Embracing Change at TEDxBroadway 2016

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This February marked the fifth annual TEDxBroadway and, once again, the diversity, passion, and supreme talent of the wider Broadway ecosystem impressed me.

My co-organizer, Jim McCarthy, and I crafted a lineup of experts from a range of industries to answer the perennial, guiding question: What's the best that Broadway can be? Over the course of the day, the audience heard from a biochemical engineer, a professional ballet dancer, an inventor, a juggler, an attorney, a health coach, producers, writers, and performers.

A surprising and inspiring lesson emerged from these illuminating folks - to succeed, we must all embrace change. But what does that really mean? Welcoming the unexpected is easier said than done, especially in these unpredictable times. But to truly embrace change, we must hold fast and stay true to what's meaningful in our work -and above all remind ourselves that it's the pitfalls and roadblocks that can lead to greatness.

The Times Square community - Broadway and beyond - is inspiring, inventive, and always full of surprises. I feel very lucky to meet and work with so many wonderful thinkers as we come together each year. Thank you to the many people involved in making TEDxBroadway a success.

So, without further ado, I present to you the 2016 TEDxBroadway talks for your enjoyment.

Alex Dinelaris
Surprising Inevitability

Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Broadway: The Intersection of Real Estate & Art

Derrick Wang
Scalia and Ginsburg on Broadway

Marcus Monroe
Juggling & Broadway Trivia

Meredith (Max) Hodges
Making Ambitious Art That's Profitable

Lindsey Croop
Move to Make Change

Hannah Kohl
Say Yes

Beth Clayton
Self-Sabotage

Wesley Whatley
Music & Fire

Donald Schupak
The Four Cs

Katie Sweeney
Theater for All

Randy Weiner
Creating a Memorable Experience

Erin Lavik
Genius Is Created Through Collaboration

Kelly Leonard
Embrace Your Failures

Miral Kotb
The Intersection of Art & Technology

Charlie Rosen and The Callbacks
Live Performance

Essam Abadir
Suspension of Disbelief

Mark McEwen
Live Your Dreams

DJ Kurs
Our "Limitations" Are Actually Superpowers

James Lecesne
Making It Big

Damian Bazadona
The Situation Project Update