TEDMED Team

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Jay Walker
Co-Chair and Co-Founder
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Jay Walker is the co-Founder and co-Chair of The TEDMED Foundation, which wholly owns TEDMED. Jay is also a longtime TED supporter. Beyond his role at TEDMED, he also chairs Walker Digital, a private invention lab, and is Executive Chairman and Lead Inventor for Patent Properties, both based in Stamford, Connecticut. Founder of three companies that each serve more than 50 million customers, Jay is the world’s 11th most patented living inventor, with his name on 700 U.S. patents across a dozen different industries. Best known as the founder of Priceline, Jay is also the founder and curator of the world’s only Library of the History of Human Imagination.


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Jay Walker
Co-Chair and Co-Founder
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Zac Smith
Director, Website Operations
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Zac Smith is part of TEDMED’s marketing team, managing many of TEDMED’s digital projects including website development, mobile app development and marketing email delivery.  Prior to joining TEDMED, Zac spent the previous five years working for Walker Digital Management and a variety of WDM’s start-up companies.  As such, he is a named inventor on numerous existing and pending patents for ideas that have come out of the Walker Digital lab.  In May of 2006, Zac received a BA degree from the University of Mary Washington.  When not working, Zac may be found playing a variety of sports.  He is president of the Newtown Sandy Hooks Vintage Base Ball Team and likes to snowboard when he finds the time.
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Zac Smith
Director, Website Operations
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Shirley Bergin
Chief Operating Officer
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Shirley Bergin is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of TEDMED. She is an accomplished business leader with experience working with leading digital enterprises such as AOL, InterActiveCorp and Priceline.com, and with global brands including Johnson & Johnson, GE, 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/CMO of TEDMED, Shirley is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations, including all marketing and brand-building functions. Shirley is also the Executive Producer of TEDMED's annual event.
Shirley Bergin
Chief Operating Officer
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Jamie Olen
Project Manager
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Jamie's work supports the TEDMED Live and Hive communities throughout the year. Prior to joining TEDMED, Jamie produced programs dedicated to improving the livability of cities at both the Municipal Art Society and Van Alen Institute. She is passionate about community health empowerment and food as medicine. Always looking for opportunities to be active, Jamie enjoys hiking, biking, and lifting heavy things. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Urban Policy from Hunter College. 

Jamie Olen
Project Manager
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Marcus Webb
Chief Storytelling Officer
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Marcus Webb is Chief Storytelling Officer for TEDMED, LLC and Walker Digital, LLC.  Marcus works closely with TEDMED chairman Jay Walker on his speeches and other presentations. He also assists TEDMED speakers in developing and refining their talks, and serves as liaison between presenters and the TEDMED Speakers Coaching Network.  His responsibilities range from speechwriting to creation of marketing collateral including brochures, booklets, decks, video scripts, website copy, press releases, research documents, white papers, correspondence, etc.  As an integral member of the TEDMED and Walker Digital management teams, Marcus participates in business management and invention sessions, contributing ideas and tactics for strategy and execution of a wide variety of projects and ventures.


Marcus Webb
Chief Storytelling Officer
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Lucy Mele Barry
Senior Program Manager
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Lucy manages various content, communications, and editorial-based projects for TEDMED, working closely with research scholars and speakers and providing support to the Editorial Advisory Board. Prior to joining TEDMED, Lucy worked in the CEO's office at Root Capital, as well as in various operational and project management roles at the National Geographic Channels, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, The Elie Wiesel Foundation and Bridgewater Associates. She holds a dual Masters in Global Public Health and International Affairs from George Washington University and a Bachelors in Journalism from Lehigh University. When not at TEDMED, Lucy can be found reading, volunteering, or hanging out with her adorable rescue mutt Toby.
Lucy Mele Barry
Senior Program Manager
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Melanie Howley
Manager, Delegate Relations & Event Registration
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Melanie Howley is TEDMED’s Manager of Delegate Relations and Event Registration. As a member of the application review team, she is fully committed to making TEDMED a positive and rewarding experience for Delegates and Scholars alike. In addition to Delegate Relations, Melanie supports the TEDMED event as the Operations Director for event registration and is the lead for volunteer recruitment. As an original staff member of Jay Walker’s initial startup (NewSub Services), she helped with its transition into Synapse Group, Inc., a direct marketing subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.  In her personal life she is a dedicated runner with a passion for a healthful lifestyle.
Melanie Howley
Manager, Delegate Relations & Event Registration
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Nicole Bumpus Finn
Event Manager
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Nicole Bumpus Finn founded c to c events at the request of a longtime client in 2008.  Nicole’s creativity, eye on the budget and personal attention to detail are the keys to her success. She has produced hundreds of events for over 15 years and in over 35 cities worldwide from small dinners for 50 guests to large-scale productions for over 50,000 attendees.  Nicole’s clients have included Hogan Lovells, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Fortune 500 entities, international law firms, and a long list of local companies.  In addition, she has planned events in conjunction with the International Trademark Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the American & International Bar Association, the Licensing Executives Society International, and both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Nicole Bumpus Finn
Event Manager
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Jing Xie
Budget Analyst
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Jing Xie is the Budget Analyst for TEDMED, LLC.  Her major responsibilities include preparing, maintaining and examining account books and monthly financial statements; tracking actual costs to ensure conformance with budgets; monitoring risk and fraud; and reporting to the CEO.  Jing earned her MBA degree with a specialization in Accounting and Finance and a second master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Additionally, she received a Bachelor of Food Science & Engineering from Jinan University, China.
Jing Xie
Budget Analyst
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Lucy Crawford
Senior Program Manager
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Lucy manages TEDMED's social media presence and supports TEDMED's partnerships. Her experience promoting the right to health in developing countries sparked her passion for public health and development. Lucy has spent much of her career designing ways to support and lift the voices of individuals poised to create significant social change - from members of ministries of health around the globe to visionaries implementing innovative ways of tackling community health challenges in the hardest to serve populations. Lucy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master of Public Health from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.
Lucy Crawford
Senior Program Manager