2014 Speakers, Artists and Performers

Ripple Effect

Annex Dance Company

A classical modern dance company with an edge, that supports and promotes all the arts through performance, collaboration, education and outreach.


See Common Denominator.

Laura Ball

A music director, composer, vocalist, collaborative pianist, teacher and performer, who founded and serves as creative director of the UNED!TED Interdisciplinary Arts Concert Series.


See Rock n’ Ripple.

Jill Chalsty

Filmmaker, writer, award-winning expert in conflict resolution, and founder of Community for Education Foundation bringing its Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program to millions of students.

See Teach Life Skills and Change Our World.


Heather Collins

A cognitive neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and biostatistician, passionate about communicating science to the public.


See Successful Thinking: It’s a Know Brainer.

Ron Daise

Author, performing artist, former Chairman of the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, and current Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens.

See Gullah Geechee: The Me I Tried to Flee.


Derreck Kayongo

Founder of the Global Soap Project, a child refugee who grew up to be an innovative leader for international, social change, and was named a CNN Hero in 2011.


See Hard Days, Bright Ideas – The Power of Life Changing Events.


Hunter Legerton

Academic Magnet High School student whose love for the natural environment and sustainable engineering has led him to design a cutting-edge, modular green roof.


See Your Roof and the Environment – What Green Is the New Black.


Vince Musi

An award-winning photographer for National Geographic and other international magazines, whose wit, knowledge, and reverence for photography history make him a popular teacher and emcee.

See Beauty and the Beast – Taming the Wild.


Ben Navarro

Founder and CEO of Sherman Financial Group, whose philanthropic venture, Meeting Street Academy, provides college-prep education to under-resourced students in South Carolina.

See Schoolhouse Rock – Changing Status Quo.

Kate Nevin

A portfolio manager and arts-spaces creator, who founded Enough Pie, a nonprofit that supports creative placemaking and community development.


See Art Is My Soap Box.

Edward O’Bryan

An emergency medicine doctor, who cofounded the Palmetto Medical Initiative, a global nonprofit that provides sustainable healthcare to those in need.


See I Would Rather Have HIV Than a Broken Leg.

Jorge Roig

A law professor, attorney, and writer, whose scholarship centers on emerging technologies’ impact on “speech” under the First Amendment.


See Your DNA Speaks – Do You Have a Choice.


Andrew Roskill

Serial entrepreneur and digital community advocate, and founder/CEO of BiblioLabs, a software/media company focused on helping libraries.


See Get a Read on This – Libraries Bridging the Digital Divide.

Taiko Charleston

A dynamic musical art form, grounded in core aspects of the martial arts, dance and percussion, and infused with intensity, precision, strength, and a sense of celebration.


See Rhythm Effect.

Greg Tavares

 A comedic actor, writer, director, educator, and co-founder of Theatre 99.


See Fun Kills Fear.

Graham Whorley

A singer, songwriter, instrumental virtuoso, and looping maestro, whose music touches upon universal themes of love, life, and hard-knock lessons learned along the way.


See Looping Effect.

John Wilson

A championship-winning soccer player for Charleston Battery, and an advocate for the importance of fun, play, and passion in work and life.


See That’s Why They Call It Play – The Joy of Sports.

Louis Yuhasz

Crusader against childhood obesity, who founded and executive-directs the nonprofit, Louie’s Kids.


See Weighing In – Solving the Obesity Crisis One Child at a Time.

Teresa Bruce, 2014 Emcee

A one-time Olympic hopeful turned memoirist and screenwriter, and former Ogilvy PR executive, who was a featured speaker at TEDxCharleston 2013.

Lisa Abernathy, 2014 Artist

An acupuncturist, herbalist, and papercut artist, inspired by Chinese medicine and Southern storytelling, who creates work that emphasizes the parallels between human emotions and the natural landscape.

See her papercut art on the stage.

All photographs by Fia Forever Photography