TEDxBaylorSchool 2017 | Speakers




Alan Stein – Basketball Performance Coach, Corporate Speaker, Podcast Host and Social Media Influencer

Respecting Time and Living Present

Alan is world-renowned basketball performance coach, corporate speaker, executive leadership coach, podcast host and social media influencer.

He has spent the past 15 years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet, including NBA superstar Kevin Durant and the #1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz. Alan now teaches organizations how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite basketball players and teams use to perform at a world-class level.

He is passionate about developing genuine leadership, authentic team cohesion and true mental toughness and works relentlessly to educate and inspire people to take immediate action to improve their mindset, habits, happiness and success.



Christian J. Collier – Artist & Educator

Poem: Mama Said

Christian J. Collier is a 2015 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow. He is an accomplished artist, publicpx speaker, and educator who has shared the stage with several members of HBO's Def Poetry cast, legendary poet and activist Ishmael Reed, Grammy-nominated artist Minton Sparks, etc. Mr. Collier has also given a TEDx Talk and been featured on an episode of TNT's State Farm Neighborhood Sessions with multi-platinum recording artist Usher Raymond. Repeatedly, he has been featured on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel, which prides itself on featuring the best-spoken word artists working today. Some of his works have been featured on The Guardian and published in such publications as The American Journal of Poetry. His 2009 chapbook Ghosts & Echoes has sold hundreds of copies independently solely off the strength of readings and live performances.



Derelle Roshell – The Founder and CEO of Lingua Cocoa

Escaping the Impoverished Mindset

Lingua Cocoa, a chocolate company founded in Chattanooga that aims to infuse ingredients from around the world into chocolate to raise cultural awareness. Beginning his entrepreneurial journey at the young age of sixteen, he was determined to create a brighter future for his community, family, and most of all, himself. While using the skills he had acquired along his small business journey, he was recruited to work for a local non-profit called LAUNCH Chattanooga. At LAUNCH he was granted the opportunity to get back into his community, where he was able to encourage and help build and facilitate the millennial entrepreneur movement through LAUNCH's High School Entrepreneurship Program. After leaving LAUNCH, Derelle saw an opportunity to broaden his influence to inspire many more millennials to chase and pursue their dreams as successful entrepreneurs. In pursuing this goal, he was led to Nashville where he is currently re-launching Lingua Cocoa and creating a short network series he calls “Young & Hungry,” while finishing school at Tennessee State University. Through this series he hopes to inspire, lead, and motivate his generation; a generation that he feels can surpass every doubt, stereotype, and label set on them.



Elijah Anderson Barrera – World Languages Department Chair at Baylor School

Join the World Language party

Elijah strives in his Spanish-language classes to put students into real-world situations. He has spent the past 15 years challenging students to dive courageously into the experience of learning a new language and culture. This teaching style is deeply rooted in his own personal experience growing up in multilingual, multicultural communities in Los Angeles. Starting at a young age, Eli experienced life outside of his own cultural and linguistic environment for several years, living in Sri Lanka, India, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Spain. Now in his 13th year of a cultural immersion experience as a Californian in Tennessee, Elijah continues to design language immersion trips for students abroad where they are challenged to really connect in important ways with the communities that they visit. At the same time, he encourages students to embrace their own cultural heritage while connecting to the diversity that exists within the fabric of their own community.



Felicia Jackson – Chief Executive Officer at the CPR LifeWrap

Three Dynamics to Life-Saving Success

Felicia Jackson is the inventor and CEO of the CPR LifeWrap. After the sudden and unforeseen death of a beloved family member, as well as a near fatal choking incident with her son, Felicia had a vision of a product that could help save lives. She sought help from the LAUNCH Business Entrepreneurship Academy and the Co.lab Accelerator Program. After graduating, she debuted the CPR LifeWrap, a disposable CPR template that helps guide any bystander through an emergency situation. To date, her invention has been featured on Beckers Hospital Review, Black Enterprise Magazine, teknovation.biz, Edge Magazine, Chattanooga MAGAZINE, and several news and radio spots. Felicia is currently working hard to make CPR LifeWrap accessible to everyone, so that performing CPR is less intimidating.



John Sterling – Professor of Criminal Justice at Bryan College

Learning Problem-Solving Skills with Old Cars

John Sterling graduated from High School in Kansas in 1971. He became a deputy sheriff in 1975 and joined the Kansas National Guard in 1983. In 1999 he graduated from law school with a Juris Doctorate and also picked a Masters in Public Policy along the way. In 2001, after the terrorist attack on September 11, he had the opportunity to serve again, as a law enforcement trainer in anti-terrorism. In 2003, he was hired by the governor of Tennessee to serve as the first Regional Coordinator for Homeland Security for the Eastern one-third of Tennessee. In 2005 he began a new career as a college professor, in the Criminal Justice Discipline. He now serve as the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator for Bryan College in Dayton TN. He also has turned his hobby into a business- rescuing old cars out of pastures and barns to make them daily drivers.



Joshua Browder – Founder at DoNotPay — Forbes 30 under 30

How Lawyers are Going to Be Replaced with Artificial Intelligence

Joshua Browder is the Founder of DoNotPay, a robot lawyer that helps people with their legal issues. Since its launch, the site has attracted over 275,000 successful appeals and saved drivers an estimated $9 million. He has since expanded the website to deal with other over a dozen areas of the law, including homelessness and refugee asylum. He is studying Computer Science at Stanford and ultimately hopes to replace exploitative lawyers with bots.



Justin Lewis-Weber – CEO of Empower Earth Inc.

