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Seoul, South Korea
November 12th, 2011

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About this event

In our community, we meet diverse people who live every day with a warm mind and a strong motivation to inspire others by being themselves.
When we meet, we are curious as to "What drives you?" During the TEDx Event in Itaewon, you can discover their secrets of how they are able to concentrate on their work and stay motivated. They will also share their own life stories.

• Date/Time : 12th November, 01:00pm - 05:30pm
• Venue : Yongsan Youthpool Theatre
• Subject : "WHAT DRIVES YOU?"
• Program : 3 Sessions(6 speakers / performers)
• Entrance Fee : 10,000won (Small gifts will be given to each attendee.)

During the event, you will see six exciting speakers share their thoughts and inspiration on what drives them. Along with our speakers, we will also have performers, one being a pansori (traditional Korean song) singer! It will be an event you surely will not want to miss.
We strongly encourage everyone to attend TEDxItaewon 2nd Event to share unique ideas, inspire, and to be inspired during the event. Thank you.

1 day event
12 staff members
26 countries from
30 korean attendees
70 foreign attendees
100 attendees total

Confirmed Speakers

  • Anthony Park
    He is a deep sea driver moved to USA in 1963 to enroll into middle school. After then, he worked as an underwriter for a reinsurance firm near Wall Street in New York City and retired as an Army Nat’l Guard officer. He came to Korea about 8 years ago to partner with a close friend in ocean science engineering business. You might enjoy to hearing his spectacle sea story.
  • Isabelle Min
    She is a cross culture and communication specialist, an associate professor at Sungkyun Kwan University, CEO of TCK. At TCK institute, she combines her cross cultural upbringing with 25 years of career that includes marketing, broadcasting, public relations, training, writing, simultaneous interpreting and coaching. She spent her formative years living in five continents and speaks 5 languages. Come to the event and meet her in person!
  • Dan & Serenity Johnson
    Dan and Serenity, whom together make up the band The Bell and the Hammer. The two have been living in Seoul for the past 2 years but have been playing as a duet for 5 years. Serenity writes all of the lyrics while Dan writes all of the music. Together, they bring you music directly from their soul. Their music is truly inspiring and not something you will want to miss.
  • SeungAh Kim
    She is a storyteller. She tells Korean folk tales and other stories from all over the world. She is directing and designing storytelling concert to help people understand Korean culture better through storytelling.
  • Esther Chae
    Esther K. Chae is one of TED Fellows, an award-winning actor/writer based in Los Angeles and New York. Her artistic work has been seen and heard in the US, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Italy and Russia. Her numerous credits as a performer include TV shows NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, 24, The Shield, Night Stalker; and theatre stages such as Yale Repertory Theater, La Mama, Mark Taper Forum/ Kirk Douglas Theater, P.S. 122 and Harvard/A.R.T.
  • Melanie Steyn
    She is a professor of Sunchon National University and a writer. Her most recent novel is "Once Around the Sun," set in Korea. It's on Amazon, or you can listen to it (free) on the publisher's website: Just search the Bookshop. Her YouTube channel is Lanisusan.

Venue and Details

YongSan Youthpool Theatre
Seoul, 301-179
South Korea
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David Choo
Seoul, South Korea

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Sohyun Ha
Edward Lee
Facility Team Leader
Gabriel Song
Operation Team Leader
Jungyoon Park
Promotion Team Leader
Johnny Bland
Promotion Team staff
Alex Finch
Promotion Team staff
Minseok Kim
Operation Team staff
Seungyoon Heo
Operation Team staff
DanandSerenity Johnson
Promotion Team staff