Lisa leads the organization’s mission to identify and select presenters to dazzle our community. In addition to reviewing nearly a thousand nominations each year, she is the chief liaison between the curation team and TEDMED’s network of editors and scientific advisors. Like TEDMED, Lisa’s background is multi-disciplinary. She holds a degree in Music from Yale University, and played and taught professionally for 20 years. Prior to working at TEDMED and Walker Digital, she held a leadership role at Synapse Group, a marketing subsidiary of TimeWarner, where she helped build and launch several new businesses for several Fortune 100 partners. Lisa also holds a faculty position at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York, where she helps people improve their quality of life by learning to move with ease. She draws from all these disciplines to find speakers who will inform, amaze, surprise, entertain and, ultimately, inspire everyone who experiences the TEDMED stage program.
Courtney Olean Paige joined TEDMED in March, 2012 as Director of Marketing Operations, managing event marketing, email communication strategy, social media planning, and PR/press support. She also supports the CMO with overall content and branding strategy for the organization.
Prior to joining TEDMED, Courtney was responsible for digital branding, marketing and advertising efforts for Stamford Hospital. Courtney is known to spill things often, lives to run long and far, loves a good warrior pose and handstand, and regularly country hops with her 2 partners in crime - her husband and five year old daughter.
Stacy Lu has worked as a staff and freelance writer and editor for a variety of publications and clients. Former managing editor for Time Inc. Interactive, features editor for ABCNEWS.com, and a senior editor at Forbes.com, she has been a regular contributor to The New York Times, NBCNEWS.com, Prevention, and UNICEF.com, among many others. Stacy has also developed and directed health-related website content for the agencies LBi and Icon Nicholson. She received an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Shirley Bergin is a Partner & Chief Operating Officer of TEDMED, LLC. and is an active member of the TED community. She is an accomplished business leader with experience working with leading digital enterprises such as AOL, InterActiveCorp, Cendant Corporation and Priceline.com, and with global brands including Pfizer, Mars, Unilever and Nestle. Shirley has developed and executed innovative business and marketing strategies across a variety of verticals for start-ups and established firms alike, successfully reinventing and introducing brands and building large online communities. As COO of TEDMED, Shirley is responsible for leading the day- to- day operations – including all Marketing responsibilities and the Great Challenges Program.
One of America's best-known business inventors and entrepreneurs, Jay Walker has founded multiple successful startup companies that today serve more than 75 million customers; he holds more than 200 U.S. patents. He is Chairman of Walker Digital, a privately held R&D lab founded in 1994 and based in Stamford, Connecticut. The company specializes in creating innovative applications that work with large-scale digital networks such as the Internet. Jay is best known as the founder of Priceline.com, the "name your own price" service that has brought a new level of value to the travel industry.
Jose Suarez is a partner and CEO of TEDMED. A long-time partner with Jay Walker in several ventures, Jose served as President and COO of Walker Digital for eight years, where he managed the creation of more than 1,000 innovations. During his tenure at Walker Digital, Jose brought many of these innovations to market through licenses and strategic partnerships. Jose is CEO & founder of Suarez & Associates, LLC, a business advisory and investment firm, and yappr.com, a free, online learning site. Jose is an avid ultrarunner, who earned a Silver Buckle in 2010 finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in 23 hours.
He graduated valedictorian from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and has an MBA from The Wharton School.
Jon Ellenthal is also Chief Executive Officer of Walker Digital, and is responsible for the P&L of all business operations, research and development, and IP portfolio licensing. Jon has 25 years' experience building and leading early stage companies with transformational business concepts to positions of industry leadership and large-scale customer bases. Prior to joining Walker Digital, Jon was the CEO of Synapse Group, Inc., a direct marketing subsidiary of Time Warner responsible for more than 30 million customers.