Conference Schedule

The 2021 TEDx Memphis conference theme is Ctrl+Alt+Dlt, a simple computer function most of us are familiar with. One that helps us reset our desktops and start fresh. What if you could take that same concept, butapply it to ideas? The thoughts we have help direct the course of our lives and TEDx Ctrl+Alt+Dlt is here to help you reset the way you think! 

2021 Speaker Lineup

Session 1:

Session One begins at Noon. Doors open at 11am.

  • Bryan Eagle, Champion of Sustainability & CEO at Glanris

  • Britney Thornton, Community Organizer & Founder of JUICE Orange Mound

  • Jacob Davis, Award-Winning Architect & Environmental Steward​

  • Nighat Akbar Shah, Impact Investor, Entrepreneur, Producer, & Philanthropist

  • Michelle McKissack, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist & National Level Secretary of the Council of Urban Boards of Education

  • Nikia Grayson, Public Health Activist, Anthropologist, & Nurse

  • Justin Entzminger, Community Galvanizer & Executive Director of Innovate Memphis

  • Jimpsie Ayres, Painter & Seeker of Nonverbal Truth

  • William "FRY" Arnold, Diversity, Equity, Justice & Access Consultant & Change Maker

Session 2:

Session Two begins at 3pm. Doors open at 2:30pm.

  • Amber Hamilton, Leader, Coach, Trainer, & Executive Director of Memphis Music Initiative

  • Sarah Houston, YouTube Educator & Water Warrior at Protect Our Aquifer

  • John Carroll, Community Catalyzer, Executive Director of City Leadership, & Founder of Choose901

  • Daniel Aaron Harris, Artist, Author, Actor, & Activist for All Abilities

  • Eso Tolson, Lettering Artist, Brand Strategist, & Community Builder

  • Alyssa Dominique Nucaro, 10-year Memphis Educator & New Memphis Educator of Excellence

  • Justin Merrick, Grammy-Nominated Leader, Ethical Storyteller, & Cultivator of Authentic Voices

  • Nicole Lauchaire, SVP of Corporate Communications at Varsity Brands & Co-Host for the Varsity Spirit Cheer Championships on ESPN & CBS Sports Network

  • Dr. Bernard Williams, Chief Probation Officer & Juvenile Justice System Reformer

Meet the Host! 

Ekundayo Bandele was born in raised in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. He attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. After transferring to Morehouse College, he wrote and produced his first original play, “Talking About My Man”. He went on to write and produce four other plays, including “Judas Hands” which was part of Cleveland’s Karamu House’s play reading series. In 2006, Ekundayo founded Hattiloo Theatre, a non-profit Black repertory theatre, in Memphis, TN, where he currently serves as founder and CEO. Among his directing credits are August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” and Katori Hall’s “Hurt Village.” From 2012 - 2014, he spearheaded a $4.3M capital campaign that resulted in the construction of Hattiloo’s 14,000 square foot venue that opened debt-free in 2014. Also, in 2014, he worked as assistant to Tony Award-winning director Ruben Santiago Hudson at the Willamstown Theatre Festival’s production of Domonique Morriseau’s play “Paradise Blue,” which starred TV?film actor Blair Underwood. In 2017, he co-led, with Teresa Eyering, Theatre Communication Group’s executive director, a theatre management course at the University of Orduman in Khartoum, Sudan. In 2019 he produced “Ain’t Misbehavin” at Spazio Teatro No'hma in Milan, Italy. In 2020, he returned to Milan with a production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.” Ekundayo is a Fellow at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. He serves as board chairman of Memphis Brand, a board member of the Chicago-based African American Museum of Performing Arts, a founding steering committee member of the CRAFT Institute at Dartmouth College, and a founding advisory board member of Positively Memphis.

Meet the Band! 

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The Memphis Sound Collective is a network of Memphis musicians/artists serving to support and encourage each other through community and collaboration.

The Memphis Sound Collective is one of the funkiest bands to show up in Memphis. The band is made up of long-time Memphis players. In one ensemble or another, some of the members have been playing together for nearly 30 years, and it shows in the incredible music and tight grooves that come from them every time they play