TEDxUNI will happen live in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) Great Hall and Lobby from 6 pm - 10 pm March 28, 2015. Lobby Doors open at 6 pm for XFest, a high-energy, one of a kind festival celebrating the TEDx experience. XFest offers participants the opportunity to enjoy refreshments, interact with unique exhibitors, and chat with the TEDx presenters during the action breaks and at the post-program reception.

TEDxUNI Offers Three Ways for You to Participate:

1. Live on-stage viewing in the GBPAC Great Hall (TED limits attendees to 100)Sold Out


Join a live audience. Seating is on the GBPAC Great Hall Stage with an up-close view of the program and opportunities to converse with presenters.

2. Free Livestream viewing in the GBPAC lobby, the site of XFest 2015 (TED limits attendees to 100)

Join the audience viewing the Livestream on jumbo TVs in the GBPAC lobby. Table seating in the center of XFest 2015. XFest features interactive exhibits, entertainment, food, and community. Meet the presenters at the post-program reception.

Tickets are required and available free of charge for XFest and the Livestream viewing party in the GBPAC lobby. Reserve tickets in person at the Gallagher Bluedorn Box Office or call 319-273-7469.  Tickets must be claimed at the GBPAC ticket window no later than 6:30 pm, March 28.

3. Attend one of these official free viewing parties. Registration includes food, fun, and community:

UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Business and Community Services, Room 30, UNI campus

Cedar Falls Community Center
528 Main Street, Cedar Falls

The UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE)
800 Sycamore St, Waterloo

4. Stream TEDxUNI Free via Zoom!

Click https://zoom.us/webinar/register/b81cde660f502871dc2040ba88984b7b 

Once you have that link, you'll complete a simple registration form. You'll receive an email confirmation including a link that will allow you to download Zoom for free and join the event on March 28 from 7-10 pm.



The free Livestream will be accessible to official viewing parties via Zoom or to anyone, anywhere via the TEDxUNI Livesteam webcast channel.

Check back March 28 for access information.

Tara Thomas

Tara Thomas, Master of Ceremonies


TEDxUNI Destiny Guides

are wise women with many years of experience helping people recognize their strengths, overcome challenges, and realize their dreams. Meet them during XFest 6-7 pm and at the Destiny Boards during the half-time conversation break. Chat with them about the provocative questions posed by our presenters or pick their brains as you chart your own destiny!


Inez Murtha

Ms. Inez Murtha is the Director of the Academic Learning Center (ALC) at the University of Northern Iowa. As the Director of the ALC, Ms. Murtha manages six academic support programs designed to “inspire, challenge, and empower students to achieve academic success.” 

She received her Bachelors and Masters of Art Degrees from UNI in Business Education:  Office Administration. Ms. Murtha has devoted 45 years of her career to various positions at UNI including Secretary and Assistant Director of the UNI-Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), Director of the Classic Upward Bound Program, and Director of the Student Support Services Program. Throughout her career, she has served in various capacities on national, regional, state, and local boards, organizations, and committees. She currently serves on the UNI Retention Council, First Year Council, Advising Council, Diversity Council, and Jump Start Advisory Committee.  

Ms. Murtha’s passion is serving as an advocate and liaison for students, regardless of age, whose opportunities have been limited because of race, ability, and/or socio-economic status.  Her goal is to help as many students from these special populations as possible achieve their dreams of a postsecondary education.  To achieve this goal, Ms. Murtha has written numerous U.S Department of Education TRiO grants, yielding millions of dollars in federal funding to help support the cause for equal access to higher education for individuals residing in Black Hawk County. 

Her favorite color is purple, of course, not only because it symbolizes a true UNI panther, but also because it is associated with words like ambition, wisdom, dignity, independence, and creativity.  Ms. Murtha says, “The symbolic value of the words associated with the color purple empowers and inspires me to embrace challenges, strive to do my best (performance), and be at my best (attitude) each and every day.”


Kristine Meyer

Dr. Kristine Meyer is a speaker, storyteller, educator, and counselor. She is the director and assistant professor of Professional Counseling Programs for Buena Vista University and does clinical counseling at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA where she lives with her husband, Don. 

Meyer earned her Associate in Arts degree from Waldorf, her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master’s of Science in Guidance & Counseling from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She has worked as an elementary school counselor in Forest City, Iowa and as a counselor at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa.  

Meyer is the Vice President of Higher Education of the Iowa School Counselors Association (ISCA), as well as a board member on the Waverly Health Center Foundation. She is a member of Waverly Exchange Club, PEO, and AAUW. Her involvement in the community includes volunteering as a member on the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Bremer County, and as a mentor in her church.

One of the most special descriptions of Meyer came from a former pastor when he said, “Kris, you don’t remind me of anyone.” To that she says, “YES!!!” 

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