Friday, March 16th | 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday, March 17th | 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Tennessee Performing Arts Center | Andrew Jackson Hall

Seats are reserved this year
The best seats will sell out quickly! 

Reserved Seating for 2018
Tickets can be purchased for $50, $60, $70, $80, or $90 — depending on the location of the seat.


Ulrich Boser
The New Smart: The Skill of Learning to Learn
Bestselling Author, Adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Contributor for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and more 

Paris Goodyear-Brown
Playing for Our lives: The Hidden Path to Taming Trauma.
Founder and Director of Nurture House, Play Therapist, Trauma Expert

Mary Gauthier
Saved By A Song
Award-winning Songwriter and Musician, including Top 10 List in The New York Times, LA Times, and Billboard Magazine

Gigi Butler
Sweet Dreams Die Hard
Founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes, Entrepreneur, Baking Wizard

David H. Haase, MD
The Art of Creating Health

Chief Medical and Innovation Director for XYMOGEN, Founder and CEO of MaxWell Clinic, Co-founder of MDOmics

David George Haskell
Trees Are Not What They Seem: Plants And People in Living Networks
Award-winning Author, Biologist, Professor, 2018 recipient of John Burroughs Medal 

Suzana Herculano-Houzel
Why do we have to go to school, really?

Biologist-turned-neuroscientist, Professor at Vanderbilt, Author, Contributor for Wired

David Ikard
Erased From History: Stories That Didn’t Make The Cut
Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies

Martha Ivester
How 10 Years at Home Made Me A Better Leader at Google
Head of Google Fiber Nashville, Former Executive at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Nike, and Microsoft

Susannah Meadows
Perseverance in The Face of Impossible Odds
Author of “The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give Up” and Contributor to The New York Times 

Anca Pop
Cryptocurrencies: Past, Present, and Future
Chief Operating Officer of Adela Investment

Gitanjali Rao
Tackling The Global Water Crisis as an 11 Year-Old Scientist
3M Young Scientist Award-winner, STEM Promoter, Inventor

Tim Shaw
From Strength to Significance

Former NFL Linebacker, Author, World Changer

Casey Smith
Event Emcee, TEDxNashville 2018
On-Air Talent, Lightning 100 

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
Bestselling and Award-Winning Author, New York Times Op-ed Contributor, Former Data Scientist at Google

Robert B. Talisse
Putting Politics in its Place
Democratic Theorist, Philosopher,
Philosophy Department Chair and Professor at Vanderbilt University, Author

Ty Tashiro
The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome
Author, Social Scientist, Professor of the Year at the University of Colorado and University of Maryland, TIME magazine contributor

Tyl Van Toorn
Why the Backroom Deal is Dead
Co-Founder and CEO, Watershed Partners 

Michael Brody-Waite
To Be A Great Leader Do What Drug Addicts Do
CEO at Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Co-founder of InQuicker, Founder of Leader Confidential



Paul Cardall
Award-winning pianist, debuted #1 on the Billboard New Age Chart, #2 on Billboard’s Classical Album Chart, as well as #1 on Amazon and iTunes 

Hardin Draw
Bluegrass, Country, and Roots Rock ‘n Roll six-piece band including David Talley, Laura Beth Jewell, Aaron Swisher, Patrick Johnson, Jason Dietz, and Lauren Horbal 

Mary Gauthier
Saved By A Song
Award-winning Songwriter and Musician, including Top 10 List in The New York Times, LA Times, and Billboard Magazine

Liza Kawaller
Spoken Word Artist, Southern Word Board of Directors

Striking Matches
Nashville-based duo, Sarah Zimmermann and Justin DaviSingers — Guitarists, Songwriters, and Singers, music featured on the hit show “Nashville.”

Juanito Pascual
Innovative Flamenco Guitarist/Composer, album listed as one of NPR’s Top World Music Albums


Amy Stroup
Critically acclaimed songwriter and artist with songs featured on more than 30 TV shows

Great Aspirations of Sun Conductor
Group of musicians experimenting in new musical thought and improv

Southern Word
Spoken Word Artists, Youth