Our Team Leads
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 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 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.
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 MadduriRegistration: Rusama Islam and Rishob DasguptaProduction: Emily Ambler, Abby Criswell, and Zayan VohraPartners & Financials: Vincent Hao, Aishu Gandhi, and Zen LeeSpeakers: Hannah David, Aarushi Machavarapu, and Shreya RamanathanWebsite: Disha Rao & Caitlin TibbettsVideo: Ellie CarpenterPhotography: Tasnim Islam, Melissa Khasbagan, and Anand ValavalkarSocial Media: Caitlin Tibbetts, Tasnim Islam, and Nicole ZakiyanExperience Design: Alisha Rawal, Didi Zhou, and Amy OtnesGraphic Design: Alisha Rawal & Ridah ShaikOutreach: Nevin Hall & Emma FarkashxLabs: Kush Desai, Siddharth Srinivasan, Shubhanga Ballal, Alisha Rawal, Zen Lee, and Katie Kearney
and Our Mentors
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 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!
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