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TEDxRaleigh 2016

  • Nash Hall 136 East Morgan St Raleigh NC (map)

TEDxRaleigh 2016 will be held at Nash Hall at 136 East Morgan St. in Downtown Raleigh March 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is Wonderlust, defined by being in a constant state of wonder and awe. Community members can stay up to date and join in the conversation at,, and
The 13 TEDxRaleigh presentations include:

  • Peyton Holland, executive director SkillsUSA North Carolina: An entertaining case for valuing American’s education differently, respecting skill equally (whether the trade is a plumber or cardiologist) and empowering students with opportunities to explore their passion.
  • Nilda Cosco, North Carolina State University College of Design, Natural Learning Initiative: Exploring how being outdoors and gardening are huge child development opportunities.
  • Wayne Anderson, magician: Using magic as a metaphor, Anderson will implore the audience to “find your joy,” whether early or late like he did at age 55.
  • ·Jeff Singh, writer/speaker/coach: An interactive journey to step out of how we see the world and reawaken common humanity to take a radically different approach to solving the world’s problems.
  • Veena Misra, director of NSF ASSIST Center and Professor at NCSU: A jarring talk about health monitoring devices that don't need a battery, running off the power of your own body heat and motion to help us move from managing illness to managing wellness.
  • Ricky Hopper, lead software developer at DXLab Design: A case that artists will create the future of technology, elevating people from building "stuff" to creating experiences.
  • Larry Burk, holistic radiologist at Duke University Medical Center: Stimulating research on warning dreams derived from studies of cancer patients that aims to return dreams to a position of importance in the medicine of the future.
  • Dhvani Bhatia, high school student at Apex High: An exploration of the word “no,” which currently symbolizes rejection and inhibits people from traveling outside comfort zones to discover the undiscovered.
  • Jason Goldberg, international speaker and coach with MEometry: The consideration that people can create imagination, engineer enthusiasm and manufacture fascination, regardless of the situation – from the inside out.
  • Michael Penney, entrepreneur, Military Mentorship, podcaster and author: An empowering talk on how everyone has the ability to add value to every situation, empowering those of us who wish to add positivity into our world.
  • Lynette Lewis, self-employed, The Lewis Leadership Group LLC: A heart-felt talk of Lewis’ first-hand loss and grief, and how a few crucial Live-Again moves can lead to a sustainable, wonder-full life.
  • Bill Cummings, CEO and co-founder of Lemonade International, and Darian Colbert, CEO and founder of Cohesion Network: A conversation on how people from diverse backgrounds can live, work and serve in solidarity with each other by leaning in to the idea that the best version of "me" is "we."
  • Doug Stewart, Dale Carnegie Training: A touching personal story from feeling like the victim of a learning disability to the realization that he was a victim of his own thinking, all through the unlocked secret of mentorship in the digital age.

The TED organization is devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). It began in 1984 as a place where technology, entertainment and design converged, and has since grown to cover almost all topics — from science to business to global issues. Presenters are not limited to speakers, but also performers, artists and other blends of entertainment and great minds that will create an unforgettable event.