TEDxGreenville Announces Ninth Annual Conference
“EXPRESS” Theme Highlights the Power of Presenting Ideas
to Make Greenville Think and Act Boldly
GREENVILLE, SC – TEDxGreenville organizers announced today 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 engages 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 is 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 Include:
|Michael Arnold||Problem Pro||Michael Arnold is a Quality Engineer with a local technology firm. Michael is a career problem solver, father and Quality Consultant.|
|Moody Black||Urban Poet||Moody Black is a professional poet, artist and speaker. He is an All Def Poet, 2017 GANSPA Award winner, teacher, and national award winning event host.|
|Jerry Blassingame||Hope Dealer||Jerry Blassingame is the Executive Director of a local community development corportion. For nearly 20 years Jerry has provided job training, financial education, mentoring and ministry to citizens who experience reentry.|
|Laura Bogardus||Equity Broker||Laura Bogardus is the Chapter Operations Director for the Greenville Society for Human Resource Management and President of Bogardus Research Consulting. Laura is a member of Greenville CAN Disability Employment Committee, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, American Sociological Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.|
|June Bond||Adoption Angel||June Bond is the Executive Director of an adoption advocacy firm. June is a Certified Adoption Investigator, Author, and recipient of the Congressional Adoption Angel Award.|
|Dani Bostick||Aspiring Advocate||Danielle Bostick is a former clinical mental health counselor, Huffington Post contributor and current teacher. She is a Voya Unsung Hero and advocate for victims of sexual violence, working to disrupt the culture of shame and silence surrounding sexual assault.|
|Sammy Dotson and Phillis Wheatley Reportory Theatre|
|Hank Ehlies||Mental Defender||Hank Ehlies is an Attorney at Law at a local law firm. Hank has spent over 31 years defending the citizens of Greenville through everything from settlement, litigation council and negotiation regardless of size or scope.|
|Jaime Erin Fivecoat||Unashamed Activist||Jaime Fivecoat is a retired manager at an international tire manufacturer. Jaime is a Board Member of the Obesity Action Coalition, Upstate Pride SC, a writer for NY Times and a cancer survivor.|
|DJ Kels||Finger Magician||Keisha Stewart a.k.a. DJ Kels is a Nursing Support Specialist with a local hospital. Keisha is a professional DJ of nearly 10 years in the Upstate.|
|Kathleen King||Truth Snitch||Kathleen King is an artist that has operate in both commercial and private spaces throughout the southwest for over 30 years. Kathleen is a cyclist and has worked in film, theater, television, event and media design.|
|Chase Michaels||Buy Local Champion||Chase Michaels is the CEO and Founder of Locally Epic. Chase is a strong advocate for supporting the local economy and provides a mobile platform for local consumers and local businesses to be of service to one another.|
|Shivani Nadarajah||Inclusive Improviser||Shivani Nadarajah is a Senior Program Manager XLP at an international energy firm. Shivani is a professional comedian participating is events such as SC Funniest Comic and Alchemy Improv Comedy Theater.|
|Jonathan Parker||City Conversationalist||Jonathan Parker is the Director of City Involvement for a large local church where connects the church to the city by removing barriers and building bridges between the two. Jonathan is also the President and CEO of Hymns and Hops, an organization that celebrates the gifts of community , song and drink.|
|Apparao Rao||Glad Scientist||Apparao Rao is a professor of physics and director of The Nanomaterials Center at a national university. Rao is a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award For Excellence and leader in green energy.|
|TJ Rumler||Mindful Reformist||TJ Rumler is a Social Worker and Attendance Supervisor for Grenville County Schools. TJ served in the U.S. Army, completed his Graduate degree and has been honored as one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest 2015 by the Greenville Journal.|
|Jessica Sharp||Community Educator||Jessica Sharp is the Director of Volunteer Services for a local food distribution nonprofit. Jessica has served as the Diversity Manager for Grenville Health System, the Grenville Chamber, Junior League, the United Way of Greenville Leadership Greenville and the Riley Institute.|
TEDxGreenville 2018: EXPRESS
Friday, April 6, 2018
The Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center
For more information, visit www.TEDxGreenville.com.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
TEDxGreenville is a day-long conference for 400+ participants involving a series of talks, performances, and interactive discussion sessions. The annual event invites the area’s leading thinkers and doers to share what they are most passionate about, across a wide range of topics relating to the environment, design, technology, science, business, culture, arts and global issues. The TEDxGreenville conference uniquely impacts the Greenville area by showcasing the amazing minds that are shaping our community.
Over the last nine years, we have featured 204 presenters with over 4.3 million views on YouTube.
In addition to the annual conference, TEDxGreenville hosts events to spread ideas throughout the year including:
- TEDxGreenvilleSalons: More intimate monthly events focused on issues most important to Greenvillians. With audiences of less than 100 participants, every event in the last year was sold out.
- TEDxGreenvilleAdventures: Experiences in Greenville to build on the ideas spread at the annual conference.
- TEDxGreenvilleLive: A livestream of the annual TED conference from Vancouver, Canada.
- TEDxGreenvilleWomen: A livestream of the annual TEDWomen conference.