TEDxBozeman Presents Ideas Worth Sharing to the Gallatin Valley

April 1, 2019 - On Saturday April 13th, TEDxBozeman will bring together 17 of the most thought-provoking speakers from around the Gallatin Valley for TEDxBozeman: Untapped, a community event based on big ideas worth sharing.

Held at The Commons at Baxter and Love, audience members will be challenged and stretched by emotional, heartfelt and humorous talks on subjects that range from edible insects to supporting recovery through immersive technology.

Wisdom, Courage, and Community: Bridget Wilkinson Will Once Again Grace the TEDxBozeman Stage

The countdown is on for the 2019 TEDxBozeman event on April 13th (did you get your tickets yet?). While you may be excited about the 17 new speakers who will grace the stage, you might also be reflecting back on some of the incredibly moving talks from years past.

One of last year’s most moving speakers was Bridget Wilkinson - who spoke earnestly about her personal struggle with chronic loneliness and the effect it can have on people in our community.

We are so excited that Bridget will be back on the TEDxBozeman stage this year as our MC - one of the most wonderful master of ceremonies we could think of to introduce you to this year’s new batch of speakers.

Bridget Wilkinson, who made her TEDxBozeman debut in 2018, will be this year’s MC at TEDxBozeman: Untapped.

Bridget Wilkinson, who made her TEDxBozeman debut in 2018, will be this year’s MC at TEDxBozeman: Untapped.

TEDxBozeman Creates a Profound Change

We recently caught up with Bridget in between meetings for her day job as the Executive Director of  the Bozeman Area Community Foundation to hear what she learned from speaking last year and how important the TEDxBozeman family has become to her.

“Speaking at TEDxBozeman is the most personally and professionally challenging thing I’ve ever done,” she says. “I learned that I’m braver and more capable than I thought.”

If you haven’t seen Bridget's talk, take a moment to view it now. It takes a lot of bravery and a strong sense of community for many speakers to stand in front of an audience and share their stories.

“While it does take a lot of courage to take the stage, the community is filled with a bunch of people who are kind and caring,” she explains.

For Bridget, the everlasting bonds with her TEDxBozeman community were formed during the practice sessions with the other speakers and coaches. Working through the presentations and emotions with this group gave her the strength and confidence to share her personal story in front of the audience.

“I loved all of our sessions when we were rehearsing in front of our peers,” she says. “There were some hilarious and also moving moments - we were together, talking through some of our hardest moments that we were about to share with the world.”

The Other Side of the Mic

We couldn’t think of a better person to host this year’s TEDxBozeman: Untapped than Bridget, and we were honored when she accepted.

When asked about the opportunity to host, Bridget says, “I feel so humbled and fortunate to be asked to MC this year. It’s a way to give back to an organization that gave so much to me. It’s such a gift.”

As a seasoned veteran, she’s looking forward to reliving the special moments of her talk, and being there to support this year’s participants.

“I’m looking forward to watching the speakers come off the stage,” she says. “I can’t wait to be with them in that moment and seeing how proud they are of themselves.

What to Expect This Year

The audience is a huge part of TEDxBozeman, and Bridget has a few tips for anyone attending this year - whether it be their first event or a part of a tradition.

“When you come to TEDxBozeman, listen deep enough that you can be changed by what you hear,” she urges attendees. “Expect to be surprised and expect to be challenged in your views. That’s why you show up.”

When you come to TEDxBozeman, listen deep enough that you can be changed by what you hear,” she urges attendees. “Expect to be surprised and expect to be challenged in your views. That’s why you show up.
— Bridget Wilkinson

This year’s speakers were chosen from our strongest pool of applicants yet, and they are working hard to refine and perfect their talks. This is an event not to be missed. Tickets are going fast, so make sure to reserve your seat! We even have a few scholarship tickets so apply while you can.

We can’t wait to see you and Bridget there on April 13th!

2019 Speakers Announced

Speakers Announced for TEDxBozeman 2019


At TEDxBozeman 2019, we are looking to start a conversation in our community. With this year’s lineup of incredible speakers and performers we are looking forward to exploring untapped ideas throughout the Gallatin Valley and beyond.


The TEDxBozeman team is pleased to announce the complete speaker lineup for the 2019 event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 13th at The Commons. As experts in their respective fields, these speakers will shed light on the way in which we, as a society, find grounding, adapt, and progress.


