2017 TEDxLizardCreek Theme Announced

Shaping the Unseen: Bridges

Our theme is “Shaping the Unseen: Bridges” What moves us, what shakes us, and what invites us to action is often a private journey that can lead to a very public reaction. That which others cannot see – our hopes, dreams, fears, ambition, trepidation, joy – remains ever present, moving us in a direction of our choosing. In the current world of polarized points of view and divided perspectives on life and the world, we would like to emphasize talks describing innovative bridges. Previously unseen bridges between dissimilar technologies, bridges with the past, bridges between people or groups of people, bridges leading to new opportunities are all candidates for “ideas worth spreading.”


2017 Application Letter Now Available

The 2017 Application Letter for TEDxLizardCreek is now available. If after you review this information, and you feel that you would like to be part of TEDxLizardCreek, we ask you to email tedxlizardcreek@gmail.com and state your interest.  A TEDxLizardCreek selection committee will then review all interested speakers information. Please submit your information as soon as you can, but by July 1, 2017 at the latest. Speakers will be announced by August 1.

Thanks to our 2015 TEDxLizardCreek sponsors!

TEDxLizardCreek sponsors
Lake Gaston Lions Club
Lizard Brain Solutions
The Pritchards
Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce
PhytoChem Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The Center for Energy Education
Watersview Restaurant
Earl Britt
The Daily Herald
Trent Dikeman
Juel Duke
Bill & Suzie Goertemiller
Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer
Andrea Nash

Tickets are now available for the 2015 “Shaping the Unseen” TEDxLizardCreek

Please see our Eventbrite link to secure a ticket to this year’s TEDxLizardCreek on October 24 at the Lake Gaston Lions Den in Henrico, NC.

TEDxLizardCreek opens doors to attendees at 9:30am with coffee and tea; speakers will begin at 10am. Speakers will conclude at 3:30 pm, and the event is followed by a reception (cash bar) until 4 pm.

If you are interested in supporting TEDxLizardCreek outside of your admission, or wish to make a donation in lieu of attendance, please select the ‘Donation’ option on the Eventbrite page.

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2015 “Shaping the Unseen” TEDxLizardCreek Speaker lineup announced


Mike Williams (Youngsville, NC)- teacher & social studies department chair Warren New Tech HS

“Who You?”
Ancestral Research As A Means Of Shaping Identity

The colloquially titled “Who You?” talk will briefly delve into Mike’s personal, academic and historical quest to open an ancestral door closed by his grandfather’s recurrent statement of “Y ou don’t want to know about that. ” The statement, while spoken from a place of segregated pain and fatherly protection, shaped Mike’s sense of identity and started him on his current journey to understand his rural, African­American family roots by examining oral histories, searching contemporary databases, and pursuing national/international research opportunities. “Who You?”, while grammatically incorrect, represents an internal and external query that unabashedly cuts to the core of self­identity and conversely highlights the importance of preserving oral histories and capturing multi­generational ancestral voices.


John Campbell (Raleigh, NC & Lake Gaston)- Chairman of the Board, WasteZero; 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Cutting the Trash in Half in America’s Cities and Towns: An Achievable Goal Right Now

America is drowning in garbage, even after 40 years of investment in recycling and related infrastructure. We generate about 900 lbs. of trash per person just in our homes each year, and we spend hundreds of billions of dollars simply to move it around. Even without taking the environmental impact of all this trash into account, our wasteful ways force us to underinvest in other vital areas. The solution lies not in more trucks, or additional infrastructure, or new technologies, but instead in the breathtakingly simple idea of changing the way people pay. Campbell will frame the issue in a clear and compelling way and reveal astounding success stories from cities large and small, rich and poor.


