“The high-caliber speakers we have lined up represent some of the most renowned talent in Southern California,” says Mojdeh Eskandari, executive producer of TEDxOrangeCoast. “We are fortunate to have them present this year.”
Each of the speakers has earned significant distinctions in his or her respective field. Garret has won multiple international music competitions. Kawamura, former secretary of agriculture in California, has served on more than a half-dozen agricultural boards. Chen holds the 2014 Intel Prize and has been profiled in dozens of national and international media for his innovative flu-fighting discovery; Estrin’s entrepreneurial spirit has landed her a spot in Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women. Miller is a member of several science and technology boards and holds three patents in the areas of compression technology and wireless communications systems. Wilborn has been recognized for his talent and has received many awards including USA Book News Best Autobiography, Regents Park Artist in Residence award and the QBliss magazine Visibility Award.
This year’s conference will feature Social Spaces, a selection of themed outdoor spaces and galleries that enable guests to meet and mingle with speakers, and are designed to spark innovative conversation around specific topics. Themes will include food, music, dance, art, education and more.
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