A World of Change – A World of Hope 

In 1968, society was breaking down as battles erupted over the Vietnam War, cultural values and race. There was the triumph of orbiting the moon for the first time, but also the tragedies of losing two proponents of peace – the Rev Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. It was a time of people protesting against an incumbent administration, fighting for civil rights, and promoting world peace versus war.

Today, the nation is again severely polarized, this time along ideological and partisan lines with deadly violence in mass shootings becoming the new normal. We are once again a nation at an inflection point of change. TEDxNashville 2019 centers around this changing world as we explore hopeful stories in our world, learn about recent innovative breakthroughs, and experience the positive impact of human creativity. Join us as we bring this conversation and critical engagement to the TEDxNashville stage at TPAC.

Event Details 

Friday, March 1st | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Musicians Hall of Fame in Municipal Auditorium
Join us for TEDx360 featuring free food from local restaurants, artistic displays, experiential activities, a cash bar and more. Admission is free with the purchase of a TEDxNashville ticket. The evening includes free tours of the Musician Hall of Fame (a value of $25). Join other TEDxHeads in a night of connecting, conversation, exploration, and fun.

Saturday, March 2nd | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Tennessee Performing Arts Center
A full day of TEDx talks in Jackson Theater at TPAC. General admission seating, so arrive early for the best seats. Lunch vouchers can be purchased with your ticket to enjoy a selection of food trucks during the noon break.

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General Admission Seating for 2019
Tickets are $60 and include TEDx360 on March 1 and a full day of TEDx talks on March 2, 2019


Dr. Kelly Goldsmith

Marketing professor at Vanderbilt University, named as one of eight Young B-School Professors on the Rise by Fortune Magazine

Mark Burnette

Information and cyber security expert. 

Scott Hamilton

Olympic Champion, cancer survivor, television broadcaster, motivational speaker, author, husband/father and eternal optimist!


Dan Gardner

“The Uncertainty Illusion” Consultant and author of books about making good decisions in an uncertain world


Chris Kukk

Professor at Western Connecticut State University, a Fulbright Scholar, Book Author, co-host of the Compassionate Achiever podcast, and founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity
& Innovation.


Collin O’Mara

CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest wildlife conservation organization


Henry Hicks

Consultant, banker, investor, and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music

Dr. Yaa Kumah-Crystal

Endocrinologist & pediatrician, assistant professor at Vanderbilt UMC, project lead for the Vanderbilt EHR Voice Assistant initiative


Dr. Kristine Klussman

Harvard trained psychologist, connection researcher, author, & speaker


Abai Schulze

Entrepreneur, artist, designer, founder and creative director of ZAAF, recipient of the UNESCO Tremplin Prize for Entrepreneurship


Martesha Johnson

Nashville Metropolitan Public Defender, the first African American to be elected to this position, adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School.


Ketch Secor

Front man for Grammy-award winning Old Crow Medicine Show, children’s book author, co-writer with Bob Dylan of platinum hit “Wagon Wheel”.


Dr. Fallon Wilson

Director of Research at Black Tech Mecca, co-founder of Black in Tech Nashville, PhD from University of Chicago


Dr. Sabrina Savage

Astrophysicist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, PhD from Montana State University


Kate Lee and Forrest O’Connor

Americana duo and co-lead singers and primary songwriters of the O’Connor Band, winner of a GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2016.


Weirdo Workshop

The multi-GRAMMY nominated songwriting and production duo Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony are Weirdos…and are proud of it. Starting Weirdo Workshop in 2015, the two combined years in the music industry to explore their own acceptance, love of music and art, as well as step behind the mic as Louis York, launch a new band The Shindellas…and throw out every rule ‘the business’ told them to follow.

Dan Moore

TEDxNashville Emcee – Graduate of Harvard and Vanderbilt, President of Southwestern Advantage (America’s oldest direct selling company), more than 40 years with one company and with one wife.


Kristian Bush

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who started his career with folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early ’90s. Kristian founded Sugarland in 2002; in 2004, he and singer Jennifer Nettles exploded onto the music scene, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning numerous awards, including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. In addition, Kristian has won six BMI Awards for his songwriting abilities, and in 2011 founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect.


Noah Guthrie

The South Carolina based, singer/songwriter who played Roderick Meeks on the TV show Glee. He also performed on NBC’s, Today Show and Tonight Show, Hallmark Channel’s, Home & Family, ABC’s,Dancing With The Stars and was a semi-finalist on season 13 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Noah has released two albums: Among The Wildest Things and The Valley.



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