TEDxPeachtree | Buckhead Theatre | Atlanta, GA

My co-‘tographer Erin and I were crazy-honored to be invited to photograph TEDxPeachtree, Atlanta’s own independently organized TED event.  If you’ve never seen a TED presentation, allow me to introduce you.  These are three of our all-time favorite TED talks, sure to squeeze your soul, catch your breath, and challenge your views:

Brené Brown, self-described “researcher-storyteller”, studies the insane power — and necessity — of vulnerability in our lives (at TEDxHouston).

-Ash Beckham invites us all to identify our own closets, and finally COME OUT (at TEDxBoulder).

-Dan Pallotta revolutionizes our thinking about nonprofits, and envisions a bold new path toward changing the world (at TED2013).

One of TEDxPeachtree’s sponsors was SocialBox, a cool new way to photobooth it!

Thrive Farmers Coffee was on hand to wake us all up with farm-direct, fresh-brewed coffee!

Backstage, with the presenters… I love the old ROXY sign hanging on the wall!  Anyone remember the ROXY days?

LOTS of Google Glass was on display at TEDxPeachtree!  I loved this techy ma’am on the front row in her Google Glass, lounging on a gi-normous JAXX bean bag chair!

Presenter: Jeff Shinabarger
“We will be known by the problems we solve.”

Presenter: David Green
“We should demand simplicity.  If we do, our perceptions align with reality.”

Presenter: Jim Hackler
green pedaler
“You can talk about the impact to our environment, our health, our communities — but the bottom line is cycling is a joy.”

Presenter: Rashid Nuri
urban farmer
“We grow the dirt. God grows the food.”

Presenter: Rossin
portrait artist (those are PAINTINGS, people!!!)
“Grace is the answer… Everything else is second best.”

Presenter: Nathan Sawaya
LEGO brick artist
“Art makes better humans, art is necessary to understanding the world, and art makes people happy.  Undeniably, art is not optional.”

Presenter: Aurora Robson
“Artists are inspired visionaries. Enlist us to visualize and create a sustainable future.”

Emcee Nwandi Lawson

Presenter: Michelle Malone
“The greatest change one can bring is by living an inspired and impassioned life, because joy and courage are contagious.”

Fresh fruit was on hand throughout the day, courtesy of Fresh Harvest, and Affairs to Remember delivered scrumptious boxed lunches!

TEDxPeachtree Founder Al Meyers, Organizer Jacqui Chew, and Producer Bill Schnitzer

What’s better than beer?  Nothing. Okay, except for maybe CRAFT BEER ICE CREAM. I kid you not.

RadioX was on hand for some live podcasting!


Presenter: Marshall Seese Jr.
music-making entrepreneur
“We all get lost from time to time.  But it’s the journey we take while we’re lost that makes us who we are.”

Presenter: Mark Riedl
artificial intelligence researcher
“If you are not scared of failure, you are not working on the right problem.”

Presenter: Wanda Hopkinds-McClure
“Innovation in education will happen one teacher, one student, one classroom at a time.”

Presenter: Daphne Greenberg
adult literacy advocate
“Acknowledging our medley of voices brings us one step closer to an inclusive society.”

Presenter: George Yu
“It is better to know than not know, it is better to see than not see, and it is better to be curious than satisfied.”

Presenter: Amy Baxter
“To provide excellent healthcare, we must err on the side of empathy.”

Presenter: Mary Frances Bowley
“We can’t sit here anymore and watch the bullies steal the childhood of our daughters.”

Presenter: Lisa Earle McLeod
“It’s not our truths that cause problems, it is our belief in their exclusivity.”

Presenter: Neale Martin
“If you want to change your life, you must change your habits.”

Congratulations to the entire team!!!

And because everyone else involved with this year’s TEDxPeachtree got a photo, here are Erin (on the left) and me (on the right), both of us looking adorable as usual (of course):

(Thanks, Ben & Colleen, for the photo of me!)

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1 Comment

  1. What an awesome assignment. I love TedX. Sharon and I were watching the HeadGames series collection on Netflix last night. Love the comedian who makes jokes about mental illness. Really, it’s funny and not offensive. At least not to me, and I am the one in four.

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