About This Year's Conference

The third annual TEDxSanLuisObispo  Conference is set to take place at the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center on October 27th at 4:00 p.m. 

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Conference Theme: Making Waves

Life is static without movement. Together, with inspiration, ideas, and passion, we can generate powerful waves of any amplitude and embrace the chance to change our lives and the world around us.

With the constant currents life sends us to battle, we can stand with confidence in one another, to better ourselves and our world one wave at a time. 

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Calling All Volunteers!

Apply to volunteer for TEDxSanLuisObispo 2018: Making Waves! This year we are celebrating the movers and shakers whose ripple effects have made our world a better place, and we are looking for passionate and driven volunteers like you to help bring this effort to life.

Applications close on Monday, October 15th at 11:59PM.


Asia Croson

Asia is a San Luis Obispo professional photographer and founder of Girls Who Handle It, an exhibit highlighting the resilience of women dealing with hardships behind the curtain of social media. Through her work, Asia is on a mission to show everyone that they're beautiful.

Nadia Ghulam Dastgir

Nadia was born in Kabul, Afganistan. Her life, like many other Afghan women, has been marked by the aftermath of a cruel civil war, hunger, and the Taliban regime. Nadia managed to move forward, living as a boy for ten years in order to feed her family. We are honored to have her with us and hear her story.

Dr. Kristen Meisenheimer

Dr. Meisenheimer, a distinguished Associate Professor of Chemistry at Cal Poly, draws from her knowledge of neurochemistry and passion for teaching to challenge people’s perception of positive versus negative thinking. Kristen will teach us about rewiring the brain's negative habitual thinking patterns to improve mental and emotional health.

Lori Butterworth

Lori is dedicated to ensuring that every child with a life-threatening illness receives compassionate care that allows them to live well and die with dignity. She has helped countless grieving parents pen the most difficult document imaginable: their child’s obituary. Lori is the founder of Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services and the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, and has won several awards including  Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award.

Jimmy Wong

Driven by his passion for the culinary arts, Jimmy Wong came to Cal Poly to learn about the molecular science behind food. Jimmy opened up his own pop-up restaurant, DENCH., in his apartment during his junior year. Featured on outlets such as NowThis Food, FoodBeast, and the Cal Poly Magazine, Jimmy Wong wants to share his journey of self discovery though food and culture.

Daria Lamb

Daria is currently Director of Future Research Design at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. She studied theoretical economics at the University of Chicago and received an English Speaking Union fellowship to study at Adcote College in Shrewsbury, England. In 2017, she was named a Fellow of the World Innovation Society. She introduces people and organizations to future forecasts and teaches how to use systematic futures thinking skills to radically inform decisions. 

Stay tuned as we release the remainder of our speakers this week!