As the Content Director at TED, I spend most of the year working on the speaker program. Assembling and working with 50 of the most interesting and relevant people in the world is at least as much fun as it sounds. I'm also the Director and co-host (with Rives) of TEDActive, the intimate, relaxed, participatory, speculative and very, very fun event featuring special workshops, unique experiences, and a live simulcast of the speakers in Long Beach.
Before TED, I was the Director of Mixed Greens, a contemporary art gallery with the goal of making contemporary art a little more accessible, which is still near and dear to me.
Most of my career before that was spent in the art world in one way or another, but the job that had probably the most influence on who I am and what I do now was camp counselor, and I am absolutely serious. I did that for much longer than I should ever admit.
music, contemporary art, great ideas, and preserving the imaginations of our little ones so they can grow up to be wonderful independent thinkers.
the best speakers you've ever heard, ways to make TEDActive even better
My dad has been going to TED for something like 20 years, and my brother has been to more TED conferences than I have. They convinced me to give it a try (it wasn't hard) and I was hooked. My mom now goes to TED too, of course. A few years later, TED HQ moved from California to New York, and I was fortunate enough to be able to make it a part of my every day life.
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