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TED@UPS 2018: A First Look

What if? That simple question could change the future of e-commerce, healthcare, disaster relief and corporate leadership as we know it.

UPSers recently took to the stage to ask the simple, yet bold question: What if? That’s because in a time of transformation, we must ask daring questions and share unexpected answers. This year, the TED@UPS speakers did just that by asking questions like: What if companies get serious about diversity in the workplace? What if the best […]

TED@UPS 2017: Meet the Speakers

Take a closer look at those who dare to ask: What if?

In July, 12 UPSers took to the stage to ask a simple – but far-reaching – question: What if? In a time of lightning-fast transformation, one reminder is more important than ever: Daring innovation can still solve our most complicated problems. That’s why we examined the potential of global connectivity and what it means to evolve […]

TED@UPS Sizzle Reels

Sizzle reels for six TED@UPS speakers

In a few weeks, we will be releasing the final videos from the TED@UPS event on Sept. 15, 2016. Stay tuned to watch all 12 UPSers take the stage to explore the possibilities behind the question, “What if?” You’ll be sure to question your perspective on many things, including how mosquitoes could be used to […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: John Bidden

John Bidden believes that music is a tool for the soul. That it can either “fix, build, calm, break, or change you for a moment.” He wields the instrument to inspire others.

I am an independent recording artist based out of the great city of Detroit, the music capital of the world! Watch John share his excitement about the upcoming TED@UPS live stream event. I’m so excited to be a part of this TED event. Music is my passion and hobby. Music can travel so far – […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Kate Adams

Kate Adams, who worked on soaps for eight years, maps the ways that daytime dramas are an unlikely (but compelling) oracle to help us overcome our own everyday dramas.

I’ve wanted to be a storyteller for as long as I can remember. Growing up, that meant writing poems, short stories, or even screenplays for my Barbies. And it also meant hours spent at the foot of my bed, performing the score of Les Miserables for my stuffed animals. They dug it, of course. Hear […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Amelia Laytham

How a teenage immigrant reclaimed her shunned identity through dance.

My Ted Talk is a combination of a talk and a performance. My talk portion is me sharing my personal journey as a first-generation immigrant coming to this country and rediscovering who I am as an adult as a proud Indonesian immigrant, through my love of performing traditional dances. Watch Amelia talk about her TED@UPS […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Jan Denecker

What lessons does the developing world hold about building healthcare that is simpler and longer-lasting?

I grew up in Belgium and I now live close to Brussels, Belgium, together with my wonderful wife and two great teenage kids. I am passionate about sports – in particular, football, which some of you may prefer to call soccer. Watch Jan talk about his TED@UPS experience. I’m also passionate about healthcare. I started […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Katie Francfort

Could mosquitos be the ultimate last-mile delivery system, carrying a vaccine instead of a disease? Katie Francfort argues that this deadly insect could be the next evolution of drones.

I’m on the healthcare strategy team at UPS. I really enjoy fitness, especially barre and kickboxing, which is slightly offset by my love for trying new restaurants. I like being outside and anywhere where there’s live music. Watch Katie talk about her TED@UPS experience. In my talk, I will propose a new way of thinking. […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Romaine Seguin

Of all the strategies to fight poverty, discrimination and even terrorism, Romaine Seguin argues that international trade is the most impactful.

I love running. I’ve run the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon. Running lets me think personally and professionally. I get my best thoughts when I run. Watch Romaine talk about her TED@UPS experience. And some of the things I think about while I’m out running is how we can make the world a better […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Mario Paluzzi

How could addressing the unaddressable help developing countries leapfrog developed nations into the most effective logistics system yet?

The best way to describe me is I’m a very curious person. All of my hobbies and passions revolve around this curiosity I have. I’m Curious George – the human. Watch Mario talk about his TED@UPS experience. I love meeting new people, trying new foods, making new friends, seeing new places and anything that can […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Mallory Soldner

Corporations often give money, logistical support and even their own people to solve some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian problems. But what if big companies were willing to share their other most precious resource: data?

At UPS, I’m an advanced analytics manager. But for fun, I like to travel. My favorite trip was backpacking around Southeast Asia after I finished grad school. And recently, I went to Iceland for a friend’s wedding. Watch Mallory talk about her TED@UPS experience. I also like cooking – I learned to make pasta in […]

TED@UPS Intro: Wanis Kabbaj

What lessons can we learn from the blood in our veins to make transportation more efficient and sustainable?

Wanis Kabbaj, Director of Global Strategy in Healthcare Logistics, Transportation Geek Wanis Kabbaj works at the intersection of biology and transportation. As the director of global strategy for healthcare logistics at UPS, he finds ways for organizations to transport their temperature-sensitive medicines and biotechnologies safely around the world. Before this, he supported UPS’ global forwarding […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Monica Johnson

A tax manager examines abandonment and asks, “Why don't people want to claim funds, other people and parts of themselves?”

I am a wife, a mother, an author and the founder of That Girl is S.M.A.R.T. And I am an unclaimed property manager for United Parcel Service. My TED talk is about eliminating the aftermath of abandonment and restoring the broken relationship with property, others and ultimately oneself. Watch Monica describe her TED@UPS talk. I […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Augie Picado

Augie explores the impact of walls, and imagines the new realities that people and products would face on both sides of a separated border.

I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. If you’re wondering, it’s Exit 15W on the New Jersey Turnpike. I’m the son of Spanish immigrants. Watch Augie talk about his TED@UPS experience. I’ve been married to my wife Maria for 25 years. We have one daughter, Claudia, who is a senior in high school […]

TED@UPS Video Intro: Jenna Schilstra

It’s time to stop dissing emojis and consider: what does the latest universal language, the next evolution of cryptography, have to offer?

