Dana Vollmer

My Golden Heart

An American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder. At age 12, she was the youngest swimmer competing at the 2000 Olympic Trials. In 2012 Olympic Games in London she won gold three gold medals and set two world records. Dana won gold medals in the 800 meter free relay, the 400 meter medley relay and the 100 meter fly setting a world record and best time of 55.98.

Dana is a proud ambassador for the American Heart Association. Due to Dana’s experience with a heart condition as a child, she is proud to support AHA in their mission to educate women about heart disease.

http://www.danavollmer.com

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Adam Steltzner

How the Trip to Mars has Changed Us

Adam, also known as Mr. Mars, is a NASA engineer leading the Entry, Descent and Landing team for the Mars Rover, Curiosity. After a brief career in rock and roll, Adam graduated from Cal Tech and promptly joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab where his eyes have been focused on Mars ever since. Adam has the insiders view of one of the most amazing space explorations feats in the history of humankind.

http://marsrover.nasa.gov

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Super Awesome Sylvia

Let’s Make Stuff Fun!

11 year old “Maker” with over 1 million viewers. Sylvia’s web-show shows kids and adults that making things can be fun, easy and more rewarding than just buying them.

Super-Awesome Sylvia had been making and tinkering with things since she was 7, but it wasn’t until she attended a Maker Faire that she was inspired to create “Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show,” a web show “on everything cool and worth making.” One million views later, Super-Awesome Sylvia continues to win rave reviews from kids and adults alike. In each episode, 11-year-old Sylvia helps viewers discover that making things can be fun, easy and more rewarding than buying them.

http://sylviashow.com

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Susan Fonseca

On the Forefront of the Frontier — Are We There Yet

As founding architect of Singularity University and as founder/CEO of Women@TheFrontier, Susan works to create a dynamic forum highlighting female game-changers from around the globe that are leveraging exponential technologies, designing innovative platforms and creating positive social impact.

An anthropologist and lawyer with international experience primarily in Central America, Susan was raised in Honduras by Peace Corps parents. She is passionate about igniting a global 10^9+ mindset and activating and empowering today’s female catalysts.

http://www.womenatthefrontier.com

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Jack Andraka

My 3 Cents 0n Cancer

Jack is a fifteen year old freshman in high school. He developed a paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted his research at John Hopkins University. This research could change the face of cancer and promote early detection. He has been selected as the Intel 2012 ISEF winner and has won awards at multiple national and international math competitions. Jack is on the national junior whitewater kayaking team and enjoys playing with his dog and folding origami.

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Megan Keely

Your Life Needs More Lyrics

American Singer, Songwriter, co-composer of Rules, one of the songs featured on the soundtrack for the blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games. Megan’s sound is influenced by an amalgam of soul, jazz, and folk, and evokes a timeless waft of nostalgia while carving a fresh new niche for itself.

Although she grew up in a musical family, Megan was not always a performer. Family vacations centered around her father’s touring psychedelic rock band. Her academic studies took her on a voyage to study landscape architecture. While she is working for a Landscape Architecture Firm, Megan has realized how much she loves singing and performing beyond the confines of her shower. Her deliciously intimate debut album, Acorn Collections also features her brother Brandon Keely, her father Bert Keely and friends from her musical community.

http://megankeely.com

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Traci Des Jardins

My Secret Ingredient, People

Traci Des Jardins is a James Beard Award Winning Chef and owner of Jardiniere in San Francisco. She is active in many philanthropic organizations, including La Cocina, helping women entrepreneurs launch culinary businesses.

Traci was born to parents of Mexican and French Acadian decent in a small rural community in the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California. Her family’s passion for food undoubtedly influenced her pursuit of a career as a chef. Dropping out of college at the age of 17, Traci quickly found herself thoroughly immersed in a very intense French kitchen in Los Angeles, leading to her informal training in the cutting edge food scene. Over the subsequent years she worked in top kitchens in France, New York and Los Angeles to hone her cooking skills and two decades ago Traci settled back in Northern California to pursue the dream of owning her own restaurant.

As an executive chef she quickly rose in the ranks and became one of the top female chefs in the country garnering many accolades for the restaurants she opened. Traci has adapted to the current day demands of chefs and not only rules over the kitchen, but also has appeared on Iron Chef America beating Mario Batali, and was a finalist on Top Chef Masters season 3. She currently operates five restaurants, is a devoted mother of a 12-year old son and is active in many philanthropic organizations. In her spare time she spends as much time as possible on the ski slopes in the winter and travels whenever and to wherever she can.

http://tracidesjardins.com

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Attitude as Leadership: The Role of Receiving

By Dr. Jeannie Kahwajy

What do leaders have in common? One answer: followers! But what makes people want to follow another, with enthusiasm, energy, or even reckless abandon?

