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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Greg Tavares

 A comedic actor, writer, director, educator, and co-founder of Theatre 99.   See Fun Kills Fear.

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.

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.

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.  

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.