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Theme: Just Jump In

This event occurred on
March 15, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Encinitas, CA
United States

In a world that is moving fast, it's vitally important to be courageous, take risks and Jump In! Jumping In brings with it a greater chance for both success and failure, and there is much to be learned from both. Join us as we explore how Just Jumping In is making a difference in our world, today and for the future. We recognize that “jumping in” looks different for everyone. That anything that has ever made a positive impact on our world happened because someone was willing to take action. So, this event, at its core, is a Call to Action.

TEDxEncinitas brings together experts from a wide range of fields to create, share, and stimulate dialogue about making Encinitas the best it can be. Attendees of TEDxEncinitas represent a diverse cross-disciplinary mix of people, ranging from civic and business leaders to professionals, educators, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, and more for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment and art that will spark new ideas and opportunities for all. Being a part of TEDxEncinitas is an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with this amazing cross section of people.

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living
1613 Lake Drive
Encinitas, CA, 92024
United States
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Michael Eselun

Michael Eselun, a certified interfaith chaplain, serves as the chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. He has worked extensively in oncology, hospice, palliative care and with acute psychiatric patients. He's been invited countless times to speak to students, doctors, nurses, social workers, and faith communities about his work as a chaplain, on death and dying and the spiritual dimension of the cancer experience.

Dana Bristol-Smith

In 2008, Dana Bristol-Smith was inspired by an idea that wouldn’t let her sleep, to work with women who had lost their voices and their way in life. She started a volunteer project which has grown to become Leap to Success, an organization that empowers domestic violence survivors and homeless women to rebuild their self-esteem and self-confidence to reach their greatest potential. Dana has found her true calling and passion in helping women transform their lives.

David Gruder

Dr. David Gruder is a business psychologist, integrity expert, and 8 book-award-winning author who has been hailed by the media as "America's Integrity Expert." A clinical & organizational development psychologist by training, Dr. Gruder brings the wisdom of psychology to business, the wisdom of entrepreneurship to professionals, and the best of both to education, governance & social change.


Michael Canning

Mike Canning is the CEO of Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE), the number one ranked global provider of custom executive education for 11 straight years by Financial Times and BusinessWeek. In this role, Mike guides Duke CE’s education activities to develop leaders across 72 countries to shape a better world.

Bernhard Schroeder

Bernhard Schroeder is the Director of Programs at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University. His 20 year background includes being a partner in a start up that grew to be a $1 billion marketing company, a Chief Marketing Officer and working with both Fortune 500 brands like Apple, Mercedes-Benz, American Express and start ups like Yahoo! and Amazon.com.

Shannon Weber

She is a San Francisco based ephemeral artist on a mission to change the world one love note at a time. She creates public displays of affection: painted love notes covertly hung on fences and live love note writing events.

Christian Sorensen

Reverend Christian Sorensen, D.D., is the eminent spiritual leader of the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living and a past president and community spiritual leader of the United Church of Religious Science (UCRS) worldwide (now United Centers for Spiritual Living).

Felena Hanson

Felena is a long-time entrepreneur and marketing maven. Her latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provides a productive environment for women who primarily work from home.

Alex Kajitani

Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. The author of two books, including Owning It: Proven Strategies for Success in ALL of Your Roles As a Teacher Today, Alex is a top authority in teacher-leadership and a highly-sought after keynote speaker who supports and motivates teachers nationwide.

Nancy Hughes

Prior to her work establishing StoveTeam International, Nancy Hughes was a stay-at-home mom. In 2003 she met a young woman whose hands had been burned shut after falling into an open cooking fire. Wanting to help, she transformed a small Rotary club project into an effective international charity that has helped develop local factories to produce life-saving, fuel-efficient cookstoves in the developing world.

Laila Al-Shamma

Laila Al-Shamma is a senior at La Costa Canyon High School in San Diego, California. Throughout high school she has participated in her school’s Gay Straight Alliance, an activist club that helps support LGBTQ teens and works to promote acceptance in the community. Under her leadership, the GSA has expanded tremendously, started new school wide campaigns, and made a significant change in the campus climate for LGBTQ students

Alexander Danilowicz

Alexander Danilowicz, 16, is the editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, The Augustinian, at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, California. He is an award-winning public speaker and a recurring member on his high school’s Principal’s List.

Stephen Wampler

Founder of the Wampler Foundation, created to give physically disabled youth an authentic outdoor wilderness experience. “One of the first things you’ll notice about me visually is that I’m in a wheelchair, and have Cerebral Palsy. Over the years, I’ve learned to not only live with my disability, but to thrive, and I want to ensure that others have the same opportunity."

Helice "Sparky" Bridges

In 1980, after speaking to over 50,000 people about ending world hunger, Helice "Sparky" Bridges discovered another type of hunger; people literally starving to be appreciated, respected and loved. To solve this problem, Sparky created the “Who I Am Makes A Difference”® Blue Ribbon Acknowledgment Ceremony. This message has now impacted over 35 million people worldwide, eradicating bullying, preventing teen suicide and helping to make dreams come true in a minute or less.


Danielle Gletow

A top 10 CNN Hero from 2013 – Daniel has been a passionate advocate for children’s rights for over 12 years. In August 2008, she founded One Simple Wish, an organization that focuses on empowering anyone to make a direct and meaningful difference in lives of foster children.

Sarah O'Toole

Sarah O’Toole & Peter Hagstrom are two health enthusiasts passionate about getting people to cook more with whole food ingredients. Four years ago they switched their diet to a plant-based, organic and gluten-free one, which changed their lives. They left their corporate jobs and started a non-profit teaching kids the importance of a healthy diet and now lead a community of health conscious cooks at CookingWithCSA.com.

Peter Hagstrom

Sarah O’Toole & Peter Hagstrom are two health enthusiasts passionate about getting people to cook more with whole food ingredients. Four years ago they switched their diet to a plant-based, organic and gluten-free one, which changed their lives. They left their corporate jobs and started a non-profit teaching kids the importance of a healthy diet and now lead a community of health conscious cooks at CookingWithCSA.com.

Corrin LaCombe

Corrin is a world-traveling conservationist who spends her time protecting endangered primates and the planet. Corrin has traveled the globe with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research as their Senior Conservation Education Research Coordinator leading in-field conservation projects in Vietnam, Mexico, and Malaysia, specializing in education, outreach, and alternative livelihood development. Corrin’s most recent venture, We Thrive Global, is a company committed to empowering movements that contribute to a thriving world.

Skyler McCurine

Skyler McCurine, is redefining the standard of beauty in America. As a personal stylist, public speaker, wonder woman and founder of Le Red Balloon, she is educating young women on the media’s impact on their perception of their self, their bodies, and the world.

Organizing team


Encinitas, CA, United States
  • Moona Elsevier
    Logistics Lead
  • Sherry Powers
    Program Lead
  • Jason Colbourne
    Finance Lead
  • Jericho Burg
    Team Lead
  • Siobhan Wilcox
    Speaker Coach Lead
  • Jing Yang
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Adrienne Foley
  • Karen Aresti