Bingham is an engineer designing replacement parts for the broken brain. Our brains determine most of who we are and what we do...it allows us to do amazing and creative things when it works, but can also be a source of extreme disappointment when it doesn’t. Clayton's work focuses on understanding brain implant technologies that can improve our memory and may someday bring relief to those suffering from brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. His research group, led by Dr. Ted Berger, has made some exciting innovations that will pave the way toward new therapeutic devices. All of this is done with the goal of improving the quality of life of the many people who have exhausted all existing treatment options.
You can find his 2019 TEDxUSC talk here.
Within the transgender community, the story of disordered eating is neither unusual nor remarkable. One recent study found that transgender and gender nonconforming youth are four times more likely to have an eating disorder than cisgender youth. The pressure to conform is immense for all young people, and it turns out this burden is dramatically compounded for transgender folks who want to control their body size and shape to meet the world’s expectations. Vaughn's TEDx talk illuminates the needs and challenges facing the young people of their community, in hopes of finding solutions to this complex issue at the intersection of gender, body image, food, and identity.
Vaughn’s 2019 TEDxUSC talk can be found here:
Profit and purpose are not mutually exclusive elements of business. The field of social entrepreneurship offers meaningful opportunities that exist at the intersection of the public and private sectors. Erica discusses her experiences in and out of the classroom developing self-sustaining business models that combat social inequities in hopes of inspiring more people to take action.
Erica’s 2019 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.
The ways we imagine the future are deeply influenced by the ways others have imagined the future before us –in storytelling, in media, in oral traditions. Today, it’s almost as if we don’t have to imagine anymore: we've seen amazing leaps and bounds made in technological inventions, especially in digital assistants like Siri and Alexa. In fact, from their friendly names to their personality quirks to the jokes they tell, they seem less like products and more like characters of a SciFi story. Rather than pinnacles of human ingenuity, Emily sees them as failures of imagination, and of our commitment to societal growth.
Emily’s 2019 TEDxUSC 2019 talk can be found here.
Daniella chose to speak about mental health and her lawsuit against USC because she wants to provide a public voice for those who have been victims to sexual violence. Her goal is to help others recognize that they are not alone, in their mental illnesses, recovery, or their confusion in the subject. Each person has a story, a life, and we have the power to control our stories.
Daniella’s 2019 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.
We’re at an unprecedented moment, where computers powered by Artificial Intelligence blur the line between science fiction and reality. From self-driving cars to phones that talk back, the world is rapidly changing through automated analysis of complex signals. Because modern medicine is awash in big data, it also stands to benefit. Each year, for example, pathologists assess tissue slides from millions of patients to make or exclude the life-changing diagnosis of cancer. But they’re not always right. Have computers reached a stage where they can do better? If so, what does this mean for the future of domestic and global medicine?
Rishi’s 2019 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.
Captain Adrian “Heist” Herrera is a United States Air Force Officer, and an F-15E Instructor Weapon Systems Officer. He has over 900 flight hours in the F-15E, with over 400 combat hours flying over Syria and Iraq in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. As an F-15E aviator, Captain Herrera executes a full array of higher level directed missions against high value targets across the world. He is currently on the Department of Defense Career Intermission Program (CIP), and is a candidate for the Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. His talk emphasizes the role of support in life, using anecdotes from his military flight training and his coming out story during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Adrian’s 2018 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.
Imani rallies alongside people, communities, and organizations that seek to uplift and empower disenfranchised persons. Her writing for RLegacy.co educates and encourages people to take hold of their finances. She has worked and consulted for education programs across the United States, and was recognized for her social justice work by the Maroon Tiger Student Media Group, awarding Imani the title of Woman of the Year in 2014. Imani is continuously seeking opportunities to gain experience in venture capital and impact investing. Her goal is to deploy strategic capital and initiatives in low-income communities, where the members not only have a voice but lead the innovation. Imani is a full-time student in the USC Marshall School of Business studying for M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College. Imani rallies alongside people, communities, and organizations that seek to uplift and empower disenfranchised persons. Her writing for RLegacy.co educates and encourages people to take hold of their finances. She has worked and consulted for education programs across the United States, and was recognized for her social justice work by the Maroon Tiger Student Media Group, awarding Imani the title of Woman of the Year in 2014. Imani is continuously seeking opportunities to gain experience in venture capital and impact investing. Her goal is to deploy strategic capital and initiatives in low-income communities, where the members not only have a voice but lead the innovation. Imani is a full-time student in the USC Marshall School of Business studying for M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College.
Imani’s 2018 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.
Originally from Fresno, CA, Keon is a freshman student studying Business Administration at the Marshall School of and. Additionally, he’s currently pursuing a minor in Political Science, and is a member of USC’s Unruh Institute. Diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome at a young age, he’s studied the condition in detail and outlines its effects, digressing to identify a larger problem faced by society. With a passion for writing and background in public speaking and debate, Keon hopes to use the TEDx platform in an effort to reach a broad audience, and explore an issue that otherwise hasn’t been discussed.
Keon’s 2018 TEDxUSC talk can be found here:
Jose Richard Aviles is a second year candidate at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. With a passion for dance, queer theory, and community organizing. Aviles choreographs in the hopes of inspiring communities to empower themselves and advocate against oppression at large. Under the creative direction of award-winning choreographer Marina Magalhães and Argel Rojo, Aviles piece recalls upon the hidden stories of his body, the intangible heritage. Drawing upon the intangible heritage, Aviles aims to inspire audience members to draw upon their stories of joy and trauma and turn them into futures of resiliency.
Richard’s 2018 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.
Shane is a second year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Realizing his passion for medicine at an early age, Shane has spent several years trying to make healthcare more accessible to underserved populations through his nonprofit organization, Discovering Dialysis. He believes that the only way to solve these deep-rooted accessibility-related health disparities is by adding an interdisciplinary perspective to the solutions we create. With interdisciplinarity in mind, Shane has created iPhone and Android apps, educational campaigns, and several collaborative projects that all seek to alleviate local and international health disparities.
Shane’s 2018 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.
Growing up surrounded by Florida’s unique wildlife, Ailish’s passion for nature conservation started at a very young age. However, it wasn’t until she spent six months studying wilderness loss and climate change with a research lab in Australia that she knew she wanted to dedicate her life to saving the world’s remaining untouched wilderness areas. A newly graduated USC alum, Ailish is combining her background in environmental research and virtual reality film production with her passion for wilderness conservation to help shape the way people think about global environmental issues.
Ailish’s 2018 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.
Nicole Ricken is a 20 year old childhood cancer advocate, singer-songwriter, and student at USC. Her passions for music and songwriting quickly evolved into a purpose when she wrote the theme song to an Emmy award-winning childhood cancer film many years ago. Since then, she has dedicated her life to giving a voice to the suffering and bringing healing to people in the darkest moments of their lives through music. Nicole’s purpose is to empower others to be extraordinarily kind and to employ their talents and gifts for the greater good of humanity.
Nicole’s 2018 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.