Lara Stein is the 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.