x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Sparking Creativity

This event occurred on
January 25, 2014
2:00pm - 5:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Los Angeles, CA
United States

The theme of TEDxYouth@PalisadesCharterHighSchool will be “Sparking Creativity.” It is a call to classmates and community members to interrupt standard routines and spend an afternoon considering alternative perspectives. We want to engage our audience by featuring speakers who are thought-provoking, entertaining and inspiring.

Palisades Charter High School is composed of students from different ethnic and economic backgrounds. By hosting a TEDxYouth event, we aim to bring our community together in order to spark unique ideas -- ideas we can all utilize in both the classroom and the real world. The event will be entirely produced, marketed, filmed and organized by students who want to bring a positive change to our community.

Our inaugural TEDxYouth Event will be held at Palisades Charter High School in the Mercer Hall Auditorium on Saturday, January 25th.

We invite students “of all ages” to attend. Please spread the word through Facebook and Twitter. Tickets will be available soon!

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Mercer Hall at Palisades Charter High School
15777 Bowdoin Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90272
United States
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Dr. Richard Woodward

Dr. Woodward has been an associate professor at CSUDH where he taught courses in neuroanatomy & physiology and kinesiology. He was also a faculty research adviser for the occupational therapy program. Currently, Dr. Woodward teaches science at Palisades Charter High School. He has also been a frequent presenter at California charter school conferences. He received the Outstanding Professor Award while teaching at the American Intercontinental University. Dr. Woodward has been an educator for over fifteen years and continues to develop dynamic and rigorous curriculum with a touch of mirth.

Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia

Shirin Salemnia is the Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, an independent interactive media company that creates high quality innovative multi-platform immersive experiences that engage children and adults. Also, She is the Founder of WhizGirls Academy where students engage in exciting projects that help them acquire skills in the areas of coding, entrepreneurship, and more, while building confidence and growing as members of the community. She previously worked at MGA Entertainment on Bratz and Mattel on Barbie, where she performed ongoing research and analysis of industry trends, consumer motivations and competitor activity. At MGA, she was responsible for designing the Play Lab, where children would gather for in-house research. While she was the Brand Manager for the billion dollar Bratz brand. She is actively involved in Women in Gaming, an Advisor to the LA Film School Video Game Dept, The Boys and Girls Club in Venice, Girls in Tech, Girl Scouts, and the White House Council of Women and Girls.

Diane Luby Lane

Diane Luby Lane is the Founder and Executive Director of Get Lit-Words Ignite, the leading teen literacy nonprofit in Southern California. She is the director of the Get Lit Players, an award-winning classic teen poetry troupe, and the creator of Get Lit's annual citywide “Classic Slam,” teen poetry event. She is the author of Get Lit A 12-Week Course in Literacy and Life Through Poetry and the "Lit Kit" which is Get Lit's curriculum and curriculum package that's aligned to federal Common Core standards. Lane has received numerous awards including the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award.

Hayden Lee

Hayden Lee is a certified Academic Life Coach for teenagers, teen motivator, a TEDxTalk speaker, and a consultant for LA’s Incubator School. He graduated with honors from UC San Diego with degrees in Psychology, Theatre, and a minor in European Studies. A former SAT tutor, Hayden became a certified Academic Life Coach because he realized that at the heart of many teens’ academic struggles were motivation and confidence. He now helps teenagers empower themselves with the self-awareness and life skills in order to achieve academic and personal success by linking a sense of purpose, passion, and fulfillment to their work.

Annie Cipolla

Annie Cipolla is currently the Young Adult Librarian at the Palisades Branch of Los Angeles Public Library and previously held the same position at the Westwood Branch. She also substitutes as a librarian in the Youth Services Department of Santa Monica Public Library. Before becoming a librarian, she worked in television as a broadcast journalist, Managing Editor and Executive Producer in Baltimore, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. She tries to apply the same creativity to her work in the library as she did in television. She is not only impressed with but inspired by the creativity of the teens she feels fortunate enough to work with each day.

Stephen Glassman

LA-based sculptor Stephen Glassman first came to international attention in the early 1990′s when he began creating freeform, large-scale bamboo installations in urban sites devastated by the Rodney King Riots, Malibu Fires and Northridge Quake. These works became local symbols of resiliency as well as a springboard for the permanent, monumental-scale public works he creates today — art for art’s sake in a social context. Stephen’s work has been published worldwide, and been awarded with an NEA/White House Millennium Fellowship, a Chrysler Design Award nomination, the London International Creativity Award, and more.

Organizing team


Los Angeles, CA, United States


  • Shelby Grody
    Director of /Logistics and Marketing
  • Katarina Kilpatrick
    Director of Stage Design
  • Andre Askarinam
    Director of Tech/Film
  • Jacob Glazer
    Director of Publicity
  • Sean Passan
    Teacher Advisor
  • Ethan Svoboda
    Assistant Director
  • David Davtyan
    Assistant Director
  • Kian Farin
    Light Director
  • Kate Chao
    Sound Director