TEDxMemphis 2015 - What's Next
August 29, 2015 - Rose Theatre
at the University of Memphis
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TEDxMemphis 2015

August 29, 2015 - Rose Theatre at the University of Memphis

2015 Speakers

Robert B. Carter

Executive Vice President
FedEx Information Services

Robert B. Carter

Robert B. (Rob) Carter is Executive Vice President of FedEx Information Services and chief information officer of FedEx Corporation.
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Gabriel Fotsing

Founder and CEO
The College Initiative

Gabriel Fotsing

Gabriel Fotsing is the Founder and CEO of The College Initiative. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organization and plays a lead role in its development and partnership relationship management activities.
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Cliff Goldmacher

Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Author and Educator

Cliff Goldmacher

In the music business for over twenty-five years, Cliff Goldmacher is a songwriter, producer, engineer, author and educator.
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Dr. Loretta Jackson-Hayes

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Rhodes College

Dr. Loretta Jackson-Hayes

Dr. Loretta Jackson-Hayes, Ph.Dd, is Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Rhodes College.
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Ephie Johnson

President and CEO
Neighborhood Christian Centers

Ephie Johnson

Ephie Ballard-Johnson is President and CEO of the Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC), a nonprofit Christian organization that provides programs and assistance for 50,000 neighbors in need annually.
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Dr. Scott Morris

Founder and CEO
Church Health Center

Dr. Scott Morris

Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div. is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Church Health Center, which opened in 1987 to provide primary health care to the low-income uninsured working people of Memphis.
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Kimbal Musk

Investor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and a Chef

Kimbal Musk

Kimbal Musk is an investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a chef. He is on the board for Tesla Motors, SpaceX, The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
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Marco Pavé

Hip-Hop Artist,
CEO of Radio Rahim Music, LLC

Marco Pavé

Memphis native Marco Pavé sits at the intersection of hip-hop, arts communities, technology, and local activism, harnessing the power of music to transform his city.
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Dr. Sarah Petschonek

Founder and CEO
Volunteer Odyssey

Dr. Sarah Petschonek

Dr. Sarah Petschonek is founder and CEO of Volunteer Odyssey. She founded Volunteer Odyssey based on two landmark projects. In 2012, Sarah began Mission Memphis: 30 consecutive days volunteering with 30 non-profits, chronicled on her blog, Confessions of a Volunteer.
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Dr. Todd Richardson

Co-Leader
Crosstown Concourse

Dr. Todd Richardson

Todd Richardson is Co-Leader of Crosstown Concourse. Since 2010, he has helped to lead the effort to transform the historic, 1.5 million-square-foot Sears Crosstown building into a vertical urban village anchored in arts, education and healthcare.
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Derwin Sisnett

Co-Founder and CEO
Gestalt Community Schools

Derwin Sisnett

Derwin is the co-founder and CEO of Gestalt Community Schools (GCS), a charter management organization that develops and manages the growth of high-performing, community-based charter schools in Tennessee.
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Katie Smythe

Founder, CEO and Artistic Director
New Ballet Ensemble

Katie Smythe

At the Los Angeles Music Center and through volunteerism in New York public schools, Katie cultivated a vision to align with educators and human service organizations to reach children on the margins in her hometown of Memphis, Tenn.
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Dr. Stacy L. Spencer

Senior Pastor
New Direction Christian Church

Dr. Stacy L. Spencer

Dr. Stacy L. Spencer is arguably one of the country’s emerging pastoral leaders and visionaries.
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Melissa Anderson Sweazy

Filmmaker & Essayist

Melissa Anderson Sweazy

Melissa Anderson Sweazy is an award-winning screenwriter, film and music video director, essayist, photographer, and mother living in Memphis, TN.
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Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

Educational Psychologist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC at Chapel Hill

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

A clinical assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina and an educational psychologist, Kathleen Cranley Gallagher has worked with young children and families for 15 years, teaching and administering programs in early intervention, preschool and kindergarten settings.
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Lieutenant Colonel Jon S. Jackson

Deputy Chief Defense Counsel
Office of Military Commissions

Lieutenant Colonel Jon S. Jackson

Lieutenant Colonel Jon S. Jackson is currently assigned to the Office of Military Commissions, Office of the Chief Defense Counsel. He is the Deputy Chief Defense Counsel for all assigned Army personnel and lead military defense counsel for Majid Khan.
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Jason Wexler

President of Business Operations
Memphis Grizzlies Inc.

Jason Wexler

Jason Wexler enters his third season with the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum and second as President of Business Operations.
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