In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," the 2017 TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool presented a slate of speakers who asked us to look outside of ourselves. The fifth annual event was held November 9 with the theme "Voices of the World."
Co-heads Kaki Huebner '19 and Mackenzie Roth '19 led a club of 35 students who formed teams devoted to human resources, public relations, speaker curation, technology, the venue, and the website.
The event's first speaker was student body president Ana León Nuñez '18, who moved to Monterey from Mexico when she was 14. In her talk, "Becoming Who You Are Meant to Be," Ana shared how she embraces her culture to accept what makes her different.
Another Santa Catalina student, Fila Oen '18, began the second half of the program with an original song in Indonesian called "Merenungkan," which means "reflect." Fila described it as a song "about the struggle in honesty and self-contemplation."
Here are the other speakers who filled out the lineup (click on their names to watch their videos):
Melissa Ault Ricci, "My Voice, Your Voice, and Women's Rights." Ricci started Women Rising Now, a project that calls on people to promote women's rights by recording videos of themselves explaining what women's rights means to them.
Maria Giannini, "La Importancia de Ser Bilingue/The Importance of Being Bilingual." Giannini talked about her efforts to expand bilingual education in Monterey County.
Frank Fraone, "What Will You Do During a Disaster: The Right Thing, the Wrong Thing, or Nothing?" Fraone, who has 35 years of experience in fire services and emergency response, made the case for not standing by when the unthinkable happens.
Rebecca Cafiero, "My Secret to Having It All." Cafiero, a lifestyle expert, encouraged the audience to make a "to-be" list instead of a to-do list.
Ron Johnson, "Leadership is Sometimes a Duty." Johnson, a former NFL wide receiver, reflected on the lessons he learned from the leaders around him.