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Theme: Breakthrough

This event occurred on
March 30, 2012
8:00am - 5:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Greenville, SC
United States

One day. One community. One stage. Connect with the area’s top thinkers and doers while experiencing “Breakthrough” discoveries, technologies, ideas and talents.

The Kroc Center
424 Westfield Street
Greenville, SC, 29601
United States
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Bradford Swan

Bradford Swann is part of General Electric’s Government Affairs team, responsible for managing state and local relations for GE Capital and GE Energy. He has an MBA from Georgetown University and a degree in Economics from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Ashley welcomed their first child, William, in December of 2011 (and they haven’t slept since).

The Bent Strings

This young group from Greenville, SC wows crowds with a unique blend of progressive folk rock, jazz, and Americana. Influenced by groups such as Nickel Creek, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Acoustic Syndicate and The Strokes, The Bent Strings launch out where these groups leave off, offering audiences tight, energetic covers and fresh originals.

Caleb Suttles

Caleb Suttles is a filmmaker from Anderson, South Carolina and a student at Clemson University. His first film “Pre-Do: Foresight in 20/20” was a collection of sage advice from adults across the Upstate, and was featured by WYFF News 4 and The Greenville Journal upon release in 2011. He remains prolific, and plans a release of his second film in 2012.

Irma Luna

As a young girl, Irma developed a passion for helping people who are limited in the English language, partly as the result of a chilling experience that changed her family’s life forever. Today, Irma works as a multilingual medical interpreter in Greenville, SC. She is also a published author, wife, mother, grandmother, and a proud in-law of a brave Army soldier.

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O'Blues

Blues legend Mac Arnold’s music career reads like a “Who’s Who” of Blues/R&B greats. Mac has recorded, toured, and played in bands with James Brown, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, and BB King, among others. After retiring to become an organic farmer and returning home to his southern roots, Mac is back alongside Max Hightower, Austin Brashier, Mike Whitt and Danny Keylon.

Jennifer Pickering

Jennifer Pickering connects cultures and people through music and art. She is founder & Executive Director of LEAF., a non- profit that’s produced 34 festivals, presented 3,000+ performing artists, created an arts in education program which has empowered over 27,000 under-served youth through the arts, and started 9 cultural music programs in 8 countries.

John Tynan

John Tynan is Deputy Director at Upstate Forever, a regional conservation non-profit. He oversees all programmatic and outreach efforts of the organization, including land protection, air & water advocacy, and regional planning initiatives. John also serves on the Greenville Water Commission.

Glenis Redmond

Glenis Redmond is a nationally renowned poet with Greenville roots. She started the first poetry slam in Greenville in the 90s, bringing the first all-women’s team to the National Poetry Slam. She has individually placed in the top 3 at Nationals and was a two time Southern Fried Slam Champion. She walks in all the worlds of poetry: the page and the stage.

Janie Dillard & Robyn Zimmerman

Janie Smith Dillard & Robyn Zimmerman are here to share Ungirdled Truths, a play “which bounces between bittersweet and slap-your-side funny... a frank look at women’s issues as varied as pregnancy and menopause to cervical cancer, plastic surgery “touch ups,”hair loss, urinary incontinence and depression. ”This format“lets women tell their own stories in their own voices.”

Christoph Kresse

Christoph Kresse (aka Saki Bomb) is an instrumental/electronica music artist, producer, sound designer and DJ, originally from Hamburg, Germany, located in South Carolina, USA. His musical style is best described as a mix of Ambient, Worldtronica, Experimental and Electronica music. A multi-instrumentalist, Saki Bomb is known for his unique use of Scottish bagpipes.

Carol Hamilton

Carol Hamilton is an expert at leveraging interior environments. She is the author of Feng Shui Coaching and the editor of Demystifying Homeopathy, A Concise Guide for Perspective Clients, by Jacob Mirman, M.D. She holds professional certifications in coaching, classical homeopathy, and Reiki, and has been helping clients thrive for the past 15 years.

Josev Brewer a.k.a. syntax.the.terrific

Meet attorney Josev Brewer. Look again. Meet sintax.the.terrific: a rapper with more than twenty years experience in traditional music recording and performance. Over the last two years, Josev has devoted himself to a new enterprise. Advancements in self-recording and self-publishing now permit contemporaneous cultural and news commentary set to music. A song blog.

Stephen Bronack

Dr. Bronack serves as Associate Professor of Education at UNC Chapel Hill, and also as Executive Director of LEARN NC, a learning innovation and mediated resource network dedicated to the continual improvement of education in NC and beyond. He also serves as Board Chairman for the Center for Research On Immersive and Online Learning Environments.

Ian Belknap & John Jeter

an Belknap is founder and Overlord of WRITE CLUB, the nation’s premiere competitive philanthropic readings series, with chapters in Chicago, Atlanta, and SF; LA and NY on the way. To date, volunteer-run WC has given over $7K to charity and helped connect writers to readers around the country. Local writer and Handlebar owner, John Jeter, will be sparring with Ian.


Asheville’s Sirius.B is an “absurdist gypsy folk funk punk” band that combines accordion, violin, cello, acoustic guitar, flamenco guitar, charango, banjo, African drums, marching band percussion, snare drum, fretless bass, melodica, musical saw, and multi- lingual vocals to create a sound that has a gypsy feel, but with elements from other modern genres. Your ears will understand.

Juan Gilbert

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is an IDEaS Professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University where he leads the HCC Lab. He is also a Professor in the Automotive Engineering Department at Clemson University.

Vinnie Angel

Vinnie Angel is an artist/filmmaker best known for putting “the men back in menstruation” as the creator of Vinnie’s Tampon Cases. His ongoing societal interventions employ creative strategies to subversively snag young people into engaging in transformative dialogs about entrenched social issues.

Watson's Riddle

Watson’s Riddle is a dynamic new instrumental group formed in Upstate, South Carolina by veteran guitarist Steve Watson and original Marshall Tucker Band drummer Paul T. Riddle with legendary pianist Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers Band, Sea Level, Rolling Stones) and top-notch bassist Tim Lawter (Marshall Tucker Band).

Alchemy Comedy

al· che · my - The process of transforming something common into something special. Alchemy Comedy entertains audiences every Friday with fully improvised shows and different guests each week. They are also committed to teaching the art of comedy and have classes starting all the time.

Organizing team


Greenville, SC, United States
  • Marc Bolick
    Program Curator
  • Aaron Von Frank
  • Susan Von Frank
  • Peter Waldschmidt