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TEDxMemphis 2020 Offers Foresight For the Future of Memphis

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Predicting the future doesn’t usually look like finding hidden messages in crystal balls. It’s the dreaming up and implementation of ideas today that ignite innovation of tomorrow. To create change in the future, we’ve got to put in work in the present—and TedxMemphis has identified 18 local leaders who have a vision of what Memphis can be in the years to come.

TEDxMemphis is hosting its annual conference on Sunday, February 22 at the new Crosstown Concourse Theater where a diverse lineup of speakers will share their ideas on “Foresight’—to offer a variety of perspectives on what’s possible in our city.

Photo: Ziggy Mack

“This TEDx conference is all about embracing the responsibility for our future. We are excited to bring another brilliant lineup of speakers to spark conversation, and hopefully inspire collaboration and action,” said Anna Mullins Ellis, President and CEO of New Memphis.

The program begins at 9:00 am and is divided into two sessions.

Morning Session Speakers – 9:00am – Noon

  • Dan McCleary: Founder of Tennessee Shakespeare Company
  • Michael Ugwueke: President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System
  • Jennifer Alessandra: SVP and Chief People Officer at Frontdoor
  • Danielle Inez: Chief of Staff at Shelby County Mayor’s Office
  • Taylor Tagg: Senior Business Services Coordinator at the City of Memphis
  • Jani Radhakrishnan: Director of Regional One Health
  • Nubia Yasin: Co-Founder of NuJas
  • Emilee Herrington: Survivor
  • Archie Moss Jr: Principal at Shelby County Schools

Afternoon Session Speakers – 1:30pm – 5pm

  • Chloe Hakim-Moore: Director of NEXT Memphis
  • Austin Crowder: Educator at Soulsville Charter School
  • Candace Steele Flippin: EVP and Chief Communications Officer at First Horizon
  • Tom Shadyac: Filmmaker
  • Justin Miller: CEO of Slingshot Memphis
  • Rhonnie Brewer: CEO of Progeny Place
  • Sridhar Sunkara: CEO of eBiz Solutions
  • Ariana Glantz: Educator at University of Memphis
  • Shamichael Hallman: Manager at Cossitt Library

Learn more about each of the 2020 speakers here.

If you’ve never attended a TEDxMemphis conference, you can check out past speakers and watch their talks here to get a sense of what it’s like.

Tickets for TEDxMemphis are $50 for one session or $85 for the full day. The Friends of TEDx option is $150 and includes a full-day pass to both conference sessions, plus your name is displayed as a donor to TEDx on the TEDxMemphis website and you are showcased and thanked at the conference. Purchase tickets here.

TEDxMemphis is sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union, and is organized and managed by a small committee of TED enthusiasts and the local nonprofit New Memphis. Learn more about them at, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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