Carmen Jones, a winner from TEDxRVA Open Mic Night, is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University, located in Richmond, Virginia. She is majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor is Business. She currently works in the Arts department as a VCU campus tour guide. Carmen plans to travel abroad this summer to Florence, Italy to study design, fabric making and merchandising. In her free time Carmen enjoys jogging, skateboarding and going to the beach. Carmen has future aspirations to work for an athletic company and design sneakers and uniforms. She hopes to one day get the opportunity to design the US Olympic uniforms... Read More t

Danny Avula is a pediatrician and preventive medicine physician who has spent the last 10 years of his life learning how to be a good neighbor in inner city Richmond. A graduate of the VCU School of Medicine and with a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University, he is currently deputy director of the Richmond City Health Department. He has been recognized as one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 under 40” and one of Our Health magazine’s “Top 15 Health Care Leaders under 40” for his commitment to improving Richmond’s health. His work has also been featured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MSNBC, and Christianity Today... Read More t

Emma and Alyssa Prillaman, 16 and 17, live lives full of constant creativity and innovation. From jam sessions on a random Sunday afternoon to leading the show choir at Magna Vista High School, they are two girls on a mission to constantly brighten someone’s day by simply making music. Growing up in a home with professional musicians as parents created an environment that both fostered creativity and encouraged it. Therefore, the girls learned that music is more than just notes on a page sung simply for applause: it is an instant connecter. Music connects lives, stories, and worlds, and it interweaves people together in a way unlike anything else. .. Read More t