OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD
Leads the effort to curate, produce and make final speaker selections.
Bob Ayres (TEDxMarin Licensee/Executive Producer), until 2007 sat on the prestigious Board of Advisors for the TED Conference and served for two years as the inaugural Executive Director of The TED PRIZE. Currently, he is the CEO of Comedic Ventures, a comedy showcase, and development company born out of his infamous 80’s Haight-Ashbury comedy club, The Other Cafe which he owned for 18 years. Bob was the founder and Executive Producer of The Next 20 years project which traveled to 13 cities forecasting the future. Bob also runs the occasional private salon called TwoDegrees an invite-only collection of beloved friends of beloved friends. More importantly, Bob leans, bats and throws left.
Deborah Masters is the founder of MasterSpeak, a company dedicated to helping Fortune 500 companies create influential leaders and high impact communicators.For more than 20 years she has coached thousands of business professionals on how to influence and inspire others to action and positive change. She is also a residential builder and developer and has brought more than 500 new homes to market.Formerly, she managed and consulted for top restaurants in the bay area.Her book, “The Magical Wisdom of Kids”, has spanned the globe bringing humor and wisdom to children and adults everywhere, including children’s hospitals and schools in third world countries. Deborah is an x triathlete who runs and bikes the beautiful hills of Marin County.
Tim Gnatek loves a good idea. As President of the sustainability-focused public relations firm Blue Practice, Tim leads marketing and public relations efforts for innovative solutions for people and the planet. He formerly covered science, technology and culture for The New York Times, Wired, Frontline/World, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Technology Review. Tim spent the dotcom bubble introducing breakthrough internet and consumer technology companies like Pandora and the first e-book, and previously served as an editor and speechwriter for an international humanitarian agency. A longtime Fairfax resident, Tim spends his free time trail running on and around Mt. Tam.
Sandy Kleiman has a passion for helping people live a healthy life.She shares that knowledge as a Health Coach, Nutrition Educator, and Chef. As a Health Coach she guides clients through the process of creating a vision for their health and well-being, developing a healthy mindset and healthy habits. It is heart-centered health care. Sandy has hosted health and wellness salons where she’s curated and interviewed speakers expert in the field. She’s taught private and group classes for HealthyCulinaryCoach.com and is able to combine her love of cooking and her passion for nutrition in a way that inspires to make everyday healthy choices fun, easy and sustainable. As an avid yogi she has made her practice a permanent part of her life recognizing the meditative and stress reducing effects it has.