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Theme: Diversity=?

This event occurred on
May 4, 2015
5:30pm - 11:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Jose, California
United States

The diversity of life; the diversity of cultures; the diversity of approaches to innovation and success.

Featured Speakers: Nina G (Comedian, Inspirational Speaker), James Kao (CEO/President/Founder of GreenCitizen), Nathan Kiwere (Artist, Writer, Filmmaker, Cultural Activist), Sage LaPena (Native Activist, Clinical Herbalist), MarTan Martinez (Traditional Healer), Christina Ngo (NASA Research Engineer).

Collaborative audience-participation art projects guided by Few & Far and Dirty Brushes. Cultural performances by the Society of Hmong Students and Grupo Folklórico Luna y Sol de San José State. Progressive dinner with take-home handmade ceramic bowls. Swag Bag and After-Party with all-you-can-eat ice cream buffet bar.

SJSU Environmental Studies Department
One Washington Square
San Jose, California, 95192
United States
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Christina Ngo

An engineer for NASA, Christina invents new ways to get young people excited for science, and for her industry to become more LGBT-friendly.

James Kao

CEO/President/Founder of GreenCitizen, an e-waste recovery and recycling business in San Francisco, James was recently featured in the documentary Racing to Zero.

MarTan Martinez

As a Native American traditional healer with a special focus on treating substance abusers, MarTan Martinez teaches that "life offers us a lot of experience and gives us lessons. We choose which ones to leave alone and which ones to repeat."

Nina G

Nina G, San Francisco Bay Area comedian and inspirational speaker, talks about standing up for herself and what it took to become America’s only stuttering female stand-up comedian.

Organizing team


  • Sami Boutros
    President, TEDxSJSU Student Club
  • Mayra Ochoa
    Treasurer, TEDxSJSU Student Club
  • Abiola Awolowo
    TEDxSJSU Partnership Co-Chair
  • Mary Yang
    TEDxSJSU Partnership Co-Chair
  • Jen Valenzuela
    TEDxSJSU Marketing & Communications
  • Nate Williams
    TEDxSJSU Production Manager
  • Dennis Yu
    TEDxSJSU Videography Manager