For over 20 years, Tim Leake has leveraged creativity to solve business problems – first, as an advertising creative, then as an innovation consultant, and now (as SVP/Growth & Innovation at RPA) doing a little of both.

In his current role, he leads marketing and internal innovation for an advertising agency of over 500 people. His mission is to help create competitive advantages – for both the agency’s clients, as well as the agency’s employees.

Tim joined RPA from Hyper Island – a Swedish school and business transformation consultancy – where he worked as an innovation and creative consultant, to help brands including Target, General Mills, Ikea and Wal-Mart transform their business and worldview in order to thrive in today’s constantly changing environment.

He spent seven years at Saatchi & Saatchi NY, as a Creative Director and got his start in the industry at TBWA/Chiat/Day in Los Angeles, as a copywriter working on world-famous efforts like the Energizer Bunny and Taco Bell Chihuahua campaigns.

He’s been a speaker at SXSW, on applying the rules of improvisation to marketing strategy. He’s been a featured speaker twice at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. And he continues to be a regular speaker at Hyper Island’s Master Classes on digital transformation.



In 1994 Angeliki established Artemis Productions and the Greek-American Theater Company of Los Angeles.  She went on to produce and direct more than 15 productions including “Ten Stabs for Ten Bullets” at the Beverly Hills Playhouse which she also wrote, “The Marriage” at the Gascon Theater (winner of 7 Drama-Log Awards, including Best Direction) which she also wrote, “Illya Darling” at the Skylight Theater and the 24th Street Theater (winner of 3 Drama-Log Awards), “Antigone” and “Gregory” at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, among others.  Giannakopoulos served as an Associate Producer producing Promos for the NBCUniversal primetime series “Friends,” “Frasier,” “Will and Grace,” “The West Wing” and “Law and Order” and worked for six years as Associate Producer for Pelorous Pictures.

Angeliki produced the documentary “Age of Elegance,” which premiered at CINEQUEST 2001 and her film “A Greek Woman” was an official participant at CINEQUEST 2003 where it screened to a sold-out audience and was also featured at the ARPA International Film Festival 2003, New York Greek Cultural Center Indie Film Festival and the New Orleans Media Experience 2003. Her most favorite project of all “My child-Mothers of war” won Director’s Choice at the Cinequest Film Festival 2006 and Best Documentary Award at the La Femme Film Festival. Between 2006 and 2010 more than 250 screenings have occurred around the country in schools, church halls and also it aired on PBS for two years. She began her career as an actress; personally trained by Milton Katselas and Susan Strasberg.In addition, she is the Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and currently producing the feature “Ruthless” to be directed by Phedon Papamichael.



Sean Mayberry is a former diplomat and social marketer who believes there are simple and cost-effective interventions which can improve an area that is often overlooked when addressing poverty in the developing world:  mental health.  Sean implemented successful HIV/AIDS and malaria programs in Africa for years, and saw firsthand the struggles of the mentally ill in these countries.  As a result, in 2013, Sean founded StrongMinds, a social enterprise with the mission of improving the mental health of women in Africa.

StrongMinds is initially focused upon treating women of all ages in Uganda who suffer from the most pervasive and debilitating mental illness on that continent:  depression.  In 2014, their first year of activity, StrongMinds treated more than 500 depressed women using an innovative model of group talk therapy and achieved a 94% success rate in reaching depression-free status for these sufferers.

Prior to founding StrongMinds, Sean was the CEO for FXB International, an anti-poverty team active in Africa, and the COO for VisionSpring, which provides eyeglasses to low-income populations.  Sean also worked for Population Services International as their Country Director in India and the Congo.  Previously, he worked for the Intel Corporation and as a Foreign Service Officer.   



Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills is a clinical psychologist but with a current emphasis in Community Psychology.  She is Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, Immediate Past President of The Association of Black Psychologists, and founder and director of Imoyase Community Support Services.  Dr. Grills was the Co-Executive Director of the LA County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection and continues to serve as a Los Angeles County Commissioner appointed by the LA County Board of Supervisors (2010) to a four year term on the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections which focuses on conditions and practices within county jails, probation and correctional facilities and group homes for children.  Her research interests, publications and projects include African-centered models of treatment engagement with African Americans; substance abuse prevention and treatment, community psychology; community mental health, prevention, and action research and program evaluation services to community based organizations engaged in social action, community change and prevention on a host of issues. Her current work in the area of obesity focuses on evaluating environmental change strategies to address obesity in communities of color.  She is principal investigator on several social justice projects related to community health, education reform, mentoring African American youth, disproportionality in the child welfare system, homelessness and substance abuse prevention.

Dr. Grills consults nationally on a number of issues particularly regarding matters of cultural and social competence, multiculturalism and Africentric interventions.   She has also studied under traditional medical practitioners in Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal and is a registered member of the Ghana National Association of Traditional Healers.



