2015 Speaker Lineup

Reinvent

Jennifer Baker

An Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston with an interest in applying ancient ethical standards to modern day life. See Jennifer’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

William Baldwin

A  lifelong resident of the Carolina Low Country and an award-winning novelist, poet, biographer and historian.  See Unpainted South: William Baldwin, Mindy Burgin and Rutledge Leland on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Eve Blossom

A trained architect and designer, founded Lulan and WE’VE, a collaboration between designers and gifted artisans to create contemporary products and produce stable jobs and economic options.  See Eve’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Caleb Borick

A 10-year-old homeschooler who studies piano with Charleston Academy Music Director Eunjoo Yun and the internationally acclaimed pianist Enrique Graf.  See Mazurka: Caleb Borick and Benjamin Halford  on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Teresa Bruce

A one-time Olympic hopeful turned writer, broadcast journalist and former Ogilvy PR executive who now lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.  See Teresa’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Mindy Burgin

A nurse and musician, founder and executive director of Kirabo Foundation, a non-profit empowering Uganda orphans through education.  See Unpainted South: William Baldwin, Mindy Burgin and Rutledge Leland on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Dave Dawson

The president and founder of The Urban Electric Company, which embraces the return of the craftsman-style approach to lighting design in America. See Dave’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Ricky Hacker

Chef and co-owner of Extra Virgin Oven (EVO) Pizzeria and Craft Bakery located in the North Charleston neighborhood of Park Circle and supports using sustainable ingredients from the surrounding land, sea and air. See Ricky’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Benjamin Halford

A third-grader at the University School of the Lowcountry who has studied violin since he was four years old at the Charleston Academy of Music.  See Mazurka: Benjamin Halford and Caleb Borick on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Winslow Hastie

A 13th-generation Charlestonian, is the Chief Preservation Officer at Historic Charleston Foundation, managing all of its preservation programs and two historic museum houses.  See Winslow’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Brendan James

A contemporary American singer and songwriter with a critically-acclaimed, piano-based style, is on tour with his third album “Hope In Transition,” which includes a special ode to his new hometown, Charleston.  See Brendan’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Rutledge Leland

A musician who plays an assortment of acoustic string instruments as he pursues his passionate interest in the Appalachian and Americana musical traditions.  See Unpainted South: William Baldwin, Mindy Burgin and Rutledge Leland on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Micah McLaurin

An 18-year-old piano soloist who plays with symphonies worldwide and at festivals including Charleston’s own, Piccolo Spoleto. Now a scholarship student of Enrique Graf at the College of Charleston.  See Micah’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Michael Messner

Michael co-manages Seminole Capital Partners, LP, an equity investment fund founded in 1995, and is a trustee (along with his wife, Jenny) of The Speedwell Foundation, which supports urban parks and education.  See Michael’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Justin Forest Nathanson

A filmmaker with his own company, which specializes in video and photo advertising, marketing and production.  See Justin’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Tiffany Russell, Ph.D.

An educator at Georgia State University with expertise in multiculturalism, African American studies and womanism.  See Tiffany’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Michael Schmidt

Professor and Vice Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina with a focus on translating the microbiological results from the lab into practical solutions.  See Michael’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Simran Singh

The publisher of 11:11 Magazine and the host of the syndicated 11:11 Talk Radio and On the Lighter Side Radio, specializes in motivation, metaphysics, and spirituality.  See Simran’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

 

 

Rev. Bill Stanfield

A founder and CEO of the Metanoia Community Development Corporation, a grassroots movement of people focused on the holistic redevelopment of some of our region’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.  See Bill’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

Lua Martin Wells

Lua works at the Mount Pleasant Regional Branch of the public library and has a passion for the interest-driven, child-led, organic learning style known as ‘Unschooling’.  See Lua’s talk on TEDx YouTube Channel.

All photographs by Fia Forever Photography