Patricia Tirrell (Durham, NC)- Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, Certified Research Administrator

Learning to See With the Heart

It is special that two different species, humans and dogs, are able to live together in harmony. In order for the relationship between species to work there are rules that need to be followed – much the same as when we visit another culture. Working with animals I have learned about the unseen aspects to building a relationship. Relationships need trust in order to thrive. It is interesting to share the stories of a blind dog and his joy – these are very compelling stories. He never gives up. He has a way of engaging others so that it isn’t just his success but everyone’s success. He is special, but the wisdom and lessons he has are meant to be shared for everyone. When you trust and believe in yourself; when you leave doubt behind; when you engage others in your dream; you will discover that anything is possible.


Barger Jeutter (Waynesboro, VA & Lake Gaston)- owner of Solution Consulting – coaching for executives, life, leadership, teams

The Power of Choice

We have the opportunity to shape the unseen – the ability to create what we want to see in our future, by using the Power of Choice. The future is “unseen” – however, by making intentional decisions to see it and to shape it, there is clarity. You see yourself there, you have made it visible and you hold the power, the unlimited power, to plan and drive a course that allows you to control the things you can control – using the Power of Choice. Shape the unseen by seeing your future, making a plan, showing who you are, sharing what you have and living a life of intention – not default.


Kathleen Nadeau (Silver Spring, MD)- psychologist, Director of the Chesapeake ADHD Center, author

Shaping the Unseen – focusing on that which others cannot see – our hopes, dreams, fears, ambition, I will be talking about my journey as a professional in developing a very different understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, while, at the same time, I gradually gained a realization that I have ADHD as well. My presentation will focus on developing a very different understanding of ADHD, currently viewed as a “disability,” hoping to encourage the audience to develop a very different understanding of those with ADHD including their very real gifts that have already contributed so much to our American culture – gifts including creativity and entrepreneurial talents – gifts which today remain trepidation, joy unseen, but which I hope to help bring into the light.

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Logan Aldridge (Raleigh, NC)- one-armed competitive wakeboarder & CrossFit athlete, motivational speaker

The Power of Choice: the ability to control your own destiny through attitude

Everything that we do in life falls back on the two simple things that control every facet of who we are in the short term, or in trying to shape the unseen for the long term. The simplicity and power of attitude and expectations will dictate your successes and failures of the unseen and unknown future. Life is decided not on what impacts you but rather how you affect changes on the things that can impact you.


John C. Mather (Hyattsville, MD)- astrophysicist, cosmologist and 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics laureate

How we got here, and how far we can go: How the Big Bang led to life on Earth, how instability, chaos, competition, and combat produced civilization over thousands of generations of human history. What extremely long time means for our future: anticipating the next great changes on Earth, how we could travel in person to the planets, and how our robotic partners could take us to the stars, a bumpy but exciting ride!


Gaurav Satija (Hyattsville, MD)- economist, professional dancer

Reimagining Your Path

Living a modern life, we are quickly losing touch with our inner selves. As we pursue material goals, we leave behind the aesthetics which invigorate us. Born and raised in India, I was on a similar path and was studying Engineering at a very prestigious school. Afterwards, I moved to the U.S. seeking graduate studies and better job opportunities. However, I felt an invisible discontent with my goals and achievements. My work was intellectually challenging, I had many friends, an active social life and good fitness levels, but all did not seem rosy. And I could not figure out the cause of this dissatisfaction. Perhaps I was just being moody, I thought to myself. I gave myself a pat on the back and got on with life, as they say. One day, on a complete whim, I went salsa dancing with a friend. I felt good; good enough to come back.


Peter Maeck (Durham, NC)- writer, photographer, speaker

“Cradle And All: From Womb to Tomb – And Back Again”: Peter Maeck’s previous TEDxLizardCreek Talk, “Remembrance Of Things Present,” described his journey with his father while he had Alzheimer’s Disease. Peter’s present Talk, “Cradle And All: From Womb to Tomb – And Back Again,” treats personal and public separations such as through divorce, death, and disillusion, and suggests how we may channel our departed loved ones’ creativity to achieve in our own lives Thomas Aquinas’s three criteria for beauty: Wholeness, Harmony, and Radiance. Thus life’s beauties, enshrouded for a time by sorrow, can once more be clearly and brightly seen.


