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Speaker Spotlight: James Beasley

James Beasley spends a lot of time answering questions about two-headed animals. As a University of Georgia wildlife ecologist working on a study at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Beasley says one of the first things people routinely ask about is mutations. He is good-natured about these queries, and tries to address the […]

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Heval Mohamed Kelli

Speaker Spotlight: Heval Mohamed Kelli

There are two directions in life that are important to Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli: Giving back, and paying forward.   Mohamed Kelli and his family depended on others’ kindness and assistance when they immigrated as Kurdish Muslim refugees to Clarkston, Ga., in the 1990s. His father was in poor health, so Mohamed Kelli, who was […]

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Kathleen Baumgardner

Speaker Spotlight: Kathleen Baumgardner

When it comes to volunteering, Kathleen Baumgardner has always been one of the first to ask how she can help. She comes by it honestly: Her parents were lifelong volunteers, and her mother is nearly 90 and still volunteering.   “When you see it happen your entire life, it becomes important,” Kathleen says. “You get […]

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Dez Thornton Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight Q&A: Dez Thornton

A TEDx event brings together a group of thought leaders; people who solve problems, inspire ideas and motivate. TEDx also brings together a ton of volunteers with great talents who want to give back. Volunteers help in areas such as: Marketing Venue Speakers Finance Today, we are highlighting Dez Thornton. Dez is a big part of the TEDxPeachtree […]

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