Speakers at TEDxNapaValley on May 1 include a bank robber’s son, a visual effects professional and a shaman.
The theme for this year’s event, which will be at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, is “Go Figure! Actually, Go Figure!”
In talks no longer than 18 minutes, speakers will offer insight into the expansive concept of “the figure,” one that reaches into almost every area of contemporary life, including science, the arts, creative entrepreneurship, and more.
This live event will feature TED videos, interactive surprises and the following speakers:
— Deni Ellis Béchard, a journalist, photographer, educator, activist, and award-winning author as well as the son of a man who robbed 50 banks. His unusual family experience shaped his commitment to causes that range from conservation to human rights to helping others view lawbreakers with more compassion and depth.
— Flynn Coleman is the CEO and founder of Malena, a company that supports economic development and human rights with innovative solutions, such as a proprietary crowd-funding platform and accessible global marketplace.
— Stephanie Der is a Napa resident interested in advancing gender and racial equity through popular culture. Her community “playshops” use the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror as tools for social justice and combating violence in its many forms.
— Talin Koutnouyan is a producer at The Ayzenberg Group—the full-service advertising agency behind Mattel, Microsoft, EA, Disney, Sony, Warner Bros., Activision-Blizzard, Red Bull and Yahoo!—where she specializes in developing creative and strategic brand support initiatives for Microsoft devices.
— Vicki Lau is a visual-effects professional who has worked for studios on productions that include “The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
— Brian Lohmann has been performing as a singer, actor and comedian since age 10.
— Meredith McHenry appeared on ABC’s short-lived singing show, “Karaoke Battle USA,” which jump-started her return to music. For the last five years, Meredith has made her living as a full-time musician.
— Edi Osbourne is an accountant, and a fully initiated shaman in the African tradition, and one of the top 25 Thought Leaders in the Accounting Profession for seven years running.
— Paul Osincup is a specialist in conflict resolution who works as a speaker and consultant, advising companies and educational institutions on issues that range from diversity and compassion fatigue to using humor in leadership.
— Alex Regenstreich sees faces everywhere he goes—on doorknobs, cars, barns, handbags, and coffee cups. He currently teaches an “iseefaces” workshop at 826Valencia.org and facessf, a San Francisco nonprofit aimed at helping the most vulnerable families.
— Shelby Scarbrough is co-founder of nCourage Entrepreneurs, a private angel fund that supplies early-stage funding to promising, innovative companies.