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Join us on Friday, June 23rd at the Carpenter Theater for a full day of talks and experiences exploring this year’s theme: Change


We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of our Richmond community, and we have hit capacity for tickets and volunteer opportunities! However, you can still sign up for our ticket waitlist to be notified if tickets become available in the next few days before the event! Alternatively, you can join one of the many viewing parties located throughout our community, or live stream from the event from the homepage of TEDxRVA.com on June 23.

Event Details


Change is an ever present part of life. From the shifting seasons to the greying of our hairs, change is a force that shapes our stories and futures.

Whether on a global scale, at the community level, or in our personal lives, change will either happen because of us, or in spite of us. So what does it take, and what does it look like, to lean into meaningful transformation? To become a change-maker rather than a witness? And where do we begin?

TEDxRVA 2017 will be a place to hear and explore stories about change-making by local, national and international voices. We’ll hear success stories that shed light on the “how” of creating change. Stories of change longed-for that will inspire us around what could be. And we’ll learn about change currently in-action and ways we as individuals and communities can directly lean-in.

Join us as we hear incredible stories and ideas that will empower and inspire us all around living a life of intention and to embrace change head-on!


Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in person at the Carpenter Theatre box office. Click here to learn more about how to purchase tickets.


Below is the program schedule. Please note, speakers in each session are listed in alphabetical order, not the order they will speak.

SESSION ONE | 9:00AM-10:30AM
Eneuri Acosta
Mark England
Amber J. Phillips and Jazmine “Da K.O.S.” Walker
Ben Sollee

MORNING BREAK | 10:30AM – 11:00AM  

SESSION TWO | 11:00AM-12:30PM
Linda C. Cendales, MD
Courtney D. Cogburn, PhD
Oluyinka Olutoye, MD, PhD
Desiree Roots
Semi Ryu

LUNCH | 12:30PM-2:00PM

Carlos Betancourt
Lindsay Ellyn, Taylor Alexander
Tom Doland, Arthur Burton
Amy Pruden, PhD
Jen Siomacco
Vida C. Williams


SESSION FOUR | 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Melody C. Barnes
Elda Stanco Downey, PhD
Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation
Dave McCormack
Rachel Pater
Mo Regulinski
Dean Whitbeck


When the show wraps, head out to the tent to enjoy food & beverages with fellow attendees, volunteers and speakers.


Join us for music at Friday Cheers Brown’s Island! Show your TEDxRVA program for half off admission at the 7th Street entrance.

Food and Beverages

Thank you to all our wonderful food & beverage sponsors! These local vendors are changemakers in our community and we are proud to serve their goods today.

All DayHydrate with our Diamond Springs water stations, caffeinate with freshly brewed, single-source Blanchard’s Coffee, cold brew cocktails, & espresso beverages, and enjoy Health Warrior snacks

BreakfastStart the day with fresh fruit from Ellwood Thompson’s.

Mid-Morning SnackGet your sugar fix with sweet treats from Miss Priss Tea, Red Cap Patisserie, Sugar & Twine, and Sugar Shack Donuts.

Lunch | Choose from delicious boxed lunches from Alamo BBQ, Boka Grill, Boka Tako, and Goatocado – followed by a cookie dessert from Red Eye Cookie Co.

Mid-Afternoon SnackCool off with scoops from Gelati Celesti.

Lunch Menu
| Each attendee may choose one of the following boxed lunches:

Goatocado’s California Bowl (GF & Vegan Option)Quinoa bowl with black beans, apple-corn pico de gallo, and fresh avocado, served in 100% compostable packaging from a favorite spot in The Fan

Boka Tako’s Burrito of ChangeA grilled chicken and sambal pork burrito that changes from Mexican to Asian flavors as you eat, from the roving tako truck you know and love

Boka Grill’s Cubano SandwichA cubano with ham, garlic-dijonaise, and swiss, served with chips from this new Southside eatery

Alamo BBQ’s Texas-Style Pork BBQ Award-winning Texas-style pulled pork BBQ, straight from Church Hill, accompanied by Alamo’s famous Texas Caviar

Interactive Experiences

Change Pennant Mural
Be a part of this interactive mural project representing our community’s view of the change they want to see. Join Studio Two Three outside the theater where you can use the delta triangle as a screen printing canvas to express your personal vision of change.
Partners: Studio Two Three and Worth Higgins & Associates

Virtual Reality Stations
On the second floor, you’ll find two virtual reality stations featuring the game Tilt Brush. Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. The room is your canvas. The palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.
Partners: River City VR and Jerell Lee.

Be the Change Photo Booth
Catalyst Creative Director Jen Siomacco’s TEDxRVA talk reveals the power of images to change perceptions. This photo booth in the first floor lobby encourages us to think about how images can be a catalyst for the change we want to see.
Partner: Bad A$$ Booth.

