Give a hand to our team

"Individually we are a drop. Together we are an ocean." -Ryun Satoro

Our Team Leads


Matthew Kearney

Project Manager

MATTHEW KEARNEY is a senior at Westlake High School. He's the Student Council Vice-President, involved in the Challenge Success Initiative and serves on committees focused on revising the GPA system. Matthew is also a highly competitive cross country and distance track runner. Go Matthew, go!


Sophie Guess

Content Director

SOPHIE GUESS is a senior at St. Stephen's Episcopal School. She participates in soccer, theater, and environmentalism. TEDx2018 marks her second year of involvement in the program and she hopes to continue inspiring youth throughout it and her college career after.


Nirali Devgan

Operations Officer

NIRALI DEVGAN is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School. 2018 marks her fourth year with TEDxYouth@Austin. She is her theater troupe's president, the student council Vice President, and a tennis varsity player. Nirali loves to share her passion of meeting and inspiring new people with the youth.


Zane Giordano

Creative Director

Coming soon...


Kate Lee

Outreach Officer

KATE LEE is a junior at Westwood High School. She hopes to study English Literature and to happily spend the rest of her life surrounded by books. She swears by the power of words and loves Harry Potter and Jane Eyre. This is Kate’s second year on the TED team, and she is excited to work with the her team.

Our Team Members

Logistics: Mihir Kamble, Abhinav Madduri, Sydney Zhou, and Vrishab Madduri
Registration: Rusama Islam and Rishob Dasgupta
Production: Emily Ambler, Abby Criswell, and Zayan Vohra
Partners & Financials: Vincent Hao, Aishu Gandhi, and Zen Lee
Speakers: Hannah David, Aarushi Machavarapu, and Shreya Ramanathan
Website: Disha Rao & Caitlin Tibbetts
Video: Ellie Carpenter
Photography: Tasnim Islam, Melissa Khasbagan, and Anand Valavalkar
Social Media: Caitlin Tibbetts, Tasnim Islam, and Nicole Zakiyan
Experience Design: Alisha Rawal, Didi Zhou, and Amy Otnes
Graphic Design: Alisha Rawal & Ridah Shaik
Outreach: Nevin Hall & Emma Farkash
xLabs: Kush Desai, Siddharth Srinivasan, Shubhanga Ballal, Alisha Rawal, Zen Lee, and Katie Kearney

and Our Mentors


Nancy Giordano


NANCY GIORDANO brought TEDxAustin to town nine years ago and has been a big champion for this Youth event – eager to join hundreds around the world doing the same. With a passion for seeing the potential in everything, she loves her work as a "cultural acupuncturist," naturally weaving ideas together to build teams and organizations that contribute meaningfully to our futures.


Carol Reese


CAROL REESE is an educator in Eanes ISD and an enthusiastic supporter of the idea that TED talks are not just for adults. After years of inviting speakers with “ideas worth spreading” to her classroom, she and a dynamic volunteer group launched TEDxYouth@Austin, building an engaging experience for area youth. An encourager, connector, and catalyst, she is excited about this Discomfort Zone event!

Adnan Raja
Harvey English
Sara Zaman