About TEDx

TEDxBinghamtonUniversity is an SA-chartered event

This year's TEDxBinghamtonUniversity line-up includes a biochemist hoping to change science education, an alumnus who believes life is worth living to its fullest, a curious innovator passionate about the refugee crisis, a leader and collaborator in gaming animation, a student who understands the importance of mental health, a former member of the CIA who served in Baghdad, and an enthusiastic entertainment writer. All of our speakers have a passion to make a difference in the world and ignite change.

So what's 2019'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 igniting those conversations, kindling new ideas, and fueling an individual's passion. Come spark conversation and celebrate the power in ideas worth spreading at TEDxBinghamtonUniversity Ignite.

Conference directors

TEDx 2019 conference directors

Left to right: Emma Krempa, Madison Kleppan-Mella, Brendan Geen, Jess Jang and Bridget Shanley

Emma Krempa is a junior studying management information systems and marketing in Binghamton's School of Management. This is her second 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.

Madison Kleppan-Mella is a sophomore neuroscience major and this is her first year as an organizer for TEDx. She is a TA for the Freshman Research Immersion program and plans on doing more research here on campus in the future. She is also a part of the Pre-veterinary Club and volunteers with horses and alpacas on the weekends. For fun, Kleppan-Mella enjoys reading and working out.

Brendan Geen is a senior studying finance and management information systems in the School of Management. This is his second year as an organizer. In addition to TEDx, he is involved in planning Relay for Life and is one of the founding members of Charity: Water at Binghamton University. After graduation, he is taking a job as a cyber security consultant in New York City. In his free time, Geen enjoys hiking, exercising, and enjoying time with friends and family.

Jess Jang is a senior studying finance and education. This is her first year as an organizer for TEDxBinghamtonUniversity. In addition to TEDx, Jang is also a resident assistant in Newing College and a pianist for the Harpur Jazz Ensemble. After graduation, she plans to work at a non-profit organization that advocates for important issues in the education system. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time outdoors and listening to music.

Bridget Shanley is junior studying English literature. This is her first year as an organizer. Outside of TEDx, She is serving as the co-chair for Binghamton University's Out of the Darkness campus walk. She is also very involved in her community, Hinman College. In her free time, Shanley likes to practice American Sign Language and listen to Broadway musicals. Upon graduation, she hopes to enter the field of nonprofit development.

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.