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.

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.

Jill Chalsty

A filmmaker, writer, and award-winning expert in conflict resolution, who founded Community for Education Foundation, and has brought its Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program to millions of students.

Heather Collins, Ph.D.

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

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, where he presents the “Gullah Geechee Program Series.”

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.

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.

Vince Musi

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

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.

Kate Nevin

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

Edward O’Bryan, M.D.

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

Jorge Roig

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

Andrew Roskill

 A serial entrepreneur and a digital community advocate, who is founder and CEO of BiblioLabs, a software and media company focused on helping libraries provide cool and engaging digital products.

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.


Greg Tavares

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

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.

John Wilson

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

Louis Yuhasz

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

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.

All photographs by Fia Forever Photography