Co-host Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning special correspondent and national television reporter for shows such as ABC News’ Nightline, Good Morning America and 20/20.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communication and was awarded the Edwin Cottrell Political Science Prize. Chang has covered such global events and issues as the earthquake in Haiti and maternal and infant mortality in Mozambique. Chang’s reports include stories of anti-gay bullying and juvenile justice. Chang received one of her two Emmys for team coverage of the California wildfires and one of her two Gracies for a 20/20 story on gender equality in the sciences. Chang is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.
Co-host David Hornik has worked for more than a decade with technology startups throughout the software sector as a founder, teacher, and lawyer. David served as primary advisor and co-organizer of TEDxStanford.
David Hornik lectures at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he teaches intellectual property, and at Harvard Law School, where he teaches entrepreneurship and venture capital. Hornik is the author of VentureBlog, the first venture capital blog, and VentureCast, the first venture capital podcast. He is the founder and executive producer of The Lobby conference, an annual gathering of thought leaders in digital media. Hornik is a partner at August Capital, where he invests in information technology companies, focusing on enterprise application and infrastructure software and consumer-facing software and services. Prior to that, Hornik was an intellectual property and corporate attorney at Venture Law Group and Perkins Coie, representing high tech startups such as Yahoo!, Evite (Ticketmaster) and Ofoto (Kodak). Before that, he was a litigator in New York City at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Hornik has an eclectic educational background with an AB in Computer Music from Stanford University, an M.Phil. in Criminology from Cambridge University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Melinda Sacks is director of Media Initiatives for the Stanford University Office of Public Affairs, where she develops multi-media programs to share content from across the university with the world beyond campus.
In her role she has produced The Roundtable at Stanford University, a world-class forum of multidisciplinary experts on topics such as climate change, education reform, world affairs and our aging population. Held on Stanford’s Reunion Homecoming Weekend, The Roundtable attracts an audience of 5,000 and is broadcast on PBS. Sacks also produces Stanford’s popular Open Office Hours, a Facebook forum for global conversations with faculty and visitors to campus, in addition to numerous other media outreach endeavors. Before coming to Stanford, Sacks worked as a television producer for ABC and CBS in San Francisco, and as an award-winning reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, where she wrote about education, news, family, community and social issues. Sacks loves bringing together great people with great ideas to tackle the most pressing issues and tell the most important stories of the day.
Nicole Laubscher is the team leader for Learning at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. With 15 years of experience in agency, corporate, non-profit and academic organizations, Nicole Laubscher focuses on solving business problems through strategic communications. She is currently the team leader for Learning at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, creating in-person and online opportunities for thoughtful faith and life conversations. Laubscher developed the Stanford Story Bank in 2006 to tell stories of multidisciplinary innovation and problem solving. She was previously vice president and director of communications at Bank of America Investment Management, and has done public relations work in pharmaceuticals, global engineering, real estate development, private and commercial banking. Laubscher headed the communications team on the Woodside School Foundation board, served as a board advisor to the Ravenswood Education Foundation, and was on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee.
JD Schramm combines over 20 years of professional training and development experience with his personal expertise in Management Communication to design and deliver a variety of highly interactive courses for MBA students at Stanford. A seasoned communicator and experienced entrepreneur his courses blend the theoretical and practical aspects of effective communication. In 2012 Schramm completed his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) through the Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation focused on the study of curricular innovation within MBA programs comparing established innovations at MIT and Tulane with an emerging innovation at NYU. His work revealed a nine-point framework indicating what schools of management should strive to be, do and have in order to foster and sustain curricular innovation. Schramm serves as a full-time lecturer in Organizational Behavior and as founding director of the Mastery in Communication Initiative. His current dual role at Stanford’s GSB allows him to pursue both of his professional passions: teaching communication courses while also creating and leading innovative academic programs.
Anna Cobb, Graphic Designer, Print and Digital Media, University Communications
Anna Cobb provides visual design and art direction for websites managed by University Communications; she supports other campus units in their implementation of Stanford identity and web design guidelines; helps maintain and improve university web templates and designs; and supports the design and production of print publications for University Communications. Other than Stanford, she has created designs for Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, SWEA, Future Network / Imagine Media, San Francisco Opera, and Yoga Journal. The work she has done with various teams has won a Webby Awards, Case Awards, and a Folio: Ozzie Award for best magazine redesign. Her design experience ranges from sites, mobile, magazine layout, newspaper print production, logo creation, ads, brochures to other marketing collateral.
Michael Aaron Godinez, Technical Supervisor, Stanford Event Services
Michael Aaron Godinez is technical supervisor for Stanford’s Event Services department, where he designs audio-visual systems for the university’s diverse departments and groups in unusual and high demand spaces. Godinez brings over 20 years experience in all aspects of technical event production to the challenges of live and recorded presentation. With a native talent for technological problem solving and troubleshooting to component level, he has been instrumental in many of Stanford’s largest and most complex events. For TEDxStanford he leads a team of skilled technicians dedicated to the task of seamlessly conveying ideas from the one to the many.
Ava Reich, Event Manager, Stanford Event Services
Ava Reich is Event Manager for Stanford Event Services, assisting campus-wide events in planning for their audio-visual and presentation needs. Her career in production has been multi-faceted, specialized in event concept and design, staging and directing. She has travelled nationally and internationally producing and directing video, entertainment events, and business communications for arts organizations and major corporations, and coaching executive speakers. Prior to a decade of freelancing and close to a decade managing a premier production studio in Miami, Reich was a principal director of a South Florida arts organization that presented over 1,000 performance, concert and festival events each year. She has been a writer, publicist and spokesperson for arts and sciences organizations throughout her career. Her role in the original and now the second TedxStanford is the management of production planning and technical coordination, presentation and staging continuity and, along with the technical director, direction of the live presentation and crew.
