Upon graduating from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA with his MBA, Matthew Emerzian became a prominent Senior VP of a major music marketing company, working with the biggest artists in the world. He was “on the top of the heap” as they say, but felt like he was at the bottom of the world. He was empty. Realizing he spent his career focused on everything that didn’t matter… fame and fortune… he set out to change it by creating a life focused on making the world a better place.
A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management. Dr. Ken Blanchard is the co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies.
Steve Wampler is the first man in the world with cerebral palsy to climb the largest rock face in the world, El Capitan in Yosemite. He’s a husband and father of two children. He can’t walk, can only use one limb, his right arm, but he can grasp with his left so he did 20,000 pull-ups and slept on the mountain for 5 nights getting to the top. He was to the point of hallucinating and was unconscious, but he wanted to prove to kids with disabilities all over the world, that they can achieve anything they want.
Heberto Peterson is the Academic Provost of Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana and is the founder of ETHOS Ethics Business Center at Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana. Heberto is a member of the Board of Education of the Jesuit University System in México, and also of the Academic Board of the Jesuit University System in México. He holds a bachelor in philosophy and a masters in international administration.
A native of Hungary, Edith Eva Eger was just a young teenager in 1944 when she experienced one of the worst evils the human race has ever known. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to a death camp in Auschwitz, Germany. Toward the end of the war Edith had been moved to Austria. On May 4, 1945 a young American soldier noticed her hand moving slightly amongst a number of dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her back from the brink of death.
Unknown Lyric, with members Jeremiah Turner on acoustic guitar and Kevin Grayson on violin, is an acoustic classically infused instrumental duo out of Atlanta, GA. By fusing Beethoven with urban grooves and contemporary sounds, Unknown Lyric is on a mission to make instrumental music cool again. With Unknown Lyric, their craft is more than just a craft-It’s a way of life. Winners of Rene Miller’s Atlanta’s Next Best 3.0 in 2011, as well as 2-time Apollo Amateur Night winners.
Bhava Ram is a former foreign correspondent whose career included covering the Persian Gulf War, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He holds the prestigious duPont–Columbia Award, considered the broadcasts equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, for his reportage from Afghanistan in 1986. Ram subsequently founded the San Diego-based Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts and has devoted his life to helping others heal. His most recent book is Warrior Pose, A War Correspondent’s Memoir, Ben Bella Publishers.
Ariel Garten is the co-founder and CEO of InteraXon, a company that builds thought-controlled computing products and applications. In her work as a neuroscientist and entrepreneur, Ariel’s insights into how the human mind works are creating new ways for society to interact with the world – and ourselves – using the power of our brains. Ariel has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, lectured at MIT Neurotechnology Ventures and spoken at Le Web. She also serves on the faculty of the Singularity University.
Scot Chisholm co-founded StayClassy in 2006 to raise money for cancer research after his mother had battled the disease multiple times. Today, StayClassy is an online platform that powers the fundraising of over 3,000 nonprofit organizations world-wide, including Oxfam, National Breast Cancer Foundation and Invisible Children. StayClassy also hosts the CLASSY Awards, the largest philanthropic award show in the Country. Scot was selected by Businessweek as one of the top 5 most promising social entrepreneurs.
Ann marie Houghtailing has been creating her own opportunities since she launched her company in January 2009, despite the economic downturn with nothing more than a Macbook, $5 and a truckload of tenacity. Houghtailing’s revolutionary philosophy that selling and business development could be elegant drew the attention of corporations and individuals alike. She has partnered with a private university to launch an Institute for Sales and Business Development and founded The Millionaire Girls’ Movement.
Brown’s latest start-up markets the ADD Crusher™ instructional video series for adults struggling with ADHD. Undiagnosed until well into adulthood, Alan’s own untreated ADHD manifested itself in ways typical of one unaware of the condition – underachievement, failed relationships, substance abuse, and worse. Upon diagnosis, he found it difficult to learn coping strategies from books – so he developed his own strategies to build a successful marketing career.
Passionate about the power of ideas to transform individuals, companies and communities, Sonia Rhodes shares her hopeful enthusiasm with the youth of San Diego through TEDxYouth@SanDiego. Sonia guides a team of over fifty student organizers, teachers and business mentors to imagine and bring to life an immersive and inspiring experience for high school students across San Diego and the globe. Sonia is founder and Chief Experience Officer of Sonia Rhodes Experience Design.
