TEDxRVA 2013 featured live talks by impressive Richmonders, nationally known innovators and story tellers, and international change makers. Combine this with the enthusiastic attendees, the interactive experiences, and live energy from the “built from scratch” theater, we CREATEd a dynamic day. Little did we know how this event would tap into Richmond’s huge reservoir of passion to celebrate the region’s ingenuity and to share ideas across all disciplines. We are hooked and ready for year two!

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 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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 host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows 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.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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


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Andy Stefanovich

2013 TEDxRVA Curator

Chief Curator and Provocateur at Prophet, Andy has earned a reputation as one of the most disruptive and effective advisors in business. In his 20 years Andy helped reinvent the leadership of GE, conceived a new version of Vegas through the Cosmopolitan Hotel, and helped Gap re-imagine its future. He has traveled the world discussing his most inspiring discoveries, observances, and experiences as a member of the Washington Speakers Bureau.  He is currently visiting professor at many leading universities, including Dartmouth, University of Michigan, Duke, and University of Richmond. Andy’s first book, the best seller “Look at More: A Proven Approach to Innovation, Growth and Change” was cited in Ad Age as one of “Ten Marketing Books You Should Have Read.”  Andy likes to get people thinking, to get people talking. He likes to provoke as much inspiration as he can; where ever he can. Say hello to the curator of TEDxRVA.

Core Organizing Team

  • Brad Dey
  • Bob Tarren
  • Chrystal Neal
  • Diane O'Neal
  • Ed Trask
  • Farrah Haddad
  • Jack Berry
  • John Mills
  • Josh Epperson
  • Katie Benson
  • Leah Fremouw
  • Lisa Sims
  • Luke Rabin
  • Stephen Lecky
  • Suzanne Hall
  • Tammy Jackson
  • Timothy Couillard

Key Contributors

  • Alana Kucharski
  • Alex Dahm
  • Amy Black
  • Andreas Addison
  • Anya Mills
  • Brandon Montijo
  • Brian Cannon
  • Caroline Blanzaco
  • Charley Foley
  • Charlie Humphries
  • Christine Rochester
  • Cindy Hicks
  • Constance Costas
  • Dave Jackson
  • Dawn Waters
  • Denton Freeman
  • Elizabeth Cogar
  • Ellie Kaplan
  • Erika Jones-Haskins
  • Heather Garrett
  • Jamie Seagraves
  • Jay Hugo
  • Jeff MacDonald
  • Jennifer Shields
  • Jon Newman
  • Josh Scarbrough
  • Julie Smith
  • Kristen Kidd Donovan
  • Lauren Llewellyn
  • Libbie Hiner
  • Lisa Taranto
  • Luke Rabin
  • Matt Lively
  • Matt Wolk
  • Mavis Wynn
  • Morgan Blake
  • Noah Scalin
  • Peter Fraser
  • Peyton Wells
  • Risa Gomez
  • Sanford Bond
  • Scott Ukrop
  • Scott DiPerna
  • Sharon Bassard
  • Sheri Crowell
  • Tamara Barns
  • Terence Sullivan
  • Tony Scida
  • Tripp Longest


  • Stay tuned for our 2014 partners.