NEXT LEVEL


A new decade reveals new opportunities and new obstacles. As we face the future, we have a choice: cling to the familiar or unlock the next level. At the University of Georgia, we embrace bold questions, innovative scholarship, and untold stories as the keys to rising beyond what we think is possible. TEDxUGA 2021 will elevate ideas with the power to launch our world to the next level.


THE PRESENTERS


Alton Standifer
Emcee
Meet Alton
Cristen Conger & Caroline Ervin
Alumna

Meet Cristen & Caroline

John Jardin
Student

Meet John


Paige Carmichael
Faculty

Meet Paige

LaKeisha Gantt
Alumna

Meet LaKeisha

Tot Keller
Student

Meet Tot


Lisa Renzi-Hammond
Faculty

Meet Lisa

Matt Stevens
Alumnus

Meet Matt

Sam Spellicy
Student

Meet Sam

Alton Standifer


Alton Standifer is the assistant to the president where he focuses primarily on student affairs, diversity relations, and community engagement. After graduating from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Standifer is currently pursuing a doctorate in UGA’s Public Administration and Policy program. Standifer will serve as TEDxUGA’s emcee for the second year in a row.


Paige Carmichael


Dr. K. Paige Carmichael is a professor of veterinary pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, having previously served as the college’s dean for academic affairs. Dr. Carmichael received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University, completed a combined pathology residency/PhD at UGA, and then became board certified in veterinary anatomic pathology. Dr. Carmichael’s area of research is animal models of human disease, and she has studied and published on many diseases common to people and animals. She is passionate about diversifying the veterinary profession and mentoring students and early career faculty. Her many honors and achievements include the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, and numerous teaching awards.


Lisa Renzi-Hammond


Dr. Lisa Renzi Hammond is an associate professor in the Institute of Gerontology in the College of Public Health. She is also faculty in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program and adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology. Her expertise is in lifespan sensory and neurological health, and she studies the ways in which making positive lifestyle changes can improve visual function, cognitive function and the risk for neurodegenerative disease. Along with her colleagues in gerontology, Dr. Renzi Hammond is currently working to improve diagnosis rates for age-related neurodegenerative diseases in the state and local communities.



Cristen Conger & Caroline Ervin


Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin are the co-founders of Unladylike Media and the co-hosts of the feminist podcast Unladylike. Both women are alumna of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The two spent years working together at HowStuffWorks as the hosts of Stuff Mom Never Told You, then launched Unladylike to create the equality-focused content they wished had existed when they were growing up. Now, their mini multimedia empire includes their Webby award-winning podcast, various speaking engagements, an enthusiastic online community, and the book “Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space.” Throughout their work, Conger and Ervin strive to create groundbreaking conversations and make room for marginalized voices.


LaKeisha Gantt


Dr. LaKeisha Gantt is a licensed psychologist, assistant professor of psychology at Piedmont College, and member of the Athens-Clarke County Board of Education. Dr. Gantt earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mercer University and both her Master of Education in Counseling and her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. In addition to providing counseling services to diverse communities, Dr. Gantt advocates on issues at the intersection of education, psychology, and multiculturalism.


Matt Stevens


Matt Stevens is the vice president of strategic impact at Creature Comforts Brewing Company. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia, as well as a Master of Science in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh. An advocate for effective altruism, Stevens believes every citizen should have a plan to support the city they love and devotes his career to simplifying service in a complex world.


John Jardin


John Jardin is a fourth-year undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with minors in Theatre and English. Jardin currently serves as a Student Government Association First Year Forum Peer Leader. In his talk, John will explore how implementing LGBT curriculum in K-12 public schools can combat systemic homophobia and cultivate safe spaces for LGBT youth.


Tot Keller


Taylor ‘Tot’ Keller recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and a certificate in New Media from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. After years of struggling with her health, she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of hormonal issues in women. In her talk, Keller fosters awareness, understanding, and community for those affected by this under-researched disorder.


Sam Spellicy


Samantha Spellicy recently graduated with a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center and has since returned to clinical training as an MD student at the Medical College of Georgia. Her PhD research focuses on stroke rehabilitation and therapeutic development. In her talk, Spellicy explores the journey pharmaceuticals take from the bench to the bedside.