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AboutTeamTED & TEDx

A Catalyst For Spreading Ideas Worth Doing

TEDxSanDiego brings together a collection of doers and thinkers, innovators and creatives, explorers and visionaries, teachers and learners, then seeks to illuminate, inspire and activate those individuals as a way to expand horizons, change perceptions, incite action and foster new connections.

After years of spreading ideas worth sharing, inspired by the global challenges that impact us all, we are shifting the focus of TEDxSanDiego towards action. Our response to the demands of this coming decade is to activate and connect inspired people with activities, opportunities and communities that support positive, impactful action.

Audrey Jacobs

Organizer- Chief Connector & Curator

Audrey is passionate about building community. At age 17 she wrote her personal mission statement: “To be a Catalyst for Positive Change by Educating and Inspiring Individuals and Communities.” She’s been an active leader in San Diego for more than 30 years serving on many non-profit boards and community groups. While raising three sons and working in affordable housing, startups investing and finance, she also devoted her time to supporting the homeless, the arts, and the Jewish community.

She is a financial advisor for Bernstein Private Wealth and guides entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and philanthropic clients to invest with intention. She’s a passionate connector as featured in her TEDx talk, “How to be a Matchmaker in Work, Life, and Love.” In her free time, she is a writer, storyteller, and dancer. Audrey is a proud alumna of San Diego State and Columbia University and lives in downtown San Diego.

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TEDxSanDiego is an all-volunteer organization, and our events could only happen with the tireless efforts of the folks listed below, as well as many others who help out during the day. They support the power of Ideas Worth Spreading in our local community.

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to serve.  If you are interested in joining this exciting team, please complete the volunteer request form.
Administration & Board
Audrey Jacobs, Chief Connector & Curator, Board President
Olivia Peachey - Co Director, Board Secretary
Sam Mazzeo - Legal Liaison, Board Member
Brandon Hawkins - Board Treasurer
Jacob Turgeman - Board Member
Sherrie Rose - Speaker Selection & Admin Director
Marian Rak - Bookkeeper
Dan Schreiber - CPA JGD & Associates
Vanessa Bourgeois - Director
Jami Lah - Content Director
Rebecca Smith - Performance Curator
Allison Moores - Speaker Selection
Joelle Kord - Speaker Coach
Allison Wonders - Head Speaker Coach
Jim Taylor - Speaker Coach
Jennifer Dean - Speaker Coach
Chris Lah - Speaker Coach
Tina Bernard - Speaker Coach
Production & Experience
Niko Podimatis - Production Director
Lynn Kelly - Experience Director
Spencer Tillim - Operations Director
Sandi Masori - Speaker Selection & Stage Manager
Marketing Communications
Amy Pfleger – Marketing Director
Jose Alonso - Creative and Branding Director - A&Co
Fundraising & Community Partners
Joe Cohen - Community Partner Coordinator

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
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