Naruwan Taiko has been practicing the art of Japanese drumming since 2008. Though the art form of taiko has its origins in Japan, the name of Naruwan Taiko comes from the word “naruw’an” which is from the indigenous Taiwanese Ami language and conveys “Welcome [for] we are all in the same family.” This was made to represent our founder’s heritage and to share the message that taiko can be open to everyone. As a group, Naruwan Taiko hopes to encourage teamwork, creativity, physical activity, and expression for all.
Immanual Joseph is a Compassion Activist, a high school science teacher, a 2 time TEDx speaker and a former cancer scientist. He has authored fiction and non-fiction books in two languages, as well as multiple scientific publications, book chapters and articles. Immanual has a PhD in Biochemistry from Tulane University, New Orleans and is a certified professional coach. Immanual has taught compassionate leadership skills in organizations globally. He dreams of a world without walls, of global harmony, and workplaces that empower their people to thrive.
Immanual currently resides in McKinney, Texas, with his wife and kids (two human, one furry).
Dr. Stephanie Venn-Watson is the CEO of Seraphina Therapeutics, a health and wellness company that applies advanced metabolomic technologies to help people (and our fellow animals) age healthier. Stephanie is a serial entrepreneur, veterinary epidemiologist and public health scientist with over 40 patents and 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She previously served as an epidemiologist for the U.S. Navy, CDC, and WHO. Her novel approach to discovering new therapeutics that can improve both human and animal health has been featured on NPR’s Science Friday, CBS, BBC, and National Geographic. For her entrepreneurial work in the health sector, Stephanie was awarded the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and Boehringer Ingelheim’s Innovation Award. Seraphina was recently recognized by Nutritional Outlook Magazine as a 2021 Best of the Industry winner for its extensive research and education on pentadecanoic acid (C15:0).
Stephanie received her B.S. in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego, D.V.M. from Tufts University, M.P.H. from Emory University, and was a National Research Council Associate with the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center. She is an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life.
Dr. Edith Eva Eger published her NY Times best-selling memoir, The Choice, at the age of 90 in 2017. In 2020, during COVID lockdowns, she published her Internationally best-selling guidebook, The Gift. She survived Auschwitz, is a practicing, world-renowned Psychologist, a great-grand-parent to seven, and the embodiment of lighthearted love and positive energy. Both books are translated into 30 languages.
Sandy Abrams is a longtime entrepreneur and 2x author now focused on Wellness, sharing 30+ years of experience utilizing the power of breath & mindfulness in business and life. Her new book, Breathe to Succeed (2019) is endorsed by Arianna Huffington, Mark Bertolini, former CEO of Aetna/now Chairman at CVS Health, execs at Google, SAP, Sage software and the US Air Force. Sandy has shared BREATHWORK experiences with several Google offices, WW (formerly Weight Watchers) HQ with CEO Mindy Grossman, Women Presidents Org., Sage software, McKinsey & Co., Facebook HQ, LinkedIn Corporate team, Canyon Ranch resorts, Pepsi, YPO and many women's and entrepreneurial groups, conferences and retreats. Sandy's business sensibility about "breath as meditation at the speed of life" resonates with the fast pace of modern life. She’s on a mission to empower people to create their optimal energy for both wellness & success...one deep, mindful breath at a time.
Zen Master Bon Jacques-Pierre Cole comes from the practice and lineage of the Ngagpa tradition of Tibetan spiritual legacies. His curiosity of “Why we are…” has led him down a lifelong journey of wonder and beauty. He has served our country with military service, built non-profits to help those in struggle, and he now teaches and mentors others to find their authentic purpose. He has traveled all over to discover the beauty of authentic human kindness. In addition to individual mentoring, leading meditation sittings and retreats, he published his early life memoir, ”Seven Attempts 17,000 Thoughts: Suicidal to Survivor, A Man's Journey to Save Himself.”
