• 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!

This Friday, you're invited to The Olivia (315 West 33rd Street), for a TEDxNewYorkSalon co-facilitated by Deborah Starr and Bobbi Van. Doors open at 5:00 pm, the screening begins at 5:30 pm. Tickets are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis..  

About the Facilitators:

Deborah Starr

Deborah Starr, Ph.D. Psychology, M.S. Narrative Medicine, is currently a Fellow in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.  She is a licensed therapist in California, with a dynamic background in both psychology and neuroscience.  Her dissertation and early work was with eating disorders and, before pursuing Narrative Medicine, she spent ten years in litigation consulting.  Her latest studies have led her to focus on how healthcare is delivered in contemporary culture, including wellness trends and end-of-life issues. She recently created an engaging animated film called “Plain Talk,” https://youtu.be/XamclxiHXFk , to encourage people to talk about death/end-of-life concerns and to change the cultural norm on this topic. She is also part of the Lifetrend team that is developing a new approach to end-of-life discussions and documentation.

Bobbi Van

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.  


THE SALON - Friday, May 6 2016 (5:00pm - 7:00pm)