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This event occurred on
November 10, 2012
9:00am - 3:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Danville, CA
United States

TEDxYouth@Mt.Diablo is a 6-hour event with up to 8 high-level, noteworthy speakers who will deliver powerful, 18-minute messages related to the theme of "Making Ideas Happen."

Village Theater
233 Front Street
Danville, CA, 94526
United States
Event type:
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Clifton Anderson

Leadership Strategist | Executive Coach | International Speaker A leadership strategist, executive coach, and international speaker, Clifton Anderson is committed to helping leaders create phenomenal results and a lasting legacy. He is a relentless champion for human potential and has been called “one of the most profound thinkers of his generation.” He is the author of the book, A Year Wiser: 365 Days of Inspiration to Create a Phenomenal Year. Through his writing, speaking, and coaching, he has inspired countless individuals and organizations to reach new heights of performance. Favorite Quote: "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small minds who would rather accept the world they've been given than explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It is a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." ~Muhammad Ali Favorite Hero: My Mom Favorite Book: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen 1 Line for YOUTH: The elements of phenomenal ideas: how they are born, nurtured, developed, and executed.

Rick Gunn

Soucycler | 3-year bicycle/photo journal tour of the world Rick Gunn is a writer and photographer based in South Lake Tahoe, California. In 2005, he quit his job of 14-year as a daily newspaper photographer, and rode a bicycle 25,811-miles, over 3 years, through 33 countries around the globe. Ultimately transformed by scenes of war, poverty, and disease along the way, Gunn began dedicating his journey to the greater good, dedicating himself to series of global projects that included reporting from an orphanage in Nepal, volunteering in an AIDS Hospice in Thailand, covering Bomb extraction and mine victim rehabilitation in Laos and Vietnam, to simply planting trees in Borneo. Rick is currently writing his book entitled, “Soulcycler” about the journey, as well as giving presentations by the same name to private groups, schools, and public audiences. His photos and stories have appeared in a variety of national newspapers including The New York Times, USA Today, as well as an array of various magazines, books, and websites. Favorite Quote: “Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” ~ Marianne Williamson Favorite Hero: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Favorite Book: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Ravi Balasubramanian

Director of Robotics and Human Control Systems Lab at Oregon State University Dr. Ravi Balasubramanian is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore with top honors and his PhD from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He has also held research positions in the University of Washington and Yale University. His research interests span robotics and human control systems. Details of his work can be found at Favorite Book: Mahabharatha and Ramayana 1 Line for YOUTH: Belief and Tenacity

David (Carthage) Tollen

Author of The Jericho River David Carthage is the author of The Jericho River: A Magical Novel About the History of Western Civilization, It’s a young adult novel that uses fantasy to teach history. David is also the author of the Pints of History blog,, which covers all of history in small pints, offering up history’s surprises and its lessons for today. In his day job, David is a lawyer with degrees from Harvard Law School and Cambridge University (Queens’ College). He also has a B.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley. He lives and works in Northern California. David is a dedicated history buff and reads about the past almost constantly. He’s also passionate about teaching, and he loves repackaging big, complex topics in a way that’s fun, exciting, and easy to understand. That’s what he’s done with both The Jericho River and the Pints of History blog. Favorite Hero: Winston Churchill Favorite Book: Pompeii, Robert Harris 1 Line for YOUTH: History is a fantasy adventure story

Danika Patrick

Innovation Lead at AT&T | Member of the AT&T Tech Council Danika Patrick is an Innovation Lead in the AT&T Foundry; Palo Alto. She has designed new experiences for text messaging and video communication as well as improving education and healthcare. She currently works on a project called Foundry as a Verb, that’s mission is to bring the tools of innovation to every team at AT&T. Danika’s path looks like any young, energetic person with a passion to change the world. She studied engineering, lived in Germany, played rugby, designed airplane engines, drove across the country, changed paths by going to graduate school, traveled to China, graduated from school without a job, went to Australia, got a job, didn’t like her job, invented her own job and never once sat down. Danika now lives in San Francisco, knows every bike route in the city and is committed to help anyone who asks for it. Favorite Quote: "Do you know how sometimes it's as if you have to be yourself or you'll just burst?" -Sister Mary Robert, Sister Act Favorite Hero: Tina Fey Favorite Book: Improv Wisdom 1 Line for YOUTH: Don't hide your passion