Pablo Fernandez, a community builder passionate about human connection, is the founder of Secret Table, a renowned experience design company that connects leaders, innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs. On a mission to share the importance of in-person connection and supportive community, he advises multiple start-ups and serves on the board or leadership team of various nonprofits, including the San Diego Food Systems Alliance. He is also a start-up mentor through the Founder Institute. Pablo has hosted and produced over 300 events over the past decade and, most recently, is advising Experience House, a one-month creative mastermind and artist residency for experience designers and community builders.
Laura Fink, Founder & CEO, Rebelle Communications. Laura is a strategic communications expert who helps women achieve and succeed in positions of power. She has served as a trusted advisor to multiple Members of Congress, a Speaker of the California State Assembly and a President Pro-Tem of the California Senate. Laura has helped build and raise the profiles of women seeking to launch and lead companies, serve on boards and commissions and run for public office. She has represented scientists battling gender discrimination at storied research institutions, hotel and grocery workers raising their voices for respect on the job, and women publicly confronting those who abuse their power - from elected officials and CEOs to a sitting Supreme Court Justice. She has counseled entrepreneurs, labor leaders, high profile philanthropists, attorneys and corporate executives — architecting the strategy and narrative that propels them to power.
Tobi Gbile is a driven storyteller who combines her individuality with her experience in the fashion, TV, and music industries. Currently based in Los Angeles as the Product Marketing Manager for the monumental and influential adidas x IVY PARK collaboration, and Talent Manager of rising North Carolina based artist TGBEAM. Additionally, a published teen fiction novelist of the "The Stunnerz", co-host of the pop culture podcast The Weekly Baecay, and the editor behind Girl With Purple Gucci’s. Featured on Season 2 of the MTV International show "Video Love", analyzing today's most iconic music videos.
Box of Beats is a one-of-a-kind recording artist, songwriter and live performer from Los Angeles, CA. He creates musical compositions live on stage using nothing but his mouth, his voice, a synthesizer, and a loop station. His live show consists of moving auditory experiences that start as one single sound, then layers more sounds into large music compositions right before your eyes. All elements of a song—bass, melodies, percussion—being composed live on stage. With his extensive history in vocal percussion, he uses his mouth to incorporate live sounding instruments such as drums, trumpets, and violins. He has independently landed placement deals with Netflix for his original music, and is pioneering for the acapela community trying to bring it into the mainstream market. Box of Beats' new album is set to release in early 2022.
Jake Shimabukuro has challenged and changed all notions of what is possible with a ukulele. Known for lightning fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake Shimabukuro is a master of the ukulele. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Shimabukuro has written numerous original compositions and is a very active community servant speaking to students at different schools about the importance of chasing after one’s passion and living a positive life. Jake was featured in an interview at TED 2010 and performed at the inaugural TEDxSanDiego in 2010.
Gill Sotu is a veteran, poet, playwright, DJ, and performing artist. He is a 2x Grand Slam Poetry Champion, 2x Raw Performing artist of the year, and a 3x TEDx San Diego presenter. Currently, he is a teaching artist and a commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre, a teaching artist with The La Jolla Playhouse and the Poet in Residence for the San Diego’s Writer’s Fest. He has been commissioned to produce original pieces for leading arts and community organizations around the country and is honored to be a part of this event.
Cassandra Vieten is Director of Research and Associate Scientist at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Executive Director of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, co-founder and Clinical Psychology Director at the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at UCSD, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being, and development of media technologies to inspire awe. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UC San Francisco. She was a Scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group for 12 years, and worked at the Institute of Noetic Sciences for 18 years, serving as IONS' seventh President from 2013-2019. She has authored three books, published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader.
Trisha Williams is the CEO of Origami Air, a virtual reality production company based in San Diego, CA which focuses on bringing new communities together around simulated travel, future foresight, and aspirational collective imagination. Since graduating with a Master’s in Interactive Technology from The Guildhall at SMU, Trisha has spent the last 15 years building 3D worlds in the video game and innovation industries. As a leader in creating immersive spaces, Trisha has collaborated with The USC Cinema World Building Media Lab, Marion Ewing Kauffman Foundation, Sundance New Frontiers, and is currently working in affiliation with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and UCSD Innovation.
