OUR FEATURED SPEAKERS

Jennette Jenkins

Philanthropist

Jeff Bassett

Marketing Expert

Dave Cawley

Investigative Journalist

Nikita Bharati

Philanthropist

Gianluca Russo

Freelance Fashion Writer

Dana Berchman

CDO

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About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. 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.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Jennette Jenkins

Philanthropist

Jennette Jenkins is a mother of five amazing children and has been blessed with four beautiful granddaughters. She grew up on a farm in eastern Utah and currently lives in Gilbert, Arizona. Jennette loves running, hiking, basketball, photography and videography but most of all she loves spending time with her family. Through her life experiences she has become passionate about the powerful impact of women and loves how women influence and shape the lives of those around them. Jennette has attended the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations for the past several years as a videographer for Big Ocean Women. She currently works with Native American Fatherhood and Families Association, Hope Arising, a humanitarian organization working in Ethiopia and Hushabye Nursery, an organization that helps in the healing process for families affected by Neonatal abstinence syndrome (babies exposed to opiate drugs while in their mother’s womb). She has come to love and appreciate the wonderful people who work so tirelessly to support families. She is currently sharing her passion through The Sacred Heart Photography and Films, her personal project to promote motherhood as a valuable career option and to give the amazing women who quietly shape our society a voice.

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    Jeff Bassett

    Marketing Expert

    Jeff Bassett is the SVP of Marketing for Footprint, a company focused on creating and delivering the technologies that enable global brands to eliminate their dependence on single use plastics. For over a decade, he has been at the epicenter of marketing solutions that eliminate plastic. As he often says, “Every brand has a great sustainability story that is just waiting to be told. All it takes a little bit of action paired with a little bit of risk.”

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      Dave Cawley

      Investigative Journalist

      Dave Cawley is an investigative journalist with KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as the host of the hit podcast COLD. Dave graduated from the University of Utah’s journalism school and went to work as a radio reporter directly out of college in 2003. He joined KSL Newsradio in 2012. In November of 2018, Dave and KSL launched COLD, a serialized podcast focused on the unsolved 2009 disappearance of Susan Powell. COLD hit #1 on the Apple podcast charts on the day of its release and netted more than 30 million downloads in its first year.

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        Nikita Bharati

        Philanthropist

        Nikita Bharati is currently a junior at Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona. She currently works with the Arizona Sustainability Alliance on the Sustainable Food Systems Priority, in which she helps with the production of Food Computers and vertical gardens, and helps brings them to local middle schools and high schools.

        With a strong passion for sustainability as well as advocacy, she also helps lead the youth organization, Arizona Youth Climate Strike (AZYCS), a branch of the national organization, US Youth Climate Strike. AZYCS is a climate justice group led entirely by youth, focused on ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all people living in Arizona.

        When she is not participating in her advocacy efforts or working with AZSA, she enjoys spreading her joy for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to young girls through an international organization called Girl STEMpowerment, which she co-founded at 14!

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          Gianluca Russo

          Freelance Fashion Writer

          Gianluca Russo is a freelance fashion and culture writer who recently moved from New York to Arizona. His work has been published in GQ, Glamour, Teen Vogue, NYLON, InStyle, Fashionista and more. His features discussing topics like size inclusivity and body positivity have sparked many conversations within the plus-size community, and his coverage of New York Fashion Week has received attention on a national level by outlets like CBS This Morning. Gianluca is a graduate of the University at Albany, SUNY where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. For more of his work, follow him on social media at @g_russo1 or visit www.RussoG.com.

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          Dana Berchman

          CDO

          Dana Berchman is the Chief Digital Officer in Gilbert, Arizona, where she manages all internal and external communications, public relations, marketing and digital government initiatives. She leads a digital team responsible for developing forward-thinking policies on social media, digital communications, web initiatives and other tools to better serve the public. Her department created a coding contest for junior high and high school students called “SPARK App League” and the “Government Gone Digital” podcast. Previously, Dana spent eight years working at MTV and MSNBC, both in New York City. Dana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and her Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University.