2013 TEDxMalibu=DESIRE Presenters


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Amber Krzys is the creator of the 56 Day Rock Your Body Challenge and founder of bodyheart.com. She is on a mission to help you have a body and life you love. Her work is built from her own experience evolving from an actress/dancer on Broadway obsessively striving for the perfect body, to wholeheartedly loving the body she was given. Her programs have helped hundreds of women experience a new found freedom in their body, and her bodyheart campaign is changing the beauty conversation by asking one simple question, “What do you love?”. Join the movement now.


BetsyHeadshotByRachel (2)Betsy Trapasso is an end of life guide, advocate and film producer. She is a founder of IMmortal Foundation, a nonprofit that educates about end of life issues through all forms of media. IMmortal Foundation is developing a feature length documentary about how different cultures view death.

Betsy is the hostess of Death Café Los Angeles. She loves holding Death Cafes all over LA, offering a safe space for people to talk about death and life while enjoying the amazing food and cultures of the City of Angels.

Betsy’s calling is to bring peace to the dying and their families and her mission is to change how we view and do death. As an advocate, educator, speaker, writer and consultant, Betsy fulfills her passion to inform the world about important end of life issues.

Betsy has a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.


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Nate and Ryan flew from Rhode Island.

Jack flew from England.

They landed in Los Angeles.

Had a few laughs, had a few drinks, and hopped on a Cable Car.

Recorded an EP (with Mike Pappas of Yell For Help) and showed it to the world.



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Claire Thomsen is a junior at Malibu High School. In her sixth grade year, she and her parents traveled around the world for eleven months, visiting twenty-seven countries. The trip changed her completely and opened her eyes to how the rest of the world lives. When she got back, she knew she wanted to help kids around the world in some way. Through mutual family friends, she was introduced to READ Global, who influenced Claire to raise $50,000 to build a library in her favorite country Bhutan. After almost three years of fundraising she completed her goal and visited the completed READ library center for the first time in March 2013. The library will impact 4,000 villagers in rural Bhutan. This emotional experience has changed her life, and serves as motivation to tell others how one person’s passion and efforts can benefit so many others.



Craig Gross is an author, speaker, pastor, and revolutionary. He shot to prominence in 2002 when
he founded the website XXXchurch.com as a response to the hurting he saw both in those addicted to pornography and those who made their living in the porn industry. The XXXchurch website mixes the seedy with the sacred in an effort to raise the often taboo subject of pornography as a problem that needed to be dealt with. In the 10 years since it began, XXXchurch.com has had over 70 million visitors to the website and his ministry is the subject of an award winning documentary. Craig also spearheaded the development of X3watch, an internet accountability system that is used by over 1 million people. Craig is the author of nine books and has been featured in GQ magazine, Newsweek, Time, Wired, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, Fox News, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He currently resides in Los Angeles CA with his wife Jeanette and their two children Nolan and Elise. His latest book is called OPEN – What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest and Get Accountable released in September of 2013.



Wanting a musical outlet that showcased her love of shoe-gaze, euro-pop, hip-hop and dark-wave, Los Angeles-based musician, Kimi Recor, began writing songs under the alias DRÆMINGS .

Blending thick, heavy guitars with ethereal strings,and destructive drumbeats with electrifying vocals, Recor began to amass a collection of songs. With the help of her friend, producer-musician Joe Keefe (Family of the Year), she produced and self-released the NEVADA EP,  in early 2013.

Recor then recruited Chris Vick (guitars and synths) and George Cochrane (drums) to round out her live act, and the three of them soon created an unforgettable live show, blending visual and sonic elements to create a dream-like experience for the audience.

DRÆMINGS is currently recording her full-length album slated for release in 2014.


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Eric Lumiere is a UK top 40 singer/songwriter and Billboard #1 Dance Airplay charting artist.  After attending the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU, Eric immediately found success when DJs Filo and Peri remixed his acoustic song “Anthem” into a hit dance track.  Since then he has been working on his own brand of alternative pop/rock, recently releasing his debut album Under Love.  Currently, he is collaborating with EDM (Electronic Dance Music) producers including Cosmic Gate as the singer/co-writer on their first single off their upcoming album.  He continues to write new songs for his next solo release while collaborating and co-writing with other artists in multiple genres.


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George McGraw is a human rights lawyer working to place the human person back at the center of development solutions. George is Executive Director of the DIGDEEP Right to Water Project in Los Angeles and the founder of 4liters.org. He holds an MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José, Costa Rica. With experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, George has worked for several foreign governments and has consulted for the United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan. George is also an internationally published legal author and a contributor to several news and opinion sites, like the Huffington Post.


