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Theme: Just the Right Amount of Wrong

This event occurred on
October 10, 2012
10:00am - 6:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Stockton, CA
United States

Welcome to the Central Valley’s landmark TEDx conference. TEDxSanJoaquin, “Just the Right Amount of Wrong,” is a reflection of the diverse culture and potential that characterize the Central Valley. Today we hope to challenge you all to act with “Just the Right Amount of Wrong” by disrupting the status quo to create lasting impact within our community. At TEDxSanJoaquin we strive to demonstrate how the rich diversity of our region is catalyzing cutting edge technology, world class research, great works of art and ingenious social entrepreneurship. TEDxSanJoaquin celebrates those achievements with a view towards the significant challenges facing our community, nation and the world by infusing the world renowned TED platform with the energy and spirit of bril- liant Pacific students, faculty and staff as well as innovative leaders around our community and the globe. TEDxSanJoaquin will foster a continued generation of tantalizing ideas, bold innovation and invested hope.

At the University of the Pacific, we aim to provide a platform for leading thinkers, visionaries and brilliant educators to inspire a better under- standing of the world in order to create a better future.

We found great synergy with TED and consider this independently organized event to be a laboratory where we can bring new ideas, dialogue and conversation to the Pacific community through a wide array of thought provoking and innovative content. Core to this goal is the belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea.

We hope that today’s speakers, performers and interactive experiences will inspire, surprise and challenge you. And hopefully, by today’s end, we all come up with a few “ideas worth spreading” of our own.

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Stockton, CA, 95211
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Norman Perez

Norman Perez’s background includes parent educa- tion and youth development. Born in 1978 in Managua, Nicaragua, Norman’s mother died shortly after his birth. He was soon abandoned by his father and dropped off with his maternal grandmother who raised him in Los Angeles. At 11, he was sent to live with his uncle, where he joined the Oakland street gangs in order to survive the streets. Norman would come to enroll in a community program designed to help youth at-risk of joining gangs and other criminal behavior. It was that program that he credits for changing his mindset. As an adult and father of four, Norman operated as a very successful insurance agent and manager of a minor league youth football organization for years when he decided to share his skills in the development of Apantli. He says, “This organization is fully committed to the provision of quality services for the entire family unit. This is the only way we can effectively save our young people”. Norman is proficient in both Spanish and English.

Michael Tubbs

A Stockton native, Michael Tubbs graduated from Stanford University, where he received both his bachelor’s with honors and his master’s in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies. Tubbs has been honored as Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel award winner, Outstanding Achievement Award by the Alumni Association, and as a Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist. His experiences include work- ing with marginalized populations in El Salvador and in Capetown, participating in the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides reenactment with original Free- dom Riders, and internships at The White House and Google. Michael serves as the founder and executive director of The Phoenix Scholars and the co-founder for the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of the Pacific, interventions he designed to equip and empower “at-risk” youth to chart paths to opportunity. Tubbs currently serves as the coordinator for the Community Involvement Program at the Univer- sity of the Pacific.

Dan Cort

As CEO of the Cort Companies, Dan Cort has been actively involved in the preservation and renovation of historic real estate in Northern California for the past 30 years. Mr. Cort and his team have helped communi- ties nationwide restore and revitalize neighborhoods and downtown districts, with the emphasis on creating the urban village. Dan Cort originally came to Stockton, California as a student at the University of the Pacific. After leaving his teaching career, he began his real estate/development interest with the restoration of landmark Victorian homes; Cort was instrumental in establishing the mid-town Magnolia National Historic District in Stockton. Cort was a founding member of The Children’s Museum and Vice-Chair and founding member of the Downtown Stockton Alliance, a property based improvement district. Dan Cort was also the Mayor of Pacific Grove, California. During his tenure he actively led the city in green and sustainable practices. He is the author of Downtown Turnaround: Lessons for a New Urban Landscape, which was published in 2010. He is currently working on his second book, The Do-It-Yourself Nation.

Dari Sylvester

Dari E. Sylvester is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Research at the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership at the Univer- sity of the Pacific. She holds a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT (with Honors in General Scholarship and Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. She has dedicated her professional and private lives to empowering the marginalized and the politically underrepresented through her pedagogy, research, and service. Her recent awards include the Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life, Men- toring, and Counseling and the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Latino/a Students in Political Science. Her current research is focused on the civic impact of foreclosure in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley.

Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez

Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez, CEO of Goodwill San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin Counties, has spent the better part of her life as an advocate for social justice. An award-winning CEO, she is best known for her dynamic and inclusive leadership style. She received the Leadership Award from Independent Sector and the Maestro Award for Philanthropy by Latino Lead- ers Magazine. Under her leadership, Goodwill now serves 7000 participants through its education and job training services, has added over 300 new jobs to the local economy and diverts 25 million pounds of do- nated goods from our landfills annually. Nearly 50% of Goodwill’s 600 employees are former Goodwill service participants who successfully transitioned from public support into becoming sustainable tax payers. Deeply committed to community service, Deborah serves on several boards including: the East Bay Community Foundation, The Ron Cordes Family Foundation, Goodwill Industries International, and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Together with the com- munities of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin, Deborah remains determined to make California a land of opportunity for all.

AmyJo Mattheis

AmyJo Mattheis earned her Masters of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She interned in Jerusalem, Israel and Ramallah, West Bank. She traveled and worked in East Africa while completing her undergraduate degree in History and Economics focused in International Development. She served in the United States Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, worked as Director of Student Activities at a northwest university and served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration. She was an ordained Lutheran Pastor for over ten years in New York City and in Stockton, California. She founded and led a local non-profit, Way of Compassion Community, and has taught in the Pacific Seminar program at Pacific for seven years. Ms. Mattheis has led retreats, counseled hundreds of people, and is an accomplished speaker.

