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Innovators, optimists, storytellers, & more

The incredible speakers/performers chosen for TEDxAsheville 2018 are ready to guide you to "Higher Ground."  They come from a place of experience and genuine passion for the topics they each will share. Be ready to be informed and inspired!

Speaker Bios


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2017 THEME


Becoming Aware. Raising Consciousness.  Engaging the world.  Here in Asheville, NC we are a community of folks who care about continued personal growth and service to others.  TEDx Asheville 2017 strives to assist this process through providing engaging speakers in the areas of social, environmental and global awakening and commitment to making our world  a better place for everyone.