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TEDx Santa Monica is happening November 17th and has some great speakers!
Founder and CEO of Living Homes, a company dedicated to designing and building sustainable modular homes.
Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC (www.livinghomes.net), a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating and was the only home to win the AIA’s top sustainability award in 2007. Nine LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum. Before LivingHomes, Glenn worked as with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of their first $220 million program in Mozambique. He is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures and others, and was also a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies. Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio. Glenn co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, and was a Coro Fellow. Glenn is a co-founder of the Sustainable Business Council, www.sustainablebc.org (and chair), the Kaia Parker Dance Fund, www.kaiaparker.org, and a co-founder and former board member of Hope Street Group, www.hopestreetgroup.org. He is a member of the board of directors of the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum, www.brownep.org, and Watts House Project, www.wattshouseproject.org. Glenn lectures regularly and has taught courses at Pepperdine Business School and California State University, Long Beach. He was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year in 2008 by Clean Tech Week, Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 by LA City Council/Faith2Green, and was recently named “Greatest Person of the Day,” by the Huffington Post.
Dorian Cheeah, Electric Violinist
Dorian’s journey in music began with violin lessons at the very early age of 2 1/2. By age 5 he was performing regularly in and around his hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. When he was 13, he and his family moved to the New York area and he continued his musical studies at The Juilliard School.
Since arriving in Los Angeles, in addition to his work as a solo artist, he has composed scores to several short and feature films and has had thousands of music placements in films and major network television shows. Last year his critically acclaimed score to “Am Limit”, helmed by Oscar winning director Pepe Danquart, helped this German feature documentary to win the Bavarian Film Prize. Dorian has toured and/or recorded with many major label acts, from world/electronic music pioneer Karsh Kale to Rockstar:INXS finalist MiG, to Celine Dion, En Vogue, Hayley Westenra, and more.
Dorian has released 2 solo albums, including “Ara”, produced by Bill Laswell. This instrumental work features collaborations with Zakir Hussain, Bernie Worrell, Karsh Kale, and others.
Owner of Yogis Anonymous Yoga Studio and founder of Karma Club, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities in Santa Monica
Ally began practicing yoga during her senior year at Columbia University. During the course of her 20 years of practice and 15 years of teaching, she has studied with Dharma Mittra, Bryan Kest (at whose studio she taught for over 5 years), Jörgen Christiansson, with whom she began practicing Ashtanga in 2001 and later assisted, Baron Baptiste, Max Strom, and Saul David Raye. In September 2009, with the help of her partner Dorian Cheah, she opened her own yoga studio in Santa Monica, Yogis Anonymous, and has built a vibrant community around some of the best teaching talent in Southern California. She has also pioneered the use of technology in yoga with a first-of-its-kind yoga video website (http://yogisanonymous.com/live) which provides live-streaming and on-demand yoga videos featuring top yoga instructors from around the world. Off the mat, you’ll most likely find Ally chasing after her 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter.