TEDxSantaMonica: Hope

Theme: Hope
Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Time: 6pm-9pm
Venue: TAG Gallery Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Join TEDxSantaMonica for a night of inspiring talks as we celebrate the theme of Hope, just in time for the holidays.

Cocktails and mingling begins at 6pm with the program commencing at 6:45pm-8:30pm. Please take advantage of the pre and post-event networking time to meet new people, discuss theme topics or reunite with friends.

Confirmed Speakers

Steve Glenn, Founder and CEO of Living Homes, LLC.
Before Living Homes, Glenn worked as with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of their first $220 million program in Mozambique.  He is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise community solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures and others, and was also a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies. Read more about Steve.

Dorian Cheah, Electric Violinist
Dorian’s journey in music began with violin lessons at the very early age of 2 1/2.  By age 5 he was performing regularly in and around his hometown, Pittsburgh, PA.  When he was 13, he and his family moved to the New York area and he continued his musical studies at The Juilliard School.

Since arriving in Los Angeles, in addition to his work as a solo artist, he has composed scores to several short and feature films and has had thousands of music placements in films and major network television shows.  Last year his critically acclaimed score to “Am Limit”, helmed by Oscar winning director Pepe Danquart, helped this German feature documentary to win the Bavarian Film Prize.  Dorian has toured and/or recorded with many major label acts, from world/electronic music pioneer Karsh Kale to Rockstar:INXS finalist MiG, to Celine Dion, En Vogue, Hayley Westenra, and more.

Dorian has released 2 solo albums, including “Ara”, produced by Bill Laswell.  This instrumental work features collaborations with Zakir Hussain, Bernie Worrell, Karsh Kale, and others.

Ally Hamilton, Owner of Yogis Anonymous Yoga Studio and founder of Karma Club
Ally began practicing yoga during her senior year at Columbia University.  During the course of her 20 years of practice and 15 years of teaching, she has studied with Dharma Mittra, Bryan Kest (at whose studio she taught for over 5 years), Jörgen Christiansson, with whom she began practicing Ashtanga in 2001 and later assisted, Baron Baptiste, Max Strom, and Saul David Raye.  In September 2009, with the help of her partner Dorian Cheah, she opened her own yoga studio in Santa Monica, Yogis Anonymous, and has built a vibrant community around some of the best teaching talent in Southern California.  She has also pioneered the use of technology in yoga with a first-of-its-kind yoga video website (http://yogisanonymous.com/live) which provides live-streaming and on-demand yoga videos featuring top yoga instructors from around the world.  Off the mat, you’ll most likely find Ally chasing after her 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter.

TEDxSantaMonica is operated under a license from TED to bring TED-like events to the Santa Monica community. In compliance with TED guidelines, the goal is to create a forum for community members to gather, mingle, network, discuss, inspire and promote change. By purchasing a ticket and attending a TEDxSantaMonica event, you are agreeing to this statement:

“I understand that those who attend TEDx events do so in a spirit of curiosity, open-mindedness, respect and tolerance, thereby enabling constructive conversation and allowing guests and TEDx speakers to be more open than they might otherwise be. I confirm that I will honor these values.”

TEDxSantaMonica cannot include participants who fail to uphold this policy of openness, tolerance and support.


Venue: TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue D3
Santa Monica, CA 9040

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