Dueling TED Conferences: Chapman U's Is Up First, Then It's Orange Coast's in Costa Mesa
It's going to be dueling TEDS in Orange County.
Cue Ned Beatty squealing like an egghead.
Up first is TEDxChapmanU at Chapman University on June 4.
TEDxOrangeCoast's fall conference is scheduled for Sept. 20-21 in Costa Mesa.
TED, which was originally an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is a nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading" through conferences that invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes each. Their talks are then made available free at TED.com.
Chapman's conference, which is once again scheduled to take place in Memorial Hall from 1 to 6 p.m. June 4, is titled "Icons, Geniuses and Mavericks."
The speakers are: Allyn Rose, a beauty queen who underwent a preventive double mastectomy; Kathy Thomson, president/COO of the Los Angeles Times; Gwynne Shotwell, president/COO of SpaceX; Kristen Howerton, a popular mom blogger; Prince Gomolvilas, a USC writing guru; and Reggie Gilyard, dean of Chapman's Argyros School of Business and Economics.
Also: Chapman quantum physicist Ali Nayeri; Chapman health-communications expert Lisa Sparks; game designer and Chapman alum Liz Fiacco; Michael Goldsby, co-founder/CTO of the Jointly Health software company; entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz; Mark Pampanin, a Chapman University student and top national public speaking and debate honor society award winner.
Tickets are already on sale at www.TedxChapmanU.com. If you "like" TEDxChapmanU on Facebook, you'll have access to half off on your tickets.