Speakers

2017 Speakers and Performers

With the theme of “The Audacity to Dream,” speakers and performers will share the dreams that have become realities that are forever changing society, in hopes of sparking those that may not have the audacity to dream to act, resulting in ultimately forever impacting institutions. Watch speakers and performers 2017 TEDxEvansStreet talks below.

Micheal Barbera

PARITY, PERCEPTIONS, AND THE RESTROOM

It is Michael Barbera’s research that leads to the idea human judgment and perception likely cues a similarity heuristic that alters the perception of the bathroom user which likely alter the individual’s restroom choice.  Watch here.

Darian “DJ Voodoo Child” Bethea

I DREAM OF MUSIC

Music of all genres is Darian “Voodoo Child” Bethea’s dream sequence for his life. It was never about just spinning records, but making people live out their lives to, through, or with music. Music of all genres is Darian’s dream sequence for his life. Watch here.

Coastal Carolina University Cuban Trio

SANTERIA SOUL BEAT

The Coastal Carolina University Cuban Trio, led by Dr. Jessie Willis, performance is Santeria inspired Cuban music showcasing percussion, which is an essential aspect of the religion. Watch here.

Cameron Flotow

BRITE: STRANGERS TO FRIENDS

For Cameron Flotow, a mobile app designer, a cancer diagnosis and cure allowed him to dream to unite cities and citizens like never before by putting your city in your pocket, connect strangers who need and want to help.  Watch here.

Jennifer Furlong

THE GOLDEN RULE NOT SO MUCH; PLATINUM RULE ROCKS

The Golden Rule, is it a myth? Dare Jennifer Furlong to say the Golden Rule is the worst advice ever. What if there’s a better way to relate…the Platinum Rule?  Watch here.

Drew Griffin

DREAMS FOR A SMALL CITY

With a background in city planning, Florence, S.C. City Manager Drew Griffin’s undertaking of moving Florence forward united and in a savvy way is a dream that has come true.  Watch here.

Dr. Lucia Huang

CREATING GLOBAL CITIZENS IN SCHOOLS

Dr. Lucia Huang, the former Florence School District One Teacher of the Year, is dedicated to her dream of creating global citizens by understanding cultures through language one student at a time.  Watch here.

Tindall Hutchinson

TEENS CAN BUILD THE U.S. ECONOMY

To Tindall Hutchinson, youth entrepreneurship is letting teens create their futures one business venture at a time, a game changer for our future economy.  Watch here.

Bryan Manuel

UNITING POWER OF AUTHENTIC HUMAN CONNECTION

Hope, dreams, and love defines our very humanity, which is driven by our connections with others. Humanity’s inter-connectivity is imperative for a better world,starting locally according to Bryan Manuel.  Watch here.

Chandra C. McPherson

DREAMS ARE FOR YOU TOO

The only way to achieve one’s dream is to recognize, embrace and own one’s greatness with absolutely no apologies is the push of Chandra C. McPherson.  Watch here.

Pee Dee Indian Tribe of South Carolina

TRADITIONS ARE ALIVE

Lead by Chief Pete Bluehawk Parr, in keeping with their mission of preserving their cultural heritage, Native American members of the Pee Dee Indian Tribe of South Carolina present traditional tribal dances.  Watch here.

Jennifer Robinson

NEW TERM: EMPOWERED SURVIVOR

A true testament is that no matter what one has endured, you must stand. Standing will prove not only to others, but yourself that you are worthy of all your dreams believes Jennifer Robinson, sexual abuse empowered survivor.  Watch here.

Rodney Tucker, AICP

WHAT IS A UTOPIAN CITY?

What would a utopian city look like? Partnerships and community ownership are essential to moving the abstract to visible healthy cities and towns as laid out by Rodney S. Tucker, AICP.  Watch here.

Marguerite Willis, Esq.

THRIVAL = THRIVE + SHE (THE ULTIMATE SURVIVALIST)

The ultimate survivor has always existed…SHE can be identified daily. With everything going on in the world, SHE is most prepared and here is how, by thriving.  Watch here.

Mayor Stephen J. Wukela

RISK- CITIES MUST ROLL THE DICE TO WIN

In Mr. Wukela’s third term as Mayor of Florence, S.C., he will share his dream for residents, as cities must take risks to reap the rewards.  Watch here.

Emcee

Ed Mabrey, World Poetry Slam Champion

Ed Mabrey is the current and only four-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. A two-time InkSlam winner, three-time and current Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam Individual Champion are additional accolades. An Emmy winner, Ed has been on Seasons 3, 5 and 6 of TVOne’s Verses and Flow, ABC’s, FOX’s, and HBO’s All Def Digital, Button Poetry and was a speaker at 2015 TEDxDayton. He has performed at over 100 colleges and universities teaching workshops and conducting seminars. On the comedy front, Ed has opened for DL Hughley, Ian Bagg, Rob Schneider, Roy Wood, Jr., the late Charlie Murphy and many more.
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