David Resnick is a technology entrepreneur who creates impactful, playful, and community-building experiences. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of Bestr, a mobile app to organize and share all the best recommendations in your life (launching November 2015), and the chief evangelist and co-founder of Stutter Social, an online community that uses Google Hangouts to host worldwide support groups. Google made press efforts on behalf on the organization (Forbes, LA Times) and promoted Stutter Social on social media and their internal company newsletter. David was previously the co-founder of Evolving Media, a digital agency, with clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Elton John, and Johns Hopkins University. He also co-founded Love Intelligence Group, an entertainment technology company, where he built interactive visual shows for Enrique Iglesias, The Flaming Lips, and the Whitney Museum. David is an avid meditator, speaks Mandarin Chinese and French, and was named MVP of his Div III college basketball team at Bard College. David holds his M.S. in Arts Computation Engineering from UC Irvine where his thesis work on haptic communication was featured in Engadget, Gizmodo, and the UCLA Gamelab.



Kristi Ling is a happiness strategist, transformational life and business coach, and author working to help others create joy and realize their dream life.  She leads live events and online courses, and works with individuals and companies on building a firm foundation for lasting happiness and success. With an extensive background in personal development, marketing, and business, as well as her own compelling personal story of positive change, Kristi is a vibrant, energetic voice for empowerment.  She has worked with Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s most recognized brands, and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Entrepreneur, CNN, Mashable, and Success Magazine.  Her inspirational podcast, Happy, Free, & Wild, airs on iTunes and iHeartRadio, and her first book, Operation Happiness (Rodale Books), will be released in March 2016.



Colette Miller has been painting and traveling the world since finishing VCU Art School in Virginia. Lacking funds, Colette survived by picking carnations, oranges and olives in Crete, working at a falafel stand in Israel, hitchhiking and sleeping on the side of the road when necessary. Throughout her journey she continued to pursue her love of painting, film and music. Although editing, filming and music/performance are important to her, it is her street art, namely her Global Angel Wings Project, which has brought her recognition.

The Angel Wings Project began in Los Angeles, the City of Angels, in 2012. It started as a spontaneous act, an expression of hope, a gift to the community, painted on a public wall without permission. Colette’s first set of wings took flight on their own. Passers-by began posing / taking pictures in front the wings and sharing them on social media. Soon thereafter, mayoral candidates, tourists, locals, policemen, people from all walks of life captured and shared their very own wings portraits.

Colette began receiving requests to create more sets of wings from business owners, non-profit organizations and individuals. Some work she created pro bono or for expenses, in other instances she worked on commission. Whatever the circumstance, the spontaneous and organic nature of each set of wings remained. Colette’s wings have taken her to Kenya, Australia, Mexico and across the United States. She hopes to bring wings to other areas, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Israel/Palestine, Europe, and wherever there is a calling.




Karen Anzoategui 

Karen Anzoategui  is a writer/performer/artivist/Latina/o gender queer performer in Los Angeles who’s pronoun is ‘they/them’ and most known for their solo show Ser!, After 8 years of workshops, Ser! received its world premiere at The Los Angeles Theatre Center with rave reviews, co-produced by the Latino Theatre Company and in collaboration with Louie Perez of Los Lobos, Walter Miranda and  CAVA to write original music, scoring the solo piece that garnered 5 LA Weekly nominations, including Best Solo Performer, won 2 LA Weekly awards for Original Music and Musical direction.  Karen's second solo, Catholic School Daze, was selected for the 2013 Studio Series at REDCAT, and has been workshopping at numerous universities and is currently workshopping around town. Karen is in production on the documentary of Catholic School Daze with the same title.

Watch them as the newest cast member, Daysi Cantu, on the Emmy nominated show, East Los High Season 3 premiering July 15th on Hulu.


For bookings: nola@circuitnetwork.com


Instagram @serinthecity


Karen's performance excerpt will be supported by:

CAVA - Vocalist/Percussionist

Walter Miranda - Piano/Bass/Percussion

Clinton Cameron - Drums/Percussion



CAVA (Music Composer/Musical Director/Vocalist/Musician) has been performing around the world as a featured vocalist/ percussionist with artists such as Lila Downs, Ozomatli, Money Mark & Mono Blanco. In 2006, Claudia re-emerged as CAVA: a project that continues the evolution of Latin music in Los Angeles. Cava has released two independent albums titled: “Cava” & “Naughty Dread” introducing the new configuration of latin powered jazz tinged with Peruvian soul.





Jody Steel is an artist, entrepreneur, filmmaker, and viral sensation. In 2013, she received worldwide media recognition for pen drawings that were created on her legs during lectures at Emerson College. She was featured on CNN, The Boston Globe, Ripley's Believe It or Not, The Steve Harvey Talk Show, among various other media outlets and publications. Recently, she's accumulated a massive online following for timelapse videos of artwork she creates on herself and others. Steel received her bachelor's degree in film production and is focused on exploring the process of creating art using video as the primary presentation. Steel is currently living in Los Angeles and works in the entertainment industry doing special effects and creative advertisement.



Jeff DePaoli grew up in Woburn, MA and graduated from Emerson College in Boston before moving to Los Angeles to begin his career in the entertainment industry. You might recognize Jeff from his most recent role in the film "Jersey Boys" directed by Clint Eastwood. He spends a lot of his time alone in a room speaking in strange voices…MOST of the time, this strange ritual has to do with his growing voiceover career. Jeff is also the producer and host of the Disney-centric video podcast "Dizney Coast to Coast" (www.DizneyCoastToCoast.com). He is grateful to be part of this TEDx event, as he has been a fan of the site for a long time. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope obsessing about entertainment as @JeffDePaoli