You might be surprised to learn that the effectiveness of organizations often depends upon the chosen attitude, or focus, held by a single individual. This attitude is in our complete control and can be decoupled from the particulars of a given situation.

We have the tendency to gravitate toward information, ideas and people that are familiar or that confirm what we already believe or expect to receive. Such a tendency shows how easy it is to prematurely dismiss or devalue people and their ideas—unintentionally and unknowingly—especially when they are new to us or deviate from our expectations.

My TEDxSanJoseCA Women talk will discuss how information processing can be selective and limiting. When people expect certain results from another person, they unwittingly treat them in such a way as to increase the probability that the person will respond as expected. Such effects are made more powerful because individuals may not realize – and likely will deny – that they are happening.

 To break through these constraints, we must focus on what we want rather than what we merely expect. In doing so, we connect to our purpose (and disconnect from our fears) and this automatically propels us to be open and ready, to eagerly look for and to integrate what we haven’t before observed or couldn’t have pre-determined.  It is a skill – the skill of “receiving”–and our willingness to receive the potential of others triggers their willingness to give us their best.  All leaders have subordinates. But by adopting this attitude of receiving, true leaders create followers…and great results.

 Over the years, I’ve provided consulting and executive coaching based around my theories of communication, interaction and leadership, with people in the Americas, Europe and Asia. My theories focus on being able to lead in that space between the head and the heart. Come see for yourself on December 1: http://tedxsanjoseca.org/.

About Dr. Jeannie Kahwajy

Dr. Jeannie Kahwajy developed her theories while earning a PhD in Engineering Management and a minor in psychology from Stanford University. Dr. Kahwajy had previously earned engineering degrees from Stanford and the University of Virginia as well as an MBA from Stanford.

Following her time at Stanford and at Strategic Decisions Group in Menlo Park, California, Dr. Kahwajy joined the faculty at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she taught for over four years, before devoting her full-time efforts to private consulting through Effective Interactions.

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Traci Des Jardins — James Beard Award Winning Chef

Traci is a scheduled speaker at TEDxSanJoseCA Women on December 1, 2012. Here is her backstory…

Traci was born to parents of Mexican and French Acadian decent in a small rural community in the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California. Her family’s passion for food undoubtedly influenced her pursuit of a career as a chef. Dropping out of college at the age of 17, Traci quickly found herself thoroughly immersed in a very intense French kitchen in Los Angeles, leading to her informal training in the cutting edge food scene. Over the subsequent years she worked in top kitchens in France, New York and Los Angeles to hone her cooking skills and two decades ago Traci settled back in Northern California to pursue the dream of owning her own restaurant.

As an executive chef she quickly rose in the ranks and became one of the top female chefs in the country garnering many accolades for the restaurants she opened. Traci has adapted to the current day demands of chefs and not only rules over the kitchen, but also has appeared on Iron Chef America beating Mario Batali, and was a finalist on Top Chef Masters season 3. She currently operates five restaurants, is a devoted mother of a 12-year old son and is active in many philanthropic organizations. In her spare time she spends as much time as possible on the ski slopes in the winter and travels whenever and to wherever she can.

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Dr. Jeannie Kahwajy Interview

Have you ever wondered why you perform better with some people over others? Would you like to know the one secret ingredient to effective interactions that shows how to turn around difficult situations, how to get others to want to help you, and how to transform adversaries into partners? Dr. Jeannie Kahwajy’s deep curiosity around interpersonal effectiveness led her to Stanford in three different graduate programs (an engineering master’s in decision science, an MBA, and a PhD in organizational behavior and social psychology) in pursuit of one answer: how can numerical minorities (or novel ideas) gain their first supporter and get ahead in majority dominated, status quo preferring organizations. Her research gets beyond descriptions of what to do and shares prescriptions of how to do it, including the counterintuitive and seemingly paradoxical reality of succeeding with humility.

Dr. Kahwajy is the founder and CEO of Effective Interactions, a consulting firm that specializes in personal effectiveness and organizational achievement. She has shared her innovative approach around the globe, with senior executives in the Fortune 100 and high-growth start-ups as well as at educational and governmental institutions. Her mission is to help others unleash their best for the world.

Dr. Kahwajy is scheduled speaker at TEDxSanJoseCA Women — The Space Between Head and Heart — on December 1, 2012.

