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Minh Dang is a Team Manager at Linde Group, an IT consulting firm in Emeryville. She is a Presidential Appointee to the first ever U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and is also currently a Co-Principal Investigator for a community-based research study funded by the National Institute of Justice entitled, 'Researcher-Survivor-Ally Formative Evaluation of San Francisco's Anti-Trafficking Task Forces'. Minh has received awards from the ACLU, Cal Alumni Association, City of Berkeley, and more. In 2013, she was one of fifteen AAPI Women named a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama. Minh first publicly identified as a survivor of slavery and incest in 2008, when MSNBC featured her story of slavery in a documentary. Minh also serves as an independent consultant, providing training and technical assistance for organizations addressing human trafficking and child abuse. Informally, she provides guidance and mentorship to survivors and formally, she serves on the Advisory Board of AnnieCannons, a pioneering organization that trains survivors of human trafficking in web development and programming. From 2005 to 2011, Minh worked at the University of California, Berkeley Public Service Center as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and her M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, Minh plays center-mid on the soccer field, is training to hike the John Muir Trail, and has an unabashed love for stationary.
Mike Duffy is the founder of Happiness Publishing, LLC. He has been researching happiness for over 30 years. He is friends with and has interviewed the brightest minds in the field of positive psychology. He is the author of The Happiness Book: A Positive Guide To Happiness, The Happiness Book For Men and The Happiness Book For Kids: A Child’s Guide To Happiness! Volume I & II. Mike is the founder of The Happiness Hall Of Fame. Members of the hall include: Muhammad Ali, Chris Anderson, curator of TED; Mr. October, Reggie Jackson; Dr. Wayne Dyer, Serena Williams, Derek Jeter, NFL Hall Of Famer, Roger Staubach; Taylor Swift, Olympic gold medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi; The San Francisco Giants, The Golden State Warriors, Dolly Parton, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation, Saint Mother Teresa’s Missionaries Of Charity and many others. The Happiness Hall Of Fame recognizes, encourages and celebrates people and organizations that make other people happy. The website is www.happinesshalloffame.com.
Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students' life outcomes. Vivienne is also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers. She sits on the boards of The Palm Center, Emozia, Engender, and Genderis Inc., and is a Chief Science Advisor to Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, and Bayes Impact. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on issues of LGBT inclusion and gender in technology. Vivienne lives in Berkeley, CA, with her wife (and co-founder) and their two children.
Born in 1996 in the North of France, François Reyes has since his earliest years developed an interest in politics. But these past few years, after working for a senator during some time in France, he realized that change could only come from civil society. Deeply impacted by the lack of interest of the politicians in his homecountry for making people's lives better and countering extremism, he grew the desire to work as hard as possible with 'everyday people' in order to counter the lack of interest of the politicians. After the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in January 2015 in Paris, he created a global NGO called Citizen's Awakening, that has for a goal to counter extremism and create understanding through bringing together people, through dialogue. Citizen's Awakening now is present in Canada, the UK, India, Hungary, France, and many other countries. Impacted on a personnal level by the Paris attacks of November 2015, he pledged to fight as hard as he could againt terrorism worldwide with what he believes is the most powerful weapon on the long term to tackle extremism : our ability so speak up, and to create bridges between different communities and different countries. François Reyes is also a speaker and an ambassador for One Young World & the Quilliam Foundation, and a member of the FATE (Families Against Terrorism & Extremism) network. He's in the middle of writing a book gathering the voices and solutions of/from/for families impacted one way or the other by terrorism, whether they lost a member of their family in a terrorist attack, or a child to the extremist-narrative.
Named the youngest Forbes 30 Under 30 and LinkedIn Top Voice in Marketing and Advertising, Tai is an experienced storyteller, marketing leader, and entrepreneur. Through his thought leadership, Tai has empowered young entrepreneurs, startups,
and leading tech brands to share their breakthrough narrative at scale. Followed by over 100,000 marketers, executives, and young professionals, Tai's work has been widely recognized by Forbes, LinkedIn, Twitter, MarketWatch, and Tech Insider.
He is a proud alum of the UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business.
Tai previously led digital and content marketing at top Fortune 500 tech companies, including Apple and Samsung. He is currently the Head of Content and Brand at SelfScore, a venture backed fintech startup. Tai is the author of upcoming book, Zero to Infinity. The book breaks down a new concept in personal innovation that Tai describes as zero to infinity, the process of harvesting isolated experiences and nurturing them into a product of design, disruption, and infinite opportunities.
Esther Wojcicki is a internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, a program that focuses on empowering students through the use of media (newspaper, magazine, yearbook, websites, video
production, photography, radio, & television). The program started in 1984 with an already established (1918) 6 -8 page newspaper and 19 students; it has grown to become one of the most distinguished and the largest scholastic media program
in the nation today (2016) with 600+ students, five additional teachers, nine publications, and a new 25,000 sq. ft Media Arts Center (2014).
Esther is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MediaX at Stanford, a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow, ; the 2002 California Teacher of the Year by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; the 2011 Charles O’Malley Award recipient from Columbia Scholastic Press. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Palo Alto University, and in 2016 an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island School of Design. In November, 2016 she was awarded the MyHero Award for her work in global education. She has been a speaker at multiple conferences including TED (2015), G20 Summit, and Singularity University Summit. She co-authored popular education book on blended learning entitled Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom (2015) that explains a way to revolutionize education for the digital age. Her focus is give student agency in the classroom to empower their creativity and innovation skills. She is also the mother of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Janet Wojcicki, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF Medical School and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe. She is married to Stanford Physics Professor Stanley Wojcicki. She and her husband are proud graduates of UC Berkeley.
M. Steven Fish is a comparative political scientist who studies democracy and authoritarianism in developing and postcommunist countries, religion and politics, and constitutional systems and national legislatures. Originally from Kentucky, he now makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves as a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence (Oxford, 2011), which was selected for Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012: Top 25 Books. He is also author of Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics (Cambridge, 2005), which was the recipient of the Best Book Award of 2006, presented by the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association, and Democracy from Scratch: Opposition and Regime in the New Russian Revolution (Princeton, 1995). He is coauthor of The Handbook of National Legislatures: A Global Survey (Cambridge, 2009) and Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy (Princeton, 2001). He has conducted extensive field research in Eurasia, East Europe, and Southeast Asia. He served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia, in 2007 and at the European University at St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2000-2001. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Social Sciences Teaching Award of the Colleges of Letters and Science, University of California, Berkeley.
Damien Horne Speaking Bio
There’s something very special about Damien. Actually, "special" may not be the best word. In times like these, in the world that we live in, there’s something relevant, significant and necessary about Damien – and people like him. You can go to pretty much any search engine, put "Damien Horne" in the search field and read about his life story and credentials. The cliff notes is he’s from Hickory, North Carolina. He’s one of twelve children (a blended family). He’s a middle child, adores his mother, is the first in his family to earn a high school diploma and now devotes a lot of his time and resources trying to make a better life for his loved ones and those around him. Although they didn’t grow up with a lot of monetary wealth (barely any to speak of), Damien’s mother had a love for God that inspired him to develop a personal relationship with Christ at the age of 7.
It’s there where his hope journey began…
The loss of brothers, experiencing family members being incarcerated and figuring out how to make ends meet led Damien to want more for himself. As a young adult, he first moved to LA. After being homeless a couple of years, he returned back to North Carolina and saved enough money to move to Nashville. Damien found himself homeless again. Only this time, a country star by the name of John Rich (of Big & Rich) put a nice chunk of change in his guitar case – and extended an invitation…to basically a whole new life.
As a musician.
As a public speaker.
As a world changer.
