Leslie Belknap
Executive Director, TEDxNashville

Matt Bodnar
Partner, Fresh Hospitality

Dr. Bob Bradley
Faculty, Tennessee State University

Michael Butler
Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Michael Cavopol
Program Manager, Implementation, LeanKit

Nicole Cobb
Executive Director of School Counseling, Metro-Nashville Public Schools

Coda Davison
Healthcare Administrator, Vanderbilt

Alyson Dixson
Consumer Acquisitions Manager, Google Fiber

Dan Hogan
CEO, Medalogix

Jeff Horne
Founder, MoxieFlock

Rob Ivy
Chief Financial Officer, Lee Company

Todd Meador
Chief Impact Officer, Soul Gorgeous

Chris Moise
President and Licensee, TEDxNashville

Ben Rigsby
Co-Founder and President, SnapShot Interactive and ECOS

Jill Robinson
Director of External Relations & Executive Learning Networks,
College of Business Administration, Belmont University

Tom Truitt
CEO and Founder, MusicRowSearch

Brendan Wovchko
CEO, Founder, HUGE I/O

TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED show in Nashville aims to bring together the community. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED speech event. It’s an opportunity for individuals to be in a TED video and share ideas. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but an individual TED show is self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, as TED.com. A TED video can be about any range of subjects. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. A TED speech is usually a loose dialogue about an issue that needs new perspective. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize independent, TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.