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Theme: Illuminate Your Future

This event occurred on
April 21, 2013
4:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Diego, CA
United States

Illuminate Your Future. TEDxSDSU will shed light on the audience through the inspiring and compelling stories of our speakers and the journey they have been on thus far.

-had 100 guests
-8 speakers including a Grammy nominated producer and cast member of the show "Survivor"
-sold out of tickets in the first week
-hosted the event in the KPBS Broadcasting Studio
-had a committee of 14 people working on the event for several months

KPBS Broadcasting Studio
5200 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA, 92115
United States
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Paul & Denise Fejtek

Less than 350 people in the world, and only a handful of married couples have ever climbed all of the Seven Summits – the highest mountain peaks on each of the seven continents. Paul & Denise Fejtek joined that elite group after reaching their seventh and final summit on May 23, 2010, the Earth’s highest - Mt. Everest. Their climbs were in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, who also named Paul as the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year. Paul and Denise have been featured on NBC News, Fox News, and The Today Show. They live in Newport Beach and have been named by OC Metro Magazine in their annual list of the 25 Hottest People in Orange County. Paul has balanced his outdoor pursuits over the years while working full-time as a Managing Director at the Irvine-based investment bank Hunter Wise Financial Group. He specializes in mergers & acquisitions representing owners of privately held companies in the food & beverage, oil & gas, and medical device industries among others. He completed an $89 million all cash sale of a spinal implant company in which he managed the transaction in part by satellite phone from Antarctica and later at Mt. Everest Base Camp. Denise oversees their leadership retreat company Step Outdoor Adventures, guiding corporate adventure seekers around the world.

Jeffery Adler

Jeffery Adler is the founder and CEO of Dlush, a youth-market drink and treat concept. He has held the position for twelve years. The retail chain has outlets in San Diego, Los Angeles, Kuwait, and Qatar. Recent expansion initiatives include a new branch at the Rock Church in San Diego, and a Dlush branch set to premiere inside the Price Center at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in September ’13. Prior to Dlush, Jeffery worked as a retail consultant to executives of leading retail chains in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. Jeffery is noted for his category-defining innovations in the F&B space. In 2009 he was recognized Top 50 People to Watch, by San Diego Magazine. He has a deep passion for the F&B space, and his mission is to build a company home to San Diego that can inspire the youth to connect around his product, and from it, inspire them to pursue their own personal dreams. Dlush has been featured in a variety of publications and television programs, including Weeds (Showtime Network), Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Chain Store Age, Nation’s Restaurant News, and CNN. Jeffery is a graduate of Georgetown Law where he received his juris doctorate in international law, and University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated summa cum laude as the University’s valedictorian and graduation speaker at Cole Field House. Jeffery guest speaks at schools and industry conference on topics of entrepreneurism and social change. He is very passionate about giving back to the youth of San Diego and Dlush has taken an active role in raising funds and awareness for youth-based causes. Jeffery and his wife Gilda are blessed with two beautiful children, Eric and Leah.

Robert Ahdoot

Robert Ahdoot is the founder of, a free online collection of math video lessons, filmed LIVE in his high school classroom. It features authentic student-teacher interaction, fun costumes, and high quality content that's spontaneous, funny, and energetic. Since its inception four years ago, it approaches three million YouTube views, equating to over two million minutes watched. Yay Math's audience includes people of all ages and backgrounds, from over twenty countries, who have been helped by its core mission of enabling math success for everyone in the world. Milestones include an iTunes Algebra app, coverage on the news, blogs, and radio, invitations by schools to share the Yay Math message, and an address given at TEDxAJU.

Chad Crittenden

Chad Crittenden grew up in Half Moon Bay, California, graduated from U.C. Davis, and went on to become a bilingual educator, enjoying a 9 year career as a bilingual teacher. In the prime of his life, Chad was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer, resulting in a major surgery, which saved his life. Within a year after his recovery, Chad sent in a tape to CBS' hit reality show Survivor, and was chosen to compete on season 9: Vanuatu, Islands of Fire. Chad excelled on the show, using his exposure on TV as a way of illustrating how one can overcome obstacles, and he's never looked back. During his post-Survivor years, he has been sponsored for dozens of triathlons, including XTERRA. Chad has also competed and won medals in Snowboarding and Mountain Biking, went on to complete the NYC Marathon, and in September of 2012, reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This expedition was successful in raising significant funds and awareness for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Chad resides in Livermore, California with his family of 4, has been cancer-free for 10 years now, and feels very fortunate for all that he has.

Maurice DiMino

Maurice is an award winning speaker, author and mentor. He created his Speaking and Presentation Template. Executives, entrepreneurs and celebrities have used his template and they have turned their Number #1 fear into their number one asset. Across the business spectrum, Maurice’s clients have sold more products, converted more prospects into raving fans, and they have raised the awareness of causes and charities across America. Maurice would be the first to tell you that he has been doing public speaking all his life. He has been in the sales field for over twenty years. His last sales experience was renting and selling post production equipment in Hollywood. He was called the “Million Dollar Man”, doing over a million dollars worth of business per month. He made deals with such clients as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, and “Big Brother”. Already a successful public speaker, Maurice joined Toastmasters in 2004. Amazingly, that same year, Maurice was named the Number #1 speaker in Los Angeles. Maurice has studied with some of the “greats” in public speaking: T. Harv Eker, Les Brown and Tony Robbins, and many others. He has taken his years of training and experience and combined it with his public speaking skills, and added a touch of his Sicilian upbringing to produce his boot camp "Discover Your Million Dollar Message Intensive" that takes place every Spring and Fall in Los Angeles.   Maurice is speaking all over the country covering topics on Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, Leadership Skills, and Success Principles. His coaching and mentoring program incorporates “The Sicilian Secret to Success,” the foundational principles that help his clients to achieve results in an easy, effective and fun way.

Nadir Bouhmouch

Born in Casablanca and raised in Rabat, Nadir Bouhmouch is an award-winning filmmaker, human rights activist, feminist and film/global justice student at San Diego State University. In 2011, Nadir became an active member of the Moroccan pro-democracy 'February 20th movement' which has been responsible for widespread protests, the redrafting of the Moroccan constitution and the displacement of the former Moroccan government. He is also the co-founder of the Guerrilla Cinema movement, and is particularly interested in campaigning against filmmaking regulations in Morocco which he sees as a constraint on freedom of expression. Nadir directed, produced and wrote "My Makhzen & Me" (2011). Being the first film to cover a Moroccan oppositional movement, it would become a landmark in Moroccan cinema. Nadir was hailed as the 'bete noire of Moroccan directors' by SlateAfrique Magazine, as his film, directly addressed the oppressive methodology of the Makhzen against the people, revealing issues that no other Moroccan filmmaker dared to touch. He has just recently released his first feature documentary, 475 which has been nominated by Reporters Without Borders' and the Deutsche Welle's "The Bobs" awards for Best Social Activism.

Justin Ancheta

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Organizing team


San Diego, CA, United States
  • Brooke Martell
    Team Coordinator
  • Melisa Wu
    Marketing Co-chair
  • Tanisha Peden
    Marketing Co-chair
  • Alonso Mojica
    Social Media Chair
  • Carlea Luna
    Team Coordinator
  • Daniel Norwood
    Operations Coordinator
  • Ambry Alday
    Operations Coordinator
  • Ashley Castro
    Team Member
  • Chad Boyarsky
    Team Member
  • Gabrielle Johansen
    Team Member
  • Elle Farrell
    Team Member
  • Pamela Watters
    Team Member
  • Sabrina Salvatierra
    Team Member