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.

William IL headshotWilliam Ivey Long (New York, NY and Seaboard, NC)

“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.

Peter M headshotPeter Maeck (Lexington, MA)

“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)

Musical performance

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.

Speaker Letter and Sponsor Template Posted

Happy New Year, TEDxLizardCreek supporters! Please take note that the team is still taking nominations for speakers for TEDxLizardCreek “Shaping the Unseen.” View the TEDxLizardCreek Speaker Letter here or under the “Speakers” tab if interested. Deadline for nominations is February 1, 2014.

The team is also looking for sponsors for the event. View details here in the TEDxLizardCreek Sponsor Agreement Template, or visit our “Sponsors” tab.

We’re excited at how things are taking shape for the event. Please, join us!

Theme Selected for 2014: Shaping the Unseen

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. 

The inaugural TEDxLizardCreek theme chooses to honor the imagery and workings of Lake Gaston. The composition of a lake bed significantly impacts the life that is able to thrive in that area. A lake’s depth and contour lines contribute to the characteristics of its currents. The ripples we notice on the surface of the water are results of that which we cannot always see. The 2014 TEDxLizardCreek “Shaping the Unseen” will look at the lake bed of our community and of ourselves, reflecting on the stories and ideas that have impacted and continue to shape us.