Karen Sutton, Producer, Web and Video Production, Stanford Video
Karen produces and directs a variety of programs including documentaries, PBS television series and live interactive webcasts. She also directs and produces keynote speaker engagements and live special events for high-level state, national, and international visitors including the Dali Lama, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bill Gates. Karen manages the award winning series Uncommon Knowledge and the Stanford Roundtable, both of which have been distributed to over 100 PBS affiliates nationwide and recipient of multiple Telly Awards. As part of the department upgrade, Karen was responsible for spearheading the relocation and redeployment of Stanford University’s multi-camera production studio and editing facilities. Additionally, she supervised all visual, technical and integration aspects to design a hybrid facility accommodating analog and digital capabilities for Stanford Video. Karen began her career in sales and marketing and has spent the last 15 years in the video industry from traditional broadcast production to software based new media systems. She holds a BA in Broadcast Communications from State University College at Buffalo, NY.
Lisa C. Simpson, Venue Manager, Graduate School of Business
Ian Mayne, Event & Conference Manager, Graduate School of Business
Ian Mayne is the Event & Conference Manager for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he manages all logistics and operations for events occurring at the Knight Management Center. In his role at the Graduate School of Business, he has been involved in a variety of events from GSB Challenge for Charity (a 1,200 person event in which top West Coast MBA programs compete in fundraising, social, volunteer, and athletic events) to TEDxStanford 2012. Prior to his time at the GSB, he spent two years managing facilities and events at Stanford Athletics. He likes to think of the events he helps create as experiences or happenings for the people.
Kecia Patton, Program Support, Graduate School of Business
Jay H Patel, TEDxStanford’s 2013 Co-Chair of the Student Organizing Committee, is a junior at Stanford. Jay loves coding. He took a year off before joining Stanford to work as Lead Developer at PlayMoolah, a startup set to redefine financial literacy for kids using games. Jay likes to work on passion projects with friends. One such project, FroSoCafe, made it to the Stanford Daily recently. Currently, he is spending all his free time on helping to make the second TEDxStanford a success. Jay does yoga every morning, and constantly seeks to improve himself as a friend, son and student. He is always open to meeting interesting people over a cup of coffee (or tea); just email him.
Sukrit Narula, TedXStanford’s 2013 Co-Chair of the Student Organizing Committee is a junior at Stanford. He is a Political Science major. He is very interested in international affairs and public policy. His activities range from working on projects like FroSoCafe, to dorm government, to being a staff member on the Stanford Association of International Development (and a panel head at their annual conference). He is actively involved in a project where he is helping develop strategies for cardiovascular health promotion through dietary and lifestyle changes in Harlem, New York.
Roger Chen, TEDxStanford’s web developer, is a sophomore at Stanford University who likes to build, break, and fix things. When he is not worsening his carpal tunnel syndrome through intensive coding in his quest to major in computer science, Roger enjoys going outside and shooting photos, mostly for the Stanford Daily. Follow him on Twitter @rcchen.
Audrey Ho is a Chemistry major at Stanford who enjoys mountaineering, classical arts, and planning surprises. On campus, she is involved with the Solar Car Project, which builds and races solar cars in the World Solar Challenge. Her favorite book is “The Great Gatsby,” and she lives life by the words laughter and inspiration.
Spencer Nam is a senior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in History. He counsels at Stanford’s peer counseling center, does chemistry research, and performs regularly as a violinist throughout the year. In his free time, he enjoys eating copious amounts of food and playing with dogs.
Brian Do is a Stanford freshman studying biology and computer science. He might seem like a hardcore left-brained person, but inside him exists a warm, fuzzy core of design sensibility, volunteerism, and public policy activism. Outside of classes, he does RNA research and tutors ESL students in English. In his free time, he enjoys running and lifting, discovering great music, and learning how the world works through conversations, textbooks, and adventures.
Frances Guo, TEDxStanford’s Art Gallery liaison, is a freshman majoring in Psychology and embracing life in the chrysalis. In addition to studying affective neuroscience, Fran enjoys creative writing and social dance. She is intrigued by biotechnology, unconventional words and avant-garde cultures.
Brandon Powell is helping to execute TEDxStanford’s social media strategy. He is a junior from Rancho Santa Margarita, California pursuing a degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis. His background in social media includes a summer marketing internship at Getaround in San Francisco. At Stanford, he loves being involved with student theatre, onstage and behind the scenes. To pass the time, he reads, writes, cooks, plays his cello, and watches way too many movies and TV shows. You can follow him on Twitter at @bpowell48.
Casatrina Lee is a sophomore majoring in Economics at Stanford University. Outside of classes, she is involved in Kids with Dreams and is interested in entrepreneurship and design thinking, having just returned from a programme in Chile on that. In her free time, she loves figure skating, reading and hanging out with friends. She loves to travel and scout out yummy things to eat.
Kiana Sharifi is working with our team to promote the TEDxStanford live webcast. She is pursuing her MBA at the Graduate School of Business with a focus on education technology and social entrepreneurship. When not busy changing the world, she enjoys hanging out with friends, organizing events, and watching inspiring TEDTalks.
Tamer Shabani is the student photographer whose photo makes the beautiful backdrop for this page.