HOPEx23 is a second-time in Lynchburg Tedx-style event. This year’s theme “The Power in Finding Our Why” will inspire new approaches to how we think about our sense of purpose both personally and communally. In a TEDx type format, each presenter will give idea-focused talks to provoke conversations surrounding intention and how a defined purpose can catalyze change. Guests will leave informed, inspired, and prepared to embrace the ‘Power in Finding Our Why.’
Mainstage speakers will include • the venerable Leland Melvin – Engineer, educator, NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver. Melvin’s narrative of finding his ‘Why’ has motivated listeners across the globe to spark change in their communities • Krissy DeAlejandro – Executive Director, tnAchieves. DeAlejandro, grassroots architect of one of the first and most successful statewide Promise scholarship programs and, herself, a first-generation college student, will explore the Whys of so many young people in Tennessee • Dr. Gus Petticolas –as a dentist, a founding member of The Free Clinic of Lynchburg, and a community activist. Petticolas has served the Lynchburg community for decades, and in so explores his own sense of access, opportunity, the role humility plays in Finding His Why • A wonderful array of short vignettes from Beacon of Hope students and graduates who are exploring their own and our collective Why
General Admission: $50.00 plus taxes and fees
VIP Reception (5 PM) and seating: $100.00 plus taxes and fees
*Tickets can be purchased through the Academy Center of the Arts or at HOPExTalk.Org. VIP Tickets at $100 include a 5:00-6:45 PM pre-show reception at the ACOA Warehouse Theatre with the speakers.
Supported by the BWXT Access Program