x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Bigger Than Us

This event occurred on
April 27, 2019
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States


Join us as innovative leaders and changemakers come together to discover new ideas & spark conversations. TEDxLive brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading showcasing live speakers AND viewing the exclusive first released footage of TED 2019 annual TED Conference "Bigger than Us" from Vancouver, British Columbia. "Bigger than Us" explores technologies that evoke wonder, science that will drive the future, the powerful human systems that shape our lives, expand creativity and inspire possibilities, when we ask - what ideas are truly worth fighting for and worth living for.

The Varsity Theater is located in the historic 1927 Sorrell Building. Located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, this landmark cinema has screened films and served as platform for speakers for nearly a century.

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The Varsity Theatre
123 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514
United States
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Danita Mason-Hogans

Civil Rights Activist + Historian
Danita Mason-Hogans is a Civil Rights and Education Activist for 30 years. Appointed by Mayor Pam Hemminger, she serves on the Chapel Hill Historic Rights Commemorations Task Force. Danita is employed with the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies where she serves as program manager for the critical oral histories component. Her current projects involve working with veteran civil rights activists in order to document their experiences and transform them into K–12 civil rights components. Danita was the organizer for the national 2015 One Person, One Vote voting rights conference and works with school systems, universities, activists and historians to document local and national history. Danita Mason-Hogans is a native of Chapel Hill, NC and is the daughter of Dave Mason, who began the famous first sit-in of Chapel Hill’s civil rights’ movement, igniting decade of protests against segregation.

Nathan Clendenin

8 times Emmy Award Winning Producer
Nathan Clendenin is the founder the marketing firm StoryDriven. His work has earned 8 Emmy awards from the National Academy of the Arts and Sciences. His vision is to fill a need in the world for positive, uplifting stories. These stories take the form of concise documentary style video production. The work is a collaborative effort between the client and the storytelling team. Nathan's aim is to serve the client by telling their story in a way that champions their cause. He holds a master’s in visual communication from UNC’s School of Media and Journalism. Nathan was the first Multimedia Producer for New Media Group. Nathan serves as Chair of the Board of Africa Revolution. Together with his wife Rebecca, they lived Mamelodi, South Africa where they volunteered in community development and storytelling work with nonprofit, Africa Revolution.

Nichelle Sublett

Mrs. North Carolina 2018 + Health Advocate for Infertility & Pregnancy Loss
Nichelle Sublett is Mrs. North Carolina 2018. She used her platform to become a health advocate to bringing awareness to infertility and pregnancy loss. Nichelle aims to reduce the stigma associated with infertility and spread hope to affected couples by demonstrating resilience and persistence. She is a Physician Liaison for Atrium Health. Nichelle is the co-founder of StandUp Charlotte, a mentoring program dedicated to the social, emotional and cultural needs of African-American boys in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Nichelle earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Cheerleader and Cheer Captain. Nichelle obtained her Master’s Degree in Medical Science from Hampton University, graduating with honors from the Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society.

Ramona Moore Big Eagle

Professor + Professional Storyteller + Cultural Educator
Ramona Moore Big Eagle, M.Ed. (Tuscarora/Cherokee) is the Founder and President of Dare to Soar Enterprises, and the Storytellers Guild of Charlotte, empowering people of all ages in all walks of life to become more effective communicators. She received a Master of Education Degree from East Tennessee State University in Reading and Storytelling and a B.A. Degree from Catawba College. Ramona, has taught over two decades, was honored as Teacher of the Year in Drama for 2001-2002 at Community School of the Arts. She received the 2012 Faculty Leadership Award from the University of Phoenix where she has taught for over 14 years. Ramona travels throughout the United States and Canada as a Motivational Speaker, Storyteller, Cultural Educator, Consultant, and Workshop Facilitator.

Theresa Byrne

Martial Arts & Self Defense Expert + Coach
Master Theresa Byrne is national self-defense expert and speaker, author of 5 books, and founder of a martial arts & fitness center. Featured on ABC, FOX, NBC, & SPIKE TV she teaches others how inner power can transform lives. Theresa is the first woman to earn the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt Master Instructor in her system. She’s been a featured specialist on the TV series, “The Best Defense”, and co-host of SPIKE TV’s” “Practical Tactical”, “What If”, “Don’t Be a Victim” and “If Lives Depend On It”. In the ABC Family TV show “Fitting In” helping kids get healthy, Theresa appears in “FAT is not a Four Letter Word” as a fitness and movement expert. Theresa is the recipient of the AMEX M3 "Count Me In" Award from the Women’s Economic Development Council for female entrepreneurs. Theresa is a certified Anger Management Coach/Educator and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication with concentrations in Psychology/Business.

Trevor Hyde

Urban Agricultural Educator
Trevor Hyde is the Agricultural Educator and Farm Manager for SEEDS, a nonprofit urban farm and kitchen classroom that develops the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth, and each other through growing, cooking, and sharing food. After academia, at Trinity College, Yale, and UNC-Chapel Hill, he earned a second Masters in Agriculture and Education at NC-State. Creating community impact through food, he worked on farms and managed his own incubator plot, honing his skills in permaculture, interplanting, and seasonality, with an educational focus. Trevor believes that we can change the world through food and our interaction with nature, and that teaching youth will create a generation of change for the future.

Organizing team


  • Josh Woll
    Post production
  • Samantha Zielinski
    Team member
  • Wendy Solomon
    Team member