Next Charlotte speaker

Joan Higginbotham

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August 14, 8:15am • The August Zoom Room • part of a series on Stress

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In 2007, Jamie visited Discovery Place Science in Charlotte to see Body Worlds created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. That awe-inspiring experience with anatomy as a high school student changed the trajectory of her life. Today, Jamie has the distinction of being the only American who has extensively trained under von Hagens at his plastination company in Germany, and her own company, Experience Anatomy, is poised to revolutionize health and life science education. Best of all? On May 3, she’s going to be our speaker on the global theme of “Preserve.” As always, tickets will be FREE and available at at 9:00 a.m. sharp on Monday, April 29th. Mark your calendar and set your alarm – it’s going to be an extraordinary morning in the park packed with caffeine, creativity, and fun! #charlotteiscreative #CMpreserve

Photo by Jeff Cravotta Photography ( - We are excited to announce that rising star MyLoan Dinh will be our speaker on our global theme of “Inclusive” on April 5, 2019. The timing of her appearance is perfect, since she is one of the key artists headlining (and providing artistic direction for) We See Heaven Upside Down, migration 4 at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art (May 3 - June 15). In partnership with Moving Poets, the exhibition is an international, multi-disciplinary arts project responding to challenges of migration, displacement, and identity in contemporary society. For migration 4, seven visual artists and one film maker of regional, national and international recognition were chosen for the 6-week exhibition. Additionally, several international composers and musicians have contributed new original music for a live performance turned music installation. As always, tickets will be FREE and available at at 9:00 a.m. sharp on Monday, April 1st. Mark your calendar and set your alarm! #charlotteiscreative #CMinclusive


We See Heaven Upside Down is an evolving dialog initiated in Berlin, Germany, by Moving Poets in 2015. It has since developed into an international creative conversation. At the heart of the project lie inspiring stories expressed through contemporary arts.

It challenges misconceptions and prejudices that currently divide our communities by heeding a vast range of voices—distinct in their tones, timbres and rhythms—thereby forming connective tissue between a multiplicity of distinct experiences. In and through visual and multi-disciplinary arts, the project seeks to spur and inspire moments of genuine empathy and understanding towards other individuals and their journeys.

In 2018 the multi-phase city-wide project was awarded the ASC Cultural Vision Grant. The project’s 4th migration started in March 2018 and develops through numerous events and activities until Winter 2019. To date, the project has had input from 65 artists, including established and emerging visual artists, acclaimed performers and musicians, distinguished poets and hundreds of students and citizens, local refugee agencies and Native American associations. More than 5,000 visitors have experienced the migrating exhibitions, attended performances and concerts and participated in outreach programs.

Migration 4:

Participating Visual Artists
Nico Amortegui (Colombia)
Luis Coray (Switzerland)
MyLoan Dinh (Vietnam)
Michelle Gregory (USA)
Cannupa Hanska Luger (USA)
Susanne Roewer (Germany)
Rosalia Torres-Weiner (Mexico)
Dellair Youssef (Syria)

Participating Performers, Composers & Musicians
Tanja Bechtler (Switzerland)
Todd Clouser (USA)
Tom Constanten (USA)
Aaron Cruz (Mexico)
Hernan Hecht (Argentina)
Mike Kenerley (USA)
Milad Khawam (Syria)
Till Schmidt-Rimpler (Germany)
Chuck Sullivan (USA)
Bob Teixeira (USA)
Alyce Cristina Vallejo (USA)

Chuck Sullivan (USA)

What better way to dive into 2019 – and our January theme of “Surreal” – than by hearing some reality show war stories from the Queen City’s own Stacy Smith, co-owner of Tattoo Me Charlotte and recent star of Paramount Network’s hit tattoo competition show, Ink Master. A mere 10 years into her career and already a powerhouse entrepreneur/artist, Stacy will share with us what it’s like when your dream collides with your reality. As always, tickets will be FREE and available at at 9:00 a.m. sharp on Monday, December 31st. Mark your calendar and set your alarm! This is how you want to start off your new year! #charlotteiscreative #CMsurreal

Join us at Temple Beth El to explore the global topic of “Restart” with Dr. Matt Lyon. As always, the morning will feature incredible local food from Community Culinary School of Charlotte, life-affirming coffee from Pure Intentions Coffee, live music from Harvey Cummings II and band, :30 pitches, silly sponsor songs, HUG micro-grants, a Queen City Quiz Show segment and lots of belly laughs.

