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Countdown to TEDxRVA 2017








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


Ben Sollee

Cellist, Activist

Vida C. Williams

Data Scientist

Eneuri Acosta

Communications Strategist

Amber J. Phillips

Podcast Host

Jazmine “Da K.O.S.” Walker

Podcast Host

Mark England

Language Geek

Tom Doland

Health Advocate

Carlos Betancourt

Multi-Disciplinary Visual Artist

Courtney D. Cogburn, PhD


Semi Ryu

Virtual Reality Artist

Dean Whitbeck

Photographer, Educator

Dave McCormack

Community Developer

Jen Siomacco

Wedding Innovator

Melody C. Barnes

Lawyer, Art Advocate

Elda Stanco Downey, PhD

Global Citizen, Educator

Amy Pruden, PhD


Lindsay Ellyn


Taylor Alexander


Linda C. Cendales, MD


Mo Regulinski

Wearable Art Designer

Oluyinka Olutoye, MD, PhD

Fetal Surgeon

Rachel Pater


Arthur Burton

Community Activist


Desiree Roots
Lindsay Ellyn
Taylor Alexander
Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company

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 online or in person at the Carpenter Theatre box office. Click here to learn more about how to purchase tickets.

Below is the program schedule. The schedule is subject to change.

SESSION ONE | 9:00AM-10:30AM

MORNING BREAK | 10:30AM – 11:00AM  

SESSION TWO | 11:00AM-12:30PM

LUNCH | 12:30PM-2:00PM



SESSION FOUR | 4:00PM – 5:30PM


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


Wrap up the day with us at Friday Cheers on Brown’s Island!


TEDxRVA promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring event. It is thrilling that the Richmond community has the energy and interest to participate in an event like this one. This energy could not have been discovered and amplified over the years without sponsors from the community.

Sponsorship is key to our being able to deliver this type of event to the Richmond community. We need community partners. Over the course of the last several years of delivering events like this one to the community, we have learned that sponsors can get a great deal from their commitments for their own organizations, including: professional development, organizational engagement and community engagement.

If you would be interested in sponsoring this event, or know an organization that might, please contact James Warren (james@tedxrva.com) and he can share more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Viewing Parties

To learn how to host a viewing party, contact Patricia Bradby (patricia@tedxrva.com).

Anyone can stream the live event on June 23 from this page.

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, katie@tedxrva.com

Event Sponsors

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