TEDxSoCal Thriving

The Center Theatre, Long Beach - July 16th, 2011

Thriving is more than just surviving; it's growing, prospering, and flourishing. This day-long event explored how communities, organizations, and individuals can thrive mentally, physically, and artistically. Attendees had opportunities to hear and discuss "ideas worth spreading" from innovators in well-being, creative cultures, sustainability and lifelong learning.

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TEDxSoCal 2011 Speakers

Sylvia Earle
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Sylvia A. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Ocean Futures, and Ocean Conservancy.

Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Founder of SEAlliance, Mission Blue, and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., and Chairs Advisory Councils for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies; the Ocean in Google Earth; the Marine Science and Technology Foundation and the Schmidt Research Vessel Institute. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 19 honorary degrees, has lectured in more than 80 countries, appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions and has authored more than 175 scientific, technical and popular publications including Exploring the Deep Frontier, Sea Change, Wild Ocean, Dive, The National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean and The World is Blue.

Dr. Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged nearly 7000 hours underwater with a record solo dive to 1000 meters and nine saturation dives including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project. Her research concerns marine algae and deep water ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

She has been awarded more than 100 national and international honors including the 2009 TED Prize, the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, the National Women's Hall of Fame, Academy of Achievement, and medals from the Explorers Club, the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Lindbergh Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Sigma Xi, Barnard College, Society of Women Geographers, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Natural Resources Council.


Hayley Hoverter
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Hayley started Sweet SerenDipItTea, a business that manufactures sugar packets encased in soluble rice paper, to sell to local, ecologically-conscious cafes. Her inspiration for her business comes from the detrimental environmental impact of paper sugar packets, which are compulsively and mindlessly thrown out by coffee drinkers. She feels that is ironic that today, in the middle of this wave of innovation affecting consumerism, people still have to waste so much paper on something as trivial as sweetening their hot beverages.

Her goals for her business are to get a patent and license and to improve her product. She hopes that one day Sweet SerenDipItTea will be found in cafes across the nation so that she can help eradicate all of the paper waste in coffee shops. Hayley also aspires to go to Columbia University and earn her PhD in Foreign Relations

WIFE is visceral, live, contemporary, dance, interacting with original, projected, animations and music. She is the creation of Nina McNeely, Kristen Leahy, and Jasmine Albuquerque. Her three members are dancers, choreographers, teachers, editors, animators, and performers thriving in the underbelly of L.A subculture. She finds inspiration from myth, folklore, archetypes, and the subtleties of everyday human behavior. Influences include Jim Henson, Chris Cunningham, Akira Kurosawa, Kathy Rose, Wendy Carlos, Yayoi Kusama, Planningtorock, Aleister Crowley, her friends, and you. WIFE can only be seen in the dark. WIFE works well with others. WIFE likes to play. Visually, WIFE is bold. Physically, WIFE is daring. Dreams are her driving force. She is metamorphosis.

Robert Nagourney
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Robert A. Nagourney, MD, is Medical and Laboratory Director at Rational Therapeutics, Inc., in Long Beach, California, and teaches Pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology.

During his medical oncology fellowship at Georgetown University, Dr. Nagourney confronted aggressive malignancies for which the standard therapies remained highly unsatisfactory. Responding to an unmet need, he pioneered the development of "personalized cancer therapy" applying a laboratory platform to match patients to therapies based on their unique response profiles.

With over 20 years experience in human tumor primary culture analyses, Dr. Nagourney has authored numerous manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. As co-investigator on national cooperative trials, Dr. Nagourney introduced the use of platinum/Gemcitabine doublets in the management of advanced ovarian and breast cancers, treatments that today are used around the world.

These native-state microspheroid cancer studies have enabled Dr. Nagourney to explore the fundamental biology of human malignancies toward a new understanding of molecularly targeted cancer therapeutics.

Dr Nagourney resides in Long Beach, California with his wife and two sons.


