TEDxPeachtree 2017 Announces First Eight Speakers

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Monday, August 7th, 2017

TEDxPeachtree, Georgia’s largest TEDx group of its kind, announced the first eight presenters of its dynamic 2017 conference line-up. Known for its multidisciplinary roster, 2017 topics include the future of energy, an unexpected cause of prison over-population and how to reduce it, a discovery that could hold the key to fighting glioblastoma, the form of brain cancer affecting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and an entertaining approach to achieving world peace.

Presenters among the first half of this year’s 16-presenter line-up are:

  • Tejas Athni, neuroscience explorer. Rising high school senior at Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga. and student researcher at Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, Mich.) and Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, Ga.).

  • Rickey Bevington, journalist, community interest advocate. Award-winning journalist and Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio’s local host for the nationally syndicated All Things Considered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Jasmine Crowe, anti-hunger activist, entrepreneur. Founder of Goodr, a social enterprise leveraging technology to connect sources of excess food to vulnerable communities.

  • Justin Daniels, cyberspace connector, attorney. Founder of Atlanta Cyber Week, a public-private collaboration hosting multiple events during the first week of October that enable meaningful interaction between cybersecurity startup companies and corporations.

  • Bill Nussey, clean energy advocate, serial entrepreneur, author. Founder of the Freeing Energy Project whose mission is to accelerate the shift to cleaner and more cost-effective energy and, CEO of technology companies that have created thousands of jobs and billions in market value.

  • Jason Martin, public education activist, entrepreneur. Founder of Community Guilds, a nonprofit harnessing the power of the maker movement to provide apprenticeship learning and entrepreneurship, and school-based programs that will ignite a love of learning in students and transform teaching in schools.

  • Susan Sparks, comedian, pastor, author, attorney. Comedian and senior pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City.

  • Louise Wasilewski, criminal justice activist, entrepreneur, aerospace engineer. Co-founder of Acivilate, a company that leverages technology and data in a unique way to keep persons convicted of a crime from going back to prison.


When: Friday, October 6, 2017, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta

Tickets: http://TEDxPeachtree17.eventbrite.com