TEDxSanAntonio is a labor of love. With a few exceptions for specific, must-have skillsets, resources or assets, it’s an all-volunteer organization. And the people who put in the most time, all year long, are the Organizers. Each organizer basically has a second, unpaid job — and if you ask us, we find it very worthwhile.
Involved as a volunteer since our first year, Kathy has stepped up to lead two vital committees in 2013: Partnerships and Event Experience. Kathy created the vision and led the team in creating the Interactive Exhibits area, new this year. She also serves as a Community Advisory Board Member for KLRN, and spends her days as a Senior Marketing Manager at USAA.
Jenia is new to TEDxSanAntonio in 2013. She works behind the scenes on our business structure and processes. Originally from Moscow, Jenia came to San Antonio to study Computer Science at Trinity University and UTSA, and works as a Customer Experience Director for USAA. She enjoys helping organizations develop robust customer experience practices.
Selecting and curating speakers in every TEDxSanAntonio event to date, Ana Grace reinvented and streamlined our curation process as the 2012 chair, and now guides the overall organization, maintaining focus on securing top-quality speakers. She is Senior Manager for Emerging Platforms at Best Buy, and performs as the talented headline singer in the band, Tequila Diva.
Michele Koch has worked with TEDxSanAntonio since its inception in 2010, serving on the Program Committee as a member and Chairman, and this year as an organizer overseeing logistics and volunteers. Michele has a passion for community volunteerism and idea sharing; she founded Social Media Breakfast Texas Hill County and served on the board of the Kendall County Women’s Shelter, helping to raise over $2.8 million for the construction of a safe shelter for women fleeing dangerous domestic situations.
Organizer & TEDx Licencee
Susan discovered TED videos in the late 1990s and co-founded the TEDxSanAntonio community. As owner of Firecat Studio, she helps businesses integrate web, mobile, and social media. Firecat Studio sponsors coworking sessions and other seminars to help San Antonio businesses make the most of emerging technologies.
As software engineer for TED, George has attended several TED events and remains vital to keeping us aligned with the overall TED mission and practices. He learned to love the Alamo City as an Air Force brat, and graduated from UTSA with a BS in Math and Computer Science. He has worked remotely from San Antonio as a software engineer for Macromedia, Adobe, and for the last 6 years, TED.
Please feel free to reach out to us and find out more about the event. And thanks for being a part of our TEDxSanAntonio community!
We also like to recognize our Committee Chairs and special volunteers »
The original founding organizers team began meeting in 2009, just after TED announced the TEDx program. Some of them have moved on, but continue to provide vital vision and strategic guidance.