Our Team Leads
MATTHEW KEARNEY is a senior at Westlake High School. He's the Student Council Vice-President, involved in the Challenge Success Initiative and serves on committees focused on revising the GPA system. Matthew is also a highly competitive cross country and distance track runner. Go Matthew, go!
Operations Team Captain
NIRALI DEVGAN is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School. 2017 marks her second year with TEDxYouth@Austin. She is her theater troupe's president, the student council Vice President, and a tennis varsity player. Nirali loves to share her passion of meeting and inspiring new people with the youth.
Outreach Team Captain
KATE LEE is a junior at Westwood High School. She hopes to study English Literature and to happily spend the rest of her life surrounded by books. She swears by the power of words and loves Harry Potter and Jane Eyre. This is Kate’s first year on the TED team, and she is excited to work with the her team.
and Our Mentors
NANCY GIORDANO brought TEDxAustin to town nine years ago and has been a big champion for this Youth event – eager to join hundreds around the world doing the same. With a passion for seeing the potential in everything, she loves her work as a "cultural acupuncturist," naturally weaving ideas together to build teams and organizations that contribute meaningfully to our futures.
CAROL REESE is an educator in Eanes ISD and an enthusiastic supporter of the idea that TED talks are not just for adults. After years of inviting speakers with “ideas worth spreading” to her classroom, she and a dynamic volunteer group launched TEDxYouth@Austin, building an engaging experience for area youth. An encourager, connector, and catalyst, she is excited about this Discomfort Zone event!