Ideas and solutions regarding global education, becoming a street smart hustler for good, and compassion in the LGBT marriage debate are part of the line-up for TEDxSandy.

Sandy, UT, April 23, 2014-- TEDxSandy announced today the speaker line-up for the TEDx event at the Waterford Institute in Sandy, UT on April 26th, 2014. There are a total of 15 speakers/performers all focusing on the following topics: Pressures of Modern Life, Learning Under Pressure, and Innovation Under Pressure. TEDxSandy is bringing some of the valley's brightest minds together for a day of engaging presentations and performances. Here are a few examples:

Dr. Benjamin Heuston, PhD, President of the Waterford Institute

“Children are our future and it is increasingly clear that we are not helping them to effectively develop the academic foundation that they need to be successful individually,” explains Heuston, “and we will need to collectively be successful as a global community.” Heuston hopes to “shift the lens that people look through when it comes to education… it will inspire changes in behavior that are appropriate for each person’s individual circumstance.”

Heuston’s interest in early childhood education sparked when he was a child based on the work his father did in the industry. Now, as a father to 5 and after spending over 18 years working on the issues at hand, he believes what he works towards daily affects each person on the planet and we should all be concerned.

Ivan D. Ramirez, Co-Founder, Zerimar Ventures

“People in general aren’t under pressure and hustle isn’t something humans are born with. As we feel more pressure from what really matters,” Ramirez explains, “we develop a hustling spirit that drives innovation, creativity and entrepreneurs creating change.” Ramirez funds disruptive technology and social entrepreneurship, on a regional and global scale, with businesses in the UK, India, Colombia and here in the US.

Erika Munson, founder of Mormons Building Bridges

Hope of a lasting positive impact creates a yearning for “Compassionate listening [of] people they perceive as ‘the other’ and a [deeper] understanding of how moral intuition works,” states Munson.  She represents families and congregations across the state that may be impacted by the same-sex debate as Utah is at the unexpected ground zero position, nationwide.

Event Details:

Date & Time: Saturday, April 26th, 2014, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Waterford Institute, 1480 E. 9400 S., Sandy, UT
Cost: $40.00 per person.
Registration at: www.TEDxSandy.comFor the complete line-up of speakers and performers, please visit

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