Cyndi Stivers curates special events for TED and often serves as a board member, adviser, business strategist and startup coach.

Why you should listen

Cyndi Stivers is encourager-in-chief of the TED Residency, an idea incubator at TED headquarters in New York. She started out in hot-type newspapers and has since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio and online, right back to the early days of the consumer internet. From 1995 to 2005, while in charge of North American operations for London-based Time Out Group Ltd., she led the creation of Time Out magazines, guidebooks and websites for New York and Chicago. 

Stivers is a longtime trustee of Barnard College, of which she is a proud alumna. For more work history, please see LinkedIn or, and for photos of urban gardens and other obsessions, follow @CyndiStivers on Twitter or Facebook.

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Up for Debate: Talks from TED and Doha Debates

January 18, 2019

The world is more interconnected than ever before — and the need to bridge political and ideological divides has never been more urgent. Now is the time to examine the rules of genuine human engagement, to find common ground for respectful, passionate discourse and to celebrate civility. That’s the idea behind TED Salon: Up for Debate, a […]

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