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Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA began in 2006 as Jamie’s attempt to help a friend and tell a story. Since then, the TWLOHA team has responded to more than 160,000 emails and messages from over 100 countries, in addition to investing more than $1 million directly into treatment and recovery. Jamie’s TWLOHA blogs are a source of hope and encouragement for thousands, and he speaks frequently at universities, concerts and conferences.


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Jesse Bering began his career as a psychology professor at the University of Arkansas and is the former director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2011, he left his academic post and returned to the U.S. to write full time, settling in Ithaca, New York with his partner, Juan Quiles, along with their kindly, obese cat and two pathologically friendly border terriers. Notable for his frank and humorous handling of controversial issues, especially those dealing with sex, evolution, religion, and morality, Bering is a regular contributor to Scientific American, Slate, New York Magazine, The Guardian, The New Republic, Discover, and many other outlets. The Sunday Times refers to his work as “deeply thought-provoking as well as shallowly provocative,” while the New York Observer calls it “equal parts sedulous and silly.” Bering’s latest book is Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2013).



Julie Bram is a full time community volunteer and activist.  She has a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.A. in Education both from UCLA. As a founding partner of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, she has been blessed to work with many remarkable non-profit organizations.  Her passion lies in using education and communication to effect positive change in the world.  She recently chaired the 2013 Los Angeles Walk to End Genocide to raise awareness about genocides happening still and to raise funds for projects on the ground in Africa that help genocide survivors. Julie currently serves on several advisory committees and board of directors for a wide variety of charitable causes.  They include:

  • The American Friends of Hand in Hand, a group dedicated to supporting our growing network of award winning schools in Israel that educate Israeli Arab and Jewish children together.
  • Jewish World Watch, an organization that fights against genocide and other atrocious human rights violations in Africa through education, advocacy, and refugee relief.
  • American Jewish Committee, where she has participated in two diplomatic missions, one to Poland and the other the Arabian Gulf States.
  • Hebrew Union College – School of Jewish Non Profit Management, advisory committee and chair of its mentor program.

Julie is married to Steve Bram and they have two adult children, Ben and Alanna.


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Kate Neligan brings over ten years of entertainment and digital media expertise to her mindful media company Synergy TV, an online video channel that entertains, enlightens and inspires. Previously, Kate was the Vice President of On Demand & Digital Marketing at Lionsgate where she promoted thousands of films. Kate also ran the marketing and event planning for American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab and started her career at iN Demand. Kate holds a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from USM. In addition to sharing transformational stories and creating synergy in business, her other passion includes empowering women in their careers as a life coach under her brand Conscious Rockstar. Kate is an avid horseback rider in Malibu and her trailblazing story can be found in the book “Women Will Save the World”.


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Born and raised in Kauai along side the Irons Brothers Keala turned professional at age 17.  In 2003, multiple wins on the circuit won her Surfing’s Triple Crown.

In 2005 Keala was the first woman ever to tow into a wave in Teahupoo, Tahiti.  During “Teahupoo Code Red Swell” in 2011 Keala was surfing in the Andy Irons Memorial heat when she received a severe gash on her face due to the shallow reef.  She came back later that year with a win at the Billabong XXL.

In addition to surfing Keala has pursued a career in acting, appearing in such films as “Blue Crush” and in a recurring role on the HBO series “John From Cincinnati”.  She has also has become a top DJ, having preformed shows around the globe.

In 2013 Keala received inductions into the Surfing Walk of Fame & the Actions Sports Hall of Fame.


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Kirsty Spraggon attacks life like it’s a chocolate cake. She is the Executive Producer & Host of Kirsty TV. An international speaker, author & entrepreneur based in Los Angeles.  With 18 years experience in every facet of the sales industry.  Her outstanding career saw her ranked in the top 1 percent of individuals in RE/MAX’s global network of 121,000 sales agents worldwide. She has continued her success in speaking, being awarded the 2011 Breakthrough Speaker of the Year, at the National Speakers Association. Kirsty hosts an online talk show called Kirsty TV where people share their personal stories, the lessons, struggles and growth they have experienced. The show focuses on sharing inspirational and empowering stories.


