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Theme: Beautiful Minds

This event occurred on
September 20, 2013
1:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Costa Mesa, CA
United States

What is a Beautiful Mind?
Is it the mind of an inspiring Leader, a bold Innovator or a fascinated Observer? Is it the mind of the Master who composes the music, the Artist who interprets the notes, or the Enthusiast who appreciates its harmonies? Is it the mind of the complex Genius or the simple Child? TEDx OrangeCoast 2013 will explore these questions and many more by taking us along on a thought-provoking journey with Beautiful Minds from around the world.

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
United States
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Robert Grant

For over 20 years, Mr. Grant has played a pivotal role in the development and success of products and technologies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare markets. He currently serves as Founder and Chairman of Strathspey Crown LLC, a growth equity firm based in Newport Beach, CA as well as CEO of Strathspey Crown’s principle operating company focused in lifestyle healthcare, ALPHAEON Corporation.

Kevin Maggiacomo

Kevin Maggiacomo is a Boston-based international leader recognized for innovation and collaboration. He is the CEO of Sperry Van Ness named in 2013 to Inc Magazine’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. He is also a Director of the global organization, Real Leaders a “B-Corporation” inspiring better leaders for a better world by using the power of business to solve social and environmental challenges in a financially sustainable way.

Elizabeth Loftus

Elizabeth Loftus studies human memory. Her experiments reveal how memories can be changed by things that we are told. Facts, ideas, suggestions and other post-event information can modify our memories. The legal field, so reliant on memories, has been a significant application of the memory research. Loftus is also interested in psychology and law, more generally

Niia Bertino

She has the carriage of a Bertolucci ingenue and the shyness of a schoolgirl.Niia has toured around the world and performed with Wyclef most notably on VH1 Soul Stage, the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the BET awards and MTV New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

Cedric Villani

Cedric Villani’s research and work has won him many national and international prizes, in particular the Fields Medal, usually regarded as the most prestigious award in mathematics, which was given to him at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad (India), by the President of India. Since then he has served as a spokesperson for the mathematics community in media and political circles

Kary Mullis

Kary received a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1993, for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The process, which Kary Mullis conceptualized in 1983, is hailed as one of the monumental scientific techniques of the twentieth century

Lisa Kristine

Acclaimed humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine creates more than images, she inspires change. A master storyteller, Lisa documents indigenous cultures in more than 100 countries on six continents, instinctively identifying the universal human dignity in all of us

Adora Svitak

Since the age of four, Adora Svitak has been exploring what she can do with the written word: everything from championing literacy and youth voice to working with the UN’s World Food Programme to raise awareness about world hunger. Hoping to instill her love of writing in others, she taught her first class at a local elementary school the year her first book, Flying Fingers, debuted; since then, she has spoken at hundreds of schools, classrooms and conferences around the world

Kathy Eldon

Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, film and television producer in England, Africa, and the United States. She is the founder of Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports “creative activists” who use their creative talents to change the world around them

David Choi

David Choi is a native Los Angeles singer/songwriter/producer whose songs and tracks have been heard on NBC, FOX, VH1, MTV, A&E, E!, Travel Channel, Style, PBS, Food Network, Disney, retail stores all over the USA, as well as in national commercials overseas

Shaheen Sadeghi

Following a successful career in the fashion industry including VP Corp, Gotcha and President of surfing giant Quiksilver, Shaheen has taken his expertise to the unconventional place of niche retailing. His initial project, the LAB Anti-Mall, now 20 years “young”, continues to garner international acclaim by the BBC, NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, NPR and the Wall St. Journal, among others

Leya Aronoff

When Leya was two and a half years old she was diagnosed with autism. Since then her life has been a continuous struggle to catch up to her peers. But even after Leya overcame the symptoms of autism, she did not find her “voice” until age 13, when she discovered poetry. Through poetry, Leya has opened a portal into the thoughts and struggles she experienced when she was autistic.

Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is widely considered to be the most influential skateboarder in skateboarding history. Mullen is a professional skateboarder, company owner, inventor, and public speaker who practices freestyle and street skateboarding. Mullen is credited with inventing numerous skateboarding tricks, including the flatground ollie, kickflip, heelflip, impossible, and 360-flip

Johanna Blakley

Johanna Blakley, PhD, is the managing director and director of research at the Norman Lear Center, a media think tank at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Johanna performs research on a wide variety of topics, including global entertainment, cultural diplomacy, entertainment education, celebrity culture, fashion, digital media and intellectual property law

Wendy Lindley

Wendy Lindley is a Superior Court Judge in Orange County, California. Inspired by Life Magazine pictures of third world children in need of medical attention, Wendy initially had her sights set on becoming a physician and working in Africa, but she struggled with math so she settled on a degree in occupational therapy

Jeremy Hunter

Jeremy Hunter, Ph.D. is the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler as well as an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. His Executive Mind courses challenge leaders to relentlessly transform themselves to face the demands of complex and volatile world.

Sara Volz

A senior at Cheyenne Mountain High School, Sara Volz, 17, was recognized in March as the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search winner. The U.S. competition recognizes the nation’s top young scientists. At the event Sara presented her ongoing work to improve algae biofuels.

Gesine Thomson

Gesine Thomson is an internationally recognized Architect and Speaker specializing in large scale Community Planning and Sustainable Commercial Growth. She has worked on projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Korea, China, Japan and India.

Max Cougar Oswald

In 2012, Max earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Stanford’s Product Design Program, where he fell in love with the institution’s signature, empathy-driven design methodology. He has since chased his passion for human centered product innovation from Bejing to Los Angeles, designing toys, medical devices, and remote collaboration platforms along the way

Cecilia Abadie

A passionate evangelizer about everything digital, Cecilia Abadie is a Google Glass Explorer and Pioneer who spreads the word about wearable devices and the many ways they can change our world. As the founder of 33Labs, she leads a global development team that researches and develops wearable and mobile applications to deliver experiences that innovate and disrupt the personal and the enterprise realms

Sabeen Ali

Sabeen Ali is the Co-Founder and COO of AngelHack. She is the brains and execution behind the world’s largest hackathon competition, in 35 cities globally this past spring and expanding to 50+ cities this fall

Ken Arkind

Ken Arkind is an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work in 49 States, 6 countries and at over 150 colleges and universities

Mel Rogers

Mel Rogers is a veteran of more than 25 years in public television. A former radio and television journalist and program host, Rogers became a part of PBS in 1984 when he assumed the Station Manager position at KBYU TV in the Salt Lake City, UT television market. He is currently President and CEO of PBS SoCal

Daniel Amen

Physician, psychiatrist, and teacher, Daniel Amen, MD, is one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to clinical psychiatric practice. He is widely regarded as a gifted teacher, taking complex brain science concepts to make them easily accessible to other professionals and the general public

Paul Weiss

Paul S. Weiss is director of the California NanoSystems Institute, Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences, and distinguished professor of chemistry & biochemistry and of materials science & engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles

Eyal Aronoff

Eyal Aronoff is a co-founder of Quest Software, that was sold to Dell for $2.4B, and co-founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation, which is dedicated to ending America’s oil addiction by opening markets to cheaper, cleaner, healthier replacement fuels such as ethanol, methanol, natural gas and electricity. Aronoff other passion is autism therapies. Eyal traces his interest in autism to the time his daughter Leya was diagnosed with autism at age two and a half.

Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last three years

Adrianna Svitak

17-year-old Adrianna Svitak employs over a decade’s worth of experience in piano and violin to create artistic experiences influenced by both classical music and the avant-garde.She is also a devout supporter of feminism and veganism

Poet Ali

Poet Ali is a unique speaker, performer, and writer whose eclectic upbringing has led him down many roads. As a speaker for, Rachel’s Challenge (The largest assembly program in the United States) whose goal is to create a Chain Reaction of kindness and compassion through the life and legacy of Rachel Joy Scott (the first person killed in the Columbine shooting), he has spoken to over 150,000 people in live settings.

Sheron Wray JazzXchange

In 1992 Sheron Wray visited New York from her native city of London and upon her return JazzXchange was born; a vision to reunite dance and music was its mission. After an introduction to Wynton Marsalis and collaboration with his septet in 2003, it became clear that to fully realize JazzXchange it would be necessary to bring it to America

Organizing team

Amir Alexandre

Los Angeles, CA, United States


Newport Beach, CA, United States
  • Kevin Banifatemi