Holland Blumer (Charlotte, NC)-  teenage entrepreneur, President of Clothes for Change, founder Teenternships, cofounder of Girls for Tomorrownonprofit

Simone Johnston (Phoenix, AZ)- teenage entrepreneur, COO PurchaseMate, cofounder of Girls for Tomorrow nonprofit

Why young girls need to strive to be weird: a glance inside of modern day high school 

Not enough girls are going to STEM careers. This divide becomes apparent in high school. The boys populate the programming and engineering classes and master the subjects while girls are discouraged from the same opportunity by their peers. My nonprofit has found that changing a high school girl’s perspective on a social norm in this vulnerable time in her life is close to impossible. Yet this issue can be solved before it even comes to the surface. The most effective way to get women in STEM is to have schools require the classes starting at the young age of 11-12 (6th grade) and up through high school. The talk will focus on how this change will help not only the student but also the school, and how to execute on this mission.

Speakers Announced for TEDxLizardCreek “Shaping the Unseen”

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Adam Fields (Lizard Creek, NC)

“Being Paid to Play”

A native of Lizard Creek, NC, Adam Fields is a champion level and professional wake boarder and endorsed athlete. The owner and operator of his own wake board school, AF Wake, Fields is the 2009 world wake board champion. His talk “Paid to Play” will look at how to follow your passion to your dream job.

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Victor Haskins (Richmond, VA)

“Improvisation: Making Something New Out of Something Old”

A world-class trumpet player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator, Victor Haskins will present three different vehicles of improvisation- a tune, a motif, and an idea- as suggested through audience participation, encouraging attendees to consider (or reconsider) the power of improvisation, not only in music, but in their own field or craft. Haskins looks at ways imagination, skills, and intuition shape what is not see to create something new, fresh, and vibrant. Read more about Victor Haskins here: Biography of Victor Haskins.

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“The Gift of Crisis”

Master Sergeant Cedric King- a Norlina, NC native and recipient of the United States Army’s Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal- will speak on “The Gift of Crisis,” how tragedies in life often spawn miraculous gifts and events. Master Sergeant King was injured in his second tour of Afghanistan in 2012, and is now a double amputee on the long road to full recovery, stationed at the Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Read more about Master Sergeant Cedric King here: Biography of Master Sergeant Cedric Jermel King.


Dr. Erica Kosal (Raleigh, NC)

“Take a Walk on the Willing Side, The Road Less Traveled”

Author, speaker, and Associate Professor of Biology at NC Wesleyan, Dr. Kosal is the owner of Bounce to Resilience, a company that works to help people find their inner strengths and develop resilient strategies. Dr. Kosal explores the power of resilience through the lens of both good and bad times, arguing that stress can lead to both negative and positive consequences; however, when viewed with a willing lens, stress can build resilience, leading to joy. This ability to harness your inner strength is available to everyone and she will show the ways to grow that unseen trait. Swimming upstream as a result of her  husband’s deteriorating health, Erica has had to contemplate raising two small children possibly on her own. She knows well how to venture down a road less traveled and win as a result. Read more about Dr. Erica Kosal here: Biography of Erica Kosal.

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“Interpreting History Through Clothing and Costume”

William Ivey Long, a North Carolina native and  Broadway costume designer, has been nominated for thirteen Tony Awards for his work, winning six for his work in Nine, Crazy for You, The Producers, Hairspray, Grey Gardens, and Cinderella. Read more about William Ivey Long here: Biography of William Ivey Long.

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Michael Lubbock (Scotland Neck, NC)

“Portable Incubation”

World renowned aviculturist and conservationist, Michael Lubbock is the Executive Director of Sylvan Heights Bird Park, home to the world’s largest and most biologically significant collection of waterfowl and other birds. “Portable Incubation” is a tale of rearing endangered waterfowl and penguins.

