Speakers and Performers @ TEDxSanDiego 2017

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Mary Walshok at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Mary Walshok

Mary Walshok, Ph.D. is an author, educator, researcher, and associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of Extension at UCSD. She is the author of 100+ articles & reports on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. She’s also engaged in research on philanthropy’s impact on regional economies, a major project focused on inclusive economics development with the Brookings Institute and a comparative study of contemporary innovation outcomes in Sweden and California.

Bennett Peji at TEDxSanDiego 2017Bennett Peji

Bennett Peji is Senior Director at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. He directs the local economy initiative, branding, marketing, community affairs and communications work. He is also an international brand consultant, designer and frequent speaker on community-centered design. Peji serves on the boards of California Humanities, the University of San Diego Center for Peace and Commerce, and the La Jolla Playhouse and served as a Commissioner of Arts & Culture for the City of San Diego.

Cedrice at TEDxSanDiego 2017Cedrice

Cedrice a highly sought out actress, vocalist and poet who is inspired by truth and connection within the world of theatre, music and art. This multi-faceted and dynamic woman exudes passion that speaks to the strength of voice and self purpose, while engaging an audience with her honest and mesmerizing energy. Cedrice performed as the lead role in the spoken word opera, Ordinary Magic and regularly performs as the lead vocalist in the band, Abstrack.

Danny Green at TEDxSanDiego 2017Danny Green

San Diego native Danny Green has garnered a reputation in the jazz community as an emerging artist whose music sounds simultaneously seasoned and fresh, showcasing a brilliant blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin and classical elements. Green’s music engages listeners around the world with evocative melodies and infectious rhythms. Experience Danny’s inspiring piano skills in a memorable grand piano performance in Symphony Hall.

Sara Leonard at TEDxSanDiego 2017Sara Leonard

Early in her career, Sara made a personal commitment to be a change agent for students. Her experiences in the private sector, as a parent, and in all of her roles in schools gave her insights and a desire to help shape the future of educational practice. After four years at San Diego Met, which is affiliated with the Big Picture Learning network of schools, Sara recently moved from her native San Diego to the Denver, Colorado area where she is eager to help grow the work of Big Picture to more students and communities.

Benjamin Migliori at TEDxSanDiego 2017Benjamin Migliori

Benjamin Migliori is an interdisciplinary physicist-slash-neuroscientist who focuses on biologically inspired systems – that is, using our understanding of computational neuroscience to help machines perceive the world, and using our understanding of machines to help us understand the brain. He is currently contributing this unique outlook to challenges of national defense at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific as a principal investigator in machine learning and computational neuroscience.

Paulina Lis at TEDxSanDiego 2017Paulina Lis

Paulina Lis learned the value of conservation early on in life. Growing up in 1980s Poland under the Soviet Union, Paulina’s family relied on a community network of locally grown food, upcycled products and basic services. As the Executive Director of the San Diego Green Building Council, Paulina helps build support for environmental initiatives. Notable projects to date include sustainability efforts in Balboa Park, San Diego Food Bank, North Park Eco District Initiative, and the Net Zero Water Conservation.

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