TEDxSanDiego 2024 commUNITY


TEDxSanDiego 2024 commUNITY

TEDxSanDiego commUNITY, 2024’s theme, is inspired by the power of TEDx events to bring our diverse community together to celebrate what makes San Diego extraordinary.

Nine San Diego local speakers and three performing artists who represent our community’s diversity of ideas, talent and causes that are elevating, changing our world were presented on April 10, 2024 at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre in La Jolla, California.

Audrey Jacobs (Chief Connector and Curator) and Olivia Peachey and Jami Lah are the entire TEDxSanDiego 2024 team are proud to introduce the TEDxSanDiego 2024 Speakers in order of their presentations:



·       MARK KLEIN





·       RON DONOHO


Celebrating our 15th annual event, TEDxSanDiego continues to be a catalyst for spreading ideas that have a positive impact globally. Each year we strive to bring a transformational experience to the stage with our goal to facilitate people to learn, connect, be inspired, inspire others, and realize we all have the ability to make a difference.

TEDxSanDiego launched in 2010 and was part of the first wave of TEDx events. With the mission of being a catalyst for spreading ideas that change our world, we bring together a diverse audience to hear from a variety of subject matter experts and thought leaders who share their vision and insights on important topics. To date, TEDxSanDiego has presented 210 speakers and performers whose videos have been viewed over 7.3 million times.

All video is professionally recorded and will be posted on YouTube on the TEDx channel once final cut is approved.


Program Development Specialist, Walk With Me Impact 

Inspiring Change: The Magic of At-Risk Youth Mentorship

“Unlock the profound power of mentorship in Armand King’s captivating talk, ‘Inspiring Change: The Magic of At-Risk Youth Mentorship’ at TEDxSanDiego. Witness how mentorship can dramatically alter the destinies of marginalized youth, providing not just guidance but a vital beacon of hope. Armand King’s personal narrative and passionate advocacy reveal the life-changing potential of mentorship in breaking cycles of hardship and fostering a future filled with promise and resilience. 

Armand King Bio: Armand Lawrich King, a survivor of challenging circumstances turned community leader. With 12 years of experience, he’s dedicated to impacting communities and individuals through his nonprofit work, authorship, and motivational speaking. Armand King is also an adept entrepreneur, assisting others in business growth and team building. He serves on San Diego’s Gang Prevention and Intervention Commission and the Mayor’s Black Advisory Board, bringing change through his powerful message and transformative abilities. Armand King is a dynamic force for good.

Reach King on www.wwmimpact.com IG: @mr.armand_king LinkedIn: Armand King. X: @MrArmandking 



Cognitive neuroscientist, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Rethinking Alzheimer’s Disease: Why Aging Matters

Why does aging dramatically increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, and yet, not everyone is equally affected? We seek to understand the age-related biological changes that distinguish between those who maintain cognitive resilience and those who succumb to decline, paving the way for groundbreaking preventative measures and cures for Alzheimer’s Disease. We are seeking answers that could transform the future of aging and cognitive health. 

Courtney Glavis-Bloom Bio: A neuroscientist at the Salk Institute, conducts groundbreaking research to unravel the complex neurobiological changes accompanying aging, and their connection to cognitive decline and resilience, using a primate model. Holding a BA from Yale in Cognitive Science and a PhD from Emory in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, she brings a wealth of expertise from her previous roles in industry and academia to her current research endeavors. 

Reach Glavis Bloom on IG @cglavisbloom, https://www.linkedin.com/in/courtney-glavis-bloom-265b431/ 


Renewable energy development, Pacific Northwest Energy Consultants LLC

Unveiling the Silent Architects of Entrepreneurial Triumph

At age 52, Mark Klein, while fighting cancer and being a devoted parent to a son with autism, co-founded Broad Reach Power and built a national renewable energy storage business that he sold 5 years later for $1 billion. Humbled by his great fortune, Mark founded Pacific Northwest Energy Consultant so he can devote his life to bringing renewable energy to underserved communities throughout the US. He also generously gives his time and resources to support organizations like the Autism Society of San Diego.

Mark Klein Bio: I am a 66 year old engineer, husband, father, grandfather to five sons/step sons and one granddaughter. I have traveled the world as an engineer, consulting in Europe, South America, Central America, North America and Asia. At the age of 52 with the loving support of my wife, Jess, I took my experience, passion for building things and a desire to provide economic freedom for my family to help create the first large energy storage company in the United States.


Author and Scientist

Einstein: Scientist. Genius. Imposter?

Albert Einstein once said the attention he received made him feel like “an involuntary swindler,” which, in modern terms, means he suffered from Imposter Syndrome, the sensation that you are illegitimate and undeserving of the status you have. If even Einstein suffered this disorder, is there hope for us “mortals” without his gifts and genius? The answer is ‘yes,’ and I present a strategy to overcome imposter syndrome in your life, unlock your full potential, and achieve the recognition you deserve.

Brian Keating Bio: Brian Keating is the Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is a public speaker, inventor, and an expert in the study of the universe’s oldest light, the cosmic microwave background (CMB), using it to learn about the origin and evolution of the universe. Keating is a writer and podcaster and the best-selling author of one of Amazon Editors’ ‘Best Non-fiction Books of All Time”, Losing the Nobel Prize.

Reach Keating on IG https://BrianKeating.com 


Author + Relationship Expert, President, The Ford Group, Inc.

Aging the Wabi Sabi Way – with laughter, gratitude, and a splash of imperfection 

Arielle Ford shares the uplifting research on how happiness grows with each advancing decade over 50. Discover how to celebrate aging with humor and grace by embracing the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi which seeks to find beauty and perfection in imperfection.  She shares the journey of the fun and freedom of aging authentically.

