About TEDxNashville

TEDxNashville Board Members

  • Dr. Bob Bradley
    Faculty Member
    Tennessee State University
  • Leslie Belknap
    Program Director
  • Jeffrey Horne
    Marketer / Communicator in Chief
    Rustici Software
  • Chris Moise
  • Brendan Wovchko
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    HUGE I/O
  • Nicole Cobb
    Executive Director of School Counseling
    Metro-Nashville Public Schools
  • Dan Hogan
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Ben Rigsby
    Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
    SnapShot Interactive and ECOS
  • Jill Robinson
    Director of External Relations
    and Executive Learning Networks
    Belmont University
  • Jacques Woodcock
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Todd Meador
    Chief Impact Officer
    Revive Good
  • Matt Bodnar
    Fresh Hospitality
  • Michael Butler
    Chief Executive Officer
    Tennessee Wildlife Federation
  • Michael Cavopol
    Implementation Program Manager
  • Coda Davison
    Healthcare Administrator and Project Manager
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Alyson Dixson
    Consumer Acquisitions Manager
    Google Fiber
  • Rob Ivy
    Chief Financial Officer
    Lee Company
  • Tom Truitt
    CEO and Founder



TEDxNashville Organizing Team

  • TEDx Licensee
    Dr. Bob Bradley
  • Executive Officers
    Leslie Belknap and Chris Moise
  • Marketing Committee
    Jeffrey Horne
  • Audience Experience Committee
    Michael Cavopol and Todd Meador
  • Speakers Committee
    Alyson Dixson and Dan Hogan
  • Sponsorship Committee
    Rob Ivy

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. The TED show in Nashville aims to bring together the community. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED speech event. It’s an opportunity for individuals to be in a TED video and share ideas. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but an individual TED show is self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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, as TED.com. A TED video can be about any range of subjects. 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, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. A TED speech is usually a loose dialogue about an issue that needs new perspective. 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 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.

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