Justin Rudd
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Justin Rudd lived the first 26 years of his life in southeast Alabama. He was born and raised in the town of Ozark, population 13,000. He has a fraternal twin brother and three sisters. Justin has a business degree from Samford University in Birmingham -- a private, Southern Baptist, liberal arts school.

Since arriving in Long Beach in 1996 he has dedicated his life for the good of the city. For several years he juggled a part-time public relations job, was a substitute school teacher, cleaned offices and restrooms, mowed lawns, taught group fitness classes at gyms, taught weekend beach bootcamp classes, coached pageant contestants and organized and coordinated one successful community event after another. In 2001, Rudd ended his PR job and filed paperwork to organize his 501c3 nonprofit organization called the Community Action Team (CAT).

He now devotes his time to CAT and continues to coach pageant contestants.

In addition to raising money for youth, animal and environmental organizations, he has also raised money for breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and the Long Beach public libraries.

He started the dog beach in Long Beach - the only legal off-leash beach in Los Angeles County. It is named "Rosie's Dog Beach" after his late bulldog Rosie. He has been a hand double for Jim Carey, doesn't have a cell phone or a laptop, hit the 5,000 friend limit on Facebook in less than a year, doesn't watch TV, sees about two movies a year at the theater, takes weekly yoga classes, and runs at least five miles every day.

Life is good, and getting better.


Ray Ricafort
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Ray's journey with Roadtrip Nation started when he hit the road in New Zealand to interview Leaders from all walks of life, including: hip hop pioneers, the first double-amputee to climb Mt. Everest, fashion designers, and the co-founder of modern bungy jumping. His experience was featured in Season Six of Roadtrip Nation on public television.

It was a natural fit for Ray to come back and share his Roadtrip experience with the next generation of Roadtrippers. As the Roadtrip Director, Ray provides grants to those who want to take a Roadtrip of their own--These Roadtrippers hit the road and have life-centered conversations with inspirational people. Equipped with a camera (or simply a pen and paper), the Roadtrippers document their conversations and then share those experiences with the Roadtrip Nation community upon their return.

In addition to granting Roadtrips, Ray also orchestrates Roadtrip Nation's annual tour across the country, sending off the movement's fleet of Green RVs to visit hundreds of college and high school campuses, spreading Roadtrip Nation's ethos and involvement opportunities. Ultimately, Ray hopes to empower others to explore, ask questions, and define their own roads in life.

Ray graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor's degree in Social Science, Public and Community Service. In his free time, Ray can be found producing music and making beats with his trusty dog Earl at his side.


Dr. Brian Stecher
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Brian Stecher is a senior social scientist and the associate director of RAND Education. Stecher's research focuses on measuring educational quality and evaluating education reforms, with a particular emphasis on assessment and accountability systems. During his 20 years at RAND, he has directed prominent national and state evaluations of No Child Left Behind, Mathematics and Science Systemic Reforms, and Class Size Reduction. His measurement-related expertise includes test development (prototype performance assessments for teacher certification, hands-on science tasks for middle school students), test validation (the quality of portfolio assessments in Vermont and Kentucky and new assessments in Washington), and the use of assessments for school improvement (formative and interim assessments, quality of classroom assessments). He has presented findings to policymakers at the state and national level, to practitioners, and to the public. Stecher has served on expert panels relating to standards, assessments, and accountability for the National Academies, and is currently a member of the Board on Testing and Assessment. He has published widely in professional journals and is currently a member of the editorial boards of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Educational Assessment. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Chef Rosie Romo
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Rosie Romo, the Director of Culinary Operations for SAVOR at the Long Beach Convention Center / Aquarium of the Pacific, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Los Angeles (formerly the California School of Culinary Arts). She is a nationally recognized chef, lecturer and innovator in the culinary field, and her recipes have appeared in popular cookbooks such as "Cooking for Company" and "Secrets of a Caterer's Kitchen."

