PDXTalks 2017

PDXTalks 2017

When was the last time you heard someone tell a story that made you think? Or moved you to action? Or left you in tears and laughter? That's the idea behind PDXTalks, an annual event to showcase PSU's fearless faculty and alumni.

Watch the Talks

Brad Robertson

Want to accomplish more at work and have fun in the process? Then stop trying so hard. “Trying hard is counterproductive. We get fearful and get in our own way,” said Robertson, a partner at On Your Feet, a company that uses ideas from improvisational theater to loosen up the workplace. He’s taught clients at Disney, Intel, Nike, Netflix and PSU how to be more spontaneous, collaborative and joyful at work by simply being in the moment.



Mariana Garcia Medina

One of Mariana Garcia Medina’s earliest memories was of her mother waking her up in the middle of the night and telling her they were going to Disneyland. What they really did was climb over a border fence to begin their new life in the United States. Medina is now a “Dreamer,” whose protection under Obama-era immigration laws was discontinued this year. An accomplished student leader before graduating from PSU, Medina is now a staffer for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.




David Bangsberg

The founding dean of the new OHSU-PSU School of Public health started his career wanting to be a brain surgeon. That changed when he began working with patients caught up in public health epidemics such as drug addiction, AIDS and homelessness. His work took him to New York, San Francisco, rural Africa, and back to his hometown of Portland. Recalling the stories of patients he’s treated over the years, Bangsberg urges his students to “solve the impossible one person at a time.”



Christina Ebersohl

When she started going blind five years ago, Christina Ebersohl had to learn how to do everything differently: walking, reading, listening – and her passion: playing the viola. The US Army veteran and junior at PSU’s Honors College plays in the PSU Orchestra as well as several chamber ensembles, and is now studying under the principal violist of the Oregon Symphony. For Ebersohl, personal growth comes from overcoming adversity and taking risks.






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