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Flowers for SAle
Celebrate the bloom of new ideas

This year, the theme of TEDxNCState 2024 is “Bloom.” To us, “Bloom” represents growth in all areas of life---personal, societal, environmental, emotional. This year’s speakers will challenge the audience to learn, grow, and of course, bloom.


TEDxNCState 2024 will be held on April 12, 2024 from 4-7pm in Duke Energy Hall in Hunt Library. This year's event will feature six TEDx speakers, three artistic performances, as well as undergraduate research presentations. 

TEDxNCState Bloom

Meet Our Speakers


Kay De Simone

Kay De Simone, LCSW, is a clinical psychotherapist certified in gold-standard modalities for the treatment of PTSD, trauma, and loss. She is a Doctoral clinical candidate at the University of Alabama and a therapeutic expert in the treatment of complex trauma and the stressors of high achievers in high-pressure environments. In addition, Kay is a sought-after speaker and wealth mindset coach who uses evidence-based tools to powerfully address life's challenging events and limiting self-beliefs.

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Sanskriti Deva is an Indian-American quantum engineer and STEM accessibility activist currently studying computer engineering at North Carolina State University. At 17 she made history when she became the youngest elected official on the United Nations (UN) Association National Council on which she still serves, representing Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. 


As an emerging leader in quantum engineering, Sanskriti has already made her mark by educating over 10,000+ students from the elementary school to PhD level in quantum computing. Her dedication extends beyond the classroom, leading numerous initiatives to democratize STEM access, all earning her international recognition including a prestigious feature in Times Square and Lifetime Membership with the American Association of Sciences amongst other awards.

Sanskriti Deva

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Anna Hartwell

With a determination stemming from the belief that achieving wealth is well within reach for everyone given the right mindset and knowledge, Anna Hartwell is a powerful advocate for financial education.

In her talk, she will explore the profound link between mindset, beliefs, and financial decisions.  She will reveal her journey, including how she managed to break free from financial constraints.

Anna Hartwell is the President and CEO of Hartwell Financial Group, an independent partner of Excelsior Wealth Partners.  She brings over a decade of experience as a financial advisor focusing on retirement and risk management solutions for small businesses, individuals, and families.

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Dr. Lascelles is the Dr. J. McNeely and Lynne K. DuBose Distinguished Professor of Musculoskeletal Health, and Professor of Translational Pain Research at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. His research program (Translational Research in Pain [TRiP]) develops methods to measure pain associated with spontaneous disease in animals, and seeks to understand the underlying neurobiology. His work improves pain control in companion animals, and facilitates analgesic development in human medicine through proof of concept studies in companion animals, and discovery of relevant pain signaling mechanisms.

Dr. Duncan Lascelles

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Marcey Rader believes in health-powered productivity. She's a multi-certified and multi-award-winning health and productivity speaker, coach and consultant, a digital wellness practitioner, a three-time author, and has spoken on five continents. She's also the founder of RaderCo, where she helps executives and their teams banish burnout through practical tools and sustainable habits. Off-stage, Marcey is married to Kevin, a professional drummer and drum teacher. You can find her doing walking meetings at the NCMA or Umstead, drinking iced coffee, or relaxing in her sauna.

Marcey Rader

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Dr. Sameena Rahman is a board-certified OB/GYN, founder of the Center for Gynecology and Cosmetics, and host of the podcast "Gyno Girl Presents: Sex, Drugs & Hormones." With the rare designation of ISSWSH Fellow (IF) from the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, she actively explores cutting-edge approaches to sexual pain and dysfunction. Dr. Rahman is an engaged member of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) and specializes in a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pelvic pain. Additionally, she holds the designation of Certified Menopause Physician (NCMP) from the North American Menopause Society, focusing on menopause management for individuals in midlife.

Dr. Sameena Rahman

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