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Megan Keely — American Singer and Songwriter

Megan is scheduled to perform at TEDxSanJoseCA Women — The Space Between Head and Heart. In this video she gives us the backstory.

Megan is a brilliant American Singer and Songwriter. Among her accomplishments is co-composing “Rules,” one of the songs featured on the soundtrack for the blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games. Megan’s style is an eclectic range of folk, blues and jazz while sounding approachable and new.

Although she grew up in a musical family, Megan was not always a performer. Family vacations centered around her father’s touring psychedelic rock band. Her academic studies took her on a voyage to study landscape architecture. While she is working for a Landscape Architecture Firm, Megan has realized how much she loves singing and performing beyond the confines of her shower. Her deliciously intimate debut album, Acorn Collections also features her brother Brandon Keely, her father Bert Keely and friends from her musical community.

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Jonathan Trent, PhD

Can We Cultivate Energy?

To provide practical answers to critical questions regarding sustainable energy, Jonathan Trent initiated a project called “Global Research into Energy and the Environment at NASA (GREEN).” This project, supported by Google, led him to investigate biofuels that do not compete with agriculture. With a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Jonathan turned his attention to the oceans as the energy frontier for biofuels and he developed a system called “OMEGA” (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae). OMEGA emerged from his knowledge of the ocean, his years of training in microbiology in prestigious labs in Germany, Denmark, and France, and his knowledge of engineering from his research at Argonne National Lab in Chicago and, for the last 12 years, at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. The OMEGA project is supported by the California Energy Commission and NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

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Keith Raffel

Jumping to Another World (And Back Again)

As counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Keith Raffel held a top secret clearance to watch over CIA activities. As an entrepreneur, he founded UpShot Corporation, Silicon Valley’s first company based on a cloud computing model, and sold it to Siebel Systems. These days he stays busy writing his mysteries and thrillers in Palo Alto, California. The national bestseller Smasher: A Silicon Valley Thriller is his latest. Drop by www.keithraffel.com for updates. He has also been a carpenter, college writing instructor, candidate for elective office, and professional gambler.

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Kim Silverman, PhD

 

Making Magic Meaningful

Dr. Kim Silverman is Principal Research Scientist at Apple. His Ph.D. is from Cambridge University, and his post-doctoral research was conducted at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. By night Dr. Silverman studies the more “esoteric” arts. He is a president of the Society of American Magicians (Palo Alto), and a Magician Member of the Academy of Magical Arts, better known as the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Drawing from his backgrounds in science, technology, and cognitive psychology, Kim strives to move the performance of magic from mere presentation of “tricks” to a deeper and more meaningful affirmation of human life. His presentation will demonstrate this with some of his award-winning signature pieces.

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Kevin Surace

 

An Opportunity to Revitalize America

Kevin Surace, Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, is on a mission to drive energy efficiency in the built environment, bring green jobs and manufacturing back to the US, and bring innovation to industries that had long lost it. Kevin wants to reduce the use of fossil fuels and their effect on the environment by greening manufacturing processes that create the basic components of our everyday life. As CEO of Serious Materials, Kevin leads the company in its mission to reduce energy usage of the world’s largest contributor, our buildings. Before joining Serious Materials in 2002, Kevin held executive and technical positions with Perfect Commerce, General Magic, Air Communications, National Semiconductor, and Seiko-Epson

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Pete Stringfellow

 

Music Makes Me Tick

Pete Stringfellow is a classically trained musician and vocalist with three college degrees in music and a masters degree in interactive multimedia. “Music makes me tick.” Immediately out of college, Stringfellow signed his first record contract with Classified Records as a songwriter, producer and recording engineer. While Pete is best known as a country artist, he has written and produced original songs for over 70 movies and television shows, including Meet the Parents, Matchstick Men, Next Friday, The Simpsons, Judging Amy and CSI: Miami. He’s also worked on new media projects for recording artists such as Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack and Terri Clark. Stringfellow won the prestigious Discovery Award in Music Row Magazine in 2006. Pete divides his time between Nashville Tennesee and Santa Rosa, CA.

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Salman Khan

Providing a Free World Class Education Through Video


Salman Khan (Sal) Salman Khan is the founder and faculty of the Khan Academy www.khanacademy.org)– a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. It now consists of self-paced software and, with over 1 million unique students per month, the most-used educational video repository on the Internet (over 30 million lessons delivered to-date). All 2000+ video tutorials, covering everything from basic addition to advanced calculus, physics, chemistry and biology, have been made by Salman. Prior to the Khan Academy, Salman was a senior analyst at a hedge fund and had also worked in technology and venture capital.