Speaking at TEDxBozeman 2019 will be…

·       Mary M. Clare, PhD // Social Scientist

·       Professor Rob Maher // Professional Educator and Engineer

·       Kathleen Carroll // PhD Candidate, Wildlife Ecologist

·       Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis // Textile Artist and Designer

·       Gary Ferguson // Science Writer

·       Zach Weiss // Ecological Warrior

·       Professor Vaughan Judge // Director School of Art, MSU Bozeman

·       David Sands // Disruptive Innovator

·       Dr. Barbara Wirostko (Morelli) // Professor in Ophthalmology, Entrepreneur

·       Kris Kaull // Serial Entrepreneur & Flight Paramedic

·       Dr. Laura M. Stanley // Engineering Professor

·       TaNeel Filesteel // Tribal Prosecutor

·       Carmen Yupe // Resilience Builder

·       Claire Sands Baker // Co-Founder and Director of the Toothpick Project

·       James Rolin // Chief Operating Officer of Cowboy Crickets

·       Ryan Matzinger // Professor of Jazz


Every day, opportunities, ideas, visions and resources go untapped; even in our own community. Join us for the eighth annual TEDxBozeman event.


TEDxBozeman is 100% volunteer-organized and entirely funded through the support of local organizations. Questions? We would love to hear from you: info@TEDxBozeman.com.

TEDx Application Tips


The TEDxBozeman team is incredibly excited to start planning for the 8th Annual TEDxBozeman event. With over 70 applications each year, our selection process is extremely competitive. This year, our selection committee has come together to provide some guidance and tips as you prepare your application!

1.       Get Excited and Share your Passion

As you begin to prepare your application, get excited about the idea you want to share from the TEDxBozeman stage. If you are excited, it will be much easier for our team to get excited about helping you spread your BIG IDEA. Plus, we want to get to know you, don’t shy away from the camera and let your personality shine through! 

2.       Drill Down to the CORE of your Idea

Our selection committee is a group of passionate individuals from a variety of disciplines; however, it is likely that we do not have expertise in your specific field, and 90 seconds is NOT a lot of time. Don’t just ramble into the camera, take some time to plan and help us by connecting your idea to the relevant research and/or impact on our community.

3.       The 2019 Theme is: UNTAPPED

Each year, our coordinating team puts a lot of thought into what the theme for the annual event will be, make sure you take the time to read through the theme and connect it to your idea! We purposefully select themes that are broad in order to accommodate a diverse range of topics – be ready to think outside the box!

Don’t be scared off because you think your topic/idea doesn’t fit the theme – our number one goal when choosing speakers/performers is to put on a high-quality event with a diverse range of subject matter with relevancy to the Bozeman community!

4.    Break It Down

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBozeman, where x = independently organized TED event. With this in mind, we are looking for ideas that are relevant to our Bozeman community!

In addition to your idea, we want to know what impact your topic has on our community and are looking to hear what is the single takeaway that you want our audience (and online viewers) to walk away with.

5.       Why are You Uniquely Qualified to Give THIS Talk?

One of the questions we have our selection committee consider for EVERY application is: Is this applicant the correct person to give this specific talk? In other words, we want to know why you are uniquely qualified to talk on the proposed subject – is it your research, degree, professional experience, travels, life experiences, etc. Let us know what makes you an authority on the subject!

6.       Stick to the Time Limit: 90 Second Pitch

With over 70 applications to go through, we need the pitches to be short, concise, and to the point! We know that 90 seconds is not that long, but we have found that the best speakers are able to relay their idea in this time frame! Pitches that go far over this limit are nearly always thrown out.

7.       Stand Out – Be Professional

Spend more than 15 minutes on your application and consider the best way to relay your story to our team. Practice your application with friends, family, or colleagues, and ask them for constructive feedback!

8.       Show Us Your Work!

Consider showing us your relevant work, specifically if you are an artist! Professionals and academics may also find that sharing images/photos furthers their pitch and will help us connect to your idea.

**This might not work in every pitch, use your discretion on the best way to pitch your BIG IDEA.

9.       Pitch this as a FRESH IDEA

One of the quickest ways to get your application set aside is to submit a pitch that relies on the fact that you have given this talk or a very similar one to another audience. We are looking for FRESH ideas – and it will hugely benefit your application to pitch it that way! With that said, we understand that research (in particular) is something that you have been working on and speaking on for years. The fresh idea we are looking for is how you are taking your research or idea and applying it to “everyday life” in a way that our audience will be able to relate to it.

We are so looking forward to viewing your applications! If you have ANY questions about the application process, please feel to reach out to our speaker coordinators: Katya and Dalton at speakers@tedxbozeman.com.

Again, thank you for your interest in TEDxBozeman!


