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Theme: The Power of Curiosity

This event occurred on
February 18, 2017
12:30pm - 4:30pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Winston-Salem, NC
United States

The TEDxWakeForestU conference was originally started in 2012 by student activist and campus leader, Lucy Lan, in order to promote technology entrepreneurship here on the Wake Forest campus. With this in mind, she was able to bring a multitude of speakers from many disciplines to educate the Wake Forest community. This event was a bigger success than she could have imagined, with over 1,000 attendees and immeasureable impact on the Wake Forest community.

“Many TEDx events are very intimate, limited to 100 people or less under the organization’s rules,” said Lucy Lan, lead Wake Forest student organizer, “Our TEDxWakeForestU event is designed for 1,000 attendees, and TED Fellow Dr. Anthony Atala has thrown his support behind it.”
Dr. Atala’s TEDTalk on printing kidneys in 3-D was named one of the top 10 TEDTalks of 2011 and featured on the Huffington Post among other sites. Dr. Atala is part of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The TEDxWakeForestU community seeks to extend the TED experience at a regional level, highlighting exceptional people and creative works, connecting people across disciplines, creating conversations that drive action. We explore big questions with a broad spirit of inquiry.

Wait Chapel
Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC, 27109
United States
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Amelia Dunlop

Principal at Monitor Deloitte
Amelia Dunlop is a principal at Doblin, Monitor Deloitte’s design-led innovation practice. She focuses on how organizations design and build their innovation capabilities. She is a leader in the firm’s Leadership and Organization practice and has broad experience advising both private and public sector organizations. Dunlop is the head of the Deloitte Strategy practice for the Insurance sector and the global leader of the Innovation Capability building platform. Her recent speaking and writing has focused on organizational capabilities required for serial innovation and the sources of disruption facing the insurance sector. Dunlop holds a Master’s degree in business from Cambridge University, a Master’s in theological studies from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a BA in sociology from Harvard University.

Anna Cianci

Associate Accounting Professor at Wake Forest University
Anna Cianci is an associate accounting professor at Wake Forest University. She is the former president of the Accounting Behavior and Organizations section of the American Accounting Association and has a diverse academic background and research portfolio. She has a PhD in accounting from Duke University, an MA in psychology from Wake Forest University, an MA in pastoral theology from Saint Joseph’s College, and a CPA license in Pennsylvania (currently inactive). Her research focuses on the impact of goals, corporate governance, and various pressure-inducing stimuli (e.g., regulations, incentives) on ethical judgment and decision making, risk taking, and performance. She has published her research in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Business Ethics and Accounting, Organizations, and Society. Her passion for learning and intellectual curiosity are reflected in her enthusiastic teaching style and teaching philosophy: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the light

Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Artistic Director at NES Chamber Orchestra
Dmitry Sitkovetsky is a Russian violinist and conductor that has made a considerable impact on every aspect of musical life. He has been a successful performer, creator and facilitator for over four decades. His enviable career as a violin soloist is documented in several dozen recordings of all major concertos and a wide selection of chamber repertoire. Among the recent releases are the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas with Antonio Pappano and Konstantin Lifschitz (Hänssler Classic) and Dutilleux’s L'Arbre des Songes with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons (Concertgebouw Live). As a conductor, Mr. Sitkovetsky has held artistic leadership positions with the Ulster Orchestra, the Russian State Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon. In 1990, he founded the New European Strings orchestra (NES), bringing together the most distinguished string players from the top European ensembles for special touring and recording projects, most recently at the Enescu Festival. As

Ever Lee Hairston

President of the National Federation of the Blind
Ever Lee Hairston is the President of the National Federation of the Blind. Born to sharecropping parents on the Coolemee plantation in Mocksville, North Carolina, Hairston is a product of the segregated South and was active in the civil rights movements of the 1960s. She was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, which causes slow but progressive vision loss. After her failing eyesight kept her from realizing her dream of becoming a nurse, she began working as a teacher. At the age of twenty-nine, facing total blindness, with a failed marriage, a child to raise alone, and uncertainty about future employment, Ever changed her attitude and changed her life.Through two turbulent marriages, a host of setbacks, and a life that was getting harder and harder to manage, Ever encountered defeats, but was determined not to be defeated. Now, decades after she lost her eyesight, she devotes tireless hours to helping others realize their lives have purpose as they reach their full potential in spite of

Jeremy Cage

President of The Cage Group
Jeremy Cage is an optimistic and energetic leader with a 30 year track record of delivering profitable business growth. He spent the first 16 years of his career at Procter & Gamble. He spent 10 years at PepsiCo – as Chief Marketing Officer of the International Foods business and Senior Vice President of the Global Snacks business. He was subsequently appointed CEO of a leading Lighting Technology company called the Lighting Science Group. Cage is now President of the Cage Group – a Strategy, Marketing and Innovation firm designed to help businesses and organizations unleash their full potential. He is a founding partner in three business startups: a snacks business called Farmer’s Pantry, a better for you ingredients business called Galapagos, and a Brand Potential Assessment service for Private Equity and Venture Capital called The Brand Charge. He has just published his first book “All Dreams on Deck – Charting the course for your life and work”. Finally, Cage brings a unique glo

Joseph Callahan

CEO Ciright Systems, Inc.
Joseph Callahan is a Philadelphia native who has made a name for himself in technology leadership. As the current CEO of Ciright Companies, TriState HVAC and a number of other technology firms, Callahan continues to grow his expertise and reputation. The start of Callahan’s career came from a position as a computer programmer at Scott Paper. Since then, he has worked for companies like Johnson & Johnson and General Motors as an industrial engineer, Viewpoint Software as a pen based system developer and York International as an executive sales engineer. Callahan has also previously served on the board of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia. A wealth of diverse experience has allowed Callahan to become an expert in information technology. He prides himself on thinking differently, asking difficult questions to get to the root of an issue and finding an innovative solution. He has successfully helped organizations align their

Otto Bell

Film Director
Otto Bell is the director of over 15 documentary films which have taken him all over the world. Most recently, he directed “The Eagle Huntress”, a documentary about a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who challenges the male-dominated Kazakh tradition of male eagle hunters. This film, which won eight awards and eighteen nominations, is being remade as an animated feature at 20th Century Fox. Bell holds and maintains a Green Card for "Outstanding Contribution to American Arts and Media." He is also the founder of "Courageous", CNN's new innovative brand studio. He graduated from Oxford University where he studied English literature and solidified his fascination with storytelling. Prior to his work with documentary films, he worked as an advertising creative director at Ogilvy & Mather, where he set up their entertainment division.

Story Musgrave

Student, Artist, Scientist, Designer, Engineer, Mentor, Educator, Speaker and Consultant.
Story Musgrave was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. Before becoming an astronaut, he worked as an electrician, a mathematician, a computer programmer, a mechanic, a pilot, and a surgeon. Musgrave served in Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls. Additionally, he has 7 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology, and he has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was also a part-time trauma surgeon during his

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Winston Salem, NC, United States