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Organizers

Ann Kingston

Ann Kingston

Ann Kingston is an artist manager and head of philanthropic initiatives for Red Light Management, where she works with the company’s clients to form strategic partnerships with non-profits on local and national levels, assists bands in using their voices to effect positive change, and helps produce large-scale benefit concerts. In addition to her philanthropic role, Mrs. Kingston also manages South African folksinger, poet-activist Vusi Mahlasela, and is a part of the management team for Dave Matthews Band. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she and her husband live in Charlottesville with their two young boys.
Jane Belisle

Jane Belisle

In TED terms, Jane Belisle is one part Brené Brown and one part Jill Bolte Taylor with a little Seth Godin thrown in for good measure. She has literally travelled around the world and all 50 states in search of meaning, wisdom, and perhaps the perfect margarita. Though happily settled in Charlottesville, Jane continues to travel the U.S. as a workflow engineer (which is much more interesting than it sounds) while also tending to her deeply rooted relationships at home. A self-proclaimed TED freak, she’s also a fan of Pop!Tech, the Do Lectures, and The Moth. While best known for her logistical mastery, Jane also brings her genuine thoughtfulness to TEDxCharlottesville in order to provide the best possible experience for all who attend.
Jonah Tobias

Jonah Tobias

Jonah Tobias is a Charlottesville based freelance motion designer who has helped shape a series of successful projects through his entertaining informative graphics. Jonah created the animations for Oscar nominated Super Size Me; TED conferences and the TEDTalks intro; American Idol; Dave Matthews Band; the Azerbaijani Olympic Bid; the 2012 Democratic National Convention; and About.com. He has had the honor of having had one of his graphics parodied by The Onion! To date his graphics have been seen by over one billion people. Jonah's favorite TED Talks are Sir Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling, and Simon Sinek.
Lisa Stewart

Lisa Stewart

Lisa Stewart is the director for the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, which aims to be a leading global catalyst of thought and action at the interface of business and society. As a graduate of the University of Virginia in African-American Studies, Lisa worked for a number of years with several Virginia nonprofit organizations in both development and special events. She is also a big kid who approaches each day with a smile, a sense of discovery, and a desire to connect with others who share her passion for justice and fairness. Lisa’s experience managing issue-driven projects and programs makes her an invaluable member of the TEDxCharlottesville team.
Debi Burdick

Debi Burdick

Debi Burdick’s long career in the music business may be explained by an audience she had with Elvis Presley when she was just 6-years-old. The King bent down on one knee and kissed her cheek. At 19-years-old, Debi accepted an internship with “the grandaddy of rock promoters,” Ron Delsener, at his Madison Avenue offices. And she never looked back. Soon she was acting as intermediary between management and artists — and as a liaison with venues, such as Madison Square Garden, Beacon Theater, CBGBs, and Jones Beach Theater. She was also fortunate to work at Bill Graham Presents for the late and legendary impresario. At Silent Partner Management,she was the point person for the H.O.R.D.E. festival — a traveling festival including Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic and Phish. In 2009, she landed at Red Light Management. On her own time, Debi has also helped with charitable auctions for several Charlottesville non-profits, including MRC, Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia, and the SPCA.
Richard Averitt

Richard Averitt

Richard Averitt is a self-described “ Possibilian” and CEO of Digital ReLab. He has a degree in fine arts and a deep passion for making things. In the last 20 years those things have included a mobile gaming company, restaurants (Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar and others), real estate projects, a global HIV/AIDS organization (www.thewellproject.org) and lots of dinners for friends. A member of the TED community for 8 years and having given a TED-U talk of his own in Long Beach, Richard is honored to work with such an amazing team of volunteers to bring TEDx to our community.
Isabella Jones

Isabella Jones

A self-proclaimed body mechanic and social scientist, Isabella has devoted the past 30 years to educating American families about the truth underlying the path towards wellness. Her programs teach people how to take care of not just their bodies, but their cognitive function, moods and memory. "Movement is nourishment for the human body as well as the brain. But we need smaller amounts of movement more often..less is more..and we need to do less in a better fashion." For Isabella, teaching America how to feel better is not just a vocation-it is her avocation and passion. "The goal for each day of our lives should be feeling better. When we feel better, we will all do better." Isabella is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, a certified professional trainer, the creator of Yoga Vitamins tm, Resort Yoga tm, Heartbeat tm and the Betti Pot neti tm.
JF Legault

