|Born||November 28, 1966|
|Alma mater||Emerson College|
|Occupation||Director, TEDx, TED Prize|
|Known for||TED, TEDx, Pangea Day, Microsoft, WGBH|
Lara Stein (Born : November 28, 1966) is founder and Director of TEDx and the TED Prize, overseeing the creation, development and implementation of the TEDx program at TED. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
Stein has extensive experience in broadband entertainment programming, animation and interactive Web development, having held senior management positions at Microsoft’s MSN online entertainment division and iXL, a leading interactive and web development agency. As President of iXL’s eTV/Broadband unit, she oversaw production, new business development, acquisitions and management for all next generation platform projects. Prior to heading up iXL’s eTV/Broadband division, Stein founded and built iXL’s NY office, eventually managing a team of over 250 individuals. Stein also held senior level positions at Microsoft’s MSN unit, where she ran MSN’s NY office, and spearheaded all broadband programming and business development.
Throughout her career, Stein has produced and directed numerous documentary films and has consulted to media, art and technology companies, including, Pangea Day, Worldwide Biggies, Moveopolis, and JVP. While working at WGBH-PBS in Boston, she produced a national anthology of children’s animated half hours from around the world.
Life and career
Lara Stein was born on November 28, 1966 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently resides in New York City with her family and her three children, Alexandra, Blake and Atticus.
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TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos—or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos—sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. TED grants licenses to third parties to host TEDx events in cities around the world. These one-time only licenses are free, but licensees must be approved by TED and must agree to adhere to a strict set of rules including format, duration of talks and events and number of attendees. Speakers are not paid and they must agree to give TED the right to edit and distribute their presentation.
As of 2011, more than 2,000 TEDx events have taken place and more than 1,100 more are scheduled to occur. TEDx events have taken place in 107 countries and in 47 languages.
Stein has earned recognition in several leading industry trade publications, including The Silicon Alley Reporter’s “Top 100 Executives”, Alley Cat News’ “Top Women of Silicon Alley” and The Elite’s “Who’s Who Among Outstanding Female Executives.”
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