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Theme: Social Progress and Evolution

This event occurred on
October 8, 2022
Orinda, California
United States

TEDxYouth@MiramonteHighSchool tracks contemporary society's evolution across diverse topics

Designed for the Youth...

Recording is available at:

750 Moraga Way
Orinda, California, 94563
United States
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Abbie Richie

CEO & Founder
Abbie Richie is the host of Senior Living Foresight’s newest production, Tech Tuesdays on Foresight TV, and the host of Senior Savvy With Abbie (premiering on SaltboxTV). She is the founder & CEO of Senior Savvy and has been featured on The List TV, ABC, FOX, USA Today, and Yahoo News. You can reach out to her online at and on social media, where she shares more tech tips via Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Alex Lee

Student at Harvard-Westlake School
Alex Lee is a 16-year-old junior currently attending Harvard-Westlake school in Los Angeles, California. He is one of 12 students on the USA National Debate Team, and has internationally competed in speech and debate for nearly a decade, championing over two dozen different events. He serves as an official coach and instructor at Wilshire Academy and iANT Education. He is a founder or project manager of numerous non-profit organizations including Project QUIPS, Project Dialogue, Voices Beyond Assault, and Alzheimer's Association.

Catherine Wood-Johnson

Catherine Wood-Johnson is a World-Changing Thought Leader, who draws insights from her life experience as an award-winning entrepreneur, mother of four, carer of her late father-in-law, and her lifetime in the organised religion she was half-raised in, to make connections between spiritual ideals and practical life. She is fearlessly honest with her own past as she guides you to challenge your paradigm on what you think it means to “win at life”. She demystifies how you can experience the power of love in relationships, business and creative work. Her eloquent formula for “flame of love” lights the way to a reliable path to true greatness for you and all of humankind.

Daniel Waheed

Highschool Senior
Daniel Waheed is a highschool senior at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL. He has a passion for the realm of public health and understanding how policies and interventions have played into certain trends in healthcare. His organization, Project Healthy America, focuses on heart disease research and is currently identifying the social factors behind the rise of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. Having spoken at locations ranging from elementary schools to Harvard Hall, Daniel’s focus is on easy-to-adopt strategies for the normal person that have been created in collaboration with practicing psychologists. Also having a social justice nonprofit, Building Bridges 4 All, currently dedicated to helping Afghan and Ukrainian refugees, Daniel is heavily vested in what it means to maintain and expand human meaning.

Gail Miller

Life and Wellness Coach
Gail Miller is a life and wellness coach and Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician whose career has been about helping women. She is the founder of Path Onward Life Coaching empowering women who are childless not by choice to feel worthy, live fulfilling lives and manage triggers. After she realized biological children would not be part of her story, she went on a personal journey to grieve the loss, manage triggers, rediscover who she was before she realized that being a mother wasn’t going to be part of her life and then reimagine her future. She is passionate about helping other women find the same healing and wholeness she discovered along the way. With her one-on-one coaching, she empowers women to rediscover who they were before they realized that their dreams of motherhood wouldn’t come true. Her clients can navigate the difficult situations that trigger their pain through her coaching. She helps clients redefine their visions for their lives and embrace the good in their lives.

Laura Cathcart Robbins

Laura Cathcart Robbins is the host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, and author of the forthcoming Atria/Simon&Schuster memoir, STASH (launching March 7, 2023). She has been active for many years as a speaker and school trustee and is credited for creating The Buckley School’s nationally recognized committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Her recent articles in Huffpo and The Temper on race, recovery, and divorce have garnered worldwide acclaim. She is a LA Moth StorySlam winner and currently sits on the advisory boards of the San Diego Writer’s Festival and the Outliers HQ podcast Festival. Find out more about her on her website, or you can look for her on Facebook, on Instagram and follow her on Twitter.

Liz Aguirre

Dr Liz Aguirre is a physician and entrepreneur who has reinvented herself multiple times. Growing up in poverty taught her the importance of grit and hard work which served her well as she worked to obtain her medical degree. However, like many healthcare professionals she struggled with professional burnout. Through a renewed commitment to self-care and self-compassion she has found herself leading others to do the same. Dr. Aguirre is the host of the Creating Clarity Podcast with Liz Aguirre MD. She is a graduate of The University of Texas San Antonio, completed her medical degree at Texas A&M College of Medicine and her Internal Medicine residency at Baylor Scott & White in Texas.

Merita Jaha

Artist and Art teacher
Merita is an international award-winning artist and art teacher from Kosovo currently living in Phoenix, Az. One of her paintings hangs in the Art Museum of Cosenza, Italy. She has been decorated with civic honors for raising awareness for children in need. She has a Master’s Degree in art, and has had 7 personal exhibitions, and over 40 group exhibitions around europe. She grew up in a war-torn country where all the culture and beauty of the past was bombed and destroyed, with grey Soviet block-style buildings surrounding her giving her a deep love and passion for color. You can see this in her art. She uses art to provide beauty in the world. She hopes to share her vision of the world through a kaleidoscope of colors and is passionate about art's impact on our lives. She wants to expand her artistic knowledge and creative expertise across all of her endeavors. She is committed to providing society with the best possible experience through artistic expression.

Shokouh Abadi

Dr. Shokouh Abadi is a lawyer with academic and professional background in different countries across different continents, from the Middle East, to Europe, and North America. She was born and raised in Iran. She went to school in France for a few years. She finished school, obtained her Law degree and became a qualified lawyer in Iran. She then moved to London, England, for her postgraduate studies, where she obtained her second Masters’ degree and her Ph.D. in Law. She moved back to Iran and worked for 6 years as a lawyer under different capacities from counsel, to manger, practitioner, and lecturer. That wasn’t all. Immigrating to Canada and becoming a lawyer in a third country, this time as a mother of two, were other changes that she experienced in the middle of her career. Her journey in different countries with all the challenges, led her to find the ultimate goal in her life: happiness, and its correlation with the essence of her profession: justice.

Tia Ramey

Author, Communications Strategist
Tia Ramey is an author and businesswoman. Her book Canceled: Mastering Difficult Conversations in a Modern World supports leaders by expanding their capacity for honest dialogue. A local entrepreneur, Tia founded her small business in 2012 collaborates with award-winning talent. Tia Ramey specializes in working with local outreach initiatives and engaging marginalized populations on social media. Moreover, she has advised many successful minorities-owned businesses on their marketing strategies across the State of Ohio. She spends her spare time as a community educator, holding classes and training that uplift aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs at any age. An educator at heart, Tia has served as an adjunct instructor at the Columbus College of Art and Design and The Ohio State University in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs for the MAPS program, where she provides continuing education training to business professionals about social media, digital marketing, and self-branding.

Organizing team




  • Ben Guthrie
  • Martin Venzky-Stalling