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TEDx South Lake Tahoe

Saturday, September 8, 2018, “Building Bridges” is the theme for TEDx SouthLakeTahoe 2018, at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Lake Tahoe.

TEDxSouthLakeTahoe is a local, independently organized event that will be held at MontBleu in South Lake Tahoe. Our event will strive to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers gather to share ideas with the hope of changing attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world. Our purpose is to engage the leading thinkers and doers from our area and from across the nation to create conversations about how to enhance our local communities. Speakers will include entertainers, business leaders, community members, students, and educators with passions for unique and meaningful ideas worth spreading.

Topic to include:
Art and Culture
Outdoor Recreation
Governance and Leadership

Ticket prices and speakers to be announced soon

If you are interested in becoming a speaker please click this link www.tedxsouthlaketahoe.com/call-for-speakers/

Check back for updates on the 2018 event.

2017 Information:

After a sold-out inaugural event last year, TedX South Lake Tahoe is coming back this September with a bigger venue and an impressive lineup of locally-known and world-renowned speakers.

"We are more than doubling the size of the venue due to the demand of last year," said event organizer Robin DeSota.

After quickly selling out of 100 tickets for its venue at The Loft in Heavenly Village last year, this year's event is moving to Lake Tahoe Community College and will accommodate around 250.

"The theme for this year is called hidden in plain sight. It alludes to the idea that very often the answers to many of the questions that we seek are right there in front of us," said DeSota.

The 10 speakers chosen by the South Shore-based TedX board include five from the Tahoe Basin.

Nick Exline is the chairman of the South Tahoe 100% Renewable Committee, founder of the Lake Tahoe Climate Change Network, and a land use planning consultant.

"We had been working on climate change action locally and regionally for some time. With the adoption of the 100 percent renewable resolution [by the city of South Lake Tahoe] and Vail Resorts made a 100 percent renewable commitment shortly thereafter, I thought it was important to have a conversation about where we are now and how we move forward," said Exline.

Joining Exline on the TedX stage is photographer, director and Zephyr Cove resident Dewitt Jones. Dewitt has photographed stories around the world for 20 years with National Geographic, published nine books, and directed two Academy Award-nominated documentaries.

"I've wanted to do a TedX talk for a long time … then I found that they had one in South Lake Tahoe and it completely blew me away. In my opinion TedX South Lake Tahoe should be one of the major TedX events in the country. We have the location. It has the potential to be a real draw for South Lake Tahoe — and one that is intellectual, not just sports-conscience," said Dewitt.

Dewitt said his talk will explore a mindset that he learned while working for National Geographic.

"Their vision was to celebrate what's right with the world. Not everyone sees that. Most of the time we wander around looking at what's wrong with life, the world, our family, our community," said Dewitt. "What's hidden in plain sight is what's right with it."

Dewitt's brother, Incline Village resident and Travelocity founder Terry Jones will take the stage to discuss innovation and disruption.

"What are the technologies and the business models that are likely to disrupt you and what can you do about it?" said Terry, who now is the chairman of WayBlazer, a company that uses artificial intelligence-driven software to aid online travel planning.

"From connectivity to the cloud to the internet of things to AI to drones — all this stuff is happening, and they are engendering new business models, so for example Uber and AirBnB. These models use less capital and more speed, and they capture the consumer on the edge, leaving other people with assets that they don't know what to do with. So if you look at that and those models, what are the things you need to be the disruptor and not disrupted yourself?"

South Shore resident and TedX speaker Dr. Stewart Bittman is a chiropractor, author, and spiritual leader at Unity At the Lake. Bittman has traveled the world as a speaker and seeks to "facilitate each person's healing of themselves by rediscovering their own true nature and the doctor within."

Olympic Valley's Adrian Ballinger, founder and head guide for Alpenglow Expeditions, rounds out the local TedX speakers. In 10 years Ballinger's company has helped more than 100 clients successfully summit Everest, Lhotse (fourth tallest mountain in the world), Manaslu (eighth), and Cho Oy (sixth). He is the only American who has skied two 8,000 meter peaks, was the first to ski Manaslu, and in 2011 became the first person to summit three 8,000-meter peaks in three weeks — Everest twice and Lhotse once.

