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Final Speakers Announced for TEDxNapaValley 2014

Final Speakers Announced for TEDxNapaValley 2014

Editor's Note: TEDxNapaValley released the following announcement on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

TEDxNapaValley 2014 is pleased to announce its final set of speakers for this year’s event scheduled for March 30 at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. In addition to the seven speakers announced last month, the team has added six more incredible people including a well-known civil rights activist; an artist that seeks out conflict to understand the human experience; founder of the WHOA! Network; the great granddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt; and the social media team that turned a five year-old cancer survivor into a superhero called BatKid. TEDxNapaValley Co-Curator Andrew Healy and Board Member Tia Butts will serve as emcees at this year’s event.  

In addition, one local high school student will earn the opportunity to speak at this year’s conference. The second TEDxNapaValley Student Speak-Off has been scheduled to take place Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Napa High School Little Theatre. Napa High School, Sonoma Valley High School, American Canyon High School and Justin Siena High School each will narrow their overall entrants to select their two best students to compete. Each student will present their multi-media talk centered on this year’s theme “Going Against the Grain—Embracing the Unconventional” to the TEDxNapaValley board, who will select the final winner. 

Below are more details on the newest speaker additions to the 2014 lineup:


Ruby Bridges Hall

Ruby Bridges Hall is an American Activist best known as being the first African American child to attend an all-white New Orleans elementary school after court-ordered desegregation in 1960. Inspired by her desire to help children achieve their hopes and dreams, she formed the  Ruby Bridges Foundation in 1999 to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences." She has been recognized around the world for her efforts and was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton in 2001. In 2012, Bridges Hall received an Honorary Degree from Tulane University.

Nelson Guda

Nelson Guda has traveled around the world trying to understand how people move from places of extreme darkness back into the light and express it in his art. The U.S. artist has worked in paint, ink, glass, steel, emulsion and electrons. His latest project, “ENEMIES,” began in East Africa in 2011, where he brought people together from opposite sides of brutal conflicts in the slums of Kenya, the border of Sudan and South Sudan and the killing fields of Rwanda. In the ENEMIES Project, Nelson sees the act of seeking out conflict and resilience as a form of art in its highest sense of expression of the human experience. Nelson holds a PhD in biology and helped found an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Texas in Austin. 

Cat Lincoln & Kristy Sammis

Cat Lincoln and Kristy Sammis are co-founders of Clever Girls, an esteemed content marketing and native advertising agency specializing in connecting top brands with influential women online. Leveraging 20+ years of Fortune 500 marketing experience with cutting-edge social media immersion, the Clever team have built an award winning practice. In addition to her role as CEO of Clever Girl’s, Cat’s previous experience includes positions at Wells Fargo, ADP and in the non-profit sector. Previously, Kristy led a communication team at Walmart.com and helped launch the BlogHer conferences. In November 2013, Clever Girls was proud to partner with the Bay Area Make-A-Wish to lead the online strategy and execution of the global phenomenon #Batkid.

Darryle Pollack

Darryle Pollack is the co-founder of  WHOA! Network, (Women Honoring Our Age), a platform for women to be seen and heard at every age; and a pioneering enterprise for women midlife and beyond. WHOA! is an extension of Darryle’s experience as a pioneer, which includes graduating from Yale in the first class that included women, her groundbreaking work as a television journalist, and her personal journey as a cancer activist. An early adopter and leader for her demographic in social media and blogging, Darryle’s writing appears on many websites, including the Huffington Post.  

Julianna Roosevelt

A world traveler with a passion for art and culture, Julianna Roosevelt has spent most of her career in the fields of child therapy, landscape design and human rights. For many years, she worked with at-risk youth in East Los Angeles, connecting gang members and school drop-outs with volunteer mentors. In 1993, she launched “Gardens by Design,” one of the first companies to emphasize the use of drought-tolerate native plants in California landscapes. Shortly thereafter, she co-founded “An Edible Garden” to help families learn how to grow their own organic vegetables and fruits and to tend chicken coops and beehives. Today, her company “Roosevelt Design Studio” provides consulting for private residential gardens and public spaces, allowing Julianna to assist prominent artists in creating major art and sculpture installations around the world. One future project, known as Legacy and Contemporary Change, will celebrate her great grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt’s most significant accomplishment, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxNapaValley, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxNapaValley, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.  The first TEDxNapaValley conference took place in 2011. 2014 will mark the third year for the conference.

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