TEDxGreenville 2018: Express


TEDxGreenville organizers announced the theme and the presenter line up for TEDxGreenville 2018 on April 6, 2018 at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre in Downtown Greenville.

The event engaged attendees in moving stories, jaw-dropping performances, and demonstrations of groundbreaking new technologies under the event’s theme for 2018: “EXPRESS.”

Patterned after the hugely popular global TED conference (www.ted.com), TEDxGreenville, the first TEDx event in South Carolina which launched in 2010, continues to gain momentum year after year through spreading ideas during its always sold-out conference and igniting Greenville’s leading thinkers and doers from all backgrounds.

“TEDxGreenville is a catalyst for the most progressive, most innovative, and most mind-expanding ideas possible, presented in one short day in Greenville. We want to be a vehicle in creating healthy, important conversation in Greenville.” stated Russell Stall, TEDxGreenville License Holder and Organizer. “The atmosphere is designed to be inspirational, fun, and thought-provoking, and we want to ensure that a

At the heart of TEDxGreenville are the event’s presenters: a diverse group that includes business innovators, community activists, scientists, academics, performers, and community change agents. Each of the presenters are chosen based on their potential to spur change and to create a shift in thinking in the Upstate. The event leaves attendees surprised, uneasy, impressed, troubled, moved, bemused, and inspired. Every talk and performance is offered in a spirit of growth and camaraderie that's been integral to the TEDxGreenville experience since the organization’s first conference.

“Our goal when choosing presenters is to find inspirational, energetic, and fascinating people who want to create the Greenville of the future, It’s all about presenting the most innovative ideas that Greenville has never seen or heard before,” stated Julian Nixon, Curator and Director of the Presenter Selection Team.

The theme for 2018 was Express. According to Nixon, “The word Express can mean to express a particular genetic trait, or to express oneself through song and dance, or to act with haste. As the community looks towards what the future may hold for Greenville, many are aware that the characteristics of tomorrow's Greenville are created today. So just what do we want our future Greenville to express? Let's talk about it...”

The 2018 Conference presenters included:

  • Michael Arnold | Problem Pro
  • Moody Black | Urban Poet
  • Jerry Blassingame | Hope Dealer
  • Laura Bogardus | Equity Broker
  • June Bond | Adoption Angel
  • Dani Bostic | Aspiring Advocate
  • Hank Ehlies | Mental Defender
  • Jaime Fivecoat | Unashamed Activist
  • DJ Kels | Finger Magician
  • Chase Michaels | Buy Local Champion
  • Shivani Nadarajah | Inclusive Improviser
  • Jonathan Parker | City Conversationalist
  • Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theatre | Youth Musical Art
  • Apparao Rao | Glad Scientist
  • TJ Rumler | Mindful Reformist
  • Jessica Sharp | Community Educator

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TEDxGreenville 2018: EXPRESS

Friday, April 6, 2018
The Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center
For more information, visit www.TEDxGreenville.com.