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TEDxWakeForestU 2017: The Power of Curiosity

At TEDxWakeForestU 2017, eight impressive speakers will give TED-style talks of 18 minutes or less on curiosity as it relates to each of their unique fields of expertise. Register to attend TEDxWakeForestU and explore the curiosities of our world. What makes you curious?

Speakers for TEDxWakeForestU 2017 include:



Otto Bell is the director of over 15 documentary films which have taken him all over the world. Most recently, he directed "The Eagle Huntress", a documentary about a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who challenges the male-dominated Kazakh tradition of male eagle hunters. He is also the founder of "Courageous," CNN's new innovative brand studio.



Jeremy Cage is an optimistic and energetic leader with a 30 year track record of delivering profitable business growth. He has spent 16 years of his career at Procter & Gamble and 10 years at PepsiCo as Chief Marketing Officer of the International Foods business and Senior Vice President of the Global Snacks business. Cage is now President of the Cage Group - a Strategy, Marketing, and Innovation firm designed to help businesses and organizations unleash their full potential.  



Joe Callahan is CEO of Ciright Companies, TriState HVAC, and a number of other technology firms. He has successfully helped organizations align their processes and goals with employee needs and incentives by revitalizing their supervisory IT platforms. In addition, Callahan works to help companies and organizations familiarize themselves with the technology that can revolutionize their business. He is the recipient of the 2017 Alumni Entrepreneur Award at Drexel University and the 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology Award.



Anna Cianci is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Wake Forest University School of Business. Her academic research primarily focuses on judgment and decision making behavior in financial accounting and auditing settings. She has been published in numerous journals, including: Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; Accounting, Organizations and Society; and the Journal of Applied Psychology.



Amelia Dunlop is a principal at Doblin, Monitor Deloitte's design-led innovation practice. She focuses on how organizations design and build their innovation capabilities. She is also the head of the Deloitte Strategy practice for the Insurance sector and the global leader of the Innovation Capability building platform.



Ever Lee Hairston serves on the Board of Directors for the National Federation of the Blind. Born to sharecropping parents on the Cooleemee Plantation in Davie County, North Carolina, Hairston grew up in the segregated South and was active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Now, decades after losing her eyesight, she devotes tireless hours to helping others realize their lives have purpose as they reach their full potential in spite of obstacles.



Story Musgrave was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and has flown on six spaceflights. Before becoming an astronaut, he worked as an electrician, a mathematician, a computer programmer, a mechanic, a pilot, and a surgeon. Musgrave also served in Korea with the U.S. Marines. Today, he operates a palm farm in Orlando, FL, a production company in Sydney, and a sculpture company in Burbank, CA. He is also a landscape architect, a concept artist with Walt Disney Imagineering, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc., and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.



Dmitry Sitkovetsky has been a successful performer, creator and facilitator for over four decades. His enviable career as a violin soloist is documented in several dozen recordings of all major concertos and a wide selection of chamber repertoire. As a conductor, Sitkovetsky has held artistic leadership positions with the Ulster Orchestra, the Russian State Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon. In 1990, he founded the New European Strings orchestra (NES), an ensemble of the most distinguished European string players. He has been the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina since 2003.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxWakeForestU, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxWakeForestU, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Wait Chapel
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Speakers, Special Events, Conference / Panel, General, Community, Next Week at Wake


School of Business

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Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Parents/Guests, Staff, Students, First-Year Students, Prospective Students



Wake Forest University and Wake Health students, faculty, & staff admitted free. General public admission fee $15.00.

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