19 May @ Chula Vista, CA 91910


TEDx ChulaVista is proud to introduce 22 speakers/performers from the community of Chula Vista and beyond.


Come interact, and share your experience with the community in our TEDxChulaVista
Social Space.


What is TED? TED stands for TECHNOLOGY, ENTERTAINMENT and DESIGN. TED is about sharing ideas worth spreading. 
Jahja Ling

Jahja Ling

Conductor Laureate San Diego Symphony

Jahja Ling is the only conductor of Chinese descent to serve as Musical Director of a major US orchestra, directing the San Diego Symphony for 13 years.  During his tenure, he revitalized San Diego’s symphony culture and effected the orchestra’s first ever Carnegie Hall appearance. With degrees from both Juilliard and Yale, he founded two Youth Symphony Orchestras and has performed for Queen Elizabeth II.  Now retired, he teaches and inspires young musicians in great musical traditions.

Miguel Aldrete

Miguel Aldrete

CEO of Kids4ourWorld

Miguel Angel Aldrete is a local Entrepreneur, Author, and Philanthropist.  Miguel is also a Senior at Olympian High School who has been inspiring students to take action for over a decade. Since the age of 8 he has written and published two books, started his non-profit “Kids 4 Our World” and organized city-wide and International volunteering campaigns. Miguel continues spreading his message that anyone can make a difference regardless of how young they might be.

Malesha Taylor

Malesha Taylor

Opera Singer

Malesha Jessie Taylor has sung with the greatest symphony orchestras around the country in genres ranging from Opera to Jazz to Experimental.  Her groundbreaking “Guerilla Opera”, a series of impromptu face to face engagements with local Brooklynites in bodegas, buses and barbershops, was so powerful and successful that it was brought to San Diego in 2016.  Malesha now uses her celebrity from the world of performance to evoke social change through the arts.

Mark Brouker

Mark Brouker

Leadership Coach

Dr. Brouker’s distinguished military career culminated with his serving as Chief of Staff to Navy Medicine West, overseeing 10 hospitals with 800,000 patients.  He transitioned to the corporate world, and as a thought leader / executive coach, he mentored organizations on how to build high-performing teams. Today, Brouker Leadership Solutions has impacted thousands of top performers in Fortune 500 companies, professional and military organizations, and universities across the globe, opening their eyes to a new definition of leadership.


TEDxChulaVista will bring together inspirational speakers, breath-taking artists, and thought-provoking leaders to share ideas worth spreading.

Senka Hadzimuratovic

Senka Hadzimuratovic

Communication Executive / Former Refugee

Senka Hadzimuratovic considers herself one of the luckiest people on Earth. She had just turned six when she and her family escaped Bosnian capital Sarajevo, her hometown, mere days before the city was besieged for nearly four years. Senka spent the rest of her childhood as a refugee. Now an American citizen, Senka recognizes the importance of shedding light on what it means to be a refugee during one's formative years — and why it's crucial to support child survivors of war. Senka volunteered at San Diego Refugee Tutoring, an organization providing holistic academic support to refugee school children. Currently, Senka is Head of Communications at Grammarly in San Francisco.

Jean Isaacs

Jean Isaacs

Award-Winning Choreographer

Jean Isaacs’ choreography has been performed in 8 countries, winning awards and critical acclaim from theater critics, universities, and arts foundations.  Co-founder of the San Diego Dance Alliance, Isaacs’ work has been commissioned by the San Diego Opera, the La Jolla Playhouse, and other nationally recognized venues.  Having taught choreography for 25 years at UCSD, Ms. Isaacs now directs the San Diego Dance Theater where she works with the region’s most talented and accomplished young dancers.

Maresa Friedman

Maresa Friedman


Are you comfortable with Uncomfortable? Maresa Friedman is a high impact strategist who gets clients to break through barriers they didn’t think possible. Her direct, “No BS” attitude and “Get stuff done” mentality allows her to wrangle high-power, executive-filled board rooms into submission.  Wix Ambassador, Microtasking Expert, Google Trainer, Wife, and Mom. Maresa was recently named in the top 1% of Social Sellers on LinkedIn and voted Best of Strategy for LinkedIn ProFinder.

Minerva Briseno-Diaz

Minerva Briseno-Diaz


Minerva Briseno-Diaz emigrated from Mexico to California in 2001 barely able to speak English.  Through 11 years of hard work, she earned her degree from San Diego State University, and attained the status of Certified Public Accountant.  Currently controller for the Parent Institute for Quality Education, she volunteers her time in community organizations where passionate individuals make change happen.  A Toastmaster from the Hard Hats club, she uses her voice to inspire those around her to greatness.

Maxx Moses

Maxx Moses

Graffiti Artist

The artwork of Mr. Maxx Moses promotes longevity, growth, and spiritual well-being.  As a professional graffiti artist, his work instills an overall feeling of peace and serenity at his clients’ locations.  Both public and private ventures have received beautification awards and have inspired published articles due to the beauty of his projects.  As a professor, he inspires and motivates young students with his innovative and engaging curriculum. He encourages the discouraged and moves them to action, achievement, and success.

Jennifer Purdie

Jennifer Purdie

Endurance Athlete

Jennifer Purdie is one of the first American women to run a full marathon on all seven continents. Endurance Athlete, Personal Trainer, Toastmaster, Fitness and Nutrition Specialist. Jennifer has written for The LA Times, Tri-athlete, Success Magazine, Shape, and Running Times. Featured on Dr. Oz and Fox Sports, Jennifer is one of the few Ironman finishers with a funny bone.  To relax, she performs stand-up comedy, and was a finalist in a recent LA Scripted Comedy Festival.


  • 900 Otay Lakes Rd
    Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • May 19, 2018
    11:00 am - 5:00pm

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10:00 AM Mayan Theatre Plaza


Check-in at early in front of the Mayan Hall Theatre. Check-in will happen on your phone or with your tickets.

11:00 AM Mayan Hall Theatre



Theme: A Shift in Awakening

12:30 PM Student Union

Inntermission I

Enjoy Lunch in the Student Union and Experince our Social Space

1:30 PM Mayan Hall Theatre


Theme: A Shift in Experience

2:45 PM Student Union

Intermission II

Enjoy the TEDx Dessert Bar in the Student Union and Experince our Social Space

03:30 PM Mayan Hall Theatre


Theme: A Shift in Relational

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Here are some common questions which we’ve listed here. If you still have any questions, please feel free to email us at TEDxTEAM@TEDxChulaVista.com.

How can I order more than 1 ticket at the same time

Ordering more tickets is easy. Just click on the click on the tab and select the number of tickets you want.

Which payment gateways do you accept?

We are using Eventbrite to processes our tickets. Eventbrite process all forms of payment.

The day seems long, am I required to stay?

A TEDx event is about the day. The event will start at  11:00 am, and concludes at 5:00 pm. We have divided the event into three acts, with two intermissions. To get the full impact of a TEDx event, we encourage all attendees to experience the entire day.

Why are the intermissions so long?

A TEDx event is more what than happens on the stage. It is a community event! During the intermissions, we have some special surprises for our guest that connects them to the show

Will lunch be included?

All attendees will be treated to a lunch during the first intermission and a dessert bar during the second intermission.

Do you have discounts for students?

YES! TEDxChulaVista has discounts for students. ____ •College Students will receive a 20% discount (Code: College2018) •Southwestern College Students will receive a 25% discount (Code: SWC2018) BE PREPARED TO SHOW ID ____ •K-12 Students will receive  a 35% discount (Code: K122018)


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—   Southwestern College, Mayan Hall Theatre 900 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91910


—   Chula Vista Elementary School District 84 East J. Street Chula Vista, CA 91915 —   May 19, 2018 —   Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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