Larry Broughton

Larry Broughton is an award-winning entrepreneur & CEO, best-selling author, keynote speaker and former Special Forces Operator.  He is Founder & CEO of BROUGHTONadvisory.com (a Strategic Vision, Transformational Leadership, and Elite Team Building mentoring organization), and broughtonHOTELS.com (a nationally recognized, award-winning boutique hotel company). Larry seized the lessons from serving 8 years on Special Forces A-Teams (commonly known as the Green Berets) and applied them directly to the business world. Larry has received several business awards, including: Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year®, NaVOBA’s Vetrepreneur® of the Year, Ethical Edge’s National Business Leader of Integrity, and Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hot 500.  Larry has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles across the country, and has been a guest on news and TV programs on every major television network, including multiple appearances on CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch.  Larry is one of the country’s most dynamic & impactful speakers, entrepreneurs and business leaders.


Mikkel (2)An entrepreneur since his teens, Mikkel is on a relentless quest to help great
creatives reach even higher. Along the way, he has become a prolific Hollywood
producer and talent manager, listed on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next
Generation List”, Fade In Magazine’s “Top 100 People You Need To Know”,
Details Magazine’s “People To Watch” and Danish BT “Super League Exports to
Hollywood” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and kids.

Dr. Raymond Hall

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Dr. Raymond Hall is a leading chiropractor and the sole visionary behind PILLO1, the most advanced pillow on the market.  With over 28 years of experience treating and healing thousands of patients, Dr. Hall designed and engineered PILLO1 as a proactive and preventative solution to neck and back pains, headaches, snoring, and sleepless nights, landing him the nickname “The Pillow Doctor.”

A 1985 graduate of the esteemed Chiropractic College, WSCC, Dr. Hall launched his sports medicine career in Los Angeles, California.  Today, he is widely regarded as a leading expert in his field. Dr. Hall was recently honored by the “International Association of Chiropractors” with the prestigious award of the  “TOP CHIROPRACTOR IN LOS ANGELES”.   His extensive patient base includes top film and television actors, as well as several professional and Olympic athletes.

Currently, Dr. Hall’s practice is integrated with the world renowned Pacific Coast Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, California, where he is regarded among the most coveted chiropractors in the country. He continues to develop and oversee new ideas and advancements in sleep health with PILLO1.

Dr. Hall is a member of the American Academy of Spine Physician, the California Chiropractic Association, and the American Chiropractic Association.

Please visit ChiroPlusMD.com and PacificCoastSportsmedicine.com to find out more about Dr. Hall’s practice, or www.pillo1.com for more information on PILLO1.


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Shannon Bindler is a Shoeologist. Similar to how an acupuncturist uses needles, she uses shoes and coaching techniques to heal her clients. Shannon believes you can change your life, one shoe at a time.

 Shiva Rea

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Shiva Rea’s mission is to serve the innate intelligence within nature and our rhythmic bodies by transforming limited conditioning that leads to disembodiment.
As a global yoga teacher and movement anthropologist from UCLA’s Interdisciplinary Department of World Arts and Cultures, she empowers people from all walks of life to experience the flow of breath and our extraordinary energetic body.
She has done fieldwork and offered yoga in over 50 countries from urban centers to ancient sites, for actors to CEO’s, large-scale festivals to the Pediatric Oncology unit at Columbia University. She integrates the indigenous roots and contemporary innovations to offer a universal, creative, effective approach to embodying the pulse of life.
As the founder of Samudra Global School for Living Yoga, her home practice media, teacher trainings, adventure retreats, online programs and musical collaborations provide resources for people around the world to bring a transforming flow into their everyday life. Her activism extends from the worldwide Global Mala Project, to  Yoga Energy Activism and gatherings for women.
She writes for numerous publications and her latest book, “Tending the Heart Fire – Living in Rhythm with the Pulse of Life” is about the history and embodiment of our energetic heart.  It will be released January 1st through SoundsTrue. 
steve connell 2Ideas that change the world require a voice that makes the world listen. Steve Connell has become that voice. Equal parts comic, poet, actor, motivator and entertainer he has become, over the last few years, one of the most accomplished and sought after artists of his kind. Featured on ABC World News, HBO Def Poetry and others, he has created work for organizations like Banana Republic, Pioneer Electronics, NIKE, Global Green, Farmers Insurance, Sony/Universal, TEDMED, Xprize Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Spectrum Health. His first book Better Bound was released to great acclaim while his spoken word albums, Intimate Nature of Knife Fights, and Angel Rising remain in high demand. His newest major work, Transit Space, created with Diavolo Dance, is currently touring the world. Private highlights include: performing at Oprah Winfrey’s celebration of Maya Angelou, the Quincy Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Marion Anderson Gala (honoring Maya Angelou/Norman Lear); plus special events for Hillary Clinton, (special request: Quincy Jones), and President Barack Obama, (special request: Oprah Winfrey)

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