S P E A K E R S
Alex bernadotte / Founder & ceo of beyond 12
Alex Bernadotte is the founder and CEO of Beyond 12, a high tech nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching and intelligent technology to increase the college graduation rates of traditionally underserved students. She has more than sixteen years of experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors.
In 2011, Alex won the NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is an Ashoka Fellow, one of the highest honors for social entrepreneurs in the world. In addition, Beyond 12 was recognized as one of the world’s ten most innovative companies in education and won the 2016 Xammy Award for best social impact app.
Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master's degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford University. Alex's previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review's Silicon Valley office, co-founder and vice president of marketing and online strategy at educational travel startup Explorica, director of operations at EF Education, and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently the chair of the board of directors of Great Oakland Public Schools.
Aundrea frahm / multi-disciplinary artist
Aundrea Frahm is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in forming transcendent experiences for her audiences and formulating artwork about time. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in over forty exhibitions from Prague to New York to Utah. Her most recent solo exhibition, currently on display in the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University, is called We Revolve Ceaseless and will be exhibited until April. Versatility is one of Frahm’s strong suits, shown by her work as a visual designer for an immersive dance performance, co-directing a modern dance company in Utah, presenting at the National Art Education Association, and teaching sculpture at the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Frahm received her master of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied performance, video, sound, and installation art. In her undergraduate, she double majored with a bachelor’s of fine arts in studio art and art education. Following her MFA, Frahm was appointed the position of part-time professor of art and art education at Brigham Young University where she taught for three years.
kevin friesen / ambassador and senior facilitator at duarte
Kevin is a musician, counselor, social entrepreneur, and communications consultant—an eclectic background to be sure. All of it contributes to his skill, proficiency, and passion facilitating workshops at Duarte—a presentation design agency that has been cited in assisting TED with improving their quality.
For over twenty years, Kevin worked in the social sector developing people and programs to serve their communities. In 2007, he founded NextStep Bridges, a nonprofit business that facilitated collaborations and partnerships with various players in the social sector. In 2011, Kevin joined the faculty at Duarte Academy. He has led over four hundred workshops with over one hundred brands and thousands of individuals across the world to transform their communications through persuasive visual stories and presentations.
Kevin has a BA in music and a Masters in conducting from Golden Gate Seminary. He also completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurialism from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
steven lund / vp of business development and sales for iguazio
Steven Lund has over thirty years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development and has funded and launched four technology companies. Steven is currently the VP of Business Development and Sales for iguazio, a unified data platform for continuous analytics and event-driven applications. Additionally, he is the CTO of a Blockchain commodities platform for supply chain logistics.
Previously, he was the World-Wide Director of Business Development for Cisco Services where his Smart Cloud services represented a $2B business for Cisco. He was also the President of Primex Wireless, an Internet of things (IoT) company that delivers to the healthcare market and helped Primex become the leader for IoT facility management. During his career, Steven held senior positions at HP and Apple, directly influencing many of the new products Apple brought to market and new industries Apple entered.
Steven holds a masters in architecture from the University of Utah with an emphasis in computer graphics/computer aided design. He has a bachelor of science in business management/marketing from Brigham Young University with minors in economics and accounting.
Steven has served as an advisor to BYU’s Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Thanksgiving Point Children’s Museum of Natural Curiosity and several startups in the IoT market. He is the father of six sons, enjoys golfing, water skiing, snow skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.
Greg nordin / electrical & computer engineering professor at brigham young university
Greg Nordin, a professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at Brigham Young University, has spent thirty years developing new technologies based on micro- and nanofabrication processes. He loves the challenge of creating new capabilities to benefit our everyday lives. For the past fifteen years he has focused on inventing devices for health-related diagnostics and research, recently culminating in creating a 3D printer and related new materials specifically designed to fabricate medical diagnostic laboratories on tiny chips. In addition to his technical work, Greg loves the outdoors, including off-road motorcycling, mountain biking, and trail running. Greg earned BS and MS degrees in physics from BYU and University of California, Los Angeles, respectively, and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
erica orange / executive vp & coo at future hunters
Erica is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. She evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic, and environmental trends. Her ability to identify patterns, think critically, and translate that into actionable strategies is what has made her an invaluable asset to several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and public sector clients.
Erica frequently speaks to a wide range of global audiences about trends that are shaping the landscape today and has keynoted several large industry conferences. She has also authored numerous articles, book chapters, and industry white papers on cutting-edge, future-focused topics. A frequent columnist and blogger, Erica is recognized in the industry as having a unique, innovative, and fresh perspective.
Erica currently serves as a board member on the Career Advisory Board presented by DeVry University. She was also chosen as one of the first Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Foundation Fellows and was recently awarded 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by Fashion Group International. For four years, she also served as chair of the Adjunct Board of Directors for ThinkQuest NYC, an organization that brought technology to underserved New York City students.
jaynee poulson / licensed mental health counselor
Dr. Jaynee Poulson is the creator of The Life House--an integrated, holistic, award-winning counseling center dedicated to improving the lives of girls and connecting them to the community. Poulson worked with over thirty thousand teens, parents, and families as a licensed mental health counselor. She holds an executive leadership certificate from Cornell University and writes about all things related to girls, women, mothers, and daughters while also volunteering at the Utah State Women's Prison.
She currently serves as the CEO of The Give Back Program to help support nonprofit organizations receive sustainable and ongoing passive income. She also teaches in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Weber State University while advising the Anti-Human Trafficking Club and a sorority focused on community service. She is a long-time member of the Junior League and the PTA. Her most recent role was serving as the health commissioner for Utah State. She is a certified professional parent trainer and an Authentic Strengths Advantage® coach who firmly believes in the “science of happiness”, which supports the healing of trauma through gratitude and service.
Dr. Poulson is married to a BYU graduate--they have a healthy rivalry in their home--and has six children.
don rheem / ceo of e3 solutions
Don Rheem is CEO of E3 Solutions, a provider of employee workplace metrics, which allows organizations to build engaged, high-performance cultures. He is the author of Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience that Drives High Performance Cultures, published by Forbes Books.
Rheem and his team at E3 Solutions show business leaders how to create the workplace conditions that trigger hard-wired motivators to improve employee performance. These intrinsic drivers of human behavior increase employee engagement in ways that improve productivity, positivity, team alignment, morale, and retention. A former science advisor to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Rheem shares a grounded and empirically validated methodology to get employees more engaged and better positioned for success targeted at the bottom line.
Please check back soon for additional speakers and guest artists that will be joining us for TEDxBYU 2017!