Take Two - A reshoot with a live Studio Audience of Friends, Family and insiders.

Location: UCLA's Northwest Auditorium, Friday, October 13th, 7-8:30 pm.
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We had audio issues and are reshooting with some of our affected speakers on Friday, October 13th, 7 pm. If you want an insiders view and to be part of our studio audience to cheer these speakers on, please join us.

Speaker Meera Varma at TEDxUCLA 2023

Note: This is a reshoot — we wil briefly stop after each talk and check footage, and allow retakes if the speakers need them, this is all about capturing a great recording and getting them pushed to TED’s TEDx pages. Our regular TEDxUCLA event will be in Late May or June, 2024


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Speaker List

Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson

How do you get Your Ideas?

Barry began his career as a commercial artist working in the record industry for such artists as Neil Young, The Band, ZZ Top, and The Grateful Dead. Movie posters, include Disney’s Fantasia, Escape from New York, Predator 2 and many others.

 In the field of animation and earned over 20 screen credits including the films, Horton Hears a Who, The Nightmare before Christmas, Shrek, The Prince of Egypt, Ron Howard’s, The Grinch, and Sausage Party. Feature film production design credits include the Weinstein’s, Escape from Planet Earth, and Warner Bros., The Ant Bully.   Awards include the 2011 Telly Award for production design of Cartoon Network CG feature, Firebreather.  His animated short film, The Killer Buzz, won the Director’s Circle Award and numerous others.

 Art for opening titles designs include, The Great and Powerful Oz, Mary Poppins Returns, the mini-series, The Leftovers, and A Crowded Room, all done in concert with Yu and Company. Writing credits include his first children’s book, Danny Diamondback, which along with his screenplay has been optioned as a CG feature. Barry teaches at The Art Center College, as well as a popular Zoom Art Class for his Instagram followers. A book of his artwork is available at: www.barryejacksonart.com  

Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy

Always Wear the Right Shoes

Jim McCarthy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stellar, the only full-service livestream partner for professional live entertainment organizers and creators, committed to delivering premium interactive online shows to paying audiences around the world.

For nearly 20 years, Jim was the CEO/Co-Founder of Goldstar helping 10 million people go to Goldstar to discover live events nationwide for 5,000 live entertainment organizers.

When the COVID-19 crisis shut down the live entertainment industry in March 2020, Jim led the charge to develop Stellar, to help producers create and sell high quality-live streaming events. In August 2020, Stellar started welcoming creators and audiences in beta. Since then, millions of people have live-streamed a variety of shows available on the platform. Released in July 2022, his book, Beyond the Back Row: The Breakthrough Potential of Digital Live Entertainment and Arts, helps break down the why, how, and what of online, streaming, and hybrid live events. Jim is also the curator and co-founder of TEDxBroadway, the sold-out annual event dedicated to the question: What’s the Best Broadway Can Be? He has spoken at conferences all over the world, including TED, SXSW, INTIX and more. His articles have been in ForbesFast Company and Business Insider. About Jim, Bob Lefsetz has said, “Jim McCarthy is smart, he’d win in any world, not only via his brain, but his hard work and dedication.”

Jim is a very active member on the Board of Directors at the Pasadena Playhouse. He studied English at Harvard University and received an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has a black belt in Northern Eagle Claw Kung Fu.

Dr. Kenneth Wells MD MPH

Dr. Kenneth Wells MD MPH

Follow your Passion: Science and Art

Kenneth Wells, M.D., M.P.H. is David Weil Professor, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neurosciences and Human Behavior and Professor Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine and Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health.  He is Affiliated Adjunct Staff at RAND and Staff Psychiatrist at West Los Angeles VA and research co-director of the UCLA/VA Center of Excellence for Veteran Recovery and Resilience.  His research focuses on Community Partnered Participatory Research to improve equity in mental health services access, quality and outcomes, including digital services for mental health prevention and use of arts to address mental health stigma. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and with community partners led by Healthy African American Families II won the 2014 Team Science Award of Association of Clinical and Translational Science. He directs the Semel Institute’s Center for Health Services and Society and Healing and Education through the Arts (HEArts), to address mental health stigma through arts.

Wells is founder and director of the Mansfield Chamber Singers, and composes vocal works to address stigma of mental illness. Wells’ video integrating community-partnered research on depression with his choral composition, “Thrive!” with poem by the late Dr. Loretta Jones, was California winner of the National Academy of Medicine’s Visualize Health Equity (https://nam.edu/visualizehealthequity/#/artwork/94 ).

Wells has written and produced operas: “The First Lady” on resilience in complicated grief based on Eleanor Roosevelt; “The Center Cannot Hold” on recovery from schizophrenia based on memoire by Elyn Saks, reviewed in Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), streamed by Mental Health America. “Veteran Journeys”, supported by California Arts Commission grant for Veterans in the Arts, was selected for Awareness Film Festival and receivedSpecial Jury Courage Award for portraying courage of Veterans; and won “Docs Without Borders” International Film Festival awards for Docu-drama Feature  on Social Issues: Excellence in Editing; and Outstanding Excellence for Original Score. Live performances were at UCLA and the Indianapolis Opera Young Artist Program. 


Michael Jann

Michael Jann

The Line Starts Here. (Let's Cross It!)

Michael Jann is an Emmy-nominated late-night comedy writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for over two decades.  Mike currently teaches screenwriting at UCLA-x.  He co-wrote and co-produced the short animated film BUG THERAPY (www.bugtherapy.film). It’s a story about a mosquito who faints at the sight of blood. The subject is deeply personal: Mike’s son suffered a severe mental-breakdown at age 27, resulting in hospitalizations and psych wards. His ongoing recovery (fingers crossed) has fueled Mike’s passion to fight the stigma of mental illness. Mike lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and writing partner Michele Jourdan. Michele’s the smart one; Mike’s the pretty one.