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Theme: What does it mean to love?

This event occurred on
February 13, 2024
Irvine, California
United States

This year, TEDxUCIrvine presents our Salon Event: "What Does It Mean to Love?". The topic delves into the intricate tapestry of emotions, from the euphoria of romance to the selflessness of compassion. Through thought-provoking discussions, TEDxUCIrvine wants to provide a creative forum for people who want to challenge perceptions and celebrate the universal language that binds us all.

Due to the intimate nature of this event, audience members will get the opportunity to discuss their definitions of love and reflect on how it may change over the course of the event. Relevant talks will also be played to see how past TED speakers have defined love and their relationships. This is a very casual, tight-knit event compared to our annual spring conference that will occur in May.

This salon event will occur on Tuesday, February 13th from 6-8pm at the Crystal Cove Auditorium in UCI's Student Center. Food and drinks will be provided. This event is FREE, but capacity is limited to 50 people so register now!

UCI Crystal Cove Auditorium
4113 Pereira Dr
Irvine, California, 92617
United States
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Marie Zoutomou Quintanilla

Marie C. Zoutomou-Quintanilla, also known as MarieZQ, is an inspirational speaker, author of "You or Being Tested, Do Not Worry” and other two books, and a Positive Attitude Coach dedicated to overcoming life challenges. With an MBA under her belt, Marie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her endeavors. As a breast cancer survivor, mother of two girls, and devoted wife, she is on a mission to impact 6 million lives through speaking engagements, seminars, and webinars. Her company, Seek Coaching LLC, has partnered with the new Women’s Business Center in LA to host weekly webinars inspiring women to start their own businesses. With 13 years of volunteering with the American Cancer Society, Marie shares her journey to inspire others to prioritize early cancer screenings, aiming to reduce the staggering 65% of people not screened. Her dedication led to a national commercial with the NFL and recognition from both the Rams and the Chargers. Today, fulfilling her goal, Marie takes the TEDx stage to share her story, spreading hope and belief in the power of dreams.

Nazila Sawhney

Nazila grew up in Afghanistan until the age of 10. Due to war and the challenging circumstances she lived in Pakistan, India and Canada until she finally transitioned to the United States about 10 years ago. By living in India and learning Hindi she met her husband and they easily connected over this commonality. Nazila went on to explore the garment industry in India struggling to speak in Hindi. Eventually, she became a fashion designer. Her life experiences led her to tell her story in the hopes of sharing a powerful message with others, and she is now an author. Nazila is also the founder of a non-profit organization where she utilizes her fashion platform to raise funds for the needy.

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Irvine, CA, United States