All of this is thanks to our incredible sponsors - OrthoCarolina, Hygge Coworking, Charlotte Star Room, Providence Day School, Creative Circle,Northeastern University Charlotte and International Minute Press of Pineville. Tickets are FREE and available at 9am on November 5.

You’re going to want to be with us at Savona Mill on the morning of October 5th! In an industry that is all-too-often about facade and sameness, our speakers Page Fehling and Jason Harper of Fox 46 WJZY’s “Good Day Charlotte” put forth their real personas into the world – and they’re succeeding. Whether in the studio, on social media, or interacting with Charlotteans IRL, Page and Jason are being honest and authentic in the era of “fake news.” To us, this seems like a great place to have a conversation about Honesty with two Queen City Creatives who are doing it right. As always, tickets will be FREE and available at at 9 a.m. sharp on Monday, October 1st. Mark that calendar and set that alarm! This is gonna be a fun one! #charlotteiscreative #CMhonesty

Charlotte’s entrepreneurial maverick, Chris Elmore, moves so fast he’s a constant blur. But thankfully, we’ll be able to pinpoint his EXACT location on the morning of Friday, September 7th. That’s because he’ll be with us, as our speaker on our global topic of “Chaos” – something he’s no doubt seen plenty of on his journey toward building AvidXchange into a business unicorn with a $1.4 billion value and the 9th largest fintech company in the country. We can’t wait for him to take the CM/CLT stage…and we have some other surprises in store, too! As always, tickets will be FREE and available at at 9 a.m. sharp on Monday, September 3rd. Mark your calendar and set your alarm! This will not be one to miss! #charlotteiscreative #CMchaos

UPDATED! To accommodate her schedule, we’ve had to postpone Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter’s talk until 2019. But, we are very excited to announce that Andrew Au, director of operations for Digital Charlotte and the Knight Foundation School of Communications at Queens University of Charlotte will be with us to explore the global theme of “Community” at Divine Barrel Brewing along with live music, the Queen City Quiz Show, local food and coffee and loads of belly laughs! Tickets are free and available at 9am on Monday, July 30.

This Friday morning 7/13, together we’ll dive into our global topic of “Intention” with Bryce Laguer, purveyor of all things caffeinating and connecting down at FreeMoreWest’s Basal Coffee. It’s a values-rich space that Bryce has created with the utmost intention, much like his own life. As always, tickets are FREE and will be available at at 9 a.m. sharp on Monday, July 9. Make an intention and join us! #charlotteiscreative

Make plans to join us at The Fillmore Charlotte on the morning of June 1 to see Beard Award-winning baker, Peter Reinhart, cook up a delicious talk on our global theme of “Craft.” As always, tickets are FREE and will be available at at 9 a.m. sharp on Monday, May 28. Mark your calendar and set your alarm – the morning will be one not to miss! #charlotteiscreative

Check out this shot of Chas Fagan – our May speaker on the global theme of “Commitment” – creating a 12-foot statue of President Reagan. Talk about commitment. In fact, you won’t believe how Chas has lived out the idea Commitment in his work and his life. Make plans to join us at Resident Culture Brewing on the morning of May 4 to hear for yourself. As always, tickets are FREE and will be available at at 9 a.m. sharp on Monday, April 30. Mark your calendar and set your alarm – you do not want to miss hearing the stories from this veritable master living right here in the Queen City! #charlotteiscreative