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Theme: Engage your Passion

This event occurred on
September 8, 2012
4:30am - 9:30am MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Albuquerque, NM
United States

TEDxABQ engages an inspired community. In 2011 we hosted a sell-out crowd of 700 people, excited to hear about some of the most extraordinary ideas in New Mexico, and the people that make them happen.

The event is a full-day, with coffee in the morning, lunch included, and a post-event meet & greet to talk to the speakers and meet some of the other audience members. It's a day about great conversations, amazing connections, and walking away with the sense that you can be the next great idea to come out of New Mexico.

National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM, 87102
United States
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Rayna Dineen

Rayna Dineen believes citizenship and service can transform the lives of children. A teacher for over 30 years, both in Santa Fe and points across the U.S., Rayna knows education is more than mastering academic knowledge. It is learning to be compassionate, kind citizens and standing up for what you know is right. Principal and co-founder of Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences, Rayna supervises a group of students who call themselves Youth United, who courageously took on the entrenched problem of literacy and asked themselves, “What can WE do?”

Dr Mark Boslough

Dr. Mark Boslough is a world-renowned expert on global catastrophies. As a Caltech-trained physicist, member of the technical staff of Sandia National Laboratories, and adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico, he is regularly seen on science documentaries and news reports explaining his research on planetary impacts and participating in expeditions to remote destinations around the world.

Teresa Marie

As a hospice volunteer, Teresa Marie has heard a lot of regrets. Over the last 14 years, she’s used that knowledge to work with top CEOs and executive teams around the country to not only improve their leadership skills and business results, but to help them prioritize what’s really important.

Dickon Sire

Dickon is a web strategist and designer who has spent the past 14 years marketing some of Hollywood’s biggest films on the internet. A desire to produce beautiful and engaging online experiences has led Dickon’s work for clients such as Paramount Pictures, NBC Universal, and Disney, to be acknowledged by the W3 awards, The FWA, IdN and HOW Magazine. Dickon sees the internet as the most powerful communications tool humanity has ever known and strives to work to harness that power to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Susana Rinderle

Susana Rinderle is an Albuquerque-based trainer, consultant, coach and President of Susana Rinderle Consulting. She holds a B.A. in sociology from UCLA and an M.A. in intercultural communication from UNM. Susana was the first Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for University of New Mexico Hospitals. She has over 35 years of personal experience working across differences, and over 20 years of professional experience in multiple sectors in the U.S. and Mexico, including nonprofit, education, performing arts, corporate and healthcare.

Carlos Contreras

Carlos Contreras is a two time national champion performance poet and local educator who leads writing workshops in an adult correctional facility. The program is part of a poetry and dialogue exchange project called JustWrite. He also plays host to the Bravos Award Winning, National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Voces program, a writing institute for youth . Contreras currently creates along side Colin Hazelbaker and Hakim Bellamy as part of Albuquerque’s Urban Verbs, a Hip-Hop influenced experimental theatre adventure. Contreras was recently awarded an “Emerging Creative Bravos Award” in 2012. He is the sole proprietor of Immastar Productions.

Nora Tocci

Nora Tocci is the President of Contrast Optical, an Engineering firm which she started with her husband in 2005. She holds a B.S. in Optical Science and has worked in the tech industry for 20 years. Three years ago Nora and her husband, Mike, saw a problem no one had solved – a high-dynamic-range video camera. Three years later, they’re ready to show the world what they’ve uncovered.

Stacy Sacco

Stacy Sacco tracks how many weeks he has left to live on Earth and how he can best use that time to make a difference and maximize his personal ROI. As a business consultant and strategist, an award-winning adjunct professor and an active community volunteer both locally and globally, Stacy has a unique take on how to monitor and budget your life’s time on Earth, and how the amount of time you have remaining influences your goals and the choices you make.

Robb Janov

Robb Janov is an accomplished electric violinist and national award-winning music educator who transformed a dying middle school music program into Rock and Rhythm Band™, an exciting, innovative alternative to traditional school music classes. The Rock and Rhythm Band™ program, now in its seventeenth year, has received grants from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, The Muzak Foundation, The Mockingbird Foundation, and PNM’s Classroom Innovation Grant Program. In 2010, he was chosen as the 2nd place winner in the National ING Unsung Heroes® Awards Competition presented by ING, a financial services company.