JF Legault

JF Legault is the Principal for three Charlottesville-based companies, The AV Company, The Event Company, and the Restaurant Group, LLC. That is to say, JF is a one-stop-shop for any event. His expertise in all aspects of event management makes him and his crew particularly adept at planning the audio and visual needs for TEDxCharlottesville this year.
Chris Farina

Chris Farina

Chris Farina is an award-winning Charlottesville-based documentary filmmaker whose most recent film, World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements, depicted John Hunter and his students as they participated in Hunter’s innovative exercise called the World Peace Game. It had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival, has been screened all over the world (including at TEDx events in Philadelphia, Boston, Palm Springs, Antwerp, Australia and New Zealand), has been presented at such diverse venues as the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival, the Pentagon, the United Nations and twice at Harvard University, and continues to be broadcast on US public television. Other films include Route 40 and West Main Street (both made with Charlotteville filmmaker Reid Oechslin) and East of the Blue Ridge: The James River, co-produced with Paul Wagner and Paul Roberts, a production of WHTJ. His films focus on people living and working in familiar American settings that often receive little media attention.
Susan Kreiner

Susan Kreiner

Susan Kreiner is an Indiana native recently transplanted in Charlottesville, VA. She loves this town and all the cultural diversity it has to offer to her family and herself. Susan works for Red Light Management in the marketing department.
Anna Tay Riedesel

Anna Tay Riedesel

Anna Tay Riedesel works at Red Light Management and Starr Hill Presents. She assists the head of charitable initiatives, collaborates with the marketing team, and stays creative with in-house graphic design. Anna received her BFA in Crafts and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. With this unique degree, Anna's past work experience includes managing an art gallery in New Zealand, working as an astrological graphic designer and managing a local jewelry design studio.
Kim Fitzhugh

Kim Fitzhugh

Kim is a 12th generation Virginian and a life-long advocate, having worn many different hats in Charlottesville. She is honored by the chance to work with the best volunteers ever as the volunteer leader for TEDxCharlottesville.
Roger Voisinet

Roger Voisinet

Roger is one of the most experienced Real Estate Brokers in the Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate community. Roger has been active in the real estate and construction business in the Charlottesville area since he moved here from Montreal in 1977. He was among the very first individuals to live on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall when he moved in 1980 to the first condominium conversion at 107 W. Main St. At this location, he started Charlottesville’s most successful solar engineering and contracting company, Virginia Solar Contracting Services, following up on his work as an Environmental Planner in Canada and New York. Roger values community and historic preservation and has been renovating, since 1982, his historic 1830’s home called “Moon River” located on the Rivanna River in the Woolen Mills part of town. He is very active in the community as a volunteer serving on the Board of Directors for the Charlottesville Waldorf School’s Building Foundation, the US Green Building Council’s local chapter and is best known for his work as the Coach and GM of the University of Virginia Ice Hockey team. In 2008, Roger was one of only six graduates of the Charlottesville Police Academy, an eleven week course where he worked closely with all the departments of the Charlottesville Police Force.
Ryan Hargraves

Ryan Hargraves

Ryan Hargraves currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Virginia, where he is a two-time alumnus, holding degrees in biological chemistry and education. An accomplished orator, Hargraves was named one of UVA’s five Outstanding Faculty Speakers in 2013. A believer in the power of ideas and the pursuit of creativity, Hargraves' entrepreneurial projects have spanned the real estate, publishing and jingle writing industries. A lover of language and culture, he is the author of Daze and Knights of Comedic Destruction: Short Tales Illustrating Why the Pun is Mightier than the “Sword Of.” A long-time TED fan, Hargraves is excited to be a part of the Charlottesville team.

Speaker Coaches

Kate Bennis

Kate Bennis

Lead Coach

Kate is an actor, writer, and speaker coach. She coaches speakers for all kind of events ranging from TED Talks to commencement speeches, key note addresses, pith fests and even wedding toasts. Kate’s work focuses on crafting and delivering extraordinary speeches, while allowing each speaker’s best self to shine through by shedding the habits and anxieties that cloud their natural expression. Her clients have included leaders in the corporate, educational and non-profit worlds including: American Express, AOL, Deloitte and Touche, The Federal Reserve Bank, the Central Intelligence Agency, University College London, Harvard Business School Executive Education, Columbia University Executive Education, Darden Business School Executive Education, Live Arts Theater, and the UVA Women’s Center. A professional actor with over 30 years experience in TV, film and stage, Kate has performed in NYC, Boston, and at the Edinburgh Fringe. In NYC she worked extensively with the Barrow Group and the Circle Rep Lab, where she is a member.   She was a Visiting Artist at the Cleveland School for the Arts for many years, developed and taught programs in NYC with the National Actors’ Theater, and has taught Acting for the Camera for the Lighthouse and Live Arts in Charlottesville, VA. As a clinical social worker, Kate has worked with children and adults in a private practice as well as inner-city schools and prisons. Kate holds a BA in theater from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Hal, two children, and two one fish. kate@katebenniscoaching.com
Bryan Garey

