Dr. Tracey Rizzuto to be featured at TEDxLSU


They say it’s “the talk of your life.” Science. Pop culture. Math. Social justice. These are just a few of the topics and themes addressed by the movers and shakers in their chosen fields on the prestigious TEDx stage. When LSU hosts TEDxLSU 2015 on Saturday, February 28, LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) Associate Professor Dr. Tracey Rizzuto will be among the chosen 12 to grace the stage.

Following this year’s theme, “connect,” speakers will address topics of connectivity in the worlds of social networks, science, music, technology, art and culture. Dr. Rizzuto will share insight based on her expertise as a psychologist and academic researcher for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program and her contributions to the important work that has reduced Baton Rouge’s crime rate by 30% in the past two years.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Rizzuto’s work and dedication to her field are being recognized on such an important and prestigious stage,” said SLHRD Director Dr. Ed Holton.

This year’s diverse line-up of speakers includes the young and the wiser; some Louisiana natives and a few transplants; and many dreamers, thinkers, and doers according to Rebecca Burdette, TEDxLSU event organizer.

The TEDx speaker selection process is highly competitive. TED searches year-round for presenters who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. Presenters run the world's most admired companies and design its best-loved products; they invent world-changing devices and create ground-breaking media. They are trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. Previous speakers include the likes of President Bill Clinton and Bill Gates. In addition to highlighting prestige, TED also seeks out emerging artists, scientists and thinkers, introducing them to the TED community well before they hit the mainstream.

TEDxLSU is the only TEDx event in Baton Rouge. This year’s event will return to the Shaver Theater in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building. Launched in 2013, TEDxLSU is a platform to bring local, regional, and statewide communities together; to spur discussion and dialogue about real issues; and to generate big ideas that will move the state of Louisiana forward, forming a better way of life for the people of our great state.


The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in Leadership and Human Resource Development.

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