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This event occurred on
November 20, 2010
2:00pm - 5:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Nashville, Tennessee
United States

A day dedicated to spotlighting our young "creative class" thought leaders and vital youth programs in our vibrant city and its greater metropolitan area. We celebrate an unprecedented network of education resources, spearheaded by the Nashville Engagement Network collaboration between Tennessee State University and Montgomery Bell Academy. TEDxYouth@GreaterNashville is a proud member of the TEDxNashville family of events, including our April 9, 2011 event at Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Welcome: Brad Gioia

Launch Talk for IMPACT–
Mark Montgomery, Emcee for TEDxNashville 1.0 3.21.2010

Mayor Karl Dean with proclamation for TEDxYouth@GreaterNashville

Emcee: Keayana Robinson
Organization: Youth Speaks Nashville
website: Keayana Robinson is in her first year at Belmont University. She is deeply rooted in her community through service learning which she began as a junior at Maplewood High School. She has performed spoken word with Youth Speaks Nashville since 2008 and has emceed large events like the State of the Word and the National Service Learning Conference. She is presently a Campus Coordinator for Belmont’s Department of Social Entrepreneurship and Service Learning

Speaker: Laurel Creech
Organization: Mayor’s Cities of Service Initiative – Chief Service Officer
website: Laurel talked about the creation of the city’s service plan, Impact Nashville, and the importance of youth engagement in leading and implementing the plan. Presentation Title: Impact Nashville

Speaker: Tyler Ward and Jarred Black
Organization: Project AK-47
website: Tyler is the grassroots coordinator for Project: AK-47, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates child soldiers. He is a student in his last semester here at Belmont, a husband and a soon-to-be father. He talked to us about how to build a bridge between western society and the needs of the world. Presentation Title: The Empathy Equation

Speaker: David Mason
Organization: Studio Now
website: David Mason is Senior Vice President of AOL’s Content Platform responsible for the Company’s digital media production including Seed, StudioNow and AOL Studios. Before accepting his role at AOL, David was the CEO of StudioNow, the world’s largest web-based video creation platform and a company he co-founded in January 2007 to develop a highly scalable platform to create volumes of low-cost, high quality original video content for numerous market segments. As a veteran technology entrepreneur and e-commerce pioneer (he started one of the first Internet bookstores in 1994, which became, his experience ranges from developing start-ups into publicly listed companies to venture capital investments, M&A transactions, large investments in public securities, and other investment banking activities within the U.S., Asia and Europe. Presentation Title: Trial & Error

Speaker: Preston Palm & Ally Faenza
Organization: Mayor’s Youth Council – Oasis
website: Presentation Title: Youth Master Plan

Speaker: Chris Purifoy - Organizations: Olive, The Restoring Music Foundation, Innovate School Music. websites:;

Chris Purifoy is an Entrepreneur out of Nashville, TN & New York City. He has developed several technology startups focused in the education, social, and entertainment spaces. He is also the co-founder of the Restoring Music Foundation, an organization focused reconstructing the music industry.

Presentation Title: The Power of an Idea

Short Film: “The Lost Boys”
Produced and Directed by Taylor Smith of Franklin, TN 2010 winner of the Full Moon Film Festival for High School Students. The story of refugees from Sudan, part of the famous Lost Boys, and how they adapted to American culture. “The time for words has come to a close. Action desperately needs to take place.”

Speaker: Daniel Mirtes Presentation Title: Autism

Speaker: Jacob Weiss & Daniel Sarzosa
Organization: Playing by Air
websites: Jacob Weiss is the founder of Playing By Air, an entertainment company that uses juggling and variety arts to support community arts and health initiatives, in particular for cancer prevention and awareness. Dr. Weiss also works closely with non-profit organizations on strategies for building relationships and community partnerships using social media.

Speaker: Daniel Sarzosa is a high-school student from Manchester, Tennessee who practices the art and extreme sport of flatland unicycling. Presentation Title: Juggling Entertainment + Cancer Awareness: Finding Synergy in Your Passion, Your Education, and Your Community
Speaker: Max Webster
Organization: Yale College, Max Webster is a junior at Yale College majoring in political science with a focus on environmental law and politics. A member of Yale’s debate team, Webster has won numerous national awards for debate and public speaking. His interest in the plight of climate refugees was spurred by his experience with Hurricane Katrina when he and his family were forced to relocate from their home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Nashville, Tennessee, where he attended Montgomery Bell Academy for high school. After working with several island states and low-lying areas worldwide, Webster is committed to finding safety and security of basic human rights for an estimated 200 million+ climate refugees.Presentation Title: Climate Refugees: World on the Run

Speaker: Dr. Nicole Kendall and Riley Howard
Organization: Tennessee State University
websites: Dr. Nicole M. Kendall is currently an assistant professor at Tennessee State University in the Department of Teaching and Learning. In addition to being an online mentor, course developer, and instructor for the TN Regents Online Degree Program, she has served five years as an educator for Metro-Nashville Public Schools teaching elementary and middle grades. Her primary focus is training teachers and students on how to incorporate technology within the classroom.Riley Howard III is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Elite 3, a Nashville based organization that service youth to become productive citizen by promoting three Diamond Principles: Fitness, Enrichment, and Achievement. He is currently a Graduate Assistant at Tennessee State University in the Human Performance and Sport Sciences Department with responsibilities for research and development, business areas, and assisting with classroom lectures. He is also working hands on with the Tennessee Board of Regents technology task force in the areas of sports. Prior to holding the previous positions he was a Tennessee State University football player. After graduating form Tennessee State University in 2008 with a B.S. degree in Human Performance and Sport Sciences, Riley began pursuing a M.A.ED in Sport Administration. He has worked with various non-profit organizations around the city for over 7 years. Presentation Title: Educational Technology

