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About Us

What is TEDxPasadena?

TEDxPasadena is a group of women and men seeking to transform the conversation. We reach for this goal by providing a forum for the cross-pollination of ideas and expertise between industries, socioeconomic groups, ages and life experiences.

Our local conference is designed to create a community of bright minds with diverse interests to share discourse inspired by TEDx talks that are idea-focused, and to cover a wide range of subjects. Our community seeks to foster learning, inspiration and wonder — and involvement is sure to spark conversations that matter.


2017 TEDxPasadena Board of Directors


Heather Heimerl Brunold

Executive Director & Licensee

Heather Heimerl Brunold has been a thought leader in education, specializing in adolescent development and family/school dynamics, for more than two decades. After completing her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, Heather became passionate about utilizing her talents as an educator to impact the greater community. Feeling she could positively influence her community’s approach to how we learn, Heather established Words2Action, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage learners, leaders and educators – through spoken word and tangible action – in a united effort to change the world, one idea at a time.

Heather is by her nature a helper, healer and teacher. Her passion for learning and her love of relationship building are the reasons she has enjoyed leading TEDxPasadena as the Executive Director/Licensee since 2015. As a fourth-generation Southern California resident, Heather lives in Altadena with her husband Tim, and their two beautiful teenagers, who both attend Polytechnic School in Pasadena.

Dawn Fanning Moore

Director of Operations

Dawn is an experienced Executive Producer in commercial, print, music and independent film.  She is the co-owner of Capture, a worldwide production service company that works across print, digital content and broadcast media for international and local brands. As a green and sustainable business, Capture strives to find the best practices for environmentally friendly filming. Dawn and her family are ardent supporters of, and volunteers with, many local charities and political causes.   With her heart in non-profit, Dawn has recently turned her producing skills to focus on local charity event planning and fundraising.

Rebecca Love Haussling

Director of Development and Marketing

Rebecca Haussling currently serves as the Senior Director of Communications for AbilityFirst and is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the agency-wide integrated communications strategy. Rebecca also owns and operates her own branding consulting business, focusing on helping small business owners and entrepreneurs define their desired personal brand identity. Prior to AbilityFirst, Rebecca held the Director of Communications position for Five Acres where she secured multiple national, regional and local coverage for the foster care organization, including public service announcements still seen today on ABC7 in Los Angeles.

Prior to Five Acres, Rebecca was Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Pasadena Magazine. Rebecca launched the publication in September 2007 and oversaw its growth to multi-million dollar start up and in the process, was a tireless advocate for Pasadena businesses and local charities.  During her tenure, the magazine donated more than $250,000 in-kind for advertising space to hundreds of nonprofits in the San Gabriel Valley and helped bring heightened awareness to the city of Pasadena, its businesses, its people and their unwavering commitment to philanthropy.

Rebecca is originally from western New York and Connecticut, received a BA in Literature at the State University of New York and an MA in Organizational Development and Leadership from Woodbury University. She lives in Altadena with her husband Nick and son, the “mighty” Quinn.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPasadenaWomen, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxPasadenaWomen event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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