Arielle Ford Bio: Her mission in life is to help people Find Love, Keep Love, and Be Love. She is the author of 12 books including the international bestseller The Soulmate Secret: Manifest the Love of your Life with the Law of Attraction.  Her debut novel, The Love Thief, is being developed for a limited streaming series. She has been called The Cupid of Consciousness and The Fairy Godmother of Love. She lives in La Jolla with her husband and feline friends. Reach Ford at IG @arielleford44 Twitter @arielleford


Communication Specialist & Aviator

The Technical Renaissance of Culture and History

Beyond the Metaverse! See how emerging technologies are being used to transform culture and place-based learning. The birth of digital culture is building bridges between the past and the present, for our future.

Kilma Lattin, MBA Bio: A Native American futurist who’s company OurWorlds is building the future of geolocated education and entertainment using emerging technologies. His past work has won several awards, including a daytime Emmy Award. He spent three elected terms of office as a tribal leader of the Pala Tribe. He studied at UCSB, Harvard, USC and Johns Hopkins. Lattin is also a military aviator working with Blackhawk helicopters.

Reach Lattin on https://www.linkedin.com/in/kilma https://www.instagram.com/kilma_lattin/ 


Neuroscientist & Child Advocate, San Diego State University 

Revolutionizing Child Mental Health with Brain Imaging Technology

Right now, we are fighting for the future of our children’s mental health. In this enlightening talk, Neuroscientist Jillian Lee Wiggins, PhD, discusses the urgent need to address children’s mental health issues and proposes a revolutionary approach using brain imaging technology. She highlights the challenges in current treatment methods and shares insights from her ground-breaking research

Bio:  Jillian Lee Wiggins was born in Chicago to immigrant Jamaican Chinese parents. She fell in love with psychology and neuroscience while an undergraduate and moved on to complete her PhD in developmental psychology at University of Michigan and her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. She is now an Associate Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University. Her two children (ages 3 and 5) often attend her class as “demo kids”.

 https://tendlab.sdsu.edu/ SDSU College of Sciences


Journalist, The San Diego Sun- Founder & Editor

Can We Save Local Media?

Local media outlets are disappearing daily. Yet, local news is a community glue. It’s essential to keep news outlets in the business of being watchdogs in the community

Ron Donoho Bio: Writer/editor with three decades of experience in newspapers, magazines and online sites. Was the executive editor of San Diego Magazine, editor of San Diego CityBeat; have written for Men’s Health, Men’s Journal & other national publications; am currently founder/editor of downtown-focused thesandiegosun.com.

Reach Donoho at IG https://www.instagram.com/thesandiegosun/ and Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/rondonsd/



Kidney Donor Advocate & Educator

The Joy of Giving

Have you ever met someone and felt they will have a significant role in your life? We are all taught to give- money, time,  or advise. But how do we respond when it is unconformable or putting ourselves at risk? My life- and hers were changed- with the fundamental gift of life to those who are still in need.

Rochel Smoller Bio: I was born and raised in Boston.  Shortly after my marriage we moved to San Diego where I have been teaching second grade for 38 years.  I enjoy teaching both children and adults.  I enjoy sports, travel and the outdoors.  I am also involved in Jewish matchmaking and a dating coach.  I have 8 children and many grandchildren. 

Reach Smoller at rsmoller@chasd.org


Matrida Boazi and Singers 

Matrida Bozzi has an ethereal voice that shares the stories of tragedy and hope from journey from a refugee camp in her native Congo to San Diego.


Junkyard Dance Crew

Hip Hop Dance – The Time is Now 

This will be a high energy, inspiring and motivating piece. Expressing ourselves through the art of dance.

IG: Junkyarddancecrew 


Gaby Aparicio

Gaby Aparicio has a dynamic, multi-lingual (English, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese) musical repertoire that leaves a lasting impression with her audiences. 

2024 Team TEDxSanDiego

TEDxSanDiego is an all-volunteer organization, and this event couldn’t happen without the tireless efforts of those folks listed below, as well as the 100+ volunteers and Community Voices Ambassadors who help produce the main event. They support the power of Ideas Worth Spreading in our local community. Join us here: https://www.tedxsandiego.com/participate/participate-at-tedxsan-diego

Thanks to the team: Marian Rak Rebecca Smith Yanina Odin, Ph.D. Allison Wonders Jim Taylor Christopher Lah Niko Podimatis Sandi Masori Sherrie Rose Vanessa Bourgeois, DM, PMP, MS, MBA, MBA, SP, CSM, CSPO ,GIAC GISF Spencer Tillim Amy Pfleger Jose A. Alina Moskalenko Dianne Peng Ryan Horn and all the volunteers on the day of the event.

More images on instagram https://www.instagram.com/tedxsandiego/


TEDxSanDiego Sponsors & Partners

TEDxSanDiego is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, funded and supported by individuals, businesses, and foundations who are committed to empowering people to imagine and create the future.

TEDxSanDiego supports Ideas Worth Spreading and acknowledges the generosity of our sponsors and partners. Thank you for helping us see the future with new perspectives. These companies, foundations and individuals enable our visionaries to take the stage and share their inspiration with people from all walks of life.

About TED

TED (ted.com) is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started in 1984 as a Tech, Entertainment, and Design conference. Today, TED covers almost all topics and has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. TED.com offers many of these talks for free.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help turning their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

About TEDx

TEDx (tedx.comx = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program organized at a local level that brings people together to share a TED-like event experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program


The next event is on August 28th: TEDxSanDiegoWOMEN

Source: LinkedIn Sherrie Rose

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