2018 Talk Titles Announced

TEDxBozeman is pleased to announce the speaker line up and talk titles for the 2018 event. The event will be held April 28th at The Commons and bring together 12 speakers, 3 performers, and 550 community members for one big day of ideas worth spreading.

This will be TEDxBozeman’s 7th year, and the theme for the event is Redefine.

Detailed speaker, event, and ticket information can be found at TEDxBozeman.com.


Speakers and Talk Titles

Micah Fink -  Redefining the relationship between challenge and purpose

Vasu Sojitra -  What is your normal?

Dr. Luke McKay - Life, electrons, and aliens

Molly Caro May -  Female rage and resilience in the modern era

Dr. Jordy Hendrikx -  Understanding avalanche risk: A new paradigm

Bridget Wilkinson - The power of showing up

Whitney Tilt -  Paying for the play: Putting our money where our footprints are

Meredith Scully -  Unlocking potential: Learning through connection

Dan Doty -  What the world needs from men

Dr. Angela Des Jardins - What an eclipse taught me about being human

Lorca Smetana - A hunger for joy

Chris Hedrick -  Potential and opportunity: Learning in the age of a.i.


Performers and Performance Titles

Summit Highsteppers - The big apple

Improv on the Verge - Improv: A play by play

Raison D'être Dance Project - Trinity


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

2018 Speaker Lineup Announced

TEDxBozeman is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for the 2018 event, which will be held April 28th at The Commons. This year our team received nearly 70 speaker applications and would like to thank each and every person that took the time to apply.

Speaking at TEDxBozeman 2018 will be...

  • Meredith Scully // Founder and Director of Cottonwood Day School

  • Vasu Sojitra // Adaptive Sports Director for Eagle Mount and Professional Athlete

  • Whitney Tilt // Director, Lands and Wildlife, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

  • Bridget Wilkinson // Executive Director of Bozeman Area Community Foundation

  • Dr. Angela Des Jardins // Director, Montana Space Grant Consortium

  • Molly Caro May // Writer and Teacher

  • Dr. Luke McKay // Astrobiologist and Microbial Ecologist, Center for Biofilm Engineering at MSU

  • Lorca Smetana // Resilience and Performance Coaching, MSU Instructor

  • Micah Fink // Founder and Executive Director of Heroes and Horses

  • Dr. Jordy Hendrikx // Director, Snow and Avalanche Laboratory, Associate Professor of Geography

  • Dan Doty // CEO & Co-Founder of Everyman

  • Chris Hedrick // Entrepreneur

TEDxBozeman is 100% volunteer-organized and entirely funded through the support of local organizations. If you would like to explore sponsoring this year’s event, our sponsorship team can be reached at sponsors@TEDxBozeman.com.

Redefine: TEDxBozeman 2018

In 2017 we asked Southwest Montana to Elevate their perspective. In 2018, you are invited to help Redefine what is possible.

About The Theme

Our world is constantly in a state of redefinition, from how we communicate and work to how we eat and live. As we bring our perspective to a more local view, we will explore how Montana’s traditions, land, and way of life are constantly changing to align with ever-changing expectations.

"You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem." - Tim Cook

Embracing this change and growth in our local communities brings many opposing viewpoints and ideas to the table. While growth can be good, it does require some redefinition of who we are, how we live, and the choices we make.

Join us as we redefine what's possible, redefine the status quo, and help redefine the world at TEDxBozeman 2018. The event will be held April 28th, 2018 at The Commons.

Calling All Speakers

Are you working to redefine the status quo? Have a great idea to share? Speaker applications can be submitted through February 7th by clicking here.

Maybe it’s not you, maybe you know someone with the big idea. New this year is the ability to nominate a speaker. If you know someone that has a great story to tell - or concept to share - we'd love to hear from you. We will be reaching out to every nominated speaker within the next week encouraging them to apply for the event.

New Leadership Team For The 2018 Event

TEDxBozeman is pleased to announce two new Co-Executive Coordinators and one new Board Member for the 2018 event. Veronika Sieben and Brittany Watkins will be joining the team and continue the legacy of longtime Event Director, Brooke Leugers. Logan Burgess will be joining the Board of Directors while continuing his work within the marketing team.

Veronika Sieben / Co-Executive Coordinator + License Holder

Veronika moved to Montana seven years ago and fell in love with the last best place. She holds a B.A. in both Organizational Communication and English Literature from the University of Montana and works locally as HAVEN’s Development Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for community events and donor engagement around the issue of intimate partner violence. Before working for HAVEN, Veronika worked in the travel industry coordinating trips in South America and Africa and is now starting an off-leash dog hiking company with her business partner. Outside of work, you can find her practicing yoga, traveling, and adventuring with her pup, Alfred.