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Phil Cousineau

Mentorship … Passing the Torch

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 25 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination, The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred, The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work, and most recently, Wordcatcher: An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words.

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Bryant Austin

Creator of World’s First Life-Size Whale Photos



Bryant Austin is an artist working to affect change through the creation of life-size photographs of whales. His work has been met with critical acclaim, and has been received enthusiastically during exhibits worldwide, including shows in Norway and Japan — countries that continue to hunt whales. These full body composite photographs only become possible when a whale chooses to initiate close inspections of him; at times only an arm’s reach away.

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Eugene Cordero


Creator of the Green Ninja – World’s First Climate Action Superhero



A climate scientist and Google Science Communication Fellow who works at San Jose State University (SJSU), Eugene Cordero is passionate about what he calls “science that matters to society.” Cordero’s aim is to reduce annual carbon emissions by 1 million tons using the power of a climate-action superhero called the Green Ninja. The Green Ninja comes to life in a series of videos and social media tools designed to educate and inspire action to reduce our carbon footprint. Cordero is also co-author of the book Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming.

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Doug Dietz

Transforming Healthcare for Children and Their Families



As principal designer for GE Healthcare, Doug had been designing diagnostic imaging equipment for more than 20 years when he realized that young patients’ actual experience of this cutting-edge technology was, well, awful. Children were often so terrified by the prospect of lying alone inside the huge, noisy machine that they often had to be sedated just to get through the experience. Doug put together a team of experts to solve this problem, including staff from a local children’s museum, kids, and hospital staff. The result was an innovative, design-driven solution that utterly transformed the experience for children. In addition to holding 6 utility patents and over 16 design patents, Doug teaches creative innovation as part of the GE “innovation at work” initiative, and is Lead Design Architect for two key design incubators.

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Jim Fruchterman


Social Entrepreneur Who Serves Humanity Through Technology



Jim Fruchterman is a former rocket scientist who founded two leading optical character recognition companies, and has since developed successful social enterprises. His life focus has been in using the power of technology to serve humanity and in particular, people with disabilities. Today, Fruchterman runs Benetech, a nonprofit organization that develops technology for education, human rights, and environmental conservation communities. He is a MacArthur Fellow and has received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

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Saba Ghole

Curious Urban Strategist



Saba Ghole is an architect/urban designer turned education entrepreneur. As Founder and Chief Creative Officer of NuVu Studio, Saba leads the innovation center for middle and high school students, whose pedagogy is based on the studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. Her experience in the urban design world exposed her to a myriad of innovative educational projects, including planning the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh (the world’s largest center of higher learning for women). Saba’s design quirks and lure for adventure constantly fuel her efforts to re-design NuVu’s curriculum and bring inspiring experts to coach students on how to innovate.

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Roberto Granados

Music Heals and Connects…



Roberto Granados is a home-schooled thirteen-year-old classical, flamenco, rock, blues guitarist, arranger, composer and ukulele virtuoso from Hayward, California. He began studying classical guitar at the age of six with Gyorgy Vass, and flamenco guitar at eight with renowned flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire. He has since also studied with distinguished guitarists Sergio Assad and Marc Teicholz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Roberto has performed everywhere from on the streets to the Emmy’s and also in the presence of President Obama.

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David Milarch

Cloning Ancient Trees



David Milarch is co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and pioneer in the cloning of ancient trees. He has dedicated his career to replanting the earth with the genetics of the world’s ancient forests and has led efforts to propagate more than 90 species, including the tallest redwoods.

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Ren Ng, Ph.D.

Next Revolution in Photography



Before starting Lytro in 2006, Ren had been extensively studying light field science and computational science. His seminal Ph.D. research on light field technology earned the field’s top honor, the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for best thesis in computer science and engineering, as well as Stanford University’s Arthur Samuel Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation. The entrepreneurial spark came when Ren purchased his first DSLR camera and saw the potential to apply light field technology to capture pictures in addition to image generation. He decided to apply and extend his theoretical work by making light field cameras available to consumers.

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Preetha Ram

Academic pioneer and co-founder of one of the “most innovative education companies”



Dr. Preetha Ram has a passion for creating opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. Dr. Ram is the co- founder of OpenStudy.com, a social learning network for students, recently named one of the 10 “most innovative education companies” by TechCrunch. Her mission is to unite millions of learners from every corner of the world, to give help and get help. Dr. Ram is also the Associate Dean for Pre-Health and Science Education at Emory University. Among her many achievements is Dr. Ram’s development of a science curriculum for Tibetan monastics at the request of the Dalai Lama, and initiatives that led to a growth of internationalization throughout the educational community.

