Speaker lineup announced for the TED2016 Dream Livestream and Local Event @theCenter


This February, at the TED2016 Dream conference in Vancouver, TED is inviting today’s leading thinkers, innovators, and artists from across disciplines to dream big – to take on some of the greatest challenges of our time and envision a way forward.

Thomson Reuters and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center have joined forces with TED to create a local partner event from February 17-19 in San Francisco: The TED2016 Dream Livestream and Local Event @theCenter, the first-ever TED experience curated specifically for today’s entrepreneur.

We’re excited to announce the speaker lineup for February 17th and 18th:

Host: Zem Joaquin, Ecofabulous and Near Future Summit

headshotZem Joaquin is Founder and Executive Producer, Near Future & Ecofabulous.com. Last year Huffington Post acquired Ecofabulous, making it a super page and Zem Editor-at-Large of Home and Lifestyle. Zem is a strategy and design advisor for Obvious Ventures, Diamond Foundry, Wrap, and other conscious companies. She’s on the founding team of the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute, Board Emeritus of Global Green USA, and founder of their successful San Francisco event, which she chaired for a decade. A passionate connector, Zem is a host for The Upcycle, TED, and The Future of Storytelling Conferences. @zem @ecofabulous

Design: David O Malley, Architect

Headshot2David O’Malley is as an architect who has worked on corporate headquarters, retail centers, and other large-scale projects with a focus on urban design and new town planning. He worked in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, founded a practice with Frank Gehry, was the President and CEO of Welton Becket Associates, served as the Executive VP/ Director of California Real Estate for Summa Corp/Howard Hughes Properties, and taught at Harvard as a Loeb Fellow. He currently consults for non-profits and institutional investors in real estate planning, design, and development.

Finance: Joanne Bradford, Sofi

Headshot3As COO, Joanne Bradford oversees SoFi’s consumer-facing functions including marketing, business development, partnerships, and member services. Prior to joining Sofi, Joanne was at Pinterest, where she led global commercial and content partnerships, platform adoption and monetization efforts. She has held executive leadership positions at The San Francisco Chronicle, Demand Media, Yahoo!, Microsoft and BusinessWeek. She serves on the board of CARE, which provides aid to the poor around the world, and is a founding advisor to Lean In. @pinjoanne

Food: Daniel Patterson, Daniel Patterson Group

Headshot4Daniel Patterson is a chef, restaurateur, and food writer. He opened his first restaurant, Babette’s in Sonoma, at the age of 25. In 2000, he opened Elisabeth Daniel in San Francisco, which was nominated “Best New Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation. Patterson’s restaurant group now oversees six locations in the Bay Area: COI, ALTA CA, ASTER, Alfred’s, Plum Bar, and Haven. His flagship Michelin two-star restaurant, COI, earned him a worldwide reputation as a California cuisine pioneer. He is also co-founder of The Cooking Project, a nonprofit community organization that teaches kids and young adults fundamental cooking skills. @dcpatterson

Investment: James Joaquin, Obvious Ventures

Headshot5James Joaquin has over 25 years of experience building and leading technology companies from early-stage company ideation to global market leadership. He helped create entirely new categories, such as online photography, web-based calendaring, and the Personal Digital Assistant. James is the former CEO of Ofoto, Xoom, and Xmarks. He’s also been an investment partner at Bridgescale and Catamount Ventures. Now at Obvious Ventures, he invests in #worldpositive startups that combine profit and purpose. @jamesjoaquin

Media: Andrew Tarvin, Humor that Works

Headshot6Andrew Tarvin is an Humor Engineer. He teaches people how to enjoy their jobs more while doing them better. Andrew has worked with thousands of people from 100+ organizations – including P&G, GE, and Microsoft – on topics ranging from mastering office communication to humor in the workplace. He is a best-selling author, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, TEDx, and FastCompany, and has delivered talks in 50 states, 14 countries, and three continents. He loves the color orange and is obsessed with milkshakes. @humorthatworks

Non-Profit: Renuka Kher, Tipping Point

Headshot7Renuka Kher has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, currently serving as Managing Director of R+D and Co-Director of T Lab at Tipping Point Community, a non-profit grant-making organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Prior to her position as Managing Director, she was Chief Operating Officer and founded T Lab, Tipping Point’s R+D engine. Renuka received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Michigan, and completed her graduate work at Emory University, where she received a master’s in public health. @tippingpoint

Social Justice: Beverly Parenti and Kenyatta Leal, Last Mile Org

Headshot9Beverly Parenti, along with longtime business partner and husband Chris Redlitz, launched The Last Mile in 2010. The organization’s goal is to reduce recidivism, free up spending on prisons, and increase tax funds available for inmate higher education. Today, they tout four graduating classes of their entrepreneurship program at San Quentin State Prison. Beverly has also worked in a variety of management positions for Decision Maker Media, Adauction.com, ImpulseBuy, ThinkingVoice, Feedster, Skyrider, KickLabs, and most recently, GM at FACTORY. @tlm @thebev

Headshot8Former San Quentin State Prison inmate and graduate of “The Last Mile”, Kenyatta Leal spent nearly 19 years incarcerated within the California prison system for possession of a firearm under California’s Three Strike Law. There, Kenyatta spent his time preparing for his future after being inspired by a number of men who turned their lives around. A high school dropout at 17, Kenyatta decided then to begin his journey to earn his GED and, ultimately, his associate’s degree. In 2011, he graduated as Class Valedictorian with a 3.95 GPA. Kenyatta is a founding member of The Last Mile, an entrepreneurial program sponsored by venture capitalists Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti.

On February 19th, we’ll be hosting our invite-only Livestream of the TED2016 MainStage event from 9am – 12pm. If you’d like to attend and/or invite an entrepreneur or colleague to this event, please contact hello@thecenter.nasdaq.org. RSVP is required.

February 15, 2016