The thing that has surprised me most about this TED process is that there’s so much to say. You have pages and pages of research, outlines and ideas, and you want to convey as much as possible in a short period of time. But it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. So, it’s been interesting […]

Introducing TED@UPS 2.0

Here’s what you can expect from the latest partnership between TED and the world’s largest transportation and logistics company.

A simple question has driven innovation throughout the 100-plus years at UPS: “What if?” That thought-provoking premise is the force behind the evolution of UPS. We’re now far more than a package delivery company. “What if?” inspires us to deliver big ideas and big solutions. By challenging ourselves to look past barriers and imagine limitless […]

TED@UPS Highlights

Follow this feed to get live updates from the TED@UPS conference on September 2, 2015. #TEDatUPS

Did you miss the live TED@UPS updates? Don’t worry– we have you covered. Check out this post to get the play-by-play from September’s big event. (pro tip: start at the bottom and read up, each speaker is time-stamped.) Let us know what you think on Twitter by sharing the hashtag #TEDatUPS [LIVE BLOG FROM EVENT] […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Jared Hill

“No” was the obvious and easy answer, while “yes” seemed silly and deeply irresponsible.

UPS pilot Jared Hill and his wife had a dream to help families in war-torn Uganda – but it seemed downright foolish. For Hill, like so many people, “no” was the obvious and easy answer, while “yes” seemed silly and deeply irresponsible. But Hill and his wife couldn’t ignore the pull – how did they go […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Kelly Lepley

The things we choose to hide — or embrace — can ultimately define who we are.

Pain can make us selfish, while truly becoming oneself has the potential to make us selfless in ways we never imagined. In this deeply personal talk, UPS pilot Kelly Lepley considers how the things we choose to hide – or embrace – can ultimately define who we are. With a steadfast commitment to a single path that […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Laura Lane

What qualities are crucial to leading effectively in our most difficult moments?

In 1994, Laura Lane helped more than 250 Americans escape Rwanda during the start of the Rwandan Genocide. Through a harrowing story of great personal courage, Laura explores the qualities that are crucial to leading effectively in our most difficult moments. From 1990-1997, Lane was a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, stationed at the […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Jack Levis

How we can persist — when everyone around us says stop.

  True innovation is risky. Not only to your reputation, but also to your sense of self. Starting in 2003, Jack Levis led the development of ORION. An optimized routing system that has been called the world’s largest operation research project, ORION is systematically transforming how UPS drivers do their job. At the center of […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Mark Modesti

Why brutal honesty and the fearless search for trouble can save a company

Professional troublemaker Mark Modesti uses examples from business, his personal life, and even Abraham Lincoln to explain why brutal honesty and the fearless search for trouble can save a company (and even a family and a country) before trouble hunts you down. 29 years ago, Mark Modesti was a driver at UPS. Today, he uses […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Johnny Staats

A UPS driver… a world-class bluegrass mandolin, guitar and violin player.

During the day, Johnny Staats is a UPS driver. At all other times, he is a world-class bluegrass mandolin, guitar, and violin player. He has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, in People Magazine, on the CBS Evening News, and CNN, and has appeared on stage at the Grand Ole Opry five times. He won […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Peter Harris

What if waste weren’t waste at all? Could the trash we produce fuel the machines that transport our critical goods? And– how can we make this happen?

  Dealing with the waste of a consumer society is one of the greatest challenges of our modern times. But Peter Harris wonders: what if waste weren’t waste at all? Could the trash we produce fuel the machines that transport our critical goods? And – how can we make this happen? As the director of […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Regina Hartley

Those who don’t always look good on paper may be just the person you need to hire.

Given the choice between an employee with a perfect resume and straight As and one who has fought their way through difficulty, Human Resources Executive Regina Hartley always chooses the “scrapper.” Because, she believes, those who flourish in the darkest of spaces encompass the qualities of our strongest leaders. In this talk, Hartley touches on […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Kevin Etter

Might there be something more valuable than money that businesses could share?

There is no doubt that international companies are among the most generous when it comes to giving money, goods, and services to charitable organizations; in 2013 alone global donations exceeded $69 billion dollars. But Kevin Etter wonders: is that the only way that companies can help non-profits? Or might there be something more valuable than […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Yami Joshi and Pulse

Their motto is "Dance Hard, Destroy the Floor.”

Yami Joshi is an organizational development specialist at UPS, where she develops and implements organizational strategies to improve the employee experience. Meanwhile, she is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational/industrial psychology at the University of Georgia. Deeply involved in UPS’s Women’s Leadership Development Group, Joshi dedicates herself to learning how she can grow leadership capabilities […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Scott Szwast

Redefining the global players is truly at the center of our interconnected economies.

Think “global company,” and the businesses that first come to mind are undoubtedly massive conglomerates or far-reaching tech corporations with innumerable international branches. Scott Szwast turns this image upside down, redefining the global players truly at the center of our interconnected economies. With a palpable passion for the unpredictability of global trade, Scott Szwast has […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Esther Ndichu

Can hunger be solved and the poverty gap bridged?

Humanitarian Supply Chain Director Esther Ndichu argues that hunger is a logistics issue – that food often rots miles away from the people that need it most. By solving the logistics problem she asks: can the world’s hunger problem be solved in our lifetime? Esther Ndichu is responsible for the UPS Foundation’s global humanitarian engagements, where she manages […]

TED@UPS Speaker: Alan Amling

How industrial-era rules are changing... making possible what once seemed impossible.

Looking forward and back to the future, Amling observes how industrial-era rules are changing in manufacturing and transportation, making possible what once seemed impossible. Amling will peek into the future to examine how these changes will impact our on-demand society and radically transform the logistics of tomorrow. As the VP of Global Logistics and Marketing, […]