Bryan Garey

Bryan Garey is Assistant Vice President for UVa Human Resources, responsible for HR Consulting Services, Employee Development, and the Center for Leadership Excellence. Bryan has a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of MD, an MFA from UVa, and an MSM from the University of Florida. Bryan also has experience as a professional actor and director with credits across the country. He most recently directed Luv for the 2015 Heritage Theatre Festival here in Charlottesville and Shear Madness for the 2015 season at the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana, Iowa.
Larry Goldstein

Larry Goldstein

Larry Goldstein has been a longtime performer, director and co-founder of the Live Arts Theater in Charlottesville. Since 1996, his day job has been teaching drama, directing plays and working in the development office at Tandem Friends School. In 2005, he added performance coaching to his repertoire. This year he added consulting for non-profits as a partner in the ‘Board Whisperers’.
Susan McCulley

Susan McCulley

Susan McCulley has been a teacher, coach and writer since 2000. A Nia Black Belt Instructor, she particularly loves teaching large groups and introducing people to mindful movement. As a coach, she specializes in working with new teachers as they learn to use their voice and body to lead a class. She writes a blog on the practical application of mindfulness practices (www.focuspocusnow.com) and has several published essays (http://focuspocusnow.com/published-essays/).
Selena O'Shaughnessy

Selena O'Shaughnessy

Selena O'Shaughnessy has been a teacher, professor, coach, and consultant in the secondary, collegiate, and adult learner arenas since 1993. Her passion for working with people is rooted in her desire to listen closely and help others find their message and their voice. Selena holds three degrees from the University of Virginia: a Bachelor's in English language and literature, a Masters in teaching, and a PhD and educational evaluation. Selena enjoys singing gospel and contemporary Christian music and has served as worship leader and soloist for over 10 years. Her most recent endeavor is becoming a Doula in order to listen to and amplify the voices of women in their birthing experience.
Jennifer Peart

Jennifer Peart

Jennifer Peart has performed, taught, and coached performance with all ages in collegiate, public and private school, and non-profit settings for over 25 years. Her training from Teatro Nove in Florence, Italy, Ringling Brothers Clown College, and Bread and Puppet Theater serve her well in helping others uncover a full-body presence while speaking on stage. Her passion and experience for improvisation theater imbue her work with dynamism as she encourages others to approach presentation from a strong sense of play and delight. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from California State University and a MALS from Hollins University. As a singer in her own right, she performs regularly in central Virginia and has appeared as a lead and background vocalist on five CD recordings.
Carol Pedersen

Carol Pedersen

Carol Pedersen has a background in professional and educational theater in New York, where she worked as an actor, director, teacher and acting coach for actors at every stage of their careers, from beginning students to working professionals. Since moving to Charlottesville in 2001, she has continued to work in theater in various capacities--as actor, director, dramaturg, acting and vocal coach--with many of the organizations on the vibrant central Virginia theater scene. She serves on the boards of Offstage Theater and the Hamner Theater. At Live Arts, in addition to her work on productions, Carol is the founder/facilitator of the Readers' Circle and founder and current instructor of the Actors' Lab. Carol holds an M.F.A.in directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts and an M.Phil in Theatre Theory, History and Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Judith Reagan

Judith Reagan

Judith Reagan is an actor, teacher, and speaking coach, a member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Jude emphasizes that speaking is a physical act. Many of us excel at writing compelling lectures and talks, but then deliver them orally at far less than their full logical and emotional value. Playing with individual vocal and physical elements such as rate, volume, posture and eye contact in rehearsal can unlock a more intentional, confident and creative approach to public presentation. Jude recently retired from the University of Virginia, where she held a joint appointment with the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Drama Department.
Marija Reiff