Speaker: Mani Jones
Organization: Youth Speaks Nashville
website: Mani Jones is a 16 year old poet who loves the stage. She is always ready to spit. She is always hyped up. She’s been with Youth Speaks Nashville for 3 years and doesn’t plan on stopping. PresentationTitle: Heartbeat

Speaker: Zac Hood
Organization: Sports Servants
website: As a senior at Vanderbilt University, Zac Hood got his first glimpse of a world very different than the one he knew in Nashville, Tennessee. Fueled by that initial trip to Belize and his passion for sports, youth, and serving the poor, Zac founded Sports Servants. Last Spring Zac won a state championship coaching the Big Red tennis team at Montgomery Bell Academy, but decided to leave his role at MBA to grow the movement of Sports Servants. Zac works year-round on the programs, administration, fundraising, and volunteer preparation for the organization that aims at empowering children and transforming communities through sports. Presentation Title: Hope Through Sports: The Story of Sports Servants

Speaker: Kim Carpenter Drake, M.Ed. & BJ Wilson, Hip Hop Artist and Teen Entrepreneur
Organization: Junior Achievement
website: Kim Carpenter Drake is a nonprofit consultant with more than 20 years of experience working in the fields of fundraising, marketing, branding and community relations. In addition to her work with clients, Kim is an active volunteer for Junior Achievement of Middle TN and runs the blog, Goal Driven BJ Wilson (AKA Kid Krunk) is a senior at Pearl Cohn High School. He was described by WUBT-101.1 FM as “A young hot hip-hop artist from Nashville, TN. Kid Krunk is an undeniable talent and has been a constant force in the Ca$hville music scene. With a fierce stage presence and unique style and flow, Kid Krunk has truly earned his name.” He is also a creative businessman with an eye for entrepreneurial opportunity. Presentation Title: The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Millennial Generation

Speaker: Tabitha Burns
Organization: Youth Leadership Forum
website: I am 21 years old, and in my third year of college and I am majoring in Criminal Justice for my future career as a Forensic Scientist. I am hard of hearing. I am actively involved in the community; in particular, I have my own military awareness campaign of 8 years. I volunteer with the police, and I work as a mentor for students with disabilities. Presentation Title: Youth Leadership Forum Impact on Disability Population

Speaker: Toni Friedman
Organization: Oasis Community Impact
website: Toni is a senior at Hume Fogg High School. She received the 2010 of Governor’s School Award in Humanities. She is co-founder of Gun Free Dining Tennessee, a non-profit organization that hosts a web site listing of which restaurants do allow guns and which do not. She is a member of The Chinese Cultural Alliance and assistant to the Artistic Director. Her featured work is conducted through Oasis Community Impact.Presentation Title: Student Bill of Rights

Speaker: Kyle McCollom
Organization: Triple Thread Apparel
website: Kyle is a senior Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University who lives at the Dismas House, a halfway house for former offenders. Kyle founded Triple Thread Apparel, a screen-printing social enterprise that works to reduce recidivism rates by employing residents of the Dismas House. He recently received the Outstanding Commitment Award from the Clinton Global Initiative University and plans to scale Triple Thread after graduation. Presentation Title: Creating an Impact Culture on College Campuses

Performer: Nathan Phillips
website: Nathan Phillips is a songwriter and arranger from northern Ohio. In his free time he paints houses, reads, pets a dog, enjoys food. Song Title: “Find A Way”

Speaker: Patrick Widen

Speaker: Dr. Kecia Ray
Organization: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
website: Dr. Ray is graduate faculty for the college of Teaching and Learning at University of Maryland University College and serves Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as the Executive Director of Grant Management where she oversees planning and administration of federal and categorical grants. She resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, Dr. Clark Ray and their son Wes. Presentation Title: A Different Classroom

Speaker: Elise Tyler
Organization: Halcyon Bike Shop
website: Elise Tyler is a Nashville native and owner of Halcyon Bike Shop, located in the 12south neighborhood of Nashville. She is a graduate of University School of Nashville and Belmont University. In addition to the retail bike shop, Elise is co-founder of The Workshop, a bicycle cooperative for underprivileged youth at the Oasis Center. The workshop recently received a $100,000 grant and will be expanding greatly in the coming year. Presentation Title: Creating Your Own Path: Entrepreneurship for a New Generation

Speaker: Blanca Burelos
Organization: Nashville Dream Act Committee, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
website: Blanca is a Junior at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is a Latino Achiever with the YMCA and a graduate of the Justice Project leadership development program with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).Presentation Title: Standing Up for Our Future
Speaker: Morgan Wills
Organization: Siloam Family Health Center
website: Morgan Wills is a Nashville native, a physician, a husband, and a father of three elementary age children. As the staff internist at Siloam Family Health Center, a faith-based nonprofit clinic for the uninsured, he enjoys providing medical care for those in need–especially immigrants and refugees from all over the world. In his role as a teacher, he also enjoys “ruining” medical and nursing students for “medicine as usual” by allowing them to experience firsthand a truly whole-person approach to health care.Presentation Title: Re-Monking Medicine

Speaker: Jamila Hill
 Organization: Lead Academy
website: Jamila Hill is a 9th grader at LEAD Academy and serves as the school’s student council president. She has been a LEAD student since the school opened in 2007 and has been consistently involved in giving the students a voice. Presentation Title: One Way

Speaker: Rita McDonald – Director of Community Engagement in Education
Organization: Nashville Chamber of Commerce
website:, Presentation Title: One Nashville

Montgomery Bell Academy Pfeffer Lecture Hall
4001 Harding Road
Nashville, Tennessee, 37205
United States
Event type:
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Organizing team

Dr. Bob

Nashville, TN, United States
  • Brad Gioia
  • Ted Chapin