Moreau’s TEDx team of teachers, students, and motivational speakers demonstrated transformation in action on April 17 during the first annual TEDx event highlighting “Providence and Promise.”

Student and guest speakers offered their “ideas worth sharing” and took the TEDx stage during four sessions during the day and evening.

“The TEDx Talks reminded us of the power of student voice and their role in changing the world,” said Principal Lisa Tortorich.

“Our TEDx faculty who organized and inspired our speakers, Mary McInerney, Bryan Lorentz, Toni West, and Ann Tabora made a difference in the lives of all our Mariners,” Tortorich added.

Student speakers included: Sravya Balasa, Ben Bega, Araceli Berry, Sofia Herrera-Padilla, Ben Jacinto, Gurleen Kaur, Shane Knight, Daniel Lara, Damoni Nears, Tyler Piedad, Sarang Raj, Nyah Scott, Onijai Sellers, Supreet Thiara, Arnoldo Valdivieso Martinez, and Lucas Zamora. Students Megan Kane and Tommy Slakey hosted this first TEDx event.

Guest speakers for TEDxMoreauCatholicHS included Moreau alumnae Amanda Aguilar, a television reporter in Wichita, Kansas; Del Seymour, founder of Code Tenderloin, a job training program for Tenderloin residents; and Marquis Engle, Program Director of Up on Top, a no-cost after school childcare program located in the Tenderloin.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, was videotaped and uploaded to the TEDx talks YouTube channel, allowing global outreach for the students’ presentations, as well as to the Moreau YouTube page.

What is TED and TEDx?

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.