Monarch School provides an excellent academic and supportive environment in which any student in San Diego County who is impacted by homelessness will receive a rigorous education and grow personally to become a highly motivated, contributing member of society. We are honored to have the following Monarch School team members joining us for TEDx San Diego: Joel Garcia, President, Jesus “Chuy” Nunez, Cluster Substitute, Andrew Schlegal, Cluster Substitute, Cynthia Valenzuela.
Raj Krishnan graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 2004, and received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD in 2010. In 2009, Raj won the UCSD $80,000 Entrepreneur Challenge, was a finalist in $250,000 DFJ-Cisco Global Business Plan Competition and won the “Best Pitch” Award in 3rd annual TCA Quick Pitch Competition. He co-founded and is CEO of Biological Dynamics, Inc. which identifies cancer biomarkers from blood using AC Electric Fields.
Zach has performed recitals throughout the United States. In 2011, Zach performed Berio’s Sequenza and Chemins II with the highly acclaimed Nimbus Ensemble in Los Angeles. In 2010, Zach performed Herold en Italie with the Torrance Symphony. After winning the Ladies Music Club Competition in 2009 Zach toured Washington playing solo recitals and giving outreach to the local children. In 2007, Zach completed an Artist Residency with the South Carolina Governor School for the Arts and Humanities.
Parker & The Numberman are a hip-hop duo consisting of rappers Parker Edison and Jay Smith, AKA 10-19 The Numberman. With a knack for telling familiar stories in refreshing ways while exuding nonchalant confidence, they define “cool” as they juggle clever rhymes with visions of high art and experimental soundscapes. Winners of “Best Hip Hop Album of The Year” at the San Diego Music Awards 2012 as well as accepted into the New York International Film Festival for their 2010 video What About Your Block.
Dr. Hayes’ work focuses on defining the extent of human DNA diversity and how this diversity impacts human health, behavior and adaptations. In 2010, she made headlines by co-leading a study to define the extent of human diversity by generating the genome (complete DNA sequence) of South African Noble Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and a Bushman (hunter-gatherer) from the Kalahari region of Namibia. Published in Nature in 2010, this work was the first genome sequence of an indigenous person.
Dr. Nichols is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, a network of young ocean advocates, SEE the WILD, an international conservation travel portal and LiVBLUE, a campaign to reconnect people with our water planet. He advises a motivated group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive, and connected environmental community.
Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti co-founded The Last Mile program at San Quentin State Prison. This program teaches communication skills, business plan development, and prepares its participants for jobs in the technology sector. Beverly is the VP of Operations for KickLabs, recognized by Forbes as one of the top 10 technology accelerators in the US. Chris is the Managing Partner of Transmedia Capital, a technology investment fund focused on early stage digital media companies.
Ryan Ellis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School. Ryan writes and researches on topics related to infrastructure politics, communication law and policy, and homeland security. Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Ryan was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and served as a Project Manager at the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC).
Chris Szwedo has years of experience in creating special interest, corporate, and broadcast documentaries. He has traveled extensively and produced films on multiple subjects for clients in art, energy, auto sports history, nature, and business. His works include “Lime Rock Park: The Secret Valley of Racing,” and “A Gullwing at Twilight.” He is currently producing a new documentary “Eye On The Sixties” a retrospective on the life and work of LIFE Magazine photographer Rowland Scherman.
Kaweh Mansouri, MD, MPH, loves to look into people’s eyes. That’s how he became an eye surgeon and glaucoma specialist. He is currently a senior fellow at the, Hamilton Glaucoma Center, University of California, San Diego. Seeing people unknowingly going blind from glaucoma during his medical training left a strong impression on him. And prompted him to help develop the first intelligent contact lens for monitoring disease. Along the way, he discovered what the eyes reveal about your overall health and sex life.
Todd P. Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UCSD. His graduate training at MIT was in electrical engineering, while his postdoctoral training at MIT was in neuroscience. Dr. Coleman directs the Neural Interaction Laboratory at UCSD, where his research group builds flexible “tattoo electronics” for neurological monitoring and brain-computer interfaces applications. Dr. Coleman is a science advisor for the Science & Entertainment Exchange (National Academy of Sciences).
Born and raised in Kentucky, Ben Sollee’s songs and cello playing mix Appalachian, R&B and classical stylings. Just look to his collaborations with everyone from My Morning Jacket’s Jim James to banjo master Bela Fleck to get an idea his “open” approach to the cello. Between touring by bicycle and raising awareness about mountain top removal strip mining in Appalachia, Ben enjoys time home in Lexington, KY with his wife Caitlin and son Oliver. His 4th studio release, Half-Made Man, hit the streets September 25th.