Team & Partners

helene_circleHelene Cahen

Helene Cahen is passionate about new ideas and creating change. After attending TED and TED Women conferences, she wanted to provide the opportunity for EB students to experience the excitement and inspiration of attending a TED conference as well as the opportunity to present a TEDx Talk. Helene has a consulting business specialized in innovation called Strategic Insights and she facilitates and teaches innovative processes to executives, graduate students and occasionally to middle schoolers and teenagers.

imageedit_2_3685288328Laura Clydesdale

Laura Clydesdale is truly excited to deliver this new program to Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley because she feels it perfectly reflects the cutting edge curriculum the school offers and that TEDxYouth also mirrors the school’s global mission. Laura brings her depth of experience to the TEDxYouth@EB team, as she is a champion of youth leadership through her blog LEAD UP, and is also co-chair of Notes & Words one of the biggest fundraising events in Oakland.

AnnAnn Lefkovits

Ann Lefkovits is enjoying her second year of involvement with TEDxYouth@EB. Since her son Marcus has been at EB, she has co-chaired the EB Auction fundraiser for three years, and this year is involved with the Annual Fund. She loves to get people involved and is excited about what is coming in the future. Ann brings her experience in trade shows, marketing, and building small companies from the ground up to the TEDxYouth@EB team. Today she imports beautiful textiles and clothing from India for her startup, and in her free hours, she teaches yoga to several companies in the Bay Area.

AngieAngie Jacobson

Angie brings a unique mixture of experience and passion to her role on the TEDxYouth@EB team. For 20 years, she led technical proposal teams for a major environmental engineering firm and two startups. Angie has been an active member of the EB community serving as a PA Board member, EB soccer team’s manager and TEDxYouth@EB’s stage manager since its inception. More recently, you have seen her as keyboardist and backup vocalist for the band CRISIS. In 2015, Angie co-founded East Bay Living LLC, a residential real estate company. Her son, Cody Levine, is a veteran of the TEDxYouth@EB circuit having given presentations at EB’s 2015 and 2016 TEDx events.

jennifer_circleJennifer Villarina

Jennifer Villarina is a huge fan of the TED format and the way it fosters convergence among diverse fields. What she finds most exciting about the TEDxYouth@EB event is that EB students will spend the day exposed to ideas from scientists, entrepreneurs, nature enthusiasts and authors. Having worked in two very different disciplines (finance and creative writing) Jennifer appreciates how exposure to diverse fields can inspire.

The Middle School Team

Richard Lyon – Head of Middle School at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley

Gabrielle Hedlund – Ecole Bilingue Middle School English Teacher

Russell Whismore – Ecole Bilingue Middle School Math Teacher

Olga Popova  – Ecole Bilingue Middle School Art teacher

Jamie Bascom –Ecole Bilingue Middle School Science teacher


Eileen Loustau

Robin Kirby

Natasha Boissier

Ritu Rai

Kristen Sidell



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