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This event occurred on
March 29, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Greenville, South Carolina
United States

TEDxGreenville began when a diverse, passionate group of TED enthusiasts came together to bring an educational and inspirational experience to Upstate residents. The first annual conference launched to a sold-out crowd on March 5, 2010.

Patterned after the hugely popular global TED conference, TEDxGreenville, the first TEDx event in South Carolina launched in 2010, continues to continue momentum year after year by spreading ideas during its always sold-out conference.

Over the last ten years, TEDxGreenville has presented almost 60 events featuring over 250 speakers, over 10,000 attendees, with almost 6 million views of the talks on the YouTube channel.

“TEDxGreenville is a catalyst for the most progressive, most innovative, and most mind-expanding ideas possible, presented in one short day in Greenville. We want to be a vehicle in creating healthy, important conversation in Greenville.” stated Russell Stall, TEDxGreenville License Holder and Organizer. “The atmosphere is designed to be inspirational, fun, and thought-provoking, and our goal is that, by the end of the day, our audience is inspired, enlightened, energized… and emotionally and intellectually exhausted.”

Greenville One Center
2 West Washington Street
Greenville, South Carolina, 29601
United States
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Cynthia Thurlow

Functional Nutritionalist
Cynthia is a Western medicine trained nurse practitioner and functional nutritionist who is passionate about female hormonal health. She believes that the inherent power of food and nutrition can be your greatest asset to your health and wellness journey. She works 1:1 with female clients and is the creator of Wholistic Blueprint a 6-week signature program for female hormonal health, she's also the co-host of Everyday Wellness podcast and a recurring segment contributor on her local ABC affiliate in Washington, DC.

Douglas Valoch

Douglas is president of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), a nonprofit research organization that transmits powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars, in the hope of eliciting a reply. As an elected member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Institute for Space Law, he explores the scientific and societal dimensions of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Dr. Vakoch’s work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Nature, and Science, and he has appeared on radio

Edward Anderson

Principal Prodigy
Edward is the Principal of Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville County. With 11 years in working in education focused on high poverty schools, Edward has become an advocate for bringing kids out of poverty. • Middle School Principal • Holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of South Carolina • Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction • Doctoral Degree in Edcational Leadership and Technology • Mentor for Goodwill Goodguides organization • 11 year career working in education and communities of poverty • Post and Courier Minimally Adequate Education panelist – alongside former governor and secretary of education Dick Riley • Recently worked alongside the United Way of Greenville’s campaign to shed light on poverty in Greenville • Member of the Young Philanthropists or YP council of Greenville • 2017 Recipient of the Talented Tenth Award • 2019 Recipient of Urban League’s Xanthene Norris Educational Achievement Award

Jarell Rochelle

Fame Tamer
Jarell Rochelle is a dynamic professional speaker and it is actually by accident. Graduating from Sam Houston State University with his B.F.A in Theater Arts; Jarell Rochelle is no stranger to the stage. While an actor, his professional dance career of 14 years has lead him to make appearances on hit reality TV shows such as Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," MTV'S "Americas Best Dance Crew," and NBC'S "Americas Got Talent." As the years have passed, Jarell noticed, the way he started to address audiences had shifted. In 2015, He was asked by a dance company, based of Houston TX, (Sunkiss'd) to perform at a TED X Youth. Before performing, he was asked to give a short speech on what it means to follow his dreams. Needless to say, the reviews from his first speaking gig were so well received by the audience, that he has not put down the microphone or his Michael Jackson glitter shoes since! Jarell's primary gift is to engage audiences with his captivating personality through speech.

Jeffrey Crespo

Senseful Sensai
For over 15 years, Jeffrey and his consulting practice has been providing solutions to individuals and organizations to enhance performance, develop critical thinking, and thrive through change. Jeffrey Crespo is a keynote speaker and business consultant who helps organizations develop creative thinking skills, and non-linear strategies to increase sales and reduce stress.

Keith Groover

Symphonic Technologist
Keith Groover is a musician, guitar teacher, inventor, and life-long tinkerer. He teaches at North Greenville University, plays guitar for the instrumental guitar/cello duo WireWood, and leads music at Grace Presbyterian Church. He is an inventor of innovative new musical instruments. Keith Groover is a musician, guitar teacher, inventor, and life-long tinkerer. He teaches at North Greenville University, plays guitar for the instrumental guitar/cello duo WireWood, and leads music at Grace Presbyterian Church. He lives in Spartanburg, SC with his wife and their four daughters.

Paulette Unger

Classroom Pioneer
Paulette began her teaching career 20 years ago after earning her Masters of Teaching in Science Education from the University of Virginia. Eighteen of those years have been spent teaching various levels of Biology at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC. She serves as the Global Online Academy (GOA) Site Director for her school and teaches a GOA course on Bioethics. For the past decade, she has delivered numerous teacher workshops as a certified AP Consultant and serves as an AP Exam Reader. The remaining hours of her day, she savors the time with her husband, Eugene, and three children.

Pooja Mahajan

American Dreamer
Pooja Mahajan is an environmental engineer working at a global consulting firm in the US. Born and raised in India, Pooja moved to the US in 2010 to pursue her Master's degree at Clemson University, where she also met her husband. A runner up at the 2017 South Carolina’s Toastmasters International Speech contest, Pooja is passionate about storytelling and social entrepreneurship. She has worked with multiple non-profit organizations and is currently working on launching a podcast aimed at creating mental health awareness.

Rasheen Peppers

Professional Manhunter
Rasheen is a career law enforcement officer in the largest city in New Jersey. He has traveled the country seeking some of the United States most dangerous fugitives. In 2009, "American Most Wanted" nominated him as one of their top fugitive hunters. While assigned to the United States Marshals Service, his team was responsible for apprehending some of New Jersey's high profile fugitives, which caught the eyes of "AE" executives. "AE" created a reality show called "Manhunters Fugitives Task Force", which chronicled how we locate wanted people.

Rhondda Robinson-Thompson

Upstate Historian
Rhondda Robinson Thomas was born in Spartanburg, but grew up mainly in Georgia and North Carolina. Throughout her childhood, she honed her love of creating stories about kith and kin while listening to relatives recall life experiences, mostly around the dinner table. She unexpectedly ended up back in South Carolina in 2007 when she accepted a job at Clemson University where she is currently the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature, teaching, researching, publishing, and developing media about early African American literature, history, and culture.

Organizing team


Greenville, SC, United States
  • Julian Nixon