2015 Speakers


Dotsie Bausch

In 2007, after spending 10 years as a member of the U.S. National Road Cycling Team, Bausch tried track cycling for the first time and amazingly rode on to win two national titles on the track that same year. She continued with her success on the track, breaking a world record along the way, and in August of 2012, Bausch became an Olympian and competed on the track in the London Olympic Games, where she won a silver medal in the team pursuit event.

While Bausch has scored major victories on the bike, perhaps her greatest victory came from resurrecting her own life from the depths of severe eating disorders, which threatened to take her life over a decade ago after a promising modeling career in New York City.

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Mandy Len Catron

Originally from Appalachian Virginia, Mandy Len Catron now lives in Vancouver, BC, where she teaches English and creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Her New York Times article, "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This," received more than eight million views and was syndicated all over the world. She's now working on a book about the dangers of love stories. For more information, visit The Love Story Project: www.thelovestoryproject.ca

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Dr. Anthony Chang

Internationally recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric cardiology, Dr. Chang leads pediatric heart teams all over the world. He was one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society (APPCS) and will be initiating the foundation arm of the society at the bequest of the board. Dr. Chang has been voted Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association and was also selected as one of America’s Top Doctors, Top Pediatricians, and Best Cardiologists by several organizations.

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Lesley Fightmaster

Lesley Fightmaster (yes, that is her real last name) found yoga in 2000 while trying to turn off her head from "oversharing." She wanted to practice meditation but just couldn't sit for more than 30 seconds without wanting to jump out of her skin! She was hooked after her first class because she was finally able to relax and quiet her mind.

In 2006, she signed up for Teacher Training with YogaWorks to learn how to teach vinyasa flow safely and with intelligent sequencing. She leads classes in Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Newport Beach. She also leads Teacher Trainings and retreats all over the world. Lesley offers free online yoga classes on YouTube and currently has over 120,000 followers.

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Ryan Gattis

Ryan Gattis is the author of novels Kung Fu High School and Roo Kickkick & the Big Bad Blimp, as well as two novellas, The Big Drop: Homecoming and The Big Drop: Impermanence. His most recent work, All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots, is grounded in two years of research and background with former gang members, firefighters, nurses, and other L.A. citizens who lived through it. He lives and writes in Los Angeles, where he is a member of street art crew Uglarworks.

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Phu Hoang

Phu Hoang is the CEO of Virtium Technology, Inc. He co-founded the company in 1997 to engineer and manufacture storage products that touch people's lives through cell phone towers, heart monitors, in-flight entertainment, train safety monitors, military backpack laptops, and much more.

Hoang’s leadership philosophy focuses on enhancing the lives of others through sustainable, ethical business practices and balancing family and career. He is passionate about improving the world we live in, and sharing that sensibility with family, customers and employees in both local and worldwide communities. 

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Todd Irving

For 20 years, Todd Irving has worked as an educator in communities of rich cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity across California. For 15 of those years, he worked as a school administrator in Long Beach, Compton, San Diego, East Palo Alto and now, Santa Ana. Todd’s professional experiences and proven abilities to excite positive cultural change, promote academic achievement for all, cultivate innovations in teaching and learning, and unequivocally support the most vulnerable students in public schools have earned him the reputation of “turnaround” principal.

His experience working with a wide range of ethnic and racial communities, as well as in schools with very different records of achievement, has shaped his desire that every child have access to post-secondary educational and vocational opportunities to realize their potential and experience life’s every success.


Mina Morita

Mina Morita is the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater, a critically acclaimed and vital company specializing in adventurous new play production in San Francisco. She is dedicated to the development of a contemporary theatre canon that reflects the diverse world in which we live. Previously, she served as the Artistic Associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and was part of the originating team for its Ground Floor Program, which is a center for the creation and development of new work. She has collaborated with a number of world-renowned directors and playwrights, including Tony Taccone and Tony Kushner for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, with Les Waters and Sarah Ruhl for In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (which received a Tony nomination), and Anna Deavere Smith for On Grace.

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Rob Seitelman

Rob Seitelman has been the Speaker Coach for TEDxChapmanU for three years and is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with you. In addition to speaker coaching and communications consulting, Rob has worked professionally as an educator, actor, writer, director, and recruiter in media, financial services, and human resources. 

As disparate as these pursuits might seem, it is the commonalities that have been most striking, especially in his work with the various clients from all of these industries, whether customers, consumers, audience, or students.  Rob's work is in pursuit of the common threads that knit us together and, if heeded, help us understand our differences. A graduate of Williams College and American Conservatory Theatre's MFA program, Rob is a maverick in spite of himself.


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Brian Vellmure

Brian helps B2B and B2C organizations across a variety of industries and sizes accelerate growth through customer-focused transformation initiatives. In addition, he often serves as an expert advisor for the world’s most successful and innovative technology vendors and their customers, providing market and product strategy guidance and thought leadership content. He is an accomplished business leader, management consultant, keynote speaker, and an award-winning syndicated blogger.

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Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold

A licensed clinical psychologist in the U.S. and Europe, visiting professor at the Catholic University in Milan, and an entrepreneur, Dr. Wiederhold is the CEO of the Virtual Reality Medical Institute in Belgium and the Executive Vice President of the Virtual Reality Medical Center in California. She completed the first randomized, controlled clinical trial to provide virtual reality medical therapy for war veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her most recent achievement is working with coalition troops to provide stress inoculation training prior to deployment.

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Doug Woo

Doug Woo manages supply chain, logistics, distribution, channel marketing, and sales across Fuhu’s broadening consumer product lines. He joined Fuhu in 2013 as President of the company’s Smart Display Division, where he led the development and market launch of the nabi Big Tab displays, the company’s innovative, market leading line of large format, intelligent, touch-enabled displays that expand the reach and engagement of the company's robust software and content ecosystem. He continues to be responsible for key initiatives that reflect and carry forward the company's core values and strategic direction.

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Ahmed Younis

Ahmed Younis is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ph.D. student, and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice at The Paulo Freire Democratic Project in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. His courses, public lectures, and writing focus on themes surrounding: The Architecture of Social Change; Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment in the Arab World; Global Muslim Public Opinion; Islamic Law, Muslim American History, Practice, and Policy; and Critical Pedagogy and Islamic Reform for Social Change. 

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Wimberley Bluegrass Band

Wimberley Bluegrass Band is composed of four siblings based in Southern California and were named one of Los Angeles' top five bluegrass bands by CBS-LA!  They provide fun and wholesome musical entertainment, and strive to keep the traditional sounds of bluegrass music alive and well by taking it to new audiences. Danielle Wimberley plays the mandolin, James Wimberley plays banjo, Mark Wimberley, his twin, plays guitar, and Michael Wimberley plays the fiddle. All band members are current Chapman students.

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Event Emcees


L. Andrew Lyon, Ph.D.

Dean, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University

Wendy Salmond, Ph.D.

Professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Chapman University


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