From Faith Hill and Keith Urban to Robert Randolph and John Legend, Damien has either opened up for or performed alongside these award-winning artists. He’s also been part of a country trio The Farm. He’s also had a publishing deal with Warner Chapel and released several solo projects including his latest EP The Love Saga Vol. 1. Yes, he has a few bragging rights.
But if you were to ask Damien what he’s most passionate about, his answer might surprise you. After receiving his associate’s degree from Free Will Baptist Bible College and becoming an ordained minister, Damien is intentional about giving back.
Giving back by sharing his testimony.
Giving back by serving at his home church, The Salvation Army.
Giving back by offering words of encouragement, support and faith – anywhere he can.
Damien recently started a blog that centers around his mission to surround others with hope. It’s called encourageinspiremotivate.com. Each week, there are new videos and articles on platforms he’s committed to: homelessness, human trafficking, prison ministry, world outreach, youth, adoption and the Word. That said, it should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi and Mother Teresa are some of his "purpose mentors" and life heroes.
"Music is a talent God’s given me," shares Damien. "It’s a tool that has opened up so many doors that I’m thankful for. But my heart is to speak to and reach out to as many people as I can. I want to let them know that their purpose and dreams are possible. Every day, I wake up with that on my mind. Every night, I fall asleep hoping that I did my best to inspire those I came into contact with."
Yep. Anyone who thinks like that is relevant, significant – and very necessary.
Indeed. For such a time as this.
Loretta Falcone churns complexity into simplicity with data science to reveal unseen patterns and connections. Her seminal research at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a NASA groomed scientist induced insights from the spacecraft exploration
of Uranus, Jupiter and Mars to applications in climate change and energy optimization until one day her child suddenly took ill and she confronted her greatest challenge; to solve a serious health mystery.
Follow her as she takes her intuition on an emotional journey to save her child where a constellation of scientific perspectives transmutes fear into love to spark hope through a fog of determination. When we see the world of any problem again through the fresh eyes of a child free from the conventional lenses of entrenched expertise, there is a simple awakening that can illuminate the big ah-ha of a great hypothesis.
Loretta shares a deep commitment to science, education and advancing the quality of human spirit. While waiting for code to compile she enjoys classical ballet, puppies and alpine walks in Lake Como, Italy where she lives with her husband and three children.
Fuji Lai is passionate about revolutionizing the patient and human experience through augmenting human capabilities, improving healthcare access, and enhancing quality of care. With her unique interdisciplinary background in biomedical engineering, robotics, human factors design and healthcare consulting plus 20+ years experience driving innovation in medical and surgical robotics, telemedicine, telepresence, mobile health, human-robot teams, human-machine interfaces, simulation and utilizing virtual reality to solve complex human challenges, Fuji brings a unique insight into how technology can transform the human experience. She has served as medical robotics startup leadership member (InTouch Health), led the design and development of FDA-cleared Remote Presence robots for acute care telemedicine shipping 8 products in 5 years including the VITA (with iRobot)— the world’s first FDA-Class II-cleared robot with one-touch, "go there" autonomous navigation enabling new care models and 2014 Medical Design Excellence Award Finalist—and established virtual healthcare delivery networks now saving lives in 1500 hospitals in 22 countries from the ICU, OR, ED, clinic, to ambulance. She also founded a medical human factors offering designing mission-critical medical devices and healthcare environments that enhance user experience, safety, performance capturing $4M business around the Hospital of the Future and was development team member on the first FDA-cleared surgical robot. She is a 2016 Bold Visioneer with the XPRIZE Foundation to develop the next XPRIZE to address humanity’s grandest challenges, Singularity University Global Solutions Program 2015 Alumnus and Google Grant Recipient, MIT Solve Fellow, University of California Institute for Innovation Mentor/Advisor, and NSBRI/NASA Advisor to extend the reach of medical expertise to remote environments for space exploration. Fuji is author of 30+ peer-reviewed publications, inventor on 15+ patents, been funded by NIH, DoD, NASA, and earned SM Biomedical Engineering (Harvard), MS Mechanical Engineering (UC Berkeley), BS Biomedical Engineering (Duke), BS Electrical Engineering (Duke).