Augmented Reality Sandbox
Perhaps you never thought of a sandbox as a piece of technology or a learning tool, but with a little work it can be both. Try changing the landscape in this interactive sandbox created by Build, RVA. Simply mold the sand by hand and the landscape comes to life! The sand is augmented in real-time with an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water.
Partner: Build, RVA.

Regalia: Healing Avatars
We are honored to show speaker Mo Regulinski’s beautiful work from her Regalia collection. ‘Regalia: Healing Avatars’ is a beautiful fashion exploration of what it means for a woman to be confident, strong, healthy, and feminine. Using her discarded diabetes paraphernalia, Mo has created clothing that showcases fashion within the lens of health and vulnerability.
Partner: Mo Regulinski

 ‘Ditch the Van Tour’ Bike
“This isn’t about going green, it’s about slowing down and connecting more with the communities that we’re in.” Cellist, political activist, and TEDxRVA speaker Ben Sollee was becoming burnt out on whirlwind tours, flying and driving through America. In 2010, Ben bought an Xtracycle cargo bike, strapped his cello to it, and set off on a five-year, 5,000-mile journey. He documented his journey in a film called: Ditch the Van Tour, which recently won The New Normal award at the Telluride Film Festival.
Partner: Ben Sollee

Viewing Parties

Viewing Parties are free and open to the public at locations throughout the Richmond community and abroad.
Learn more and see a list of local TEDxRVA Viewing Parties here!

To host a TEDxRVA Viewing Party, contact Patricia Bradby.

Anyone can stream the live event on June 23 from the TEDxRVA homepage.

Getting to the Theater and Parking

The Dominion Arts Center is located in downtown Richmond, between 6th and 7th Streets, and Broad and Grace Street. The Carpenter Theatre entrance is at the corner of 6th Street and Grace Street. Get step-by-step directions here.

Take a look parking options in advance and allow plenty of time to find parking on the morning of the event. There are plenty of parking options within walking distance of the theater. Downtown surface lots or garages require payment in advance. If parking on the street, be mindful of reserved parking notices, time restrictions, and other limitations. Parking tickets and/or towed vehicles will be administered if parking restrictions are violated so read all signs carefully.

Prefer to not drive? There are plenty of other ways to get to the theater. You could take a bus, taxi, Uber, Lyft, bike, or walk! At the very least, try to carpool if you can.


The seating is general admission; there are no assigned seats. Seating is open and first-come, first-served.


Lower level theater doors will close at 8:55 AM for the first session. The event begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Please be prompt returning to the theater after breaks and lunch. We will keep to the schedule. A bell will ring a few minutes before the program re-starts so you know when to return.


Out of respect for the speakers, should you arrive late at the start of a session or need to leave and re-enter, access to the lower level will NOT be permitted. The upper level will remain open during sessions.

Cell Phones and Photography

Cell Phones

Cell phones and other mobile devices are allowed in the theater, but phone calls are prohibited.

Attendees may live blog or tweet from the event, but we ask that you sit in the back rows so as not to distract the speakers, other attendees, and the filming crew. Please turn down the brightness of your screen as low as possible.


Participants may use their phones to take photos so long as the flash is turned off. Flash photography is prohibited.

Code of Conduct

TEDxRVA is dedicated to providing positive, harassment-free experiences for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Participants include attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and staff.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any TEDxRVA venue, including talks. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwanted photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the TEDxRVA retains the right to take any actions to maintain a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the event without refund. TEDxRVAWomen may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting events or making environments hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please report it immediately. You can report it to a member of the volunteer staff or to the Event Organizer contact listed below.

Our team will be happy to help you contact security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe during all TEDxRVA events. We value your participation. We expect participants to follow these rules at all events. If you find this policy restrictive, please do not attend or speak at TEDxRVA events.

Event Organizer: Katie Shea, [email protected]


Eneuri Acosta

Communications Strategist

Taylor Alexander


Melody C. Barnes

Lawyer, Art Advocate

Carlos Betancourt

Multi-Disciplinary Visual Artist

Arthur Burton

Community Activist

Linda C. Cendales, MD


Courtney D. Cogburn, PhD


Tom Doland

Health Advocate

Lindsay Ellyn


Mark England

Language Geek

Dave McCormack

Community Developer

Oluyinka Olutoye, MD, PhD

Fetal Surgeon

Rachel Pater


Amber J. Phillips

Podcast Host

Amy Pruden, PhD


Mo Regulinski

Wearable Art Designer

Semi Ryu

Virtual Reality Artist

Jen Siomacco

Wedding Innovator

Ben Sollee

Cellist, Activist

Elda Stanco Downey, PhD

Global Citizen, Educator

Jazmine “Da K.O.S.” Walker

Podcast Host

Dean Whitbeck

Photographer, Educator

Vida C. Williams

Data Scientist


Desiree Roots
Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation