About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.



David Phillips

David Phillips
Co-Chair, TEDxCharlotteED
Faster Glass Consulting
Partner, Innovation Provocateur
As a former teacher, helping organize TEDxCharlotteED allows me to contribute to a mission that I care deeply about. Plus, working with our unbelievably passionate, talented, and knowledgeable volunteers and speakers is a tremendous learning experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. 


lexee zutz

Lexee Zutz
Co-Chair, TEDxCharlotteED
PReP Intl
Director of Marketing
I believe the success of our education system is one of the most important pillars to building the best city possible. I founded TEDxCharlotteED because I heard many stories of success through one-on-one conversations and wanted to provide a platform for these stories to be told to a larger audience.  It’s an honor to work with so many great people to continue TED’s mission of sharing “ideas worth spreading.”



Heather Johnson
The Creative Stack
Owner, Graphic Designer
I have always been fascinated with the concept of TED.  I jumped at the chance to help with art direction of TEDxCharlotteED last year and am so excited to be back on board for this year’s event.  The experience and TEDxTalks are always inspiring!



Ann Kelly
Charlotte Mecklenburg School District
English Teacher
Working as a teacher in the twenty-first century requires passion and adaptability, an ability to seek out solutions and techniques to best suit a diverse student population. Helping to organize TEDxCharlotteED gives me the unique opportunity to work among many from whom I can learn and the opportunity to help give that to others.


Blair Primis

Blair Primis
Co-Director – OrthoCarolina Foundation
I’m always anxious to see how our local corporate culture can partner and support our local educational initiatives and programs.  Being with the people and organizations in this space has been, and will continue to be, truly inspiring.


Barbara Caldwell

Barbara Caldwell
Teaching Fellows Institute
Executive Director
After attending last year’s inspiring TedXCharlotteED event, I wanted to help with this year’s valuable discourse on the educational landscape in Charlotte. By offering the opportunity for thought provoking speakers to present their unique observations on  current educational issues, TedXCharlotteED  can engage, honor and inspire the Charlotte Mecklenburg area’s most effective teachers as well as adding value to the educational discussion in Charlotte.


Michael Realon 

Michael Realon
Olympic Community of Schools
Career and Community Development Coordinator
About 1 out of 3 high students in America drop out with no promise of success in their lives, and too often this form of “collateral damage” appears acceptable to most within our community and nation.   This condition is not the fault of educators.  As a community and a nation we must reconsider and discuss what social compact should exist for our children in a global 21st century.


Kaitlyn Herthel

Kaitlyn Herthel 
Garinger High School 
Math Teacher
As a teacher, I am constantly excited by new opportunities to reach my students and always looking to learn more. I love being surrounded by like-minded people who aren’t giving up on education.