Announcing the 2018 TEDxPasadena Speaker Lineup

Speakers will present on this year’s theme: TRANSFORM

Pasadena, CA (May 16, 2018) –  TEDxPasadena is delighted to announce the full speaker lineup for its annual TEDxPasadena event, scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Huntington Library in San Marino CA. The day-long event draws more than 500 attendees and thought leaders from Pasadena and greater Los Angeles. Thirteen speakers will be highlighted on stage, including performer, author and TV-personality, Erika Jayne Girardi, best known for her role on the Bravo TV show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. As experts in their fields, this year’s TEDxPasadena speakers will offer inspiring insights linked to this year’s theme: TRANSFORM.

The influential list of speakers includes Olympic medalist Lauren Gibbs, media personality and civil rights activist Ashlee Marie Preston, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Systems Engineer Tracy Drain and world-renowned expert in the field of laparoscopic and robotic repair techniques, Dr. René Sotelo. The impressive speaker lineup also includes a crypto-enthusiast, a multi-disciplinary artist, and a dynamic educator on sexual violence, to name a few.

“We are thrilled to announce this inspiring cohort of TEDxPasadena speakers,” shared Executive Director and Licensee Heather Heimerl Brunold. “Each will approach this year’s theme of TRANSFORM through a unique lens of expertise, talent, and life-experience. We are excited to see the impact their ideas will have on our community, and how, together, we will transform their words to action.”

Erika Jayne Girardi

The list of confirmed speakers for TEDxPasadena is below. A comprehensive list, including full bios and headshots can be found here:

Timothy Alexander
Nancy Baker Cahill
Jeffrey Bucholtz
Dana Budzyn
Steven Butler
Tracy Drain
Lauren Gibbs
Erika Jayne Girardi
Peter and Adenike Harris
Tim Hartley
Bryan Kett
Ashlee Marie Preston
René Sotelo, M.D.

TEDxPasadena: TRANSFORM will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108. Individual ticket sales are limited and will be available for purchase through, starting July 15, 2018.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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