Planning Team Advisor
Past Curator, Main Event
Born in Greece, Despina has lived in Australia where she worked in the office of the Australian Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 19! In the U.S. since 1977, she’s been an enthusiastic contributor to her community and state.
Despina has served as president of the Board of Greenwood’s Uptown shopping district, secretary of the South Carolina Arts Alliance and on the team that developed the SC National Heritage Corridor, a 240 mile trail of discovery of arts, crafts and historic sites throughout South Carolina. Since 2010, she’s been working with the TEDxGreenville team, most recently as curator for the 2013 conference. Currently, she supports the TEDxGreenville community as a member of the Strategic and Planning teams.
Even though she used up her Greek restaurant genes in a one-year gig as chef-owner of Despina’s International Cafe & Salon Gallery, she worked her way up the non-profit ladder to the position of director of The Museum-Greenwood; managing to double membership, build a strong outreach program and develop a volunteer-only staff. She worked as office manager and lead meeting planner of a national leadership training organization, Positive Management Leadership, Inc. and is now a writer and blogger, supporting her literary habit with social media marketing and coaching for individuals and the heroes of small business. She is proudly addicted to TED talks and to TEDxGreenville with its magic ability to bring us together around outstanding Ideas Worth Spreading. Catch up with her at the TED.com community or at AboutMe.com.
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