Jessica Helen Lopez

Jessica Helen Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning poetry slam champion, and currently holds the title of 2012 Women of the World (WOW) City of ABQ Champion. She’s also a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community. Her first collection of poetry, Always Messing With Them Boys (West End Press, 2011) made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list and was also awarded the Zia Book Award presented by NM Women Press.

Dr Vince Clark

Vince’s passion is to understand the human brain. He has spent the past three decades focusing on brain research. He is the founding Director of the newly built Clinical Neuroscience Center in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico (psych.unm.edu), and is an Editor for NeuroImage, the most highly cited journal in the field of neuroimaging. Vince’s most important occupation is caring for his children. His 11 year old son was diagnosed with a pain syndrome two years ago. This started him on a journey to find and validate new methods to alleviate suffering in people with brain and mental illnesses. He hopes to help begin a “small” revolution in medicine, finding more practical methods of diagnosis and treatment that are also safer, cheaper and more effective than what is currently available.

Marshall Monroe

A former Disney Imagineer, Marshall Monroe is Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Marshall Monroe MAGIC, a strategic visioning consultancy and studio headquartered in New Mexico, U.S. The firm leverages Monroe’s pioneering research into the subject of “Quantum Leap Mechanics™,” a phrase he has coined, to deliver specialized professional services in such areas as visioning, advanced concepts, mission transformation, business development, and the meeting of grand strategic challenges. Monroe advises clients in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including HBO, DIRECTV, NASA, Sandia National Laboratories, Spaceport America, The New Mexico Economic Development Department, The Texas Department of Agriculture, The McCune Charitable Foundation, The Presbyterian Health Care Foundation, The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Juliet Doherty

Fifteen-year-old Juliet Doherty has performed at Radio City Music Hall and New York City Center. She appears with the Radio City Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular, and, just this year, was awarded the Gold Medal in the Junior Women’s division of the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world’s most revered ballet competitions. You can find her in the award winning Documentary FIRST POSITION: A Ballet Documentary which follows the competitive pathways of the ballet world. Doherty’s passion and accessibility as a performer is inspiring young girls and others worldwide.

Dr Lowell Catlett

Say “Futurist” and watch people smile. Say “Futurist” to Dr. Lowell Catlett, a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, and hear him launch into how technology is changing the way we live and work. Dr. Catlett received his doctorate in Economics from Iowa State University, and has twice received the Don C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching in addition to other awards and recognition of his work in agriculture and education. He is an an expert in commodities futures markets and is in demand as a consultant on predicting and planning for near- and long-term futures. He is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor Departments, and a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies.

Gary Goodman

Gary Goodman is the owner and president of Goodman Realty Group. He has over thirty-five years of experience in the development of office, residential, retail, and mixed use facilities. Mr. Goodman is actively involved in the local community, serving as a board member of the UNM College of Fine Arts, the Bosque School, and Creative Albuquerque. New Mexico Business Weekly identified him as the Number One Developer in the State of New Mexico in 2003. In 2008 he was awarded the A+ Key to the City. Gary believes New Mexico is uniquely positioned to become an industry leader in the creation of products and technology to manage the world’s dwindling supply of natural resources. The ideas are almost endless and natural resource management is the growth industry of the 21st century. Can New Mexico rise to the challenge?

Drs Arti Prasad, Kathy Burke, & Debbie Walhof

Primary care physicians Dr. Arti Prasad, Dr. Kathleen Burke, and Dr. Debbie Walhof have over 60 combined years of experience in pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine. They’ve each seen first-hand the damage conveyor-belt medicine does not only to patients, but also to doctors. With experience across the spectrum of medicine and life, these three women are passionate about bringing the art of healing back into medicine.

Don McIver

Frustrated with repair bills, long commutes, and never having enough time for friends, conversation, and living the way he wanted, Don McIver lept into carlessness. As a result, he’s found his life to be much fuller. Perhaps, he asks, the distance between what we think we can do and what we actually do is closer than it at first appears. McIver is a poet, monologist, essayist, teacher, manager, organizer, bicyclist and Basic Human Needs award winner.

Organizing team


Albuquerque, NM, United States


Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • Carrie Williar
    Communications Director
  • Bill Meador
    Partnerships Director
  • Emily Leach
    Lead Advisor
  • Dovya Friedman
    Marketing Director