Brian Malow is Earth's premier science comedian (self-proclaimed). In addition to performing and giving science communication talks for the NSF, AAAS, NASA, NIST, ACS, Apple, Dell, Microsoft and others, Brian Malow has produced science videos for Time Magazine and audio pieces for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s radio show. He has blogged for Scientific American and worked in science communications at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He was named an Osher Science Communication Fellow at the California Academy of Sciences. Brian has co-hosted programs on The Weather Channel, appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and ScienceFriday with Ira Flatow, and he has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Nature, Science, and Symmetry magazines
Mike Roberts is a fifth-year PhD candidate at Stanford University. His current work is at the intersection of computer graphics and robotics, where he focuses on using drones to support human creativity. Before coming to Stanford, Mike spent two
wonderful years at the Harvard Center for Brain Science. Mike’s joint work with the Harvard Center for Brain Science was published on the cover of Cell in 2015, and has been featured in BBC Horizon, The Guardian, Huffington Post, National Geographic,
Nature News, The New York Times, and Popular Science. In 2013, Mike co-developed the Introduction to Parallel Programming course at Udacity, which has enrolled over 80,000 students.
Outside of academia, Mike is an avid music nerd and vinyl junkie, and has been DJing in nightclubs for over a decade. He is delighted to report that people were crowdsurfing at the last house party he did in Berkeley, but he promises that this won't happen during his talk at TEDxBerkeley.
Jessica is passionate about helping people connect to and unleash their own capacity to make an impact on the world in positive, meaningful and sustainable ways. She got her start working with refugees at organizations including UNHCR, the International
Rescue Committee/Women’s Refugee Commission, the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and Mercy Corps. Through her work, she focused primarily on protecting and empowering refugee women and girls, and fighting for greater access to education,
basic healthcare and livelihoods. She also headed a program to successfully resettle over 10,000 Burundian refugees to the US.
At Kiva, Jessica helps educate and inspire others to support or create innovative and effective means of overcoming global challenges. In 2013, she launched the international award winning program Kiva U, which is engaging the next generation in microfinance and was recently featured in Chelsea Clinton’s book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going!
Prior to working at Kiva, Jessica lived and worked in Kenya with Nuru International, co-creating programs to raise literacy levels in rural primary schools with local Kenyan educators and scaling them throughout the region. Her fieldwork has been focused primarily in East Africa and Southeast Asia, though with Kiva, that scope has been rapidly expanding.
She has a BA in International Politics from the University of Central Oklahoma/University of Leicester and an MSW from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, a respected advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain and an advisor to funders investing in food system transformation. A recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award, Anna is the
co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to more than a dozen others. Anna’s work has been translated internationally and featured in "The Washington Post, The New York Times, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine,"among many other outlets.
Named one of TIME’s "eco" Who’s-Who, Anna is the founder or co-founder of three national organizations, including the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund, which she launched with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé. She currently leads Real Food Media, based at Corporate Accountability International, which she founded to bring together leading food and farm organizations to produce powerful communications initiatives to inspire, educate and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming. Since its founding in 2012, Real Food Media has created the world’s largest short films competition on food with pop-up festivals around the world, collaborated with the award-winning StoryCorps to elevate voices of food workers, produced powerful mythbusting videos viewed more than one million times, launched a national online book club, #RealFoodReads, and helped support passage of good food purchasing nationwide.
In addition to her philanthropy through the Small Planet Fund, Anna is the director of The Food Program at the Panta Rhea Foundation and is an active participant of several funder collaboratives building more just and sustainable food systems worldwide.
