In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCharlotte, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCharlotte event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Seeking Volunteers for 2014 Event
Interested in volunteering? Please fill out the 2014 TEDxCharlotte Volunteer Application form to apply.

Our Team

TEDxCharlotte is organized by driven individuals and influencers and financially supported by sponsors from the corporate world. Want to get to know the team? Check it out.

TEDxCharlotte Organizing Committee

Albert Banks

Growing up as the son of a Naval Engineer, Albert Banks relocated across oceans and state lines and found friends at every stop. Today he is the Technical Director and a founder of Myjive, where he translates computer science into consumer culture. But he continues to use his learned gift of creating relationships to help tie people to the technologies around them.

Follow him @ufbert or

 Ann Woo

Ann Woo

Ann Woo is an Account Manager at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. She is also a 2013 graduate of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she majored in Political Science and minored in International Studies and Business Entrepreneurship. As a returning member of the TEDxCharlotte Organizing Committee, she works as a liaison between the speakers and the board. She is a fan of adventure, craft beer, the Carolina Panthers and live music.

Follow her @a_w00.

Anna Stokkebye

Anna Stokkebye is a digital designer at Luquire George Andrews where her knowledge and skill within the digital space has played an integral role in the agency’s digital growth. Her input has been considered on nearly every digital project.

She has helped spearheading TEDxCharlotte’s e-communications and social media, as well as organizing interns.

In 2010, Stokkebye earned a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Asheville in multimedia arts and sciences with minors in Spanish and printmaking.

Follow her @astokkebye.

Candice Langston

Daughter. Spouse. Mom. Friend. Colleague. Fundraiser. Volunteer. Mutt-haver. Camaro-driver. TEDxCharlotte-starter. Native Charlottean. 80′s fan. Risk-taker. Big idea advocate.

Follow her @CandiceLangston or on Facebook.

Desiree Kane

One of six John S. and James L. Knight Foundation CAC advisors, Desiree head of the e-communications team for TEDxCharlotte, is returning for her fifth year as a TEDxCLT organizer, and is constantly searching for what’s next at the intersections of digital media, political and media transparency, information accessibility and tech innovation that pushes the boundaries of digital citizenship and democracy. She also has been involved with TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, TEDxDuke in Durham, NC, TEDxLionRock in Hong Kong, TEDxNASA@SiliconValley in California, and TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston. A digital campaign strategist, travel and tech columnist with CL Charlotte, and co-founder of ThePPL, the hub for 1000+ online content producers and journalists during the 2012 Democratic National Convention, she firmly believes in paying it forward nor has she ever met a stranger. She also loves owls, goats, the bleeding edge, over-sharing and is an avid coffee drinker.

Follow her @dbirdy or

Jill Bjers

A mother, wife, author/playwright/poet, copywriter, web strategists, community advocate, entrepreneur, budding developer. She hails from Salt Lake City, where she completed post graduate degrees in Creative Writing and Literature. She is an extensive traveler, having visited more than 60 countries on all seven continents. She is co-owner of Xorcode, a custom software development firm, and Foodles, and online cookbook service. She is also the founder of OrgCamp, Lead Organizer of BarCampCLT, Co-organizer of Charlotte Startup Weekend and co-founder of Meteor Charlotte. She has served as Director of Human Happiness for The PPL and Global Outreach Director for Twelve in Twelve. Jill is an active member of Charlotte’s tech, innovation and entrepreneurial community and is dedicated to elevating the lives of those around her.

Follow her @jillzey or

Mike Watson

Ever wonder about chance encounters, random acts that happen at just the right moment, or why some things just seem to work out? As a child those mysteries captivated me, and those experiences are why I began innovating and creating as a means of problem solving. The excitement and energy these seemingly unconnected acts generated are positive opportunities to push boundaries, and realize possibilities. It explains my passion for a variety of subjects and my love of the question WHY. It is why I am a convener of people and ideas, to connect the unconnected.

Follow him @emcmike.

Ron Edelen

Ron Edelen is a founder of Myjive and a passionate advocator for empathetic storytelling. The Creative Director loves to tap into the human heart to tell stories using creativity, empathetic design and interactive experiences — stories that keep people coming back.

Follow him @ronedelen or



Sara Beth Jones

Sara Beth loves the opportunity TEDxCharlotte brings to connect people and their stories. Being a part of the organizing committee allows her to combine her passion for social media and marketing with storytelling. She believes in lifelong learning and is on a continuous journey exercising her brain. Outside of TEDxCharlotte, Sara Beth is an Online Communication Specialist at Jackrabbit Technologies, loves the outdoors and athletics, scuba dives whenever possible and makes the best of each day she has here.

Share your story with her @jonesysb.


Winn Maddrey

Winn Maddrey is the TEDxCharlotte Organizer and Senior Vice President at FleishmanHillard. His interest in community ideation, speaking and engagement originating with his attendance at Renaissance Weekend while growing up. Since then, he has been a speechwriter, an entrepreneur (2x), and an active volunteer for TEDxCharlotte. He hopes to continue to spark ideas and resulting conversations. He is a Davidson graduate, a husband and a parent of two boys.

Please follow him/share your big idea with @wmaddrey.

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, at 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. TED’s media initiatives include, 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 three 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 host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows 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.

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