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Our Story

TEDx Brevard Story 

TEDxBrevard is a locally curated and organized event licensed by the TED organization.

 

After successful application process, Nancy McCullough, was awarded the TEDxBrevard license through the non-profit TED Organization. With her leadership team, the TEDxBrevard event is now accepting speaker applications for the September 28, 2024 event at the Porter Center.

 

We are actively looking for Sponsors who believe in "Ideas Worth Spreading, In The Mountains". We love our volunteers, vendors, and all our community members who would like to get involved. 

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Left to right:   Keturah Allgood, Sarah Siskand, Michael Collins, Jill Haynie, Amber Shadwick- Bennett, Nancy McCullough, Billy Smith, Leah Webb (arms outstretched), Cyndy Orr- Cathcart, Greg Cathcart, Kathleen Mallet, William Casey, Jax Casey
Meet the Team
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Nancy McCullough is the Co-Organizer for TEDxBrevard and TEDxBrevard Women. She used her skills in gathering people together to facilitate conversation to obtain the TED licensing and bring the TEDx experience to Brevard. She is committed to "Ideas Worth Spreading" and sharing the wealth, depth and community fabric with a global audience.

Nancy TED link

Nancy McCullough

Co-Organizer

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Cyndy is a native of Transylvania County. In 2003, she and her brother founded both a sales consulting firm and a membership travel company. In the 1990s, she held leadership positions in nonprofits focused on mental health, public policy and nonprofit resource development. She attended Montreat College and Campbell University. Cyndy and her husband, Greg, are involved in advocacy for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, those experiencing PTSD, and the wrongfully convicted.

Cyndy TED link

Cyndy Orr- Cathcart

Co- Organizer

TEDx

TED

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.)

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos. The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps 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. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

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