Doublethink, Nondisprovables, and the Scientific Method

Justin Lewis-Weber is an entrepreneur, student, problem solver, and pilot. He enjoys working on solving hard but vitally important problems from fundamental physics up. He concentrates mainly on climate change and renewable energy. From an early age, Justin loved building things, and especially flying things. At 10 years old, he worked on the first computationally controlled multicopters, colloquially known as drones. At 15 years old, he started Access, Inc., which aims to revolutionize how people interact with metro systems around the world. At 17, he wrote and published a peer reviewed academic paper entitled Lunar Based Self-Replicating Solar Factory, which proposed making solar panels on the surface of the Moon using macromechanical self replicating systems, resulting in solar panels that cost 0.015% of their terrestrial counterparts. Justin is currently CEO of Empower Earth Inc., a startup currently in stealth mode that aims to solve the fundamental energy paradigm of powered air flight. He is also currently studying at Stanford University.



Liz Kislik – President of Liz Kislik Associates

Why There's So Much Conflict at Work, and How to Fix It

During more than 25 years as a management consultant and business coach, Liz Kislik has helped organizations from the Fortune 500 to national nonprofits and family-run businesses – such as American Express, the American Red Cross, Staples, and Highlights for Children, Inc. – solve their biggest challenges in organizational performance, talent management, and leadership development while strengthening their top and bottom lines in the process. Liz is a contributor to Harvard Business Review and has served as adjunct faculty at Hofstra University and New York University. Her speaking engagements and weekly Workplace Wisdom blog focus on collaboration, managing teams, developing leaders, and improving customer loyalty.



Mike Michalowicz – The Author of Surge, Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan & The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

Protect The Queen - The Simple System to Make any Business Permanently More Efficient

By his 35th birthday, Mike Michalowicz had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor... and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.

Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Among other innovative strategies, Mike created the “Profit First Formula,” a way for businesses to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward.

Mike is now running his third million dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is the former MSNBC business make-over expert; is a popular keynote speakeron innovative entrepreneurial topics.



Myke Kelly – President of Tennessee Valley Pride

LGBTQAlphabet Soup

Myke Kelly is an official card carrying member of and advocate for the area's LGBTQ+ community. Myke serves as President of Tennessee Valley Pride/Chattanooga Pride as well as Treasurer for Nooga Diversity Center. Currently, Myke's advocacy has been focused towards transgender and non-binary youth through identifying affirming resources, education amd on campus GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) support. Myke lives in Chattanooga with their spouse and two daughters. Both daughters started this school year as a freshman, one at UTC and one at CSAS. Although Myke has many roles and identifiers, queer is first and foremost.



Rob Headrick – MD, MBA, Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Co-director Rees Skillern Cancer Institute CHI Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, TN

A New Approach to Reducing Cancer Mortality: Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing

Dr. Headrick is responsible for continued growth and oversight of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at Memorial Hospital. He also serves as a dyad leader for the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute focusing on vision, growth, fundraising and marketing of the cancer institute. He is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, TN.



Robin Fazio – Farmer and World Language Instructor at Baylor School

Why you want to be a farmer

Robin A. Fazio holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Animal Science, and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. He is currently employed at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he teaches Spanish and manages the school's small organic farm. He also operates his family farm in Colquitt, Georgia, which has been in his family for six generations. His interests are sustainable and local agriculture, food security, and human and economic rights. Robin has volunteered on agricultural projects in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and Africa.

Robin lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife and their two children.



Sam Feinburg – The Executive Director of Helena

How to avoid high-altitude EMP threats and save the nation

Helena is a think tank of global leaders focused on executing projects that improve the world. Its members include Nobel Laureates, senior military and political figures, technology entrepreneurs, and more. Current Helena members include General Stanley McChrystal, producer Brian Grazer, financier Nicolas Berggruen, former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, GE Vice-Chair Beth Comstock, and more.

In frequent meetings across the globe, Helena works alongside its members to address important problems and create exciting innovations. To date, Helena's projects have sought to address climate change, urban poverty, and nuclear security. Sam also serves as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at The Boston Consulting Group, and was a founding member of the Visioneers' Team that designed the forthcoming ANA Avatar XPRIZE. In 2014, Sam won the World Schools Debating Championships as a member of the England Debate Team. Sam left Yale University after two years to operate Helena full time. He is 21.



Stuart Friedman – Chief Executive Officer at Global Context LLC

Cracking The Truth Codes – How Culture Impacts The Way People Tell the Truth... or Why They Don't

Stuart has held management positions at Texas Instruments, Intel, Honeywell, and numerous startups. As vice president and general manager at Terayon Communication Systems, Stuart lead his division to becoming the world's second largest cable modem vendor. Realizing his expertise with world cultures played a critical role in his success, Stuart began Global Context, providing coaching and training programs that address the challenges of today's multicultural workplace. His clients have included Apple, Coldwell Banker, Genentech, Microsoft, Nissan, and Sony. Stuart is a contributing author to Fortune.com and BusinessInsider.com. He has been interviewed for Forbes.com, WCBS 880AM NewsRadio (New York), and WTOPS 103.5FM Radio (Washington D.C.). Stuart guest lectures at San Francisco State University's Business School and University of Southern California's Graduate School of Applied Psychology.



Elizabeth Hayslett – Junior at Baylor

Elizabeth is a junior at Baylor school. She was born and rasised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and she has loved reading all of her life. Elizabeth discovered the beauty of illuminated manuscripts at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City while on a trup with her grandparents; she has been fascinated with them ever since.



Cannon Hunt – Singer/Songwriter and Sophomore at Baylor

Cannon Hunt is sophomore at Baylor. His goal in writing is to create honest songs that leave nothing behind. Cannon is incredibly excited to share a few of his songs at TEDxBaylorSchool.






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