The remaining TedX South Lake Tahoe speakers come from around the country and have equally impressive resumes.

Amy Wilkinson is the CEO and founder of Ingenuity, a company that creates tools for entrepreneurs; a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business; and the author of "The Creator's Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs."

Barbara Annis is the founding partner of Gender Intelligence Group and an expert on inclusive leaderships. Fellow speaker Golbie Kamarei is founder of BlackRock Meditation Program, which offers education, training and support to nearly 1,500 employees in 17 countries.

Paul Shapiro is the vice president of policy for The Humane Society of the United States and the author of dozens of articles on animal welfare. Lastly, James Cross is a former high school teacher who is now the director of strategy at Workday, an on-demand financial and human capital management software vendor.

TedX South Lake Tahoe is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29, at Lake Tahoe Community College. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the talks begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at tedxsouthlaketahoe.com/attend for $55.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/tedxslt/.

Founded in 1984, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organization which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading" and has now spread its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural, and academic topics.

The TEDx has expanded into a day-long event at LTCC:
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Speaker’s Luncheon with speakers and event sponsors

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. - -Reception- Appetizers, beer, wine, & soft drinks available (two drinks included as part of ticket price)

5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. - Speaker Session 1

7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. - Break

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. - Speaker Session 2

After Party @ the Loft (Free entrance for all ticket holders)

The lineup of some of the speakers in 2017:

Amy Wilkinson
Amy Wilkinson is CEO and founder of Ingenuity, Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs. She advises executives and emerging leaders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success.

Wilkinson’s career spans leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, J.P. Morgan and as founder of Alegre, a foreign-based export company. She has also served in the White House as a senior policy advisor to the United States Trade Representative and a White House Fellow.

Terry Jones
Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.

A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones, began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines in marketing and information technology, capping his career as Chief Information Officer of its SABRE division. While at SABRE he led a team of six working on a project that became Travelocity.com. Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales.

Barbara Annis
Barbara Annis, Founding Partner of Gender Intelligence Group (GIG), is a world-renowned expert on Inclusive Leadership through Gender & Cultural Intelligence, advocating the value and practice of this new type of leadership in Fortune 500 companies and numerous organizations worldwide. Her insights and achievements have pioneered a transformational shift in cultural attitudes across the globe on the importance of gender unity to organizational success.

Barbara began her career as the first women in sales at Sony and became the first woman Sales Manager with 14 Outstanding Sales Achievement Awards and Sony’s MVP Award. Over the past 27 years, Barbara Annis and her 51 global associates have facilitated over 8,000 corporate workshops and conducted thousands of leadership assessments and executive coaching sessions. GIG has introduced breakthrough research on the practice and benefits of inclusive leadership and gender diversity. Additionally, GIG offers diagnostics, workshops, and coaching sessions both onsite and online.

Dewitt Jones
Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned him the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, he had two documentary films nominated for Academy Awards before he was thirty.

In the business community, Dewitt’s work is also well known. He rose to the forefront of creative marketing by photographing national advertising campaigns for organizations such as Dewar’s Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines.

Adrian Ballinger
Adrian Ballinger is a world class mountaineer, skier, and business leader. As founder and head guide of the internationally acclaimed Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian envisioned a more holistic climbing experience for his clients than the status quo.

This vision, with a focus on small groups and client education, continues to change the way big mountains are climbed. What started in 2004 with three trips on one continent with one lead guide has grown into a thriving company running 30 trips annually on 5 continents with six lead guides. In 10 years, Alpenglow has helped more than 100 clients successfully summit Everest, Lhotse (the 4th tallest mountain in the world), Manaslu (8th tallest), and Cho Oyu (6th tallest).

Paul Shapiro
Paul Shapiro serves as the vice president of policy for The Humane Society of the United States, the world’s largest animal protection organization. In 1995, Shapiro founded Compassion Over Killing as a high school club, building it into a national organization over the next decade. An inductee into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame, Shapiro has published dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals. He’s also the author of a forthcoming book on the clean meat movement (Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Press).

For more information on the event and speakers, visit http://tedxsouthlaketahoe.com/

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