Local Innovative Thinkers Selected to Bring New Variety, Compelling Stories to TEDxRaleigh

TEDxRaleigh is proud to introduce its selection of thought leaders who will surprise, compel and inspire the audience at the Saturday, March 19th conference. The independent event, created in the spirit of the cultural phenomenon and national nonprofit, TED, received an unprecedented application pool of about 250 Triangle residents, all with “ideas worth spreading.” The diverse collection of 2016 presenters range from CEOs to a magician to a high school student.

“It was an extremely competitive selection process this year, and we ultimately narrowed it down to some of the most interesting people and stories to ever grace Raleigh’s stage,” said Kevin Snyder, TEDxRaleigh curator. “The vision for TEDxRaleigh is to focus entirely on people living and working within this great city. There’s so much Raleigh has to offer, and these enormously impactful individuals have something truly beautiful to share. It’s going to be an event to remember!”

The 13 TEDxRaleigh presentations include:

  • Peyton Holland, executive director SkillsUSA North Carolina: An entertaining case for valuing American’s education differently, respecting skill equally (whether the trade is a plumber or cardiologist) and empowering students with opportunities to explore their passion.
  • Nilda Cosco, North Carolina State University College of Design, Natural Learning Initiative: Exploring how being outdoors and gardening are huge child development opportunities.
  • Wayne Anderson, magician: Using magic as a metaphor, Anderson will implore the audience to “find your joy,” whether early or late like he did at age 55.
  • Jeff Singh, writer/speaker/coach: An interactive journey to step out of how we see the world and reawaken common humanity to take a radically different approach to solving the world’s problems.
  • Veena Misra, director of NSF ASSIST Center and Professor at NCSU: A jarring talk about health monitoring devices that don’t need a battery, running off the power of your own body heat and motion to help us move from managing illness to managing wellness.
  • Ricky Hopper, lead software developer at DXLab Design: A case that artists will create the future of technology, elevating people from building “stuff” to creating experiences.
  • Larry Burk, holistic radiologist at Duke University Medical Center: Stimulating research on warning dreams derived from studies of cancer patients that aims to return dreams to a position of importance in the medicine of the future.
  • Dhvani Bhatia, high school student at Apex High: An exploration of the word “no,” which currently symbolizes rejection and inhibits people from traveling outside comfort zones to discover the undiscovered.
  • Jason Goldberg, international speaker and coach with MEometry: The consideration that people can create imagination, engineer enthusiasm and manufacture fascination, regardless of the situation – from the inside out.
  • Michael Penney, entrepreneur, Military Mentorship, podcaster and author: An empowering talk on how everyone has the ability to add value to every situation, empowering those of us who wish to add positivity into our world.
  • Lynette Lewis, self-employed, The Lewis Leadership Group LLC: A heart-felt talk of Lewis’ first-hand loss and grief, and how a few crucial Live-Again moves can lead to a sustainable, wonder-full life.
  • Bill Cummings, CEO and co-founder of Lemonade International, and Darian Colbert, CEO and founder of Cohesion Network: A conversation on how people from diverse backgrounds can live, work and serve in solidarity with each other by leaning in to the idea that the best version of “me” is “we.”
  • Doug Stewart, Dale Carnegie Training: A touching personal story from feeling like the victim of a learning disability to the realization that he was a victim of his own thinking, all through the unlocked secret of mentorship in the digital age.

The TED organization is devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). It began in 1984 as a place where technology, entertainment and design converged, and has since grown to cover almost all topics — from science to business to global issues. Presenters are not limited to speakers, but also performers, artists and other blends of entertainment and great minds that will create an unforgettable event.

TEDx events are independently organized around the country to unleash fresh ideas from local communities. Close to 50,000 talks have been given at 10,000 events since the TEDx program launched in 2009.

TEDxRaleigh 2016 will be held at Nash Hall at 136 East Morgan St. in Downtown Raleigh March 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is Wonderlust, defined by being in a constant state of wonder and awe. Community members can stay up to date and join in the conversation at http://www.tedxraleigh.org,  facebook.com/tedxraleightwitter.com/TEDxRaleigh and instagram.com/tedxraleigh.

About TEDx
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. TEDxRaleigh is an example of an independently organized event. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Starting as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. 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, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Follow TED at http://twitter.com/TEDNews  or http://www.facebook.com/TED . For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.

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