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.

Featured Speakers

Joe Johnston

Entrepeneur

Jenn Daniels

Mayor of Gilbert

Chet Jenkins

CEO and Humanitarian

Park Howell

Brand Strategy Consultant

Shivansh Srivastava

Youth Community Leader

Katey McPherson

Educator

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Katey McPherson

Educator

Katey McPherson is an educator and mother of 4 exhausting yet beautiful daughters. Katey serves as a Gurian Institute certified master trainer, ECRA Group educational consultant, as well as adjunct faculty at Arizona State University. Katey is the co-author of the book “WTF: Why Teens Fail-What To Fix”. Her expertise focuses on internet safety, social media responsibility, brain-based teaching and parenting strategies. In her not so spare time, Katey loves to hike and travel with her family.

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    Shivansh Srivastava

    Youth Community Leader

    Shivansh Srivastava is a junior at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson. He is an honors student as well as a youth community leader working with numerous charity organizations to help the under-served community, including the homeless, orphans, and refugees. Shivansh is the founder of Saraswati Vihar, a Sunday school that educates youth about Asian-Indian heritage through lessons consisting of moral stories from Hindu mythology and activities such as yoga and crafts. As a member of the Oro Valley Youth Advisory Council, a representative of Pima county in the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission, and a captain of his high school’s Lincoln-Douglas debate team, he enjoys giving back to the community whenever he can. In his spare time, he likes to program and dabble in ping-pong and Pokémon.

    TOPIC: The ABCDs of Assimilation

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    Park Howell

    Brand Strategy Consultant

    When traditional advertising practices were in a death spiral in 2005, Park Howell knew he had to do something to survive in the industry. He studied storytelling. After 20 years of running his own ad agency, Park pivoted into a business storyteller. This freed him to consult, teach, coach and speak to help leaders of purpose-driven brands clarify their stories to amplify their impact and simplify their lives. This experience has amplified his life, too.  Park created and taught the sustainable storytelling curriculum for the Executive Masters of Sustainability Leadership program at ASU, helping leaders advance their social initiatives further, faster. He also hosts the popular Business of Story podcast featuring story artists from around the world to help listeners craft and tell compelling stories that sell. He is a graduate of Washington State University and uses his degrees in communications and music composition and theory to help anyone nudge the world in any direction they choose through the power of Story.

    TOPIC: How to Connect in a Fictional World by Being Your Best and Boldest Nonfictional You

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    Chet Jenkins

    CEO and Humanitarian

    Dr. Chet Jenkins is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Jennette, and together they have five children and four beautiful granddaughters.  He is currently the Founder and CEO of Signature Dental Partners where he owns and operates multiple dental offices across the Southwest Region.  Chet and his family have dedicated themselves to helping Hope Arising and the people of Ethiopia. They have been able to provide dental services, supplies and general education to the people of Dera. Chet lives by the mantra, Work hard and Play even harder. 

    TOPIC: The Pros of Cons: Positively navigating through the consequences of life choices

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    Honorable Mayor Jenn Daniels

    Mayor of the town of Gilbert, AZ

    As a Wife, Mother of 4 and Mayor of the largest Town in America, Honorable Mayor Jenn Daniels knows what its like to wear a lot of hats.  She has been married to her favorite person in the world, Eric Daniels, for 17 years and gets to teach four awesome kids, Ethan (14), Drew (12), Ty (10) and Kate (6) the secrets to happiness and how to clean a bathroom.  As Mayor of Gilbert, AZ, she leads the Town in bold initiatives and is constantly challenging the status quo to make her Town the best it can be.  Jenn loves to read, workout, bake and play games.  She doesn’t believe there is such a thing as balance or problems without solutions.  Her and her family are active in their church and they are really looking forward to RV-ing across America this summer.

    TOPIC: I’m Not WhoYou Think I Am

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    Joe Johnston

    Entrepreneur

    Joe – Called “The Best Thing to Ever Happen To Gilbert,” Joe is best known for founding Coffee Plantation, Joe’s Real BBQ, Liberty Market and Joe’s Farm Grill. He developed his family farmland into Agritopia, a progressive subdivision. He holds multiple degrees from Stanford University. He considers himself a dreamer-doer. He comes up with ideas that he feels will benefit the community and bring together the resources to make the ideas come to life.

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