Busi­ness ti­tans, cre­atives at Tedx Talk

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Sev­en­teen speak­ers with “ideas worth spread­ing” will con­verge at Bay­lor School for a Tedx Talk on Satur­day, Sept. 16, cul­mi­nat­ing an am­bi­tious plan put to­gether by a high school stu­dent.

TED is a non­prof i t me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tion that presents core talks twice a year in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia. Lead­ing thinkers and do­ers get 18 min­utes to share their top­ics. In­de­pen­dently pro­duced events are known as Tedx Talks. TED is short for technology, en­ter­tain­ment and de­sign.

Bay­lor se­nior Liam Zhang has co­or­di­nated Satur­day’s event. This will be the third in Chat­tanooga, af­ter two sold-out events at UTC in 2014 and 2016.

Many of the speak­ers have high- pro­file busi­ness ex­per­tise, but there are lighter sub­jects to be mined as well.

› Alan Stein — “Re­spect­ing Time and Liv­ing Present.” He teaches or­ga­ni­za­tions how to use the same strate­gies in busi­ness used by elite bas­ket­ball play­ers ( he’s worked with Kevin Du­rant and Markelle Fultz) to per­form at a world-class level.

› Chris­tian J. Col­lier – “Mama Said” ( poem). The lo­cal artist and ed­u­ca­tor has shared the stage with sev­eral mem­bers of HBO’s “Def Po­etry” cast, leg­endary poet and ac­tivist Ish­mael Reed and Grammy-nom­i­nated Min­ton Sparks. His works have been pub­lished in The Guardian and The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Po­etry.

› Derelle Roshell — “Es­cap­ing the Im­pover- ished Mind­set.” A stu­dent at Ten­nessee State Univer­sity, he is founder of Lin­gua Co­coa, a lo­cal com­pany that aims to in­fuse in­gre­di­ents from around the world into choco­late as a means of rais­ing cul­tural aware­ness

› Eli­jah An­der­son Bar­rera — “Joi n t he World Lan­guage Party.” The chair­man of Bay­lor’s world lan­guages depart­ment strives to put stu­dents in his Span­ish- lan­guage classes into real­world sit­u­a­tions, a style rooted in his own ex­pe­ri­ence of grow­ing up in a mul­ti­lin­gual, mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity in Los An­ge­les.

› Feli­cia Jackson — “Three Dy­nam­ics to Life-Sav­ing Suc­cess.” She is the in­ven­tor of CPR Life-Wrap, a dis­pos­able CPR tem­plate that helps guide any by­s­tander through an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

› John Ster­ling — “Learn­ing Prob­lem- Solv­ing Skills With Old Cars.” A pro­fes­sor of crim­i­nal justice at Bryan Col­lege, he was the first re­gional co­or­di­na­tor for Homel and Se­cu­rity for East Ten­nessee and has turned a hobby into a busi­ness, trans­form­ing aban­doned cars into daily driv­ers.

› Joshua Brow­der — “How Lawyers Are Go­ing To Be Re­placed With Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence.” The founder of Do-Not-Pay and a mem­ber of Forbes’ 30 un­der 30 list, he cre­ated a ro­bot lawyer that helps peo­ple with le­gal is­sues.

› Justin Lewis-We­ber — “Dou­ble­think, Non-dis­prov­ables and the Sci­en­tific Method.” The Stan­ford Univer­sity stu­dent, whose projects fo­cus mainly on cli­mate change and re­new­able en­ergy, is CEO of Em­power Earth Inc., a startup that aims to solve the en­ergy par­a­digm of pow­ered air flight.

› Liz Kis­lik — “Why There’s So Much Con­flict at Work and How To Fix It.” With more than 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a man­age­ment con­sul­tant and busi­ness coach, the pres­i­dent of Liz Kis­lik As­so­ci­ates has helped or­ga­ni­za­tions from the For­tune 500 to na­tional non­prof­its and fam­ily-run busi­nesses.

› Mike Michalow­icz — “Pro­tect the Queen: The Sim­ple Sys­tem To Make Any Busi­ness Per­ma­nently More Ef­fi­cient.” The cre­ator of the Profit First For­mula, a way for busi­nesses to en­sure prof­itabil­ity, is the au­thor of sev­eral books, in­clud­ing “Surge,” “The Pump­kin Plan” and “The Toi­let Pa­per En­tre­pre­neur.”

› Myke Kelly — “LGBTQ Al­pha­bet Soup.” The pres­i­dent of Ten­nessee Val­ley Pride fo­cuses her ad­vo­cacy ef­forts on trans­gen­der and non­bi­nary youth.

› Dr. Rob Head­rick — “A New Ap­proach To Re­duc­ing Can­cer Mor­tal­ity: Ma­chine Learn­ing and Nat­u­ral Lan­guage Pro­cess­ing.” He is chief of tho­racic surgery and co-di­rec­tor of the Rees Skillern Can­cer Institute at CHI Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

› Robin Fazio — “Why You Want To Be a Farmer.” In ad­di­tion to teach­ing Span­ish and man­ag­ing the small or­ganic farm at Bay­lor, he op­er­ates his six-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily farm in Colquitt, Ga.

› Sam Fein­burg — “How To Avoid High-Al­ti­tude EMP Threats and Save the Na­tion.” He is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of He­lena, a think tank of global lead­ers ( Gen. Stan­ley McChrys­tal, pro­ducer Brian Grazer, among oth­ers) fo­cused on ex­e­cut­ing projects that im­prove the world. Their projects ad­dress cli­mate change, ur­ban poverty and nu­cle- ar se­cu­rity.

› Stu­art Friedman — “Crack­ing the Truth Codes: How Cul­ture Im­pacts the Way Peo­ple Tell the Truth … or Why They Don’t.” He is chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Global Con­tex, which pro­vides coach­ing and t rain­ing pro­grams that ad­dress the chal­lenges of mul­ti­cul­tural work­places.

› Elizabeth Hayslett — The ju­nior at Bay­lor dis­cov­ered the beauty of il­lu­mi­nated manuscripts while on a trip to the Morgan Li­brary and Mu­seum in New York City.

› Can­non Hunt — The Bay­lor School sopho­more will share his tal­ents as a singer and song­writer.


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