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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.

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

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..

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.


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.

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 jillzey.me.

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 myjive.com.



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.


Christina Britt Lewis

Finding beauty in what already exists, living well and spending less, rethinking and redesigning what is already there; this is what makes Christina Britt Lewis come alive. So she launched The Redesign Company with her therapist husband in 2004. Together, they help people love what they already have all over again, and they are not just talking about the sofa.

Share your story with @lovecominghome.


Timothy Dean Lewis

Timothy Dean Lewis helps Lime Energy make the world a more energy efficient place by day and helps The Redesign Company make the world a more beautiful place by night. This Sales Manager/Therapist launched The Redesign Company with his designer wife in 2004 to help people love coming home. Together, they are writing a book due out in 2015. So, Sales Manager/Therapist/Writer.

Share your story with @lovecominghome.


Nick Fry

Nick Fry is a free-lance art director, brand & web designer, and general day-dreamer. He founded a creative non-profit called YACMAC (Your Art Can Make A Change), runs The Social Shoppe – a social media and design agency – and is currently searching for ways to give everything away for free, yet still feed his family. @shopdotpe

Share your story with @shopdotpe.


Tracy Irick Grubbs

Married to Algie. 24 years and counting… Mom of 3 fabulous humans; Morgan, Molly, and Wyatt (best work to date). Creative arts director at Lake Forest Church. Collaborative. Influencer. Visual learner. Editor. Tactile. Experiential. Big picture ideas. Both/and…not either/or. Lover of candles, hummus, and fonts.

Share your story with @tracygrubbs.


Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith is the founder and CEO of Abundant Power Group, headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Abundant Power’s mission is to expand energy efficiency in the built environment through innovating transformative financial products and cloud based data services that motivate building owners and occupants to make lasting change in energy consumption.

Shannon is a board member of the Southeast Board of Environmental Defense Fund, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, and NC Clean Energy Business Alliance. He has attended TED and TEDActive.

Shannon holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Wheaton College. He was a Rotary Scholar at the Universite De Lille in Lille, France in French language and History. He received his MBA in 1990 from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Shannon has four children (two sets of twins) and enjoys reading, yoga, all things French, snow skiing, fly fishing and good wine when he can get it.

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.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. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California. 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 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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