Simon Rowe

Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute, Dr. Simon Rowe is a distinguished educator, entrepreneur, and artist in the jazz field. Along with leading the Simon Rowe Trio, Rowe has played with many greats includ- ing Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Mintzer, Marvin Stamm, and Dianne Schurr. Rowe holds a doctorate of musical arts in performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and has held appointments in higher edu- cation, including directing the leading music industry program in the Minnesota State University system. In his first year as Executive Director, Rowe established a new Brubeck Degree Track (at the University of the Pacific), created an innovative jazz club (Take 5) through a private/public partnership and is developing local, national and international coalitions to forward the mission of the Institute.

Cheryl Kilodavis

Cheryl Kilodavis is the author of the break-through bestseller My Princess Boy and is an expert on accep- tance, diversity and inclusion. Her controversial book, aimed at both kids and parents, explores acceptance and gender expression. An internationally renowned speaker and corporate change strategist, Cheryl has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Jour- nal, the London Times, Parenting Magazine and on the Today Show, NPR, Dr. Drew, Dr. Phil and many other media outlets. Cheryl speaks to corporations world- wide, as well as government groups, universities, and parenting organizations, providing thought-provoking perspectives and relevant tools for change.

Joel Herche

Joel Herche teaches Marketing at the University of the Pacific. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Or- egon and enjoys farming zinfandel wine grapes when he is not on campus.

Ramesh Srinivasan

Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor at UCLA in Design and Media/Information Studies, studies and participates in projects focused on how new media technologies impact political revolutions, economic development and poverty reduction, and the future of cultural heritage. He recently wrote an op/ed at the Washington Post explaining the complex nature of social media in revolutions and riots, such as those in Egypt and in London, and also a column for the Post’s Sunday Outlook section on the 5 Myths of Social Media. He has worked with bloggers, pragmatically studying their strengths and limitations, who were involved in recent revolutions in Egypt and Kyrgyzstan. He has also collaborated with non-literate tribal populations in India to study how literacy emerges through uses of technology, and traditional Native American communities to study how non- Western understandings of the world can introduce new ways of looking at the future of the internet. He holds an en- gineering degree from Stanford, a Master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Doctorate from Harvard University.

Matt Friedman

Mr. Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with over 20 years of experience as an activist, program de- signer, evaluator, and manager. He is currently the Regional Project Manager of the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. This project represents an inter-agency coordinating body that links the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in six countries: China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to this, Mr. Fried- man worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for over 17 years. During this period, he designed and managed both country and regional hu- man trafficking programs, helped to establish a counter- trafficking regional training center, and participated in resource mobilization and production of two award-winning international films on the subject. Mr. Friedman is also the co-founder of the Mekong Club, which represents a collec- tion of private sector business men and women who have come together to fight human trafficking out of Hong Kong. Mr. Friedman is the author of nine books on a wide variety of subjects, including fiction, philosophy, and subjects.

Madam Nihn

Madam Ninh served her country as a diplomat for more than two decades, specializing in multilateral institu- tions and global issues. She was the chief architect for key international efforts on behalf of Viet Nam, such as the holding of the Summit of French-Speaking Countries in 1997 in Ha Noi. From 2000 to 2003, she was Ambassador and Head of Mission to the Euro- pean Union in Brussels, then, until 2007, Vice-Chair of Viet Nam’s 11th National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee with a special focus on North America and Western Europe. She is currently a member of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non- Proliferation and Disarmament; the Honorary Advisers’ Council of the Asia-New zealand Foundation; and the Advisory Committee of Asia Society’s Women Leaders of New Asia. In her present undertaking, the Tri Viet Center for So- cial and Educational Research – a knowledge and idea exchange to help develop societal awareness around critical issues, and her role as Special Advisor to the President of Ton Duc Thang University, Madam Ninh’s leadership draws upon her European education, her first calling as an academic at the Sorbonne in Paris, her rich international experience and her lifelong com- mitment to Viet Nam. Madam Ninh is actively engaged in gender advancement and post-war legacy issues, such as rapprochement with the Vietnamese diaspora, and the impact of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Viet Nam. Madam Ninh is the recipient of the French Legion d’Honneur (Commandeur), the Belgian Order of Leop- old II, and the Vietnamese Medal of Labor - First Class.

Annie Griffiths

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed on every continent during her illustrious career. She is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photogra- phers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Annie is known for her warmth and for her ability to quickly create photographs that humanize situations and cultures. Annie’s work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithson- ian, Fortune, Merian, Stern, and many other publications. With author Barbara Kingsolver, she produced Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America. Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation. In 2008, Annie published A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel, a photo memoir about balance, and the joy of creating a meaningful life. In 2010, she published Simply Beautiful Photographs, which was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and by Barnes and Noble. Annie has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, the University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association.

Mustafa Babak

A native of Afghanistan, Mustafa Babak is an undergradu- ate international student at the University of the Pacific, majoring in Communications. Mustafa has nearly a decade of experience in social marketing, communication for development, public relations, project management, and qualitative outreach programs. Prior to attending University of the Pacific, Mustafa was the Country Director of Sayara Media & Communication, a social marketing agency that designs and implements public information campaigns and communication strategies for Afghan ministries, foreign embassies, UN organizations, foundations, and non-profit organizations. His previous experiences include Deputy Country Manager at Equal Access Afghanistan, Content Production Manager for Radio Good Morning Afghanistan, and Project Coordinator for Media Action International. In 2008, Mustafa worked at A&B One, a leading communi- cation agency in Berlin, as part of a program organized by the German Embassy in Kabul for successful young professionals.

Organizing team


Ixtapa, Mexico
  • Karelli Cabral
  • Arlene Brown
    Executive Producer
  • Jeff Chen