Join us March 27, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla for an afternoon full of self-discovery with exciting speakers and amazing performances—and ideas worth spreading!
The pandemic has made us acutely aware of our breath; how precious it is but also how dangerous it can be as a carrier of disease. We can protect our lungs while also utilizing mindful breath as a tool for self-care, healing and mental health.View Bio
In this introduction to TEDxSanDiego, Jacques-Pierre Cole addresses an age old question, “Why can’t I stop thinking?” With humor and empathy, this compassionate Zen Master will reframe how we think about mindfulness and meditation.View Bio
Courage is not just for heroes. It is a choice we make every day. It is present in each breath we take. We learn courage from parents, mentors, and our darkest moments. Discover your courage, nurture it, and integrate it into your daily life.View Bio
Community is essential, and what’s at stake when we don’t prioritize it is more significant than most people think. Discover the power of community and how to build your own supportive “web of resilience” so you can thrive in times of certainty or crisis.View Bio
Women’s exclusion from the halls of power remains an enduring and well documented challenge. Laura Fink explains how individual courage and collective action are needed NOW to elevate diverse women to critical positions of leadership in the boardroom and at the ballot box.View Bio
Our whole lives we are told that strength will help us endure life’s battles. Most of us love a good superhero story out of admiration for their strength. Black women don’t have to wish for this trait—society has already told us that we have to be the strongest in the room. Enter the “strong, independent, black woman” stereotype. But that strength comes at a price and we need a healthier model. Real strength actually comes from the courage to show up as yourself.View Bio
Our long-term survival as a species depends on our ability to be compassionate to each other. Our ability to see ourselves in others and thereby embrace our oneness can become the cornerstone of a compassionate future. In this talk, I share a short compassion practice that can lift our veils of separation and hopefully dissuade us from repeating the cruel mistakes of our past.View Bio
From humble beginnings to environment-filling vocals, Box Of Beats takes you on an auditory journey through the art of sound. Using a loop station, his voice, and a synthesizer, he begins with one simple sound and builds one layer at a time into full musical compositions, live on stage in real time—an extraordinary auditory experience.View Bio
Naruwan Taiko presents two Japanese drumming performances from their repertoire. Each piece was written with the idea of connecting and engaging with community. The spirit and sound from each piece often results with the performers and the audience feeling transformed and re-energized.View Bio
Jake was a founding performer at the very first TEDxSanDiego in 2010. He is a virtuoso and by far the world's most renowned Ukulele player. His rendition of “My Heart Gently Weeps,” was one of the first big musical hits on YouTube and kickstarted his career.
Please note: Jake’s performance at TEDxSanDiego will be virtual.View Bio
In a dynamic spoken word performance, award winning poet Gill Sotu will speak on connecting, engaging, and transforming the narrative we have each written about our lives.View Bio
As humans, we have the unique ability to combine compassion and innovation to improve life not just for ourselves, but for other species, too. Learn what helping older dolphins live the longest, healthiest lives possible is teaching us about healthy aging - and how a good fat, present in their fish diets and our butter, may improve health for all.View Bio
The future of mental health is here. From indigenous wisdom practices to mind-body science to psychedelics to virtual reality, a vast array of mental health enhancing practices are emerging and converging, promising to empower people with entirely new potentials for enhancing mental and emotional wellness. Find out what's going on in the new mental health, and how you can immediately apply it to your life.View Bio
Being an avatar in multi-user, virtual worlds (even when the avatars represent the people as closely as possible) has a different social dynamic than the real world. Perceptions are different, biases are different, mainstream social structures are nearly, non-existent and I constantly see new users react to that in several ways. Social, virtual worlds create new ways for individuals to be perceived by others and themselves. What does it mean to be an avatar of yourself.View Bio
Participants will enjoy two full sessions of talks and performances, separated by a light snack break. Speakers and performers will be available during the break and after the event to engage with participants one-on-one.
The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, opened in 2019, is the heart of cultural, arts education, and community event activity in La Jolla, California.