• The Olivia (map)
  • 315 West 33rd Street
  • New York, NY, 10001
  • United States

Unlike most TEDx events which focus on a presentation format, TEDxNewYorkSalon is designed by our team of curators to spark conversation and dialogue, throughout the event. Rather than spotlighting individual speakers or facilitators, we create the soft space for hard conversation. During these gatherings, we screen one evocative TED Talk (via projector) followed by a lively conversation. The featured TED talk is a surprise, but we promise it will ignite deep thinking and connection. We look forward to seeing you there! Click here for tickets

About the co-Facilitators


Connector and change agent, Bobbi Van began pursuing her passion to create fine art over a decade ago. Since then her work has been featured internationally at venues including Lincoln Center and the Museo Regionale in Mexico. As an advocate for helping people step up to the plate in life, Bobbi also works privately as a creative coach.   Bobbi Van sees her life as a work of art.  For her everyday is a new adventure filled with possibility in seeing the beauty in the simple and easily overlooked. She began her career as an artist and a sculptor over a decade ago,  when her work drew the attention of many collectors and her work has shown in Lincoln Center, Regionale Museo in Moralia, Mexico, Guild Hall, East Hampton, the Navila Group and the Asia Contemporary Art Fair in Hong Kong and the FLUX ART FAIR in Harlem.  Bobbi also has been mentoring young people who have been abused and set aside by helping them tell their story through art.  


Psychiatrist Anthony Stern MD is the author of "Everything Starts from Prayer: Mother Teresa’s Meditations on Spiritual Life for People of All Faiths.” Dr. Stern attended Harvard College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He has worked in a variety of settings as a community psychiatrist, including many years on a mobile crisis team and more recently in homeless outreach.  He has written and presented widely in the last 25 years about the interface between religion, philosophy, literature and psychology.