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This event occurred on
April 21, 2018
El Cajon, California
United States

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

1495 Greenfield Drive
El Cajon, California, 92021
United States
Event type:
Youth (What is this?)
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Allison Fllickinger

4th grade student at Rancho San Diego Elementary School

Amira Helewa

8th grade student at Montgomery Middle School

Aneeta Dawood

Sixth grader at Emerald Middle School.

Angelika Bishop

5th grade student at Madison Elementary School

Aspen Aldama Noah Callaway

6th grade students at Montgomery Middle School

Bella Valdez-Olmedo

Fifth grader at Chase Elementary School.

Cameron Allen

5th grade student at Avocado Elementary School

Carson Kropfl

CEO Locker Board
At age 11, Locker Board founder Carson Kropfl faced the “Sharks” in the season 9 premiere of ABC’s hit business reality show Shark Tank and struck a deal for his innovative skateboard company. The show’s celebrity investors heard the young entrepreneur’s pitch and fought to partner with Locker Board, the first non-folding, compact and sustainable skateboard designed to fit in a locker or backpack. Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, outbid Mark Cuban, billionaire businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, as well as Robert Herjavec, tech entrepreneur and investor, for the opportunity to invest in Locker Board. Branson told Carson that the reason he invested in the 7th grader was because he reminded him of himself.

Christina Lim

Director of Employee Communications and Corporate Citizenship at Illumina
As Director of Employee Communications and Corporate Citizenship at Illumina, Christina’s focus is on helping employees stay connected to the mission of the company and inspiring communities to embrace the promise of genomics."

Georgia Haukom

4th grade student at Fuerte Elementary

Giovanni Maroki

1st grade student at Vista Grande Elementary School

Heather Whitley-Quinn

Director of Human Resources and Workforce Development - Manpower West
As Director of Human Resources and Workforce Development, Heather’s sphere of influence incorporates employee relations, recruitment, benefits design and administration, and training program development and implementation. Since 2005, she has lead Manpower’s workforce development initiatives, partnering with various public, private and community-based organizations to advise on issues relating to work-readiness. Heather's collaboration with these organizations to develop and implement training programs has resulted in returning hundreds of San Diego County’s adult and dislocated residents to meaningful employment.

Isabella Durrett

5th grade student at W.D. Hall Elementary School part of the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon, CA.

Jason Jenkins

Jason Jenkins, MBA, is the creator and CEO of proprietary portfolio monitoring assetprotection system, AssetLock®. Jenkins designed AssetLock® with the goal of creating an environment for investors to succeed based on the principles of protection, communication, and transparency. The software works to eliminate emotionally driven investment decisions allowing investors to remain committed to their investment plan. He structured the software to monitor the performance of a portfolio down to the specific investment account daily, giving the investor a clear and concise understanding of how their portfolio is doing at any point in time.

Jesse Scott Ethan Wilson

6th grader students at Los Coches Creek Middle School.

Joey Oliver

2nd grade student at Crest Elementary School

Kate Gates

4th grade student at Jamacha Elementary School

Laura Lim

Laura Lim attends Hillsdale Middle School in the Cajon Valley Union School District. She breaks the traditional Asian stereotypes with this courageous talk and challenges the audience to reimagine perception.

Leah Linsalato

2nd grade student at Magnolia Elementary School

Lola Cheverton

5th grade student at Rios Elementary School

Louie Michael

Detective, El Cajon Police Department
With his own personal history as a young refugee in El Cajon who attended local schools and became a police officer on the ECPD, Detective Louie Michael has become a driving force in connecting the Middle Eastern population with law enforcement. Throughout his career, he has created many positive connections in his community.

Maddee Naish

4th grade student at Flying Hills

Makenzie Ochoa

4th grade student at Blossom Valley Elementary School

Mustafa Sarferaz

5th grade student at Johnson Elementary School

Nenas Ajja

5th grade student at Meridian Elementary School

Precious Inyang

10th grade student at Cajon Valley Union High School

Rylie Friar

Third grade student at WD Hall Elementary School.

Saimen Yousif

4th grade student at Lexington Elementary

Samantha Eskharia

Second grader at Anza Elementary School.

Serene Williams

5th grade student at Naranca Elementary School

Sofia Babool

12th grade student at Greenhill School

Songoli Ekwosi

5th grade student at Bostonia Language Academy

Stephen Fishwick

Stephen Fishwick infuses every original creation with the passion that drives his art and performances. A renowned international talent, Stephen creates vibrant and striking works of art inspired by music and sound. “I am fascinated with people, animals and all living things that have a story to tell. When I create art, I aim to express a sound that is able to be heard when viewing the painting”.

Organizing team


El Cajon, CA, United States


  • Jenn Petraglia
  • Kathy Gligo