Speakers 2022

Adult Speakers


Laura Spiekerman (’00), Cofounder and CRO at Alloy

TEDTalk: The Pink Tax for Making Change

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Laura Spiekerman is a cofounder and CRO at Alloy. Alloy’s API enables financial services companies to better manage their digital onboarding and identity requirements, increasing conversion and reducing fraud for banks and fintechs alike. Alloy works with both fintech companies and banks, including Marqeta, Petal, Brex, Radius Bank and others. Prior to Alloy, Laura lead Business Development & Partnerships at an ACH payments startup and was on the Research & Investment team at Imprint Capital Advisors (acquired by Goldman Sachs). Laura is a proud Barnard College alumna and lives in Oakland, California.

Anna Boser (’12), PhD Candidate at UC Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

TEDTalk: How to save the Earth from Space

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Anna comes from a background in statistics and public health, and is broadly interested in using quantitative methods to understand ecosystem services that humans rely on for health and wellbeing. Her previous work has focused on air quality in California, including evaluations of the health effects of prescribed burning and estimations of ground level particulate matter using remote sensing. However, she has also worked on the socio-economic dynamics of HIV in French Guiana, and women’s empowerment in Niger.

Student Speakers


8th Grade

Benjamin BlairHow Car Oil Impacts Ocean’s Marine Life
Benjamin speaks about how oil and pollution caused by cars impacts marine life in our local San Francisco Bay ecosystem. Benjamin is currently an eighth grader in the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley class of 2022.


Juniper Hedlund & Alexandra Jameson The World of Representation
This collaboration between eighth graders Juniper Hedlund and Alexandra Jameson explores how gender is represented in popular media. Juniper is currently an eighth grader in the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley class of 2022.

Maddy KellyThe Rise of K-Pop
Maddy Kelly shares her passion for K-Pop and why it is gaining influence in the world of music, social media and fashion. Madeleine is an eighth grader in the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley class of 2022.

Constance LebofskyBreathing to Not Choke
Eighth grader Constance Lebofsky explains why breathing can help reduce anxiety and our body’s natural reactions to fearful situations. Constance is currently an eighth grader in the class of 2022 of Ecole Bilingue.

7th Grade

Noah BennettSupporting LGBTQ+ Students
Noah Bennett, a seventh grader, will share their concerns and questions about the ways we need to support LGBTQ+ youth in our culture as we move towards a more inclusive society. Noah Bennett is currently a seventh grader in the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley class of 2023.

Camille BruckertTroubled Media
Camille speaks about our troubled social media community and how we can take action to protect ourselves and our youth. Camille is currently a seventh grader in the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley class of 2023.



Elias GhozaelLove Letter to Books
Elias speaks about his love of books and concern for their future as new technologies replace print books and authorship. Elias is currently a seventh grader in the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley class of 2023. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently


Valentin RobertPreparing for the Next Pandemic
Valentin explains how we must better prepare for future pandemics as we continue to struggle with the outcomes and frustrations of the COVID-19 pandemic. Valentin is currently a seventh grader in the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley class of 2023. Watch his video below: