Behind the X

Meet the production team that brings TEDxDetroit to life each year

A city made strong by the people who love it. It’s easy to see that passion in every speaker, performer, and exhibitor you’ll meet at TEDxDetroit. What you may not notice are the faces working tirelessly behind the scenes to produce the event.

The large team of volunteers working on the day of the event are led by our board of directors who plan the event each year. Each member of the board volunteers months of their time and expertise to make this annual event spring to life.

Our production team personifies the exact idea that TEDxDetroit represents: a group of people coming together to cultivate creativity, inspiration, and innovation for the benefit of the community.

Next time you see them around town or online, give them a high-five, fist bump, or gold star.

Charlie Wollborg

Executive Producer

Chief Troublemaker. Keynote Speaker. Entrepreneur. Creative Director at Curve Detroit Marketing and author of the Moka Boka Adventure Stories, a series of books nurturing creativity in young kids. Lover of shiny objects, bacon & Pure Michigan. On a mission to rekindle the fire in your belly.

Nick DeNardis

Executive Producer
Technical Director

Minimalist. UX crafter. Library Scientist. Speaker. Educator. Realist. Director of Digital Communications at Wayne State University. Detroit Laravel and Refresh Detroit organizer.

Janet Tyler

Executive Producer
Communications Director

Born and raised in Detroit. Executive coach and strategic marketing communications exec. Technology fanatic. Boston Terrier lover. Proud Rotarian. Photographer. Founder of True Depth Growth Accelerator.

Lauren Clayborne

TEDxLabs Director

A driven leader in and out of the community. Event planner & philanthropic advisor to NFL & NBA professional athletes. Adjunct sports & entertainment management faculty at the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Co-founder of Christian Emojis. Director of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Election Committee. MSU & GRTS Alum.

Terry Bean

Executive Producer
Community Director

Keynote Speaker. Coach. Trainer. Author. Networker. Connector. Podcaster at Business Growth Time Motor City Connect Founder.

Greg FeldKamp

Education Director

Traveler. Musician. Reader. Raconteur. Father of three. Defense Against the Dark Arts Instructor at Utica Center for Science and Industry.

Shawn Lee Photographer

Shawn Lee

Photography Director

Photographer. Influencer. Speaker. Founder of Shawn Lee Studios, Rock That Photography Conference, and the Multicultural Association of Professional Photographers.  Shawn is also a photography instructor at Schoolcraft College and the diversity lead for the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Jenna Wittbrodt

Volunteer Director

Creative. Pragmatic. Explorer. Puppy Lover. TEDx Enthusiast. Designer at California Closets.

Christopher Johnson

Program Manager

Native of Detroit, corporate voice over and former radio announcer. Enjoys running, music, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Jennyfer Crawford

Jennyfer Crawford

TEDxLabs Marketplace Curator

Jennyfer Crawford founded her branding and event firm – Ask Jennyfer – in 2014, earning notoriety for her small business showcase All Things Detroit. She curates events in Detroit, New York and Chicago. Jennyfer has launched a podcast, a web series, developed a ticketing site and business directory – all meant to share the stories of small business owners. A Crain’s Detroit Business’ 40 Under 40 honoree, she spends her free time volunteering, reading and traveling.

Anu Gopalakrishnan

TEDxLabs Tech Curator

Anu is excited to serve on the board of TEDxDetroit as she brings years of experience in managing and marketing digital products around Connected Mobility and Fintech.

Jason Hall

Jason Hall

TEDxLabs Arts Curator

Jason Hall is the Co Founder of Slow Roll Detroit and Founder of his newest venture RiDetroit. Slow Roll is one of the largest weekly bicycle rides in the world. Slow Roll brings 6,000 people a week together to enjoy Detroit. RiDetroit works with smaller more intimate groups to connect with the city on a deeper level. RiDetroit has been named the Official tour guide of Murals in the Markets walking and biking tours. Jason is currently partnered up with Trek Bikes and has been featured in the 2019 eBike campaign and is also partnered up with American Cycle and Fitness opening the first eBike only store in the US called “Electric Ave Bikes Detroit”.

Stephanie Casola

Media Relations Director

Detroit Writer, PR Girl Friday, Founder of Prologue. Covets tech, film, travel, craft beer & cocktails. Wifi & coffee addict.

Tramaine Seay

Photography Manager

Public school educator gone rouge turned photographer. Mom to 4 amazing rascals. Frequently vacations in extra-large chai tea lattes. Founder of Photography by Tramaine Seay.

Sarah Feldman

Volunteer Manager

Educator. Painter & photographer. Bocce Ball competitor and referee. Eastside Detroit. Can most likely be found in Lowes or on Belle Isle.

Shannon Tucker

Stage Manager

Multimedia Developer at Wayne State University.