Talia Leman (age 15) is the CEO and a founder of RandomKid, a non-profit organization that leverages the power of youth to solve real problems in the world. To date she has leveraged the power of 12 million youth from 20 countries to bring aid on four continents, ranking the giving power of youth with the top U.S. corporations. Talia is the winner of numerous national and international awards for her philanthropic work, including World of Children's "Founder Youth Award", considered to be the Nobel prize for efforts that serve the world's children, the "International Youth Talent Award" from the European Union, and was designated a "Champion of Intercultural Innovation" by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Nicholas Kristof wrote of Talia in his column in The New York Times: "If your image of a philanthropist is a stout, gray geezer, then meet Talia Leman, an eighth grader in Iowa who loves soccer and swimming, and whose favorite subject is science. I'm supporting her for president in 2044." Talia travels across the world speaking about "The Power of ANYone".
What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.