Rosie has cooked for numerous high-profile events, including the Super Bowl, the People's Choice Award, the Emmy Awards, American Idol and the Tournament of Roses. She is a culinary advisor to Le Cordon Bleu College, has developed training manuals for catering chefs, has designed kitchens, and serves as a mentor to young cooks in the Los Angeles area.
Rosie has been cooking for more than 20 years once she walked into her uncle's restaurant and heard the clinging and sizzling of the sauté pans she was hooked. Rosie aspires to be a conscious cook through thoughtful training, creativity and consistency. Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, her specialty is Nuevo American cuisine.


Anja Garcia
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Anja is a certified group exercise Instructor through AFAA since 2005, a former division 1 gymnast, and a registered nurse in the pediatric ICU at UCLA. While saving lives is a love of hers, her true passion is teaching others how to take care of themselves to live their healthiest, happiest life! Bringing her knowledge of competitive athletics and health coaching into her cycling and strength classes, she strives to inspire people to find their own strength within to not only change their bodies, but to change their lives today!






Daniel Kish
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Daniel Kish is the lead founder and President of World Access for the Blind - a nonprofit organization which facilitates self directed achievement for blind people. Daniel holds Master's degrees in both Developmental Psychology and Special Education, emphasizing perceptual development, family dynamics, and children at risk. He also holds two national certifications in Orientation and Mobility, COMS and NOMC. Daniel is the first totally blind individual to obtain both certifications. Daniel has collaborated extensively with renowned therapists and specialists in the areas of neural science, communication, biomechanics, and perception. Given his unique combination of training and background Daniel refers to himself as a Perceptual Mobility Specialist, emphasizing in his instructional practice the perceptual foundations underlying navigation and environmental interaction.

Daniel has worked with over 500 blind students of all ages and backgrounds, and from many cultures. Daniel has stayed and worked extensively with many dozens of families in 18 countries to help them break down the barriers to realizing their children's potential to achieve a quality of life comparable to their peers.

Though Daniel's main expertise lies in developing all aspects of human perception in sighted as well as blind people, he is perhaps best known for his expertise in echolocation. In this area he has conducted pilot research, and has completed one of the most comprehensive literature reviews detailing the nature and utility of echolocation in blind humans. From this research, in-depth collaborations with noted scientists and perception experts, and over ten thousand hours experience with students of all types and cultures, Daniel created the first systematic, comprehensive echolocation curriculum for advanced training. Daniel and some of his students have applied FlashSonar combined with other techniques to riding bicycles independently at moderate speeds through unfamiliar environments, and to participate effectively and independently in other complex activities such as skating, ball play, and solo wilderness travel.


Diana Hendel
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A long-time leader in the MemorialCare health care system, Diana Hendel, PharmD, was named chief executive officer of Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach in January 2009.

After obtaining her bachelor's of science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine; and her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco, Hendel began her career at Long Beach Memorial, first as a Clinical Pharmacy Resident. She then completed a one year Management Residency before undertaking several progressive leadership roles at Long Beach Memorial and throughout the entire health system. Over the past twenty years, Hendel has held positions on all the MemorialCare campuses, including executive director for MemorialCare and the Physician Society, vice president of Operations at Anaheim Memorial, administrator for the San Clemente campus of Saddleback Memorial and most recently Chief Operating Officer of Long Beach Memorial.

Hendel is a graduate of the California Health Leadership College and is also a graduate of the Memorial Academy—a year-long educational program within the MemorialCare system that identifies leaders within the organization and focuses on healthcare finance, governance, strategy, decision-making and group behavior. She received MemorialCare's prestigious "Living Out Leadership Award" in 2006. In 2010 she received the Press Telegram's Amazing Women of the Year Award for the Health and Wellness/Health Provider of the Year.

