Thanks to all our wonderful
speakers for making our first TEDxPasadena event a success. Below each
photo is a link to their videos.
Sho has built a company from nothing to a $22 million success, and
he has also been a cog in a corporate machine. After experiencing
a life-altering accident, there was one thing that kept him going,
his vision! This has been so important to him over the last 10 years
that he has participated in programs to help others reconnect to
their visions or create new ones from nothing.
Sourena is an accomplished and award-winning author and motivational
speaker. His story is triumph over adversity and his powerful tools
for coping with change and uncertainty have inspired university
football teams, sales professionals, and children to pursue dreams
they didn't think were possible. Sourena's keynote address "love
your life and it willl love you back" is based on the book
of the same name, for which he won the Indie Excellence Award, best
business book of the year in 2008. Sourena performs paired with
actor/comedian, Rich Finley, and together they share funny stories
and poignant personal recollections. They have appeared on nationally
syndicated talk shows on NBC and ESPN and they have appeared in
print in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business Journal.
Nathalie heads Business Development and Marketing at the Alfred
Mann Institute at the University of Southern California. Her job
is to lead assessment activities for approximately 70 medical inventions
that come to AMI-USC each year. The local press has called her a
futurist for the talks she has delivered on matters related to jobs
of the future-how to be ready. Nathalie recently penned her first
book "Hidden Jobs: How to Find Them" which is available
on Amazon.com. She has received numerous awards including IEEE Society
2009 Engineer of the Year, 2007 Life Service Award for creating
50+ chapters bringing doctors and engineers together world wide,
and 2005 Biomedical Chapter of the Year.
HaLevy - "Creating a 21st Century 'Manhattan Project' for
Alternative Energy"is the topic Libbe is passionate about.
Libbe was one mile from the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island
when it happened. In the wake of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster,
she produces and hosts "Nuclear Hotseat" a weekly podcast
containing nuclear news, expert interviews, holistic healing tips
for nuclear survivors, and activist opportunities. She tours and
performs a multi-character one-woman show, "Auntie Nuke Presents:
My Nuclear Meltdown" as a fundraiser and consciousness raiser
on nuclear energy issues. A life action coach who specializes in
working with writers and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, her
clients have included Julie Andrews and the Julie Andrews Collection
of chidren's books, New York Times #1 Bestselling author Emma Walton
Hamilton, and Dr. Michael Rabinoff, a first time author whose book
was endorsed by the Dalai Lama.
Walsh - ""Arise and Shine - 2020" Engaging imagination,
inspiring passion to enhance women's liberty throughout the world"
Pauletta Walsh is the director of American Women for International
Understanding, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization of citizen
diplomats, who since 1968 have created an international network
of women to foster goodwill among nations. Previously, Ms. Walsh
was an Assistant Dean at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine
University. In Washington, D.C. Pauletta served four years at the
United States Department of State working in the Bureau of Public
Affairs and the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs as Television
and Media Advisor. Pauletta contributed to United States' public
diplomacy strategy in Europe, advising senior officials and traveling
to US embassies and missions to implement communications programs,
receiving a Meritorious Honor Award for her work in public diplomacy
using visual media.
Ms. Walsh earned a Masters of Public Policy in International
Relations and was awarded the prestigious Presidential Management
Fellowship in 2004. Pauletta's primary area of research was the
status of women and the development of Middle Eastern and Silk
Road societies. In 2000, Pauletta was the inaugural Director of
the Ojai Film Festival, a successful film festival now in its
eleventh year. Pauletta has written numerous articles, and has
written and produced for television and for documentaries.
While living in Connecticut, Ms. Walsh ran for State Representative
and served on the Connecticut State Film Commission. Pauletta
appeared in a one-woman show about Zelda Fitzgerald at the Long
Wharf Theater in 1999, capping a two-decade career in the performing
arts. Pauletta acted in films, television, and theater, and sang
with groups and in musicals, releasing a record of original music
in 1986. She taught dance at Monterey Peninsula College, for the
Santa Cruz Cultural Council, as well as founding the California
Academy for the Performing Arts. Pauletta earned a Bachelor's
Degree from Pennsylvania State University, where she was a Renaissance
Scholar. She is married to sports writer Michael Arkush.
Smith - "Zero waste"
Ricky Smith is founder and principal of Urban Green LLC, a social
entrepreneurship dedicated to restoring, developing and promoting
green space within the communites it serves. Ricky is committed
to the development of functional small-sacle operations using closed-loop,
urban farming systems within the metropolital Los Angeles area.
Ricky speaks on "Zero Waste" and methods and products
that can be used to reduce the amount of waste from our daily routines
that end up going to landfills .
Eriksen - "5 Gyres: Plastic in the oceanic garbage patches."
Marcus Eriksen received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University
of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2000-mile
journey down the Mississippi River on a raft made from plastic bottles.
Marcus worked previously for several zoos and museums, founding
his own company, Mission Science in 1997, a traveling natural history
museum with school programs in geology and paleontology, an annual
dinosaur expedition and field course in Wyoming for teachers, and
a dinosaur exhibit traveling to other museums and science centers.
In 2008, Marcus rafted across the Pacific Ocean from California
to Hawaii on JUNK, a raft floating on 15,000 plastic bottles,
30 sailboat masts lashed to form a deck, and a Cessna airplane
fuselage as a cabin (junkraft.com). The 2,600 mile journey brought
attention to the issue of plastic marine pollution. In 2009, Marcus
and his wife Anna Cummins co-founded the 5 Gyres Institute,
to research plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Marcus was
elected a National Fellow of the Explorers Club in 2010.
Anna Cummins - "Waste water treatment & re-use
in Highland Park"
Anna Cummins has over 10 years of experience in environmental
non-profit work, education, writing, and campaign development.
She has worked in marine conservation, coastal watershed management,
sustainability education, and high school ecology instruction.
Anna received her undergraduate in History from Stanford University,
and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the
Monterey Institute for International Studies.
In 2007 Anna joined the Algalita Marine Research Foundation as
education adviser, conducting school outreach and giving public
presentations on plastic marine pollution. With Algalita, Anna
completed a month long, 4,000-mile research expedition studying
plastic debris in the North Pacific Gyre, and a 2,000 mile cycling/speaking
tour from Vancouver to Mexico, giving talks about plastic pollution.
Anna and her husband Marcus Eriksen recently co-founded 5 Gyres,
in collaboration with Algalita and Pangaea Explorations, to research
and communicate plastic pollution in the worlds oceans. Anna was
elected a National Fellow of the Explorers Club in 2010, and an
oceans fellow of the Wings World Quest.
Think Globally, Act Locally: there is nothing more local than your
own body. Ellen Snortland explores the idea of having physical self-defense
education as common as traffic or food safety training but with
unexpected cultural benefits.
Ms. Snortland has her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
and her B.A. in theater and film from UCI. She is a human rights
activist, author, broadcast journalist, actor and writing/media
coach for writers and authors.
A regular columnist for the Pasadena Weekly, she blogs for Ms.
and Huffington Post. Ellen has been a journalist and NGO delegate
to two major United Nations World Conferences: the 4th World Conference
on Women in Beijing in 1995 and the World Conference Against Racism
in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.
She's currently on the boards of IMPACT Personal Safety of Los
Angeles, 50-50 Leadership, and Consumer Watchdog.
Snortland is the author of Beauty Bites Beast, featured
on Dateline NBC, and the up-coming book, The Safety Godmother,
co-authored with Lisa Gaeta. Snortland wrote and performs a solo
show Now That Shes Gone nominated for a Pulitzer