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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Samantha Stephens imagines a world where we all get a little more creative with our oatmeal. Through a passion for health and an interest in business, Sam inspires us to add some bacon to our oatmeal.
Samantha Stephens is the chef/owner of OatMeals, the world’s first oatmeal bar. She is also Quaker Oats’ Creative Oatmeal Officer. Sam is originally from Fairfax, VA, and made the move to NYC in 2000 to attend Baruch College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in French.
A desire for healthy living and eating right became essential for Sam that first year in NYC when the ‘freshman 15’ quickly became the ‘freshman 30’. Living on a budget and focusing on health & wellness, Sam started eating oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner, and thought of many creative ways to jazz it up. Reading about the numerous, outstanding health benefits of oats led her to want to share her oatmeal recipes, knowledge of oats and its amazing qualities with everyone she knew. The idea for an oatmeal bar blossomed but took many years to come to life.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)