x = independently organized TED event


This event occurred on
November 20, 2011
11:00am - 4:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Irvine, CA, CA
United States

The first ever TEDxYouth event in Orange County, California is specifically geared toward honoring our Youth Community with inspirational messages of authentic and productive paths toward self-fulfillment. The conference will feature both adult speakers and youth contributors. Youth (ranging in age from 10 to 18) will be introduced to remarkable young speakers as well as community leaders who will share stories of how they are living a life true to their own spirit.

"What is TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDx[name], where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDx[name] event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized."

University High School
4771 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA, CA, 92612
United States
Event type:
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Julie Hudash

Julie Hudash, a devoted child advocate, is the founder and chief executive officer of Team Kids. Team Kids is a nonprofit which runs school-based and community-wide service learning programs. Ms. Hudash leads a board of directors in developing and implementing innovative programs that empower young people to take action to improve their communities and the world in which they live. Under her leadership, Team Kids has developed powerful partnerships with police and fire firefighters to help implement Team Kids’ school programs. In the past 10 years more than 21,000 students have completed Team Kids month-long, school-based service programs. Ms. Hudash is also a writer who tackles difficult issues on behalf of children and has published several pieces in the Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register. Julie is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she majored in Communications. She and with her husband Ray are the parents of five children.

K-von M

As the star of MTV's hit show "Disaster Date" K-von's humor has made an international impact. He has appeared in a two-year standup comedy tour as well as on the Emmy-Award winning SHOWTIME channel. Instead of going to Law School or pursuing the normal "good Persian son" path to medical school, K-von opted to follow his first love, making people laugh! After performing internationally as a headliner and host, along with opening for such comics as Jamie Kennedy and Maz Jobrani, K-von has found, "The best part of comedy is I can hang out with people every night who can find a way to see humor in every aspect of life". K-von aspires to have his comedy reach all ages as well as all walks of life. While being edgy, younger audiences are able to enjoy his act. The thrill of making people laugh is K-von's daily pursuit!

Martin Diedrich

Martin founded the first Diedrich Coffee coffeehouse in Costa Mesa in 1984. Under Martin's direction, Diedrich Coffee grew to nearly a dozen locations over the next ten years and earned the reputation as "The Best Coffeehouses in Orange County". These original coffeehouses were exciting, creative hives of activity and the most popular gathering places in their respective neighborhoods. Martin Diedrich is now considered one of the pioneers of the coffeehouse phenomenon. Martin has been a Master Roaster for 21 years and is an internationally recognized coffee expert. In June of 2004, Martin resigned his position at Diedrich Coffee, and began to manifest a new vision: a state-of-the-art, cutting edge coffeehouse that would bring back the community feeling, coffee connoisseurship, and cultural atmosphere of his early Diedrich coffeehouses, as well as embrace his ideal that businesses should model community and global responsibility and awareness, both environmental and cultural. Through Kéan Coffee, Martin Diedrich is taking his community coffeehouse vision to the next level.

Stephanie Barger

Stephanie Barger is ERF Founder, Treasurer and Executive Director. A nonprofit Consultant, Mortgage Banker and Past CPA, she brings to ERF a wealth of environmental charity work experience. Stephanie has been involved with a variety of charities such as Journey to the Heart, the Surfrider Foundation, Copes and Green Networking for Orange County. She also helped organized several Volunteer Connection Day. For Stephanie, "Only through loving, understanding and knowing one another can we give back to our children a wonderful earth that we have continually taken from, sometimes unknowingly, sometimes selfishly and mostly unnecessarily. We need not give up the conveniences of the future to keep the treasures of the past (starfish on the beach, clean air, wild lands to run and laugh and be humans). Through community we can obtain the seemingly unobtainable, which is why I have dedicated my life to bring about community into the world."

Sukhee Kang

Irvine City Mayor Sukhee Kang was first elected to the Irvine City Council in November 2004 and was re-elected in November 2006. The first Asian-American to win two consecutive terms on the Irvine City Council, Sukhee Kang has twice earned the support of his City Council colleagues to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. Mayor Kang’s own American success story has helped shape his inclusive and engaging leadership style. Active throughout the Irvine community, he has forged strong and supportive relationships with the business community, education community and many cultural, service and non-profit organizations that serve the citizens of Irvine. Mayor Kang was recently honored for his community leadership and citizenship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York which salutes immigrants who have made significant contributions to the country for its annual “Immigrants: The Pride of America” designation. In March of 2011, Mayor Kang was also presented with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Business Management from Dongseo University in Busan, Korea.

Gwendolyn Oxenham & Luke Boughen

Documentarians Gwendolyn Oxenham and Luke Boughen, are two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros.  Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game.  From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play. Gwendolyn and Luke’s journey through 25 countries unveils another side of soccer. Known to some as just a game, Gwendolyn and Luke find soccer as a vehicle through which to see our fellow man on a level (and sometimes not-so-level) playing field.

