About TEDx

TEDxBinghamtonUniversity is an SA-chartered event

This year's TEDxBinghamtonUniversity line-up includes a physicist who is passionate about natural disasters, an alumnus who believes that collaboration takes precedent above all, a psychotherapist and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, a comedian that values representation in media, a student who understands the importance of his own memories, a CEO who wants to bring cryptocurrency to the masses, and an early childhood expert who passes her multicultural learning to others. All of our speakers have a passion to make a difference in the world and spread their ideas.

So what's 2020's theme? Audiences and speakers around the world come to TED and TEDx events to engage in provoking conversations. Our stage is a platform for unearthing new ideas, excavating deep conversations, and discovering an individual's passion. Dig up jewels of thought from deep below and celebrate the power in ideas worth spreading at TEDxBinghamtonUniversity Unearthed.

Conference directors

TEDx 2020 conference directors

Left to right: Bridget Shanley, Emma Krempa, Lorin Millerand Sofia Fasullo 

Bridget Shanley is a senior studying English literature. This is her second year as an organizer. Outside of TEDx, she is a resident assistant in Johnson Hall in Dickinson. Upon graduation, she hopes to do large scale programming in the nonprofit field. Shanley's ultimate goal is to work for TED one day! In her free time, Shanley likes to paint, practice American Sign Language, and listen to Broadway musicals.

Emma Krempa is a senior studying management information systems and marketing in Binghamton's School of Management. This is her third year as an organizer for TEDx. In addition to TEDx, she is the president of the co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi as well as a lighting engineer at Binghamton Sound, Staging and Lighting. In her free time, Krempa enjoys listening to music and studying film. After graduation, she hopes to work in the business sector of the film industry.

Lorin Miller is a sophomore double-majoring in English and Italian. This is her first year as a TEDx director, and she has enjoyed working with the TEDx team to organize thought-provoking events for the TEDxBinghamtonUniversity community. Outside of TEDx, Lorin serves as the academic vice president of her residence hall in Hinman College. She also enjoys writing comedy sketches for Hinman Production Company’s semesterly production of Binghamton Night Live.

Sofia Fasullo is a sophomore double majoring in Geography and Mathematics. This is her first year organizing TEDxBinghamtonUniversity. She is also a member of the Binghamton University Running Club and New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). On her free time, she loves going on walks with friends and playing guitar. Her career goals are to become a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist and work to alleviate urban food insecurity.

Graphic Designer

Image: Mikayel Harutyunyan
Mikayel Harutyunyan

Mikayel Harutyunyan is a senior at Binghamton University studying graphic design. Originally from Yerevan, Armenia, he moved to Rye, N.Y., at the age of 14. Appreciating the opportunity to find his own path, he chose the creative field, which he had been drawn to since childhood. Outside of class, Harutyunyan uses his design skills working for Pipe Dream, Harpur Edge and the Elsie B. Rosefsky Memorial Art Gallery at Binghamton University. His hobbies include sneakers, fashion, soccer and movies.

Currently, Harutyunyan is working as a freelance designer in various fields and is looking forward to where his career will take him after graduation in May 2020.