TEDx ChapmanU speakers announced

The roster of speakers for Chapman University’s first TEDx conference has been announced.  TEDx ChapmanU, which will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. in Memorial Hall, is  sold out,  but the event will also be live-streamed.   For more information, go to www.tedxchapmanu.com

Confirmed speakers for the Chapman event are:

  • Henrik Fisker, chairman and co-founder of Fisker Automotive
  • Erin Gruwell, founder of Freedom Writers
  • Leigh Steinberg, CEO, Steinberg Sports
  • Ryan Heuser, co-founder of Paul Frank
  • Chris Somogyi, senior director, clinical development, Allergan
  • Lee Clow, chief creative officer, TBWA/Chait Day
  • Shelene Bryan, founder, Skip1.org
  • Frank Frisch, Ph.D., author/professor, Chapman University
  • Richard Sudek, Ph.D., entrepreneur/professor, Chapman University
  • Joe Kiani, CEO, Masimo
  • Shaun MacGillivray, producer/managing director, MacGillivray Freeman Films

Music for the event will be provided by Virtual Boy, the duo of Henry Allen and Preston Walker, who met during their freshman year at Chapman University and now record for the Alpha Pup label.


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


Dawn Bonker

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