Kara DeFrias

According to her 2nd grade report card, Kara “likes to talk. A lot.” Which makes sense that this long-time Toastmaster (DTM) and former journalist would still be working in communications. When not working as an innovation catalyst and writing user experiences for one of the best software companies in the world, she does pro-bono PR work for women- and LGBT-owned small businesses in her free time. Kara also loves to volunteer for causes near and dear to her heart, such at Team Rubicon and UCSD Moores Cancer Center. She's involved with TEDxSanDiego (2010 Show Director, 2011 Social Media Manager) and TEDxIntuit (Executive Producer). This 3-time cancer survivor is also an Emmy winner, 2011 San Diego Woman of the Year finalist, and has been recognized by San Diego Magazine as a Woman Who Moves the City. Kara graduated summa cum laude from Penn State University with a masters degree in instructional design. She lives in San Diego with her curmudgeonly English lab, Xander.

Natalie Schroder

This 10 year old author, poet, ballet dancer and pianist credits her enthusiasm for writing essays, poetry, and short stories to her exposure to drama and musical theatre at a "very early" age. Her two favorite musical theatre experiences have been "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera." Natalie is also passionate about classical ballet, and studies and dances at a local studio nearly every day. In her free time, she continues to study piano and sneak in reading any books from her favorite genre in literature, fantasy and adventure.

Jen Engevik

Jennifer is a journalist and the founder of, a Website dedicated to inspiring men, women, and children to discover their bold selves. Her commitment to bold living began after the sudden death of her father when she was only 10-years-old. In an effort to make the most of each second, Jennifer vowed to follow her dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem to others. Jennifer's 35 years have seen her earn “Athlete of the Year” status in high school, play college basketball, win a championship in women’s professional tackle football, graduate from the University of Southern California School of Broadcast Journalism, earn a Masters in English & Literature, write & market for top brands, earn a documentary credit for a film on the Hong Kong turnover to China, travel to Africa to help educate on HIV/AIDs,teach College English, adventure to Israel and Palestine, enjoy the rainforests of Central America, live between Scandinavia and Southern California, and meet amazingly bold people along the way!

Jesse Billauer

On March 25, 1996, Jesse Billauer was surfing at his local break at Zuma Beach in California as he was pushed headfirst into the shallow sandbar, fracturing his neck and severing his spinal cord, leaving him a quadriplegic. Jesse left the hospital, and immediately knew two things: he had to surf again and he had to help others be inspired to follow their passions. As founder and ambassador of Life Rolls On Foundation, Jesse will tell you that “LRO is an avenue to hope, independence, freedom, happiness, inspiration, and teamwork. It is about bringing people together and changing lives one day, one program, and one person at a time. Each of LRO’s amazing programs offers the opportunity for the physically disabled to open their minds, help them forget about their challenges and to be thankful for the opportunity to still be alive.” Jesse Billauer is a professional surfer, Nike athlete, and founder of Life Rolls On. Featured in the surf epic, Step Into Liquid, Jesse’s life has also been made into a feature film, Jesse’s Story. Billauer inspires millions each year through speaking engagements and television appearances.

Dr. Mahtab Jafari

Dr. Mahtab Jafari, Associate Professor and Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) has developed the first undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UC system and helped found the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC Irvine. Using human cultured cells, fruit flies and mice as her model systems, she hopes her contributions will help to slow the process of aging, improve human health and extend lifespan. Dr. Jafari is the recipient of the UCI Teaching Award as well as Chancellor’s Award for Fostering Undergraduate Research. She has also been selected among “20 Women to Watch in Orange County” by OC Metro Business Magazine.

Cameron Eldridge

A life-long avid reader and writer, Cameron Eldridge has been writing seriously since the age of four. What started out as poetry and short stories ended in a two-hundred and sixty-four page novel. Published in 2010, her first book, The Selandra Chronicles was brought to life. She began typing it at the age of nine, and published it two years later. She currently lives in Southern California with her sister, mom, dad and dog. She plans on being a career author and publishing many more books. She attributes her literary success to her family, and those of her peers who inspired her.  The second book in the series is now in the making, and should be released by late spring. Her lifelong dream is to have her book accepted by a major publisher, and to write a bestseller in her lifetime.

Juris Zinbergs

Juris began practicing yoga in 1993. In 1997, he was certified by Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute to teach asana, pranayama and chanting in the same yoga tradition of his own teacher, TKV Desikachar. Juris has also completed AVI's three year training course in the application of yoga as a therapeutic process for managing acute and chronic disease. As a faculty assistant for AVI, he helps with training and developing teachers in the Viniyoga tradition.

Eric Schwartz

Hilariously entertaining and energetic, Eric Schwartz aka Smooth-E electrifies audiences worldwide with his blend of stand-up, music and video. Behind his geeky facade lies a multi-dimensional showman, actor, producer, director and writer whose creations have been seen on "The Tonight Show," Showtime, E!, BET, The CW, TMZ, G4 and more. Audiences worldwide follow Smooth-E's mantra to "Surrender to the Blender." In fall of 2011, Eric debuts as the host of the TV series, "On The Spot," airing nationally in syndication on CW, ABC, CBS and NBC stations.  Each week, he takes to the streets to ask trivia questions people should probably know the answers to...but do they? One of the internet's hottest stars, “E! News Daily” host Ryan Seacrest says he is “rocking the web” with “video that’s got everyone Googling.”  Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz tapped Eric to create a series of comedy promos for his summer tour entitled "Grati-Tube."  

Organizing team


Irvine, CA, United States
  • Jill Donello