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“Remembrance of Things Present”

Photographer, writer, and teacher of writing, Peter Maeck’s work for Pilobolus and MOMIX Dance Theatres has appeared around the world, and his photos in galleries around the world. His poem, “Remembrance of Things Present,” celebrates his father’s brave and good-humored struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease, and recounts his own journey through frustration, sorrow, and anger to an ultimate realization that dementia’s grip is loosened – for both afflicted persons and caregivers – by the power of poetry, pictures, music, and love. Read more about Peter Maeck here: Biography of Peter Maeck.


Flavio Masson (New York, NY)

“Making a Profit and an Impact”

Founder and head of 10012, a design technology company in New York, Flavio Masson has been recognized with a Webby (the Oscar of the Internet) and as one of the brightest minds in Brazil by Galileo magazine. “Making a Profit and An Impact” looks at using social entrepreneurship to maximize returns to society. Read more about Flavio Masson here: Flavio Masson Biography.

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Harvey Moseley (University Park, MD and Lake Gaston)

“Under the Hood with a Quantum Mechanic”

Award winning astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and teammate to the 2006 Noble Prize in Physics (John Mather), Harvey Moseley is an Ebony, VA native and part-time Lake Gaston resident. “Under the Hood with a Quantum Mechanic” looks at how single experiments with light reveal “quantum weirdness” that controls reality. The basic building blocks of matter are too small and too active to see with our eyes. Special detectors and techniques are required to observe this invisible (unseen) realm. Once these elementary particles and high energies are “shaped” in such a way they can be detected  it becomes obvious that something very strange and unexpected is happening under “the hood”.


Gene Nichol (Chapel Hill, NC)

“It’s Not Good to Be Poor in North Carolina”

Professor and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Gene Nichol is presenting on how “It’s Not Good to Be Poor in North Carolina.”

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Dara Padwo-Audick (Falls Church, VA)

“Inspirations from Bhutan: How Gross National Happiness Changed My Life”

President of Enlightened Media, LLC and Creative Strategies Media, LLC, as well as the co-founder of the Foundation for Global Inspiration, Dara Padwo-Audick is an award winning writer, producer, and director. In 1997, National Geographic sent Dara to Nepal to film a story about Sherpas who had been on Mt. Everest during what became the fatal climb captured by John Krackower in his book Into Thin Air. This life changing experience is what first introduced Dara to the concept of non-attachment; several years later Dara would discover many more unseen opportunities, especially revolving around Gross National Happiness, through her work in Bhutan, the last Buddhist country on the planet. Read more about Dara here: Biography of Dara Padwo-Audick.

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Pat Rumbaugh (Takoma Park, MD)

“Let’s Play America: People of All Ages Deserve to Play”

Pat Rumbaugh is known across America as “The Play Lady”. She is an award-winning play advocate, children’s book author, and former physical education teacher and coach.

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Brian Tarallo (Washington, DC)

“What’s wrong with this picture?: How doodling helps students shape the unseen principles of their lessons in order to create real meaning”

Brian Tarallo is the founder and  Managing Director of Lizard Brain Solutions, a strategic visualization firm, working with clients to solve their most critical issues through visual problem solving methodologies. In “What’s wrong with this picture?,” Brian will show how doodling adds both kinesthetic and visual elements to auditory learning, resulting in increased retention of concepts and ideas, deeper understanding, and concept permanence. Read more about Brian Tarallo here: Biography of Brian Tarallo.

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The Golden Country (Eastern NC)

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The Golden Country is a Alt/Country, Americana duo currently located in Eastern North Carolina. Tim Howe and Rose Gerber are collaborating songwriters who blend haunting harmonies with prolific songwriting. Both Tim and Rose recently moved from Portland, Oregon where they were involved in the local music scene to Eastern North Carolina where they are currently touring and recording, while simultaneously maintaining full-time jobs as public school teachers.