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Mayor Berry & 14 Other National Leaders to Share Their Visions for What Our Nation Can and Should Do Together “Within 10 Years”

February 6, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - On Thursday, February 9TH, Albuquerque’s Mayor Richard J. Berry will be delivering a talk at TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue, a platform for several of the world's most innovative thinkers and doers to share their groundbreaking ideas with leaders in our nation's capital.

At a time when an increasing number of Americans are losing faith in our nation’s major institutions, Mayor Berry and 14 other leading philanthropic, academic, business, non-profit, artistic, and political leaders are coming together to share their visions for what they and we can and should do together “Within 10 Years” to address our country’s and our world’s greatest challenges. Two Washington D.C.-based bands will also be premiering new works at this event.

Mayor Berry has been asked to speak about Albuquerque as an innovative city,  especially when it comes to addressing social issues.

The remarkable listed below line-up, the timing of this event less than 3 weeks after the inauguration of a new President, and the Newseum’s location between the White House and U.S. Capitol make TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue an event you will not want to miss.

Media interested in attending or speaking with any of the participating speakers should email David Medina, TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue Steering Committee Chair, at [email protected].


TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue 2017

February 9, 2017

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

Newseum (Annenberg Theater)

555 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

Here is a list of confirmed TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue speakers and performers and their full bios can be found here.



  • Laura Arnold, Laura and John Arnold Foundation Co-Chair
  • Molly Baldwin, Roca Founder and CEO
  • Steve Ballmer, Ballmer Group Co-CEO and Co-Founder; Los Angeles Clippers Owner; and former Microsoft CEO
  • Richard J. Berry, Albuquerque Mayor (R)
  • Heather Booth, Midwest Academy Founding Director and Current President
  • John Bridgeland, Former White House Domestic Policy Council Director (President G.W. Bush)
  • T. Bynum, Tulsa Mayor (R)
  • Melissa Chiu, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Director
  • Philippe Cousteau, Jr., Explorer and Environmental Advocate 
  • Ana Teresa Fernández, Artist
  • Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago, Professor and Director, Crime Lab
  • Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Enrique’s Journey
  • Nancy Roob, President and CEO, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; and CEO, Blue Meridian Partners
  • James “Jim” Shelton, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative President of Education and former U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary (President Obama)
  • Jim VandeHei, Co-Founder and CEO of Axios, Co-Founder and former CEO of Politico Co-Founder



  • Eric Ambel and Erik Huey of The Surreal McCoys
  • Twenty20


About TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue:

TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue’s mission is to spark connection, conversation, and community among leaders in Washington D.C. who might not otherwise have an opportunity to meet and share ideas. You can find more information about us on our website (insert link to website). Follow us on Twitter at @TEDxPennAve and Facebook at 

About 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.


About TED:

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to  thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.