Hendel also has more than 10 years of teaching experience, holding the position of Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. She has been actively involved in a number of community service organizations such as the Rotary Club of San Clemente, Boys & Girls Club, and Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is also the mother of two children; a daughter age 8 and a son who is 10.


Darren Saravis
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Darren Saravis is the founder and CEO of Nectar Design, a Long Beach-based engineering and product design consultancy dedicated to innovation and sustainability. For 19 years, Nectar has been known for design that pushes to the edge of art and function. The firm has worked successfully in numerous fields including medicine, high tech, green tech, and general consumer products.

A socially conscious artist and musician as well as an inventor, Saravis's newest innovation with Nectar is the Solarflora™. Suggestive of a tree or a giant flower, the sculptural device can hold as many as four solar panels and supplies up to 1.2 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day. Saravis envisions the Solarflora as a means of mainstreaming the use of solar energy into the contemporary urban landscape, contributing to a more ecologically balanced, and more prosperous, nation and world.

"Darren Saravis fears we're losing touch with the natural world. To Saravis the mountain climber and environmental activist, the notion is disheartening. To Saravis the designer and engineer, it's a problem to be solved." -- O, The Oprah Magazine


Nick Pugh
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Nick Pugh has a passion for creativity and loves to pursue it in a wide range of media. His work in the entertainment industry focuses on the development and realization of new projects, in collaboration with producers, directors and studios. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a BS in Transportation, Nick undertook a long-term project to build a functional concept vehicle of his own design called Xeno. Over the years he has also worked closely with the visual effects studio Rhythm and Hues on numerous feature films, commercials and video games. Nick enjoys teaching "Originality in Design" and "Digital Landscape Painting" at Art Center and will launch a new class in the fall on developing and pitching movie ideas.

Nick's innovative work has been featured in numerous publications including Wired, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Intersection and GQ. He is the author of Luminair, Techniques Of Digital Painting From Life (Design Studio Press, 2006) and is a featured artist in the seminal books Concept Design 1 and 2. Nick lives in Long Beach with his wife and two daughters.


Rebecca Harrell Tickell
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Rebecca Harrell Tickell dedicates herself to the advancement of women and the environment. She produced the award winning documentary, FUEL. She is currently Co-Directing and Producing a documentary called 'The Big Fix' which is an 'Official Selection' of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She has spent the last year documenting and investigating the impacts and root cause of the BP oil spill. She works with organizations such as Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots, the United Nations, and the Virgin Group. She co-directs the nonprofit I'll Be the One Organization, and is additionally producing two other films, one based on her book 'Hot, Rich & Green', about redefining feminism and the role of women in the environmental movement. As a child, she starred in the Orion (now MGM)'s Christmas Classic movie, Prancer. Tickell and her husband, Josh Tickell (director of 'FUEL' and 'The Big Fix') live in Venice beach, California with their pug Mr. Brown and algae gasoline powered car.



Dr. Judy B. Rosner
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Dr. Judy B. Rosener has taught and done research in the areas of men and women at work, cultural diversity, and business and government for 30 years. She has authored two books and published numerous articles in academic journals and the mass media. She is a sought-after speaker in both the public and private sector.

Dr. Rosener is the author of the path-breaking article, "Ways Women Lead" (Harvard Business Review, November-December, 1990), co-author of Workforce America! Managing Employee Diversity as a Vital Resource (Business One Irwin, 1991), and author of America's Competitive Secret, Woman Managers (Oxford University Press, Paperback, Fall 1997). She is currently working on a book about sex-based brain, hormonal and socialization differences, and their implications for decision making in the workplace.

Professor Rosener was a regular columnist for the Los Angeles Times for five years and a commentator on the PBS TV show "Life and Times." She has written extensively for the academic and popular press.

Dr. Rosener is currently a member of the IWF (International Women's Forum), The Belizean Grove, Girls, Inc. and the LWV (League of Women Voters). She is on the Board of Advisors, School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Rosener was on Board of Directors of KCET, the public television station for Southern California for ten years, and a Commissioner on the California Coastal Commission for eight years, a major regulatory agency in California.

Dr. Rosener has been married for 59 years (to the same man) and has three adult children. She lives on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, California.


Tim Carpenter
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Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE and host/producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show. EngAGE is a nonprofit that transforms aging and the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California.

Experience Talks is a radio magazine that shines a light on the value of experience in society, airing for 250,000 listeners on Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara and streaming live worldwide on the web at www.kpfk.org. The show is syndicated by the Pacifica Network to up to 100 cities nationwide.

Tim catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world, and in 2011, Tim received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.


Taiko Project
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TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers. They were seeking to create a truly American style of taiko, blending traditional forms in which they were raised, with an innovative and fresh aesthetic approach to the Japanese drum. In just 11 short years, they have garnered critical acclaim from all over the world and amassed an impressive resume.

TAIKOPROJECT first made waves when they became the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005, beating out all the Japanese taiko groups in attendance. That same year, they were cast in the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, the first and only national ad campaign to prominently feature taiko. They followed that up with performances in some of America's highest profile events, including the 2009 Academy Awards and the 2011 Grammy Awards.

TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with some of the world's most well-known musical artists, including Stevie Wonder, Usher, rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, A.R. Rahman, John Legend, rapper Xzibit, Kanye West, producer Squeak E. Clean, Greek singer Antonis Remos, and DJ Tiesto. Today, they teach and perform all over the world, and have established Southern California's only dedicated taiko studio in Long Beach, not only continuing to push the boundaries of the artform of taiko, but nurturing future generations of taiko drummers as well.


Elizabeth Amini
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Elizabeth Amini is a social entrepreneur with a background in science. She learned data analysis while working as a scientist at JPL/NASA. Elizabeth earned a bachelors degree in Cognitive Science (the study of the brain) from Occidental College and an M.B.A. from University of Southern California. Her Anti-AgingGames.com business plan won the USC Business Plan contest as well as the YPO (Young Presidents' Organization) award for promising new companies.

Anti-AgingGames.com features fun and easy brain stimulation games designed by Nolan Bushnell, the Founder of Atari, and a team of expert neurobehavioral scientists. Our system includes memory, concentration, focus, and relaxation games. Anti-AgingGames.com includes tips distilled from over 17,000 medical studies that teach how to potentially reduce the risk of early memory loss through lifestyle changes.

We are a socially responsible company: 20% of our pre-tax profits go into an Impact Fund to improve quality and length of life around the world by providing medicine, clean water access, and supplies to places in need, as well as focusing on Alzheimer's, dementia, and stroke prevention research.


Charles Gandy
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Charles Gandy is a nationally recognized expert in community design, trail planning and design, and bicycle and pedestrian advocacy. He is a popular consultant, speaker and lecturer on the leading edge of both the active living and livability conversations. As the Mobility Coordinator for Long Beach California’s Bike Long Beach program Gandy is leading the city’s award winning “sharrow” experiment, and the 3rd and Broadway national “protected bike lane” pilot program. He is delighted to be a part of the remarkable culture shift embracing both bicycling and walking and its significant rewards and now serves on the board of the California Bike Coalition.

Gandy founded and served as the first Executive Director of the Texas Bicycle Coalition (now Bike Texas) from 1990 to 1994. Moving into national advocacy, Gandy was Director of Advocacy Programs for the Bicycle Federation of America from 1994 to 1998. At the Bicycle Federation he organized and launched citizen based advocacy groups for walking and cycling in thirty states and metropolitan areas, and coached and trained advocates in all fifty states. Gandy developed and launched the “Walkable Community Workshops,” which have traveled to more than 1,200 communities nationwide. He is also a certified Safe Routes to School Instructor.

Since beginning his private consulting practice Livable Communities Inc. in 1998, Gandy has been in demand with government agencies, community organizations, design firms, and the media across the U.S. for his expertise in livability leadership and design solutions.


