A TEDx event including short talks and TED Talk videos addressing a multiplicity of issues regarding global development and sustainability. If our history has been a curve of accelerating change, as social entrepreneur Buckminster Fuller suggests, we stand at the base of a very steep slope, and the actions we take today will have a profound influence on where that slope leads us and future generations. Our TEDx event will gather leaders from various sectors to discuss how the international community can harness this rapid acceleration of change to address our most pressing issues, from remaining human-rights violations, to climate change, to poverty.



11:00am – 4:00pm, 

April 21st, 


Schedule to be published on March 1st






Choi Auditorium and the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs in Johnson Hall, Occidental College. 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041.

*A map of campus slightly modified for this event can be found here.



Leaders from Los Angeles and from around the world will be invited to speak, as well as selected Oxy students and faculty members.

*Check out the 2016 speaker lineup by clicking here.

*Meet the 2016 coordination team by clicking here.


Occidental is a fertile ground for ideas that would be well-served in a TEDx forum; a perfect community to aggregate and share these important conversations. As a college fostering the growth of the next generation of leaders, Occidental is the perfect environment to start a discussion that will be shared.


For ticketing information, please follow the provided link!




Full-day/Session One Check-in, Light Breakfast, and Entertainment from Campus Organizations


11am-12:15pm ~ Speaker Session One

Barani Maung Maung

Student Speaker~

Navigating between Two Worlds; Why “Third-World” Feminism Matters


Chet McGensy

Senior Vice President, Chief Policy Advisor Dividend Finance, Solar and PACE Financing National and Federal Policy Developer


Dean Lin

Student Speaker~

The Way We Define Ourselves


Christine Ha

MasterChef, Author, and Public Personality



Jay Daigle, Ph.D

NTT Assistant Professor of Mathematics~

Model Disagreement


12:15- 1pm

Session Two Check-In, Lunch by Spitz, and Entertainment from Campus Organizations


1-2:15pm ~ Speaker Session Two

Ashley Leon

Student Speaker~

Revolution in the Courts: Balancing the Scales of Justice


Nicole Vick, MPH

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Program Analyst, Occidental College Urban and Environmental Policy Professor~

Seeing Faces and Not Just Numbers


Yinbo Gao

Student Speaker~

How To Build a Startup that Deems to Fail and Why


Claire Krelitz

Student Speaker~

Building Political Agency through Self Critique


Rumman Chowdhury, Ph.D

Senior Principal at Accenture, Leader of Strategic Global Initiative on Responsible Artificial Intelligence, BBC 100 Women 2017, Forbes Tech contributing author




Session Three Check-In, Snacks from Boba Bear, and Entertainment from Campus Organizations


3-4:15 ~ Speaker Session Three

Waruguru Waithira

Student Speaker ~



Roberto Milk

Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Novica



Thomas Egan

Student Speaker~

How do I Connect with my Friend? The reality of how mental illness can affect how we see people


Marquita Thomas

Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; panelist / public speaker for AEG Worldwide, Coca Cola, New York Life & more



Chris Oze, Ph.D

Entrepreneur, Occidental College Geology Professor~

Changing the Concrete Paradigm


Campus Organizations Include:

KOXY Radio



Oxy Dance Team

Oxy Glee Club


Sponsors Include:

  1. DEB
  2. ASOC
  3. Yogurt Haven
  4. Sheraton Pasadena
  5. Four Cafe
  6. Spireworks
  7. Remsund Fund
  8. Dean of Students Office
  9. Dean of College
  10. Boba Bear
  11. Sustainability Fund
  12. Occidental Core Curriculum Program
  13. Oxypreneurship
  14. Spitz