Marija Reiff

Marija Reiff is a PhD candidate in literature as well as a professional performer. She has four current and upcoming publications, and she was the recipient of the Balch Prize for Best MA thesis at the University of Virginia. She has performed in over forty professional productions as well as presented at numerous academic conferences. She believes that writing and speaking go hand and hand and that accessible, narrative-driven stories can be profound tools for empathy, understanding, and social change.
Fran Smith

Fran Smith

Fran Smith has directed or performed for 40 years in Virginia. She is currently a resident director with Live Arts, which she co-founded 25 years ago. She served as Artistic Director from 1990 thru 1996 and has directed over 50 shows with Live Arts since its inception. Fran is also the director of Spectrum Summer Arts Programs at Tandem Friends School of Charlottesville.
Tiffany Smith

Tiffany Smith

Tiffany is an actress, singer, and retailer in the Chralottesville area. She spent 13 years in New York City acting on the stage as well as coaching many actors at The Joan Stephens Acting Workshop. Five years ago she returned home to Charlottesville where she now owns The Virginia Shop and enjoys performing on the stages at Live arts and the Heritage Theatre Festival.
Denise Stewart

Denise Stewart

Denise Stewart is a playwright, actor, coach, and former Tedx speaker. In 2012, she toured her one-woman show, Dirty Barbie and other girlhood tales, in Washington, DC, New York City and Edinburgh, Scotland. Her plays have been produced by the Diana Wortham Theatre, Lee Street Theatre, Offstage Theatre, and Live Arts. She teaches wellness and mindfulness classes for companies and individuals as well as self-esteem and creativity workshops for teenage girls. She is currently a lecturer in the UVA Drama Department.
Miller Murray Susen

Miller Murray Susen

Miller Murray Susen is a writer, teacher, storyteller, actor, and director. Her theatrical work has been produced in a number of local spaces, and her writing has appeared in both local and national publications. She most recently spent a year as Associate Education director at Live Arts, organizing classes, running the Mentor-Apprentice program, and directing their successful 2015 summer camp program.

What is tedx?

ABOUT 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. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. TED provides the rules and guidelines, but TEDxCharlottesville is independently organized and executed. Since 2013, TEDxCharlottesvile has participated in the TEDx mission to bring awareness to the rich talent, creativity and innovation found here in Charlotteville, Virginia.

Read more about TEDx here.

ABOUT TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California IN 1984, 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, at TED.com. 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. 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 local, 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.

FAQs

Speaking at TEDxCharlottesville

If you know someone who belongs on the TEDxCharlottesville stage, or if you belong there yourself, we want to hear from you! Please visit our speaker recommendation section.

Multiple nominations for the same person won't influence the speaker selection team in any way. We review every nomination that comes in, and it only takes one.

About our speakers

We search year-round for presenters who will inform and inspire, surprise and delight. Our presenters run the world's most admired companies and design its best-loved products; they invent world-changing devices and create ground-breaking media. They are trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses.

FAQ: Speaking at TED

How do I suggest a speaker?

Use our speaker recommendation form, and fill in as much information as you can. Our speaker selection team will reach out to you if they feel the speaker is a fit for the TEDxCharlottesville prgram.

Can I suggest someone I don't know personally?

Please do! Just let us know how you've heard about this person, and why you think they should speak at TEDxCharlottesville.

Can I suggest someone I work for, or a client of mine?

Yes.

Can I suggest myself as a speaker?

Yes.

Can I speak at TEDxCharlottesville by becoming a sponsor?

No. Sponsoring TEDxCharlottesville has many benefits, but a guaranteed speaking slot is not one of them.

Will it help if I submit multiple nominations, or have my friends nominate me several times?

No. It really only takes one suggestion.

Is there a deadline for suggesting a speaker?

We accept nominations all the time. It's best to get your suggestions to us as early as possible, so we can research them carefully and make the best decision on the speaker roster.

I want to speak at TEDxCharlottesville, but my usual talk runs 50 minutes. Can I get a longer slot? 

We strictly enforce the clock for all speakers. TEDx is the place to condense your ideas into a compelling 18-minute talk that communicates your best ideas. We've found that a carefully prepared presentation of this length can have astonishing impact.

What do you pay speakers?

TEDx does not pay speakers. We do, of course, cover travel costs and provide excellent hotel accommodation.  Other benefits include pre-conference coaching and training, special events, and gift bag. We are committed to creating an experience that's tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides.

An additional benefit of speaking at TEDxCharlottesville is that your presentation will become a TEDxCharlottesville Talk, part of our beautifully produced, broadcast-quality video series.