The following are confirmed speakers and performers for TEDxNapaValley 2012 and are listed in alphabetical order, following our emcee Pat Jeffries and Student Speaker Emilie Maranec.
Final line-up subject to change.
Master of Ceremonies & General Manager of Zuzu, Napa
Napa native Pat Jeffries’ specialty is making people feel welcome and at ease and he’s used these talents over a 25 year-long restaurant career working with some of Napa Valley’s finest chefs.
High School Student Speaker from Sonoma Valley High School
TEDxNapaValley Student Speaker winner Emilie Marenec was born in San Francisco and grew up in Sonoma and attends Sonoma Valley High School. Born of an Italian mother, Marcella Note, and Czech father, Ladislav Marenec, Emilie has traveled much to the land of her ancestors and learned both English and Czech as a child.
Artist, Non-Profit Consultant, Explorer and Tour Leader
Dianne Aigaki currently makes her home in New Orleans, Louisiana
Consulting with Hanzell Vineyards since 1999, Jean L. Arnold was named President in January of 2002 as Bob Sessions’ retirement to Winemaker Emeritus was announced.
Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly are an acoustic duo from Sonoma, CA.
Sculptor Mario Chiodo’s mission is to use art as an educational medium to explore our shared history and build cross-cultural connections
Author / Actor / Veteran
Born in Berkeley California and raised in the Bay Area, Mike Dowling is a former U.S. Marine Corps military working dog handler and author.
Entrepreneur & Author
Lisa Gansky is an entrepreneur, author of a bestselling book and a recognized international thought leader.
Artist – The Values Project
Peter Hassen uses sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, video and landscape intervention to build on the nexus between the individual and culture.
Sheldon H. Kardener MD, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a subsequent medical doctorate from Wayne State University, with honors.
President at Mutineer Magazine
At only 29-years-old, Mutineer Magazine President Alan Kropf is a leader amongst the next generation of beverage professionals.
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, MTV
Jason Rzepka is senior vice president of public affairs at MTV, the #1 global youth brand.
Robert Strong, The Corporate Magician, has been crisscrossing the world since 1985.
Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, Coach and Author and President at Thank You Very Much Inc
Holly Stiel is a trailblazing service philosopher who innovated a method of training based on the practices and principles of the world-class concierge.
Find out more about Holly.
Executive Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology.
Internationally renowned children’s choir
VOENA Children’s Choir, based in Benicia, CA, teaches children ages six to 18 ethnically diverse music, instilling in them an appreciation and enthusiasm for different languages and cultures.