Nishad Singh

High School Student | World Record Holder for fastest 100 mile race in the under 17 age 17-year old Nishad Singh, a Senior at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, CA, is a passionate ultra marathoner who started running long distance races at the age of 11. He has since completed 3 Half marathons, 2 marathons, 4 50Ks, a 50M race and 2 100-mile races. His first 100M race made him the second youngest person in the world to run 100 miles. His second 100-mile race time of 23 hours 33 minutes and 57 seconds saw him become the World record holder for the fastest 100-mile run by a person aged under-17. Nishad has raised thousands of dollars for educational scholarships and Asthma research using his races as fundraising events. If you ever find Nishad stationary he would either be in the corner in his garage drumming away intently, a passion he took up in 3rd. grade, or in front of a lectern during his Model United Nations debates. He is currently engaged in growing his non-profit foundation,, whose aim is to get children engaged in non-competitive sports to improve health, self-confidence and grades. Favorite Quote: Age is an issue of mind over matter - if you don't mind it doesn't matter Favorite Hero: Nelson Mandela Favorite Book: The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan 1 Line for YOUTH: We can do it

Larry Jacobson

Award-winning author | Globe circumnavigator During his six years circumnavigating the globe after departing corporate shores, Larry accumulated priceless and hard-won souvenirs — new insights on how to master your fears and limitations, persevere through the inevitable storms on the way to success, and live out your childhood dreams against all odds. Larry’s dynamic recounting of his incredible experiences and the lessons he’s drawn from them shine a navigational beacon of inspiration for anyone who’s ever aspired to achieve great things in business or in life. Favorite Quote: Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain Favorite Hero: Ernest Shackleton Favorite Book: The Boy Behind the Gate by Larry Jacobson 1 Line for YOUTH: Use your fears to your advantage, pursue your wildest passion, and know your priorites

George Dom

Former leader of the Blue Angels | Renowned speaker on leadership and team work issues Captain George Dom, USN (Ret) Captain Dom grew up in western Pennsylvania and attended college at Duke University in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. During his 26-year Navy career, he logged over 6,000 flight hours and 1,023 carrier landings in ten different tactical aircraft on seven different aircraft carriers. George’s Navy experiences include instructor pilot at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (“Topgun”) and assignments as commanding officer of various high-performance organizations: a combat FA-18 squadron (Strike-Fighter Squadron 37); the Navy’s jet demonstration squadron (“the Blue Angels”) and all the squadrons embarked aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (Carrier Air Wing Seven). George flew combat missions against Libya in 1986 (Operation Eldorado Canyon), Iraq from 1991-2000 (Operations Desert Storm and Deny Flight), and Kosovo in 2000 (Operation Noble Anvil). His awards included the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards), and the Distinguished Flying Cross (with “Combat Valor”). Captain Dom’s final military assignment was in the Pentagon in Washington, DC coordinating strategic military planning and policy development on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Upon leaving active duty, George founded NFS Jet Acquisitions, Inc., specializing in all aspects of corporate jet acquisitions and management. He also travels extensively to speak to corporate groups and various organizations regarding individual high performance, high-trust leadership and teamwork. Captain Dom and his family reside in Napa, California. Favorite Quote: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” – Theodore Roosevelt Favorite Hero: Abraham Lincoln 1 Line for YOUTH: In order to be trusted you must be trustworthy.

Organizing team


San Ramon, CA, United States
  • Ambal Balakrishnan
    Curator, TEDxYouth@MtDiablo
  • Terry Koehne
    Program Manager, TEDxYouth@MtDiablo; Community Relations Director, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • Cristene Burr
    Sponsorship Lead, TEDxYouth@MtDiablo; Executive Director, San Ramon Valley Education Foundation
  • Scott Gerbert
    Partner Management, TEDxYouth@MtDiablo; Coordinator,San Ramon Valley Education Foundation
  • Abhi Ilindra
    Youth Outreach and Social Media Lead,TEDxYouth@MtDiablo