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Diana Reiss

Explorer of Dolphin Minds


Dr. Diana Reiss is one of the world’s leading experts on dolphin intelligence. She is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Hunter College and directs a dolphin research program at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Dr. Reiss is a leading rescuer who served as an adviser for the Oscar-winning film, The Cove. In her book, The Dolphin in the Mirror, Dr. Reiss gives us a glimpse of dolphin intelligence that often seems uncannily familiar. Her research is both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on the planet.

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Anshul Samar

Teenage CEO Making Chemistry Fun


Anshul Samar is Founder and CEO, Alchemist Empire, Inc. Four years ago at age 13, Samar introduced Elementeo Chemistry Card Game in an effort to make learning chemistry more fun for students. He is one of the very few teenagers with business cards. Samar has since earned national recognition for his company’s mission and game. He is currently in his senior year as student of Bellarmine College Preparatory and gearing up to introduce the next version of Elementeo.

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Manoj Saxena

Serial Tech Entrepreneur, Watson Evangelist and Philanthropist


Manoj Saxena is the General Manager of Watson Solutions at IBM, a team focused on building a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions with speed and accuracy. Saxena was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” and “IT Technologist of the Year.” Saxena created The Saxena Family Foundation to advance inventive and effective ways of promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The Foundation’s credo is “doing well by doing good.” Saxena also serves on the boards of Global Giving, Austin Technology Council and Any Baby Can.

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Seth Shostak

Senior Astronomer at SETI


Dr. Seth Shostak participates in the search for extraterrestrial life at the SETI Institute. He heads up the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Committee, and hosts a weekly radio show, “Big Picture Science”. Shostak has published more than 400 popular articles on science, and his most recent book is Confessions of an Alien Hunter, A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Life (National Geographic). Shostak is also an accomplished photographer. His photos have been featured on the cover of Time magazine.

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Christopher Soghoian


Fighting for Online Privacy


Dubbed “the Ralph Nader for the Internet Age” by Wired Magazine, Christopher Soghoian is a researcher and advocate focused on improving privacy protections for individuals. He is particularly interested in how companies choose to either resist or facilitate surveillance of their customers. He has used the Freedom of Information Act as well as several other, unconventional investigative methods to shed light on the scale and methods of the U.S. government to spy on Internet communications and mobile telephones.

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Diep N. Vuong

Fighting Human Trafficking on the Ground in Vietnam



As co-founder of Pacific Links Foundation (PALS), a US-based international NGO, Diep designed and spearheads an innovative program to combat human trafficking in Vietnam. PALS focuses on HT prevention through scholarships, vocational training and public advocacy in vulnerable communities. It is the only organization that operates two shelters for trafficking survivors at the Southern and Northern borders of Vietnam.

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Esther Wojcicki

21st Century Journalism


Esther Wojcicki (“Woj”) is the Vice Chair of Creative Commons, a groundbreaking initiative to make creative, education, and scientific content instantly more compatible with the full potential of the internet. She is also the driving force behind Palo Alto High School’s journalism program, in which 500 students take part. Esther encourages students to believe in themselves and gives them the 21st century tools to be successful. Wojcicki is also the Board Chairman of Learning Matters.

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Ann Marie Calhoun

Grammy Nominated Rock Violinist


Ann Marie Calhoun is an internationally acclaimed rock violinist, an actress, composer, singer, and virtuoso across many diverse genres of music. Her experience and unique ability have made her one of the most sought-after creative forces in the entertainment industry. Touring with the legendary Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart (Eurthrymics), Jethro Tull, and Steve Vai, she has also performed as a soloist at the Grammy awards, performed with Bon Jovi at the White House for President Obama, and was featured in the Radio City Music Hall celebration of Nelson Mandela’s Birthday.

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Angela Zhang

After-School Project: Finding a Cure for Cancer

A senior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, Angela was awarded a $100,000 scholarship in the 2011 Siemens Math, Science and Technology competition for her achievements in cancer research. She is also the winner of more than 20 awards in regional, state, national and international science fairs. As a ninth-grader, her passion for research led her to persuade a Stanford University School of Medicine professor to let her attend his seminars and from there she mapped out her own research plan which led to this year’s Siemens award. In her spare time she likes to golf and play the piano.

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