About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

Our Team


David Newson

David is an experienced entrepreneur and financial services professional currently leading a team responsible for the creation and execution of all experiential and growth activities for a nationally recognized, local Bay Area registered investment advisor. Giving unheard voices in our local community with ideas worth spreading a stage is a passion of David's and what drives his participation with TED and TEDx.

Executive Producer

Rachel Ratliff

Rachel spent 15 years as a corporate lawyer honing her skills in herding cats and getting shit done. Having perfected said skills, and feeling an unsettling disconnection from her fellow human beings, she then spent 3 years developing a messaging app focused on voice and video messaging and saving memories. She now works on fostering connection through writing about things that matter, and organizing groups of people to get together and talk about things that matter.


Halim Madi

Halim is an entrepreneurial product manager with a knack for telling stories with words and sketches. Born in Beirut, he studied in Paris and Toronto, worked in London and Sao Paulo and now lives in San Francisco's Castro.

Design Lead

Alec Davis

Alec is a Product Manager focused on user and customer experience design. He's currently working at Mira, a startup focused on making it easy to connect and control all of your screens. Alec is interested in using technology to building stronger communities, and excited about designing channels for people to share ideas, connect with and better understand one another.

Speaker Coach

Patrick Perini

Patrick Perini was raised in the theater and has over a decade of acting and speaking experience. Devoted to narrative, his exploits have included acting, coaching, designing, writing, and founding a video game company. Now VPĀ of Product at Mira, Patrick puts his story expertise to use designing product experiences that help make information more accessible.

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Whether you're interested in speaking, attending, volunteering, or becoming a partner, we'd love to hear from you!

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