x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Confluence

This event occurred on
June 28, 2013
8:00am - 5:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Sacramento, CA
United States

For our attendees, TEDxSacramento is a chance to “check out” from the day-to-day routine and go on an intellectual journey with hundreds smart and curious friends to a world filled with brilliant speakers, captivating performances, amazing new technology, and thought-provoking TEDTalks.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

About TEDxSacramento
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is call TEDxSacramento, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSacramento event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Sacramento Performing Arts Center
3835 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA, 95822
United States
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Naima Mora

Naima Mora reached international fame and broke into the world of high fashion modeling after winning the title of America’s Next Top Model (2008). She remains an all time ‘fan favorite’ and has shot spreads and landed on the covers of many high profile magazines around the world. She has walked the runway for some of fashion’s top designers and been the face of world-known cosmetic lines such as Cover Girl. This is only part of the story.Naima is an emerging singer/songwriter and front woman for the band Galaxy of Tar, a published author, and has taken on the challenge of connecting with people through her music, her literary pursuits, and online and in social media. She listens to young people’s stories of how and why they are able to achieve impossible pursuits and overcome great adversity, and then spreads that wisdom as an intentional life purpose.Naima’s global voice of a generation transcends the fleeting experience of celebrityism, helping others find what she calls their own “model life,” which is not the life of a model, but rather the model qualities of a global citizen hoping to change the landscape of their own limitations and of a human race in need of healing.

Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PdD (Hon.) is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. This 41-year-old midwifery service is noted for its women-centered care.Early in her career, while in the mountains of Guatemala, she learned an effective method for dealing with a feared obstetrical complication (when baby’s shoulders become stuck during birth) from indigenous midwives. Her campaign to promote this low-intervention maneuver began in 1985. Fourteen years later the Gaskin maneuver became the first obstetrical procedure to be named for a midwife in this era. The Farm Midwifery Center is noted for its low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality despite the inclusion of many vaginally delivered breeches, twins and mothers of more than five babies. Author of several books, she promotes joyful birth, maintenance of breech skills and recognition of certain ingenious skills and techniques used by indigenous midwives of Mexico and Brazil. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Thames Valley University, London, England and Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia. In December, 2011, she received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Novel Prize. She is originator and curator of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project—

Tanishq Abraham

Mensa member at 4 yrs old, Davidson Young Scholar at 6 yrs, college at 7 yrs old , Published astronomy articles including NASA website (7 yrs old), Founding VP of Astronomy & Physics Club at American River College (8 yrs),  Given college & public talks from 7 years old, Earth Day 2012 & 2013 talk at CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control, Youngest poster presenter & speaker at NASA conference at NASA Ames 2012,  Guest panelist for 2013 SXSW Interactive at Austin, TX, 10th Skoll World Forum Inaugural Video speaker at Oxford,UK,April 2013

Sasha Orloff

Sasha Orloff is the CEO and Co-founder of LendUp. He is focused on expanding financial services to new segments or markets, and finding ways to harness new technology to improve lives. Previously he worked at The Grameen Foundation's technology team, The World Bank's Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, and most recently, Citigroup. . Sasha has a B.S. in Applied Math and Economics and a minor in Behavioral Psychology from University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A from Georgetown University.

Organizing team


Sacramento, CA, United States
  • Jason Silva
    Creative Director
  • Daniel Block
  • Binh Do
    Speaker Liaison Team Lead
  • Carlos Montoya
    Speaker Coaching Team Lead
  • Ronnie Ledesma
    Director of Marketing
  • Rich Beckermeyer
    Stage Director
  • Vince Wilcox
    Post-production Lead