Anna’s most recent book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It (Bloomsbury), was named by Booklist and Kirkus as one of the best environmental book’s of the year. Anna is also the co-author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Penguin) and Hope’s Edge (Penguin), which chronicles grassroots solutions to hunger around the world. In addition to her books, Anna’s opinion writing has appeared in publications around the world, including The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The New York Times and more. She has written a monthly column for Al Jazeera America, a quarterly column for Earth Island Journal and was the editor for two special editions on food for The Nation.
Anna is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and has appeared on dozens of radio programs and podcasts, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, All Things Considered and The Diane Rehm Show. Anna was the co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast and has been a featured expert on PBS’s Need to Know and Nourish and the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet.
In 2001, with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, Anna co-founded the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. The Lappés are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised and given away more than $1 million for democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002.
A frequent public speaker and event emcee, in the past fifteen years Anna has participated in more than 600 events, from keynoting community food festivals to delivering guest lectures at universities to emceeing a food-focused fundraiser at Sotheby’s. She has been a guest lecturer at dozens of colleges and universities, including Boston College, Brown University, Columbia University, New York University, Northwestern University, Wesleyan, Vassar, the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University.
Anna’s writing and advocacy have earned her numerous accolades. In addition to her James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, Anna has been featured as a food fighter in The New York Times and received the Compassion in Action Award from the Missing Peace Project.
Anna holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated with honors from Brown University. From 2004 to 2006, she was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a national program of the WK Kellogg Foundation. She is an active board member of Rainforest Action Network and the Mesa Refuge, a writer’s retreat in Point Reyes, California.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters, Anna’s research on food and sustainability has taken her across the United States and to more than 20 countries worldwide, including South Korea, China, Bangladesh, India, France, Poland, Italy, Mali, Kenya, Brazil and Turkey.
Mayra Lozano is a junior at UC Berkeley pursing a degree in Legal Studies and Chicano Studies. She is an undocumented student activist and organizer. She is also a first generation-low income student from Compton, California. In 2016 she performed an original monologue in the largest production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues at UC Berkeley.
For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.
From working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta to the refugee camps in Ethiopia and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of the social tapestry of the world and the historical landscape of the times we are living in.
Author and Writer
The compelling stories and insights gained from her experiences inspired Lynne to write her best-selling, award-winning book "The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life" (W.W. Norton, 2003). The book has been translated into eight languages including Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, German, Japanese, Bulgarian and Portuguese. In addition, Lynne has contributed chapters to more than ten books including:
"Women of Courage: Inspiring Stories from the Women Who Live Them" Katherine Martin (New World Library, 1999)
"Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals" Darian Rodriguez Heyman (Jossey-Bass 2011)
"Einstein’s Business: Engaging Soul, Imagination, and Excellence in the Workplace" Dawson Church, Ph.D. (Elite Books, 2007)
"Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution" Barbara Marx Hubbard (Shift Books, 2012)
Ms. Twist has written numerous articles for RSF Quarterly, Fetzer Institute, Noetic Sciences Quarterly, YES! Magazine and Balance, to name a few.
Consultant and Coach
Founder of the Soul of Money Institute, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in board retreats, workshops, keynote presentations and one-on-one coaching in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning and having a healthy relationship with money.
Among others, Ms. Twist has been an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Foundation, Network of Grateful Living and The Nobel Women’s Initiative — an initiative of six living Nobel Women Peace Laureates who work together to end violence against women and girls.
Her clients cover a wide variety of profit, nonprofit and educational institutions including: Nobel Women’s Initiative, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Charles Schwab, United Way, The Red Cross, Amnesty International, Sierra Club, Women Presidents’ Organization, Young Presidents’ Organization, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Stanford Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard University.
A sought-after speaker, Lynne travels the world giving keynote presentations and workshops for conferences including: United Nations Beijing Women’s Conference, Nobel Women’s Conference on Sexual Violence, State of the World Forum Conference, Alliance for a New Humanity Conference with Deepak Chopra, Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Governor’s Conference on California Women, among others.