Brittany Watkins /  Co-Executive Coordinator

Brittany received her BFA from Montana State University in 2010 before relocating to the Bay Area, California.  She and her husband finally gave in to the realization that they missed Bozeman and the beautiful mountains that surround it, moving back in August of 2016. Brittany holds an MFA from California College of the Arts, works at Montana State University, and is an artist. She has a background in non-profit arts education, is passionate about her community, and is excited to bring her creative insights to the team. When not working or volunteering she can be found hiking, long distance trail running, or obsessing over her three dogs.

Logan Burgess / Marketing Coordinator + Board Member

Cliche as it may be, Logan moved to Bozeman over a decade ago in search of powder and never left. He holds a Finance Degree from Montana State University and is a co-founder of Headwall Digital, a Bozeman-based creative and copy writing firm that supports startups and agencies. This is his second year coordinating the creative and public relations activities for TEDxBozeman and will now be joining the organization’s Board of Directors. When not working or volunteering, he can be found chasing trout, powder and hockey pucks around Southwest Montana.


Speaker applications will be open soon...

TEDxBozeman will be accepting speaker applications for the 2018 event from Wednesday, January 24th through Wednesday, February 7th. Everything you need to apply can be found below. Know someone that would make a great speaker? Nominate them by clicking here.

How To Apply

Due to overwhelming interest from highly qualified individuals, we've decided to use an application process for the event. Submissions will be accepted starting January 24th, 2018 through February 7, 2018. 

Who We Are Looking For

Anyone with an amazing story to share, including, but not limited to...

  • Authors and Poets
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Professionals
  • Agricultural Professionals
  • Academics
  • Scientist
  • Students
  • Artists (Video, Drawing, Painting, Design, etc.)
  • Musicians
  • Dancers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business People
  • Innovators

What We Need From You

  • Contact Information
  • Proposed Talk Title
  • Expected length of talk (max 18 min.) NOTICE: Depending on the final schedule that is put in place after all presenters are selected, your maximum allotted time may change. Most presentations are limited to 8-10 mins. 
  • 90 second "elevator pitch" (video or audio)
  • Resume or CV (single page)

Like last year, we will be using an updated format for applications. In addition to a standard list of questions, we require the submission of a 90 second (max) "Elevator Pitch" for yourself and your talk - video and audio files ONLY. We encourage you to be creative and show us your personality! Convince us why your idea is worth spreading.

Your elevator pitch MUST include the following:

  • Topic Pitch (overview/description of your proposed talk/topic/performance and your presentation methodology)
  • Bio/Background (description of who you are & how you are an expert in your field or topic of interest)
  • Montana Connection (our one requirement for presenters is for each to have some sort of a connection to Montana. Please briefly describe your connection to the area.)
  • Remember: Audio or Video files only - 90 seconds maximum

Where To Submit Your Application

Once again, TEDxBozeman will be using submittable to collect speaker applications. You can bookmark our Submittable page now, so you will be ready on January 24th when the application window opens.


THANK YOU for your interest in TEDxBozeman

Volunteer Positions Are Open

TEDxBozeman is looking for passionate, self-motivated, and dedicated volunteers to join the TEDxBozeman Planning Committee. This is a great opportunity to get involved with and shape the spread of thoughts and ideas, to get to work with other individuals who are passionate about TED, and to gain greater experience in a position that interests you! TEDxBozeman is a non-profit and the first and longest-running TEDx event in Montana. It has received accolades for its high quality production value including being featured in WIRED magazine and being singled out as one of 3 TEDx events worldwide featured on the TEDx website.

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions through November 15st:

Sponsorship Coordinator

This team member is responsible for recruiting and coordinating with sponsors to cover event expenses in the form of cash and in kind donations. An interest in networking and getting to know community leaders is a must. The ideal candidate should have excellent personal skills and prior experience with fundraising and development is a plus.

Speaker Coordination

This team member will assist the lead Speaker Coordinators and help with organizing the activities, preparations, and schedules of the speaker and performer lineup. This individual will also be involved with practice sessions and speaker coaching. Experience coordinating and communicating with varied personality types is a plus.

Volunteer Coordinator

This team member is responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers before and during the TEDxBozeman event. This position may be asked to assist with other committees during the planning stages.  Experience coordinating and communicating with volunteers is a plus.

How To Apply

To apply, please send to info@tedxbozeman.com your current resume and a cover letter explaining (i) why you would like to join the TEDxBozeman Planning Committee, (ii) what position you are applying for, and (iii) why you would be a valuable asset to our team. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15, 2017.