Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

TEDxMemphis: Truth or Dare

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Truth or dare? At TEDxMemphis, you can do both — we dare you to seek the truth at this 901-of-a-kind experience on Saturday, February 11, 2023!

Courage looks different for everyone, but it’s something we are all called to display at some point or another. TEDxMemphis Truth or Dare, the 2023 conference theme, will explore bravery through the lens of the classic party game we all experienced in childhood. We might not have realized it then, but the heart-pounding sensation when your turn was called was your first step into the unknown. Those tiny steps forward propelled your thinking and now impact your daily decision-making. Whether you’re choosing to venture into the vulnerability of truth or exploring a new daring opportunity, how will you show your bravery? Join us to be inspired to take a leap forward.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the movers, shakers, and momentum-makers that are shaping our community for the better. Get your tickets today!

Hear from the 2023 speakers with talks ranging from the benefits of garden tourism and the psychology of interior design to leadership lessons from horses. Attendees will emerge from the auditorium energized to activate and celebrate our city. Be a part of the magic and the momentum in-person on February 11!


2023 TEDx Memphis Speakers

Session 1 9:30am-12:00pm (Doors open at 9:00am)

Roshun Austin | Community + Social Services Visionary

A Great Awakening for Building Community

Jennifer Balink | Creative Strategist + Family Connector

The Cave You Fear to Enter

Kelly English | Executive Chef + Restaurant Owner + James Beard Award Semifinalist

The Fear of Being First

Kim Halyak | City Champion of Garden Tourism

Neighborhood Beautification Grows Greenbacks

Carmeon Hamilton | Environmental Curator + Content Creator + HGTV Star

Environmental Truths

David Jamison II | “The Dope Educator”

Reaching the Heart of Students

Sam O’Bryant | Literacy Advocate

From Desert to Oasis: Literacy as Liberation

Matt Ross-Spang | Record Producer + Grammy Award-Winning Engineer & Mixer

Let it Be: Perfectly Imperfect!

Lar’Juanette Williams | Award-Winning Singer, Dancer, Actress & Writer + Arts Administrator

LIFE – Two Choices: Ascend to Your Purpose or Fall for the Gimmick


Session 2 1:30pm-4:00pm (Doors open at 1:00pm)

Janet Boscarino | Sustainability Supporter + Co-Founder of Clean Memphis

Environment & Us: What Students Can Teach Us

Fletcher Cleaves | Motivational Speaker + Advocate for Accessibility

The Dangers of the World’s Smallest Slot Machine

Dwayne Spencer | Affordable Housing Advocate

What My Childhood in Substandard Housing Taught Me About Social Determinants of Health

Kathleen Terry-Sharp | Equine Experiential Educator

Horses, Hippogriffs, & Insights for Humanity

Subha Vadlamannati | Teenage Nonprofit Founder + Passionate Linguistics Scholar

Are We Ignoring 3 Billion Voices?

Yancy Villa | Socially Engaged Artist

Finding Healing Through Vulnerability, Connection, & Art

Darius Wallace | Award-Winning Performer + Speaking Coach

Storytelling as a Yoga of the Soul

Kirk Whalum | Soulful Grammy-Award Winning Saxophonist + Songwriter

Meaning, What You Think You Know Can Change in an Instant


This event is generously supported by: New Memphis, Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Advisors, Baker Donelson, The Hyde Foundation, Memphis University School, the Hyde Foundation, and the Daily Memphian.


February 11
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1350 CONCOURSE AVE • MEMPHIS, TN • 38104 • 901.203.8300