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Think Tank

It’s been called the ultimate brain spa. TEDx brings together cities’ emerging brainpowers, cultural thinkers, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders to discuss everything from race relations and education to human trafficking and inner city food deserts. Consider it a city’s mega conference on big ideas. This month, Winn Maddrey has taken the helm of the local conference for the first time to create yet another sell-out event for the Queen City. Though the event, which has a theme of “Unexpected,” is considerably smaller and more intimate this spring with just 100 coveted tickets at The Chop Shop in NoDa, the premise is the same: give Charlotte’s thinkers a platform to tell their stories. “TEDx is as if someone walked in and gave you four books on topics you never would've read,” says Maddrey. “It features people who have diverse points of view and ideas that provoke the audience.” This year, TEDx Charlotte attendees can expect more groundbreaking ideas from key speakers like Melissa Mummert, founder of Second Helping, which provides jobs for recently-incarcerated women, and Carol Quillen, president of Davidson College. “It’ll be fascinating and dynamic,” says Maddrey of this year’s event. “It’s the idea of bumping into things you wouldn't bump into, innovative, provocative ideas that contribute to the civic dialogue.”February 21, 1-5 p.m., The Chop Shop NoDa,**The event is sold out but you can visit for a live stream the day of the event

TEDx Charlotte’s SpeakersA look at who you can expect to see at this year’s event

Antonia “Neet” Childs, Founder and Executive Director, Neet’s SweetsCarol Quillen, President, Davidson CollegeDavid Campbell, Founder and CEO, Boxman StudiosGreg LaCour, Storyteller, Freelance writer/editor/blogger, Charlotte magazineJames Stewart, CEO, Co-Founder and Writer, Detailed BlockJenifer Daniels, The Bridge PRMelissa Mummert, Founder, Second HelpingNeale Bayly, Host and Executive Producer, Neale Bayly RidesTamela Rich, Author, Speaker, Writer