In addition, she has co-presented and shared the stage with some of today’s most influential thought leaders including: Angeles Arrien, Marianne Williamson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, F.W. de Klerk, Stephen Covey, Riane Eisler, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jane Goodall, Jean Houston, Roshi Joan Halifax and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
A teacher by training, Lynne’s desire to contribute to others moved beyond the classroom and onto the world stage when she became the chief fundraising officer for The Hunger Project, raising over 200 million dollars in the course of her tenure.
In 1996, Lynne and her husband, Bill, co-founded The Pachamama Alliance — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.
Lynne’s work as a global citizen encompasses membership in a prestigious nonprofit board, including the Fetzer Institute
Lynne formerly served as an advisory board member for the California Institute of Integral Studies, Global Youth Action Network and The International Museum of Women, The Center For Partnership Studies, among others. She is a member in good standing of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Social Venture Network and The National Society of Fundraising Executives.
As a result of her work as a global citizen, Lynne has been featured in over 10 films including: "The Shift" (Michael Goorjian, 2010), "Crude Impact" (James Jandak Wood, 2006), "Women of Wisdom and Power" (Lili Fournier, 2000) and "Money & Life (Katie Teague).
In addition, she has been interviewed by dozens of media including The Huffington Post, "Mehmet Oz Radio," Oprah and Friends Radio, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and PBS.
As a result of her work around the world, Ms. Twist earned an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Centenary College and has won numerous awards including the United Nations Woman of Distinction award, honoring her work to end world hunger; the Purpose Prize Fellow; Humanitarian of the Year Award from Youth at Risk; Humanitarian of the Year Award from the City of Fairfield, Iowa; Heroes of the 21st Century award from the Social Venture Network; Entrepreneurs’ Award from Katalysis Partnership; The Rainforest Champion Award from the Rainforest Actions Network; the Nautilus Book Award; the New Dimension Broadcaster Award and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Award for Breakthrough Visionary Leadership.
In December 2015 Lynne received the Goi Peace Award from the Goi Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. The annual Goi Peace Award honors individuals and organizations in various fields that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world for humanity and all life on earth.
In September 2016 Lynne and her husband Bill were awarded the Humanitarian Award from Hidden Villa for their work with the Pachamama Alliance in preserving the Amazon rainforest and commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability.
In the summer of 2016 Lynne was interviewed by Oprah for her show "Super Soul Sunday," which will air in April, 2017.
Lynne and her husband, Bill, live in San Francisco, California, and take delight in their three adult children and five grandchildren.
"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." - Leonard Bernstein
In the summer of 2012, Darin Chhing, the son of Cambodian refugees, began composing a piece blending both Eastern and Western melodies with his culture’s rich musical heritage.
Nearly five years later, the TEDxBerkeley Orchestra is pleased to premiere excerpts from Darin’s original composition entitled Singularity, dedicated to those impacted by recent terror attacks, the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, and the pressing social and political challenges that constitute adversity in our dynamic global society.
As Darin recalls, "The stories in the news of people fleeing their war-torn country are, in many ways, the stories of my aunts, uncles, and parents escaping genocide and resettling in the United States. This piece is a call for hope, solidarity, and love in the face of fear, anger, and cynicism."
At the heart of the TEDxBO lies both the generous commitment and dedication of its exceptionally talented and diverse family of college student musicians, all from across the Berkeley community, as well as a devotion to fostering a space where curiosity, imagination, innovation, and collective storytelling all thrive in concert.
Through the sheer power and deep beauty of film scores, Darin aspires to continue sharing music’s inherent ability to express the soul and strengthen the bonds that unite communities across oceans and borders.
On April 15, we hope you will join us and become part of our musical constellation.
Cal Wushu is the official wushu club of the University of California at Berkeley. Wushu is a modern adaptation of traditional Chinese martial arts that incorporates athleticism and acrobatics into aesthetically pleasing performances. Cal Wushu hosts CMAT, or Chinese Martial Arts Tournament, which is the one of the largest annual international martial arts tournaments and recently hosted the US Team Trials for the World University Games. They are also the nine year All-Round reigning champions at the Annual Collegiate Wushu Tournament, which is a national competition held between colleges.
