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Theme: Empowering Leadership at Every Level

This event occurred on
September 11, 2011
12:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Napa, CA
United States

Attendance at TEDxNapaValley is for dynamic thinkers, positive re-inforcers, determined citizens, those searching for answers to questions never asked, and those willing to question the answers already given.

We’re seeking to bring together inspiring teachers, engaging locals, community leaders, innovative individuals, and those with a sense of humor.

Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main Street
Napa, CA, 94559
United States
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Tim Jahnigen

One World Futbol co-inventor, he is known as a creative problem solver. He creates and develops systems and technologies with patents pending in a diverse range of industries, from construction and banking to science and medicine.

Ed Matovcik

President of Intervine, an international wine management company he earned his MBA from Columbia University in New York and has studied international business and brand management at the London Business School and Humboldt University in Berlin. Prior to entering the wine industry, Ed served as a Chief of Staff for the US Congress for 16 years. A local Napan himself, Ed with his wife Cheryl are the proud foster parents of over 40 dogs (and counting) from the Napa County Animal Shelter. Ed’s passion for fostering dogs has recently inspired him to create short YouTube films of some of the foster dogs featuring pictures and video set to music to promote animal fostering and adoption. Whether it’s a wine company, the political arena, or just in his own home with the ‘pack’ Ed’s years of management experience have led to some inspiring and humorous stories that we can all relate to.

Mark Brewer

Principal of Napa County’s newest high school, American Canyon High School.

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Nicolette is an attorney and livestock rancher. Much of her time is spent speaking and writing about the problems resulting from industrialized livestock production, including the book Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms

Geni Whitehouse

Geni is the is the author of How to Make a Boring Subject Interesting : 52 ways even a nerd can be heard. A self proclaimed nerd, former technology executive and former CPA firm partner Geni Whitehouse has made it her to mission to eliminate boring from the world of presentations. A frequent speaker at events around the country she has been called the “comedian CPA“. She regularly shares her nerdy insights in her role as Countess of Comunications at Brotemarkle, Davis and Co. LLP in St. Helena.

Robert Romano

BookheadEd founder & CEO and creator of StudySync , M.A. in Literature and the Teaching of Writing, developed the successful, award-winning EdVantage Software with renowned educator James Moffet, which sold to Riverdeep Interactive in 2001. A successful entrepreneur, Romano is committed to assembling top academic and creative talent to produce innovative, effective educational technology for today’s students.

Kyle Weiss

Kyle co-founded in 2006 when he was just 13 years old to raise money to help build soccer fields for kids in Africa. has raised more than $138,000, constructed eight soccer fields in Africa, held four soccer tournaments, and delivered uniforms, soccer balls and other necessary supplies. Kyle is about to start his first semester at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. FUNDaFIELD continues to expand rapidly each year.

Chuck Mc Minn

Chuck is the Executive Director of the Napa Valley Vine Trail. He is the Co-owner of Vineyard 29 located just north of St. Helena. Chuck has been recognized as the 2011 Napa Chamber Community Booster of the Year.

Organizing team


Napa, CA, United States
  • Brian Bordona
    Speaker Co-ordination
  • Debi Cali
    Event Assistance
  • Irv Baum
    Community Outreach
  • Danielle Rhyno
  • Sandina Bailo
    Sponsorship / General Information
  • Andrew Healy
    Sponsorship / Marketing
  • Geni Whitehouse
    Speaker Team