STILLWATER — Getting your name on a football stadium may not be easy, billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens told a packed crowd at Oklahoma State University on Thursday. But it isn't especially complicated.
“Just give more money than I did,” he said. “They'll take my name off the stadium.”
Pickens, whose name graces OSU's football stadium and its school of geology, spoke as a part of TEDxOStateU, a conference devoted to sharing ideas and inspiring dialogue. The event was licensed through the Sapling Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit. The organization owns TED, a similar series of conferences held annually in Long Beach, Calif., and Palm Springs, Calif.
The name TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design — three areas on which the conference focuses.
Pickens was part of a lineup of speakers and performers at the event who gave presentations on a range of topics. Pickens discussed the importance of leadership and certain qualities that lead to success.
Chief among those qualities is the ability to form a plan, Pickens said. It's important to form a plan, he said, but just as important to be persistent and patient with that plan.
“A fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan,” he said.
OSU broadcast the event live on OState.TV, the university's new Web-based video network. Videos from the event will be posted to the website within the next few weeks as part of a new TEDxOStateU channel, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said.
The event is the first of its kind at OSU. The University of Oklahoma hosted a similar event in January, and another was held in Oklahoma City last year.
Jim Berscheidt, vice president for marketing and communications at the OSU Foundation, spearheaded the event. The idea behind the event was to start a conversation about a range of interesting and important topics, he said.