Josh Tickell
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Growing up amongst the oil refineries in Louisiana, Josh Tickell experienced the impacts of dirty oil processing at a young age. After watching members of his family suffer from pollution related cancers, Tickell began a lifelong quest to find sustainable, clean energy sources.

In 1997, Tickell set out on the road with a biodiesel powered "Veggie Van" and a video camera to begin filming what would eventually become known as FUEL, the 2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary film that investigates the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. Over the course of his 11 year journey, Tickell traveled the world going to over 25 countries, authored two books, founded a nonprofit organization, and jumpstarted America's biodiesel movement.

Tickell's Veggie Van Organization was selected by President Bill Clinton as an inaugural part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. The organization serves to educate people about sustainable energy and provide pathways for integrating sustainable energy into homes, communities, cities, states and ultimately nations.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Living from the New College of South Florida and an MFA in Film from FSU's School of Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts.


Lalo Alcaraz
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Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the nationally syndicated and politically charged Latino comic strip La Cucaracha, featured daily in the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Arizona Republic, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, San Diego Tribune, and 75 other major newspapers. He began his illustrious career drawing editorial cartoons at his college paper, the Daily Aztec, at San Diego State University.

Today Lalo is a one-of-a-kind cartoonist, satirist and writer who captures the essence of the country's changing cultural and political landscape like no other. Bringing a young fearless Latino sensibility to his political and social commentary, his is a fresh voice whose unabashedly pro-immigrant, progressive stance about the need for a multicultural visibility in the media is long overdue. His latest books are La Cucaracha and Migra Mouse. Lalo co-edits the satirical magazine, POCHO.

In his entertaining multi-media presentation, Lalo sketches his favorite cartoons and shares his dazzling kaleidoscope of irreverence, wit, subversion, anarchy, politics, humanism, and rage for an eventful, thought-provoking evening.


Chip Conely
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Chip Conley is the founder and executive chairman of Joie de Vivre, California's largest boutique hotel company consisting of over 40 award-winning hotels, spas and restaurants. Chip and his company's time-tested techniques and transformational leadership practices have been featured in Fast Company, Fortune and the Wall Street Journal. Also a best-selling author, Chip illustrates the theory that transformed his business and shares his unique prescription for success (even in turbulent times) in his latest book PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow (Jossey-Bass 2007).

A popular speaker and innovative leader, Chip is regularly consulted by corporate, civic and academic institutions for his wisdom on building and maintaining a successful and transformative enterprise – involving areas such as organizational leadership, creative business development, corporate social responsibility, and creating unique culture. Honored by the San Francisco Business Times as the "Most Innovative CEO" in the Bay Area, Chip is the founder of San Francisco's annual Celebrity Pool Toss fundraiser, which has raised more than $4 million for families in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. Chip received his BA and MBA from Stanford University and was bestowed an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook Graduate School in 2009.


Paul Dateh
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Originally, Paul Dateh was only supposed to be a violinist. Beginning his violin studies at the age of four, it seemed that Dateh's future in the classical industry was set in stone. But, on his first day at The University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, Dateh suddenly dropped his major in Violin Performance and instead enrolled in the Jazz Studies Vocal program instead. The move shocked his colleagues, as it was hard to understand why anyone would walk away from fourteen years of classical training to begin learning an entirely new musical discipline. But, Dateh knew that he wanted to be more than just a classical instrumentalist; his goal was to become a musician in every possible way.

Since first appearing on the music scene three years ago, singer and violinist Paul Dateh has gone on to garner millions of views on the web as well as national exposure on television and in print. Dateh has since released two records: a self-titled record issued in January of 2009, and "The Good Life" – a collaborative EP with guitarist Ken Belcher. In 2010, Dateh scored his first short film ("The LXD: Chapter 10 – I Seen a Man") distributed by Paramount Digital Entertainment.



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