Dr Andres Roemer is a rare public figure who deserves to be called a Renaissance man. He was born in Mexico City in 1963. Dr Roemer graduated Summa Cum Laude from simultaneous B.A degrees in Law and Economics. He is also a Fulbright , Ford, CONACYT, and Harvard Scholar. He earned a PH.D in Public Policy in 1994 from UC Berkeley, and a master´s degree in Public Administration in 1991 from Harvard University, where he received the Don K price award (the only Latin American student to have ever achieved this). He also holds a post -doctoral degree in Psychology and Cultural Codes from the same university, with academic distinction. Dr Roemer is the curator and co-founder of the "International Festival Of Bright Minds, La Ciudad de las Ideas." His multiple efforts were publicly acknowledged in 2014 when when he received the prestigious Elise and Walter A. Haas international award from the University of California at Berkeley, previously bestowed on personalities such as Galo Plaza, (former president of Costa Rica), Yuan Tseh "YT" Lee (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), and Miguel Angel Rodriguez (former president of Costa Rica). His commencement speech was delivered alongside Nancy Pelosi at the University Stadium, where he talked about critical thinking as the most powerful tool to end fundamentalism and intolerance. He is also the author of 16 books on diverse topics such as freedom, gender, equality, moreover one of his two award-winning plays, Oskar and Jack received the Theater Journalists Association Award for Human Rights, Defense. His range of influence is extensive and has significantly impacted the well-being of the American and Latin American people.
Anna Lappé is an internationally recognized expert on food systems, a sustainable food advocate and a bestselling author of three books, including Diet for a Hot Planet, and a contributing author to fifteen more. The recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and a TIME magazine “Eco” Who’s Who, Anna is the founder or co-founder of two national organizations, the Small Planet Institute and Fund and Real Food Media. At Real Food Media, Anna and her team work with partners nationwide to catalyze creative storytelling about food, farming and sustainability. The former co-host of the PBS show The Endless Feast, Anna also hosts the podcast Real Food Reads and regularly speaks to audiences around the country. Anna also works with philanthropists nationwide to help fund the grassroots change we need to foster health, justice and sustainability across the food chain. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, after 17 years in New York City, Anna recently moved back to Berkeley with her husband and their two daughters.
Minh Dang is a Team Manager at Linde Group, an IT consulting firm in Emeryville. She is a President...
Mike Duffy is the founder of Happiness Publishing, LLC. He has been researching happiness for over 3...
Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neur...
Born in 1996 in the North of France, François Reyes has since his earliest years developed an intere...
Named the youngest Forbes 30 Under 30 and LinkedIn Top Voice in Marketing and Advertising, Tai is an...
Esther Wojcicki is a internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High ...
M. Steven Fish is a comparative political scientist who studies democracy and authoritarianism in de...
Damien Horne Speaking Bio
There’s something very special about Damien. Actually, "special"...
Loretta Falcone churns complexity into simplicity with data science to reveal unseen patterns and c...
Fuji Lai is passionate about revolutionizing the patient and human experience through augmenting hum...
Brian Malow is Earth's premier science comedian (self-proclaimed). In addition to performing and giv...
Mike Roberts is a fifth-year PhD candidate at Stanford University. His current work is at the inters...
Jessica is passionate about helping people connect to and unleash their own capacity to make an impa...
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, a respected advocate for sustainability and justice alo...
Mayra Lozano is a junior at UC Berkeley pursing a degree in Legal Studies and Chicano Studies. She i...
For more than 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a recognized global visionary committed to alleviating ...
"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devoted...
Cal Wushu is the official wushu club of the University of California at Berkeley. Wushu is a modern ...
Dr Andres Roemer is a rare public figure who deserves to be called a Renaissance man. He was born in...
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