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TEDxCharleston Announces Speaker and Performer Line Up for 2015 Conference; Tickets Sell Out In Less Than 12 Hours
2/24/2015 11:49:02 AM


TEDxCharleston organizers announced today the speaker line up for the highly anticipated event scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street. Tickets for the event are already sold out!

With a theme of Embrace Chaos, speakers were chosen by their ability to inspire with ideas that teach the audience how to use chaos as a construct for creativity and change.  Vince Musi, an award-winning photographer for National Geographic and numerous other international magazines, will emcee the event. He was a featured speaker at TEDxCharleston 2014.

Speakers and performers for the 2015 event include:

  • Sundar Balasubramanian: A radiation oncology researcher who grew up practicing and studying yoga from his father and uncles in Tamil Nadu, India. This professor reaches back to ancient Tamil texts and uses modern science to illuminate connections between biochemistry and yogic breathing.
  • Jenny Bevan: A partner at Bevan & Liberatos and co-author of “A Vision for Civic Conservation,” this principal designer, specializing in contemporary traditional design, is rethinking traditional historic preservation from a holistic standpoint. 
  • Riley Csernica: A 24 year old biomedical engineer and entrepreneur  who runs Tarian Orthotics, a Mount Pleasant-based medical device company she co-founded after finishing three degrees from Clemson in five years.  Passionate about educating students, this inventor helps to promote youth entrepreneurship.
  • Jeffery Deal: Inventor, physician, author and the Director of Health Studies for Water Missions International who gave up 20 years in surgery to open a medical facility in Sudan. He holds the patent for the TRU-D room decontamination system currently being used in Liberian Ebola treatment centers. 
  • Randy Dobbs: A three-time CEO turned private equity advisor and author of “Transformational Leadership: a Blueprint for Real Organizational Change” who uses his leadership in professional, community and personal settings.
  • Seth Gilliard: Search YouTube under hip new violinists and you’ll find the virtual side of this 24 year old Charleston virtuoso, but more traditional audiences might remember his work as concertmaster and soloist with the Furman Symphony Orchestra.
  • Nicholas Glover, Sr.: A venture capitalist and consultant to startup and small companies and CEO of PEC360, a company working to launch patient population health management technology and services for large health care systems.
  • JamieSue Goodman: A self-taught computer programmer and native of rural Manning, South Carolina who returned to her roots to lead Google CS First – an initiative that empowers and ignites interest in fourth through eighth graders, especially girls and other underrepresented minorities, to pursue computer science careers.
  • Donna Hardy: A blues artist of a sort, this plant loving native of Augusta, Georgia specializes in growing and harvesting indigo, especially the descendants of the 270 year old plants that started the indigo industry in the U.S.  According to Donna, the plant used to create the beautiful color is a culture all its own.
  • Earl Hewlette: A former Marine, attorney, executive/developer of resorts and two-time failure at retirement, this multi-faceted executive now runs Terresentia, a North Charleston-based distilled spirits technology company.
  • Will Jamieson: A self-confessed computer geek who doesn’t play video games, this College of Charleston student published his first million-plus-user app at age 16 and is now developing another startup between classes.
  • Harold May: Trained in microbial physiology and ecology, this MUSC professor is investigating a new field of environmental research: how microbes use carbon dioxide and electricity to make fuels and chemicals.
  • New Music Collective: This celebrated, Charleston-based non-profit organization presents contemporary musicians with an ear to the future of music and endeavors to bring wider audiences to the experimental edge of composition and performance.
  • Nancy Simpson: Licensed clinical psychologist and psychology professor uniquely positioned to de-stigmatize mental illness because she has been on both sides of the locked door. 
  • Derek Snook: Founder of “In Every Story” Labor Services, this temporary laborer advocate found inspiration in the stories he heard from former roommates – at a homeless shelter.
  • Steve Stegelin: A published satirist since college, this editorial cartoonist and information architect, with a style often described as “deceptively cute,” targets hypocrisy and chaos from his adopted hometown of Charleston.
  • Peter Tuerk: A director of the PTSD program at the Virginia Medical Center, this clinical psychologist and professor left a career as a musician to settle a different score, improving access to effective PTSD therapies for veterans in remote, rural areas through therapist training and telemedicine.
  • Wona Womalan: A Charleston-based performance group, influenced by traditional Guinean rhythms and celebrating the distinctive style of an all-female Dun-Dun (Bass Drum) section is dedicated to preserving the arts and culture of West African dance, drum, musical and folkloric traditions.
  • Wonderson Duo: A performing duo that combines strength, flexibility, fearlessness, and trust to create an act spinning through the air with the beauty and grace of ballet dancers and the daring feats of circus performers.
  • John Zinsser: A co-founder of Pacifica Human Communications who leads individuals and organizations to forge benefit from the natural resource of conflict.
  • Kristy Bishop: A textile artist working in locally sourced natural dyes who finds inspiration in what most people think of as weeds: indigo, goldenrod and tickseed. 
“We are thrilled to announce these speakers. This year’s topics will leave us all inspired to address life’s challenges, both big and small, differently, more productively and with an eye to real change. We all look forward to their talks and performances and leaving the event moved and motivated,” said Edith Howle, curator of TEDxCharleston.  “We encourage everyone interested in attending to scoop up their tickets quickly, as last year’s event sold out in a very short amount of time.”

TEDxCharleston 2015 tickets were on sale at www.tedxcharleston.org on February 24, but sold out in less than 12 hours. Up to 500 tickets were sold on a first come first serve basis.

Videos of the speakers and performances at the 2014 and 2013 TEDxCharleston events are available for viewing at www.tedxcharleston.org.



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