On November 1, 2011 President Larson and student Sarah Benson 11' BS, MBA '12, joined an impressive cast of speakers and performers at the inaugural TEDx New England held at the WGBH studios.
TED, a nonprofit organization centered around a mission of “Ideas Worth Spreading,” started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago and has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
President Larson's talk focused on higher education as a place of hope when it comes to solving our economic and social challenges. She discussed how Bentley students and faculty are bringing hope to many communities here and around the world through our service learning programs such as give a year, the Ghana Project, and the anti-bullying initiative, One Goal, One Community, where she was joined by student Sarah Benson. By sharing stories of Bentley students turning “ideas into action” to make a difference in the world, she was able to showcase how the innovative curriculum at Bentley feeds a sense of empowerment among its students and faculty.
She also discussed what led her to work in higher education and at Bentley -- this great generation of “millennials” who will change the world.
The event is available to view at the link below.