2016 speakers, artists and performers

Tipping Point

Don Alderman

WATCH: “Head in a Bucket”

An investment and wealth manager by day and Costa Rican farmer by vacation, this inveterate traveler believes responsible tourism can improve lives and reduce suffering in destination communities.


Jack Alterman

WATCH: “Roll Down the Windows, Unlock the Doors”

With refined aperture and clear focus, this Charleston native has been documenting his community for decades, using his lens to capture the dynamics of rootedness, change and gentrification.

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Marcus Amaker and Quentin Baxter

WATCH: “Poetry and Jazz”

Percussion and poetry find harmony in the genre-bending geniuses of these two multi-faceted artists.

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Gino Castillo with Abdiel Iriarte

WATCH: “Cuban Jazz Experience”

Mixing the rhythms of Cuba and the global reach of jazz, these musicians bring it on home.

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Lia Colabello

WATCH: “More Ocean Less Plastic”

A wave-rider turned sports management pro and environmental advocate, this lover of all things aquatic and beachy understands the danger of our polluted oceans, and is looking to shift the tide.


Lefford Fate

WATCH: “Correcting Corrections: Why I am In Prison”

From Command Chief of the nation’s premier F-16 fighter wing to the wings of an overcrowded prison system, this mental health and military professional has some thoughts about how prison can better serve the mentally ill.

Jason Groce

WATCH: “Forget What Your Mom Said: Laugh At Me”

Brace yourself for this improv and sketch comedian disguised as a graphic designer and aspiring techie.

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Kate Jerome

WATCH: “Ignore The Gap: Connections Are Key To Disrupt Aging”

Thinking vertical comes naturally to this publishing exec and children’s book author, especially when it comes to aging and longevity.

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Catherine LaCour

WATCH: “Creating An Ecosystem of Good”

This global marketing strategist envisions a philanthropic ecosystem empowered by good hearts and enriched by good tech.

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John LaCour

WATCH: “Cyber Insecurity: Why You Are The Vulnerability”

Tech CEO or spy-in-chief? No matter – this seasoned IT pro knows the tipping point of cybersecurity, or insecurity.

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Phil Manning

WATCH: “Brighter Than A Billion Suns: Imaging Life On Earth”

Going paleo is du rigor for this fossil fan, college professor and Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, who works to ensure scientific communication stays hip and relevant.

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Joseph McGill Jr.

WATCH: “And You Thought History Was A Snore”

This history and preservation guru knows good ideas come in the dead of night, especially when sleeping in former slave dwellings.

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Kat Morgan

WATCH: “Silence Is Not Always Golden”

Advocate, welcomer, organizer, change-agent, this human services and nonprofit veteran thinks it’s time we had a little chat.  

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Eric Morris

WATCH: “The Sea Also Rises: Prepare for a Changing Shoreline”

From Afghanistan to the Digital Coast, this sensitive guy (aka Remote Sensing Specialist) sees the rising tide of sea level change, and thinks you should have a look.   

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Anuradha Murali with Mrudani School of Performing Arts

WATCH: “Bollywood Finds Its Roots”

Champions of the classical arts of India will bring music, movement, cultural insight and award-winning choreography.

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Satish Nadig

WATCH: “How To Win Transplants And Influence People”

Cross an improv comedian with a transplant surgeon and you get someone who believes nanoparticles are integral to the American Dream.

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Jackson Silverman

WATCH: “Kid Power: Small But Mighty”

Sixth grader soccer goalie extraordinaire, this young man proves that the adjective “young” is irrelevant when it comes to serving others.


Jennie Stephens

WATCH: “Heirs Discover Money Does Grow on Trees”

This Walterboro native has banked nearly a quarter of a century as a nonprofit leader, and has a few ideas about tipping the resource scale for the underserved.


Becca Barnet, 2016 Artist

From intricate drawings to delicate sculptures, Becca explores why humans try to hold on to the fleeting corporeal.

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Derreck Kayongo, 2016 Emcee

Having fled as a Ugandan child refugee to Kenya, this 2014 TEDxCharleston speaker, currently CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and founder of the Global Soap Project, is back as our emcee.

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All photographs by Fia Forever Photography