Speakers and performers for the September 15 Salon include:
· Andrew Billings, Professor of Telecommunication & Film at the University of Alabama, who will be speaking about how sports can serve as a common ground and language for social change.
· Tahiera Brown, writer and CEO of Darkness To Light Films, who will be speaking about resiliency in overcoming extreme and traumatic situations.
· Bri Bruce, writer, artist, and musician, who will be performing a spoken word and musical piece.
· Miguel Carpizo-Ituarte, community organizer for Greater Birmingham Ministries, who will be speaking about a holistic approach to overcoming one’s perceived challenges.
· Caroline McGraw, writer and creator of AWishComeClear.com, who will be speaking about overcoming the mental barrier of perfectionism.
· John Paul Taylor, poet and founder of the non-profit Real Life Poets, who will be speaking about how poetry and the arts can empower youth to speak their truths.
· Brad Toland, teacher, lawyer, tour guide and editor of TolandTravels.com, who will be speaking about how travel can open up our minds and help us relate to others.
· Tripp Watson, entrepreneur attorney and founder of the Watson Firm, who will be speaking about what cities can learn about attracting and retaining young professionals.
Anyone interested in attending a TEDxBirmingham event can get more information from www.TEDxBirmingham.org. Information is also available by following @TEDxBirmingham on Twitter.
TEDxBirmingham is loosely themed, and speakers — none of whom are paid — are curated from various backgrounds. The program also features artistic performers as well as a tasting by a local chef. Attending TEDxBirmingham requires applying for an invitation. The audience is carefully curated, representing a cross-disciplinary mix of attendees, ranging from civic and business leaders to professionals, educators, technologists, and artists.
TEDxBirmingham – like all TEDx events – is an independent, volunteer effort operated under license from TED. It is not organized for political reasons, monetary reward, or personal gain. Everyone associated with TEDxBirmingham does so because they believe in the power of ideas to change the world.
TEDxBirmingham is supported by sponsors, who provide both in-kind contribution of their services or products, or cash contributions. TEDxBirmingham is organized under the fiscal sponsorship of the Innovation Depot, which is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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