2018 Speakers and Performers

Meet the speakers and performers from TEDxBozeman 2018.

 

  Meredith Scully   Special Educator  Meredith is passionate about educating and advocating for students with disabilities. As a special educator, she founded a private school in Bozeman specifically designed for students with disabilities. She and her colleagues work toward supporting the emotional, behavioral and academic needs of their students.

Meredith Scully

Special Educator

Meredith is passionate about educating and advocating for students with disabilities. As a special educator, she founded a private school in Bozeman specifically designed for students with disabilities. She and her colleagues work toward supporting the emotional, behavioral and academic needs of their students.

  Vasu Sojitra   Program Director / Professional Athlete  When Vasu was nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of his right leg. Originally from Connecticut and India, he has now settled in Bozeman to pursue his developed passion for advocacy and the outdoors as a Program Director for Eagle Mount and a professional athlete.

Vasu Sojitra

Program Director / Professional Athlete

When Vasu was nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of his right leg. Originally from Connecticut and India, he has now settled in Bozeman to pursue his developed passion for advocacy and the outdoors as a Program Director for Eagle Mount and a professional athlete.

  Whitney Tilt   Land and Wildlife Conservation  Throughout his career Whitney has worked to identify common ground and sustainable solutions on issues ranging from Asian tigers to regional land use. Whitney earned a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and currently works for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

Whitney Tilt

Land and Wildlife Conservation

Throughout his career Whitney has worked to identify common ground and sustainable solutions on issues ranging from Asian tigers to regional land use. Whitney earned a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and currently works for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

  Bridget Wilkinson   Executive Director  Bridget was raised in a small town in northern Idaho. The importance of community has always fascinated her. At the Community Foundation, Bridget explores the epidemic of loneliness in today's social media age. She believes the solution to this growing challenge can be found in community.

Bridget Wilkinson

Executive Director

Bridget was raised in a small town in northern Idaho. The importance of community has always fascinated her. At the Community Foundation, Bridget explores the epidemic of loneliness in today's social media age. She believes the solution to this growing challenge can be found in community.

  Dr. Angela Des Jardins   Astrophysicist  Dr. Angela Des Jardins, a third generation Bozemanite, is passionate about science education and research. She recently led an unprecedented project for NASA involving 1,000 students from across the country, learning many leadership and life lessons along the way.   

Dr. Angela Des Jardins

Astrophysicist

Dr. Angela Des Jardins, a third generation Bozemanite, is passionate about science education and research. She recently led an unprecedented project for NASA involving 1,000 students from across the country, learning many leadership and life lessons along the way.

 

  Molly Caro May   Writer  Molly grew up in five countries and now lives in Bozeman with her husband and daughters. She is the author of two books, The Map of Enough and Body Full of Stars, and teaches writing workshops for laypeople across the country. Her mission is to fire-up the power of story in order to democratize expression.

Molly Caro May

Writer

Molly grew up in five countries and now lives in Bozeman with her husband and daughters. She is the author of two books, The Map of Enough and Body Full of Stars, and teaches writing workshops for laypeople across the country. Her mission is to fire-up the power of story in order to democratize expression.

  Dr. Luke McKay   Microbial Ecologist & Astrobiologist  Dr. Luke McKay investigates extreme environments to understand where else, beyond Earth, life might exist. His research has taken him to many exotic ecosystems like deep-sea hydrothermal vents, oil spills, and Antarctica. Now at MSU, Luke's work is focused on the heat-loving microbes of Yellowstone.

Dr. Luke McKay

Microbial Ecologist & Astrobiologist

Dr. Luke McKay investigates extreme environments to understand where else, beyond Earth, life might exist. His research has taken him to many exotic ecosystems like deep-sea hydrothermal vents, oil spills, and Antarctica. Now at MSU, Luke's work is focused on the heat-loving microbes of Yellowstone.

  Lorca Smetana   Resilience Warrior  Lorca Smetana is a survivor of school tragedy, a joy researcher and an architect of resilience in students, businesses and communities. She is on the faculty of the Leadership Fellows Program at Montana State University. Her work incorporates therapy creatures, deep play, deep rest and radical compassion.

Lorca Smetana

Resilience Warrior

Lorca Smetana is a survivor of school tragedy, a joy researcher and an architect of resilience in students, businesses and communities. She is on the faculty of the Leadership Fellows Program at Montana State University. Her work incorporates therapy creatures, deep play, deep rest and radical compassion.

  Micah Fink   Anti-Motivational Speaker  Former Navy SEAL, Micah Fink, is known for his no-nonsense philosophy on behavior change, as well as his innovative approach to helping our nation's veterans overcome their physical and mental scars. His unique ideas have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Men's Journal, Yeti Films, and National Geographic.

Micah Fink

Anti-Motivational Speaker

Former Navy SEAL, Micah Fink, is known for his no-nonsense philosophy on behavior change, as well as his innovative approach to helping our nation's veterans overcome their physical and mental scars. His unique ideas have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Men's Journal, Yeti Films, and National Geographic.

  Dr. Jordy Hendrikx   Director, Snow and Avalanche Lab  Jordy is an Associate Professor in Geography at MSU and has spent the last 15 years working on snow and avalanche projects around the world. His recent work presents a new paradigm, focused more on human-dimensions recognizing the need to better understand terrain choices and decision making to reduce avalanche fatalities. Photo: High Fives Foundation   

Dr. Jordy Hendrikx

Director, Snow and Avalanche Lab

Jordy is an Associate Professor in Geography at MSU and has spent the last 15 years working on snow and avalanche projects around the world. His recent work presents a new paradigm, focused more on human-dimensions recognizing the need to better understand terrain choices and decision making to reduce avalanche fatalities. Photo: High Fives Foundation

 

  Dan Doty   CEO of Evryman  Dan Doty is a man’s man with a big soft heart, and his obsession and mission is to help men and boys become more human. He has had careers as a wilderness therapy guide, an inner-city teacher, and an adventure filmmaker. He co-founded Evryman to help men learn to connect to themselves, each other, and to nature.

Dan Doty

CEO of Evryman

Dan Doty is a man’s man with a big soft heart, and his obsession and mission is to help men and boys become more human. He has had careers as a wilderness therapy guide, an inner-city teacher, and an adventure filmmaker. He co-founded Evryman to help men learn to connect to themselves, each other, and to nature.

  Chris Hedrick   Entrepreneur  Chris has spent 30 years innovating in technology and learning. He's been CEO of a corporate learning technology company, president of a new university program in Rwanda, first employee of the Gates Foundation, and a Peace Corps volunteer and country director. He and his wife Jen are raising 4 boys in Bozeman.

Chris Hedrick

Entrepreneur

Chris has spent 30 years innovating in technology and learning. He's been CEO of a corporate learning technology company, president of a new university program in Rwanda, first employee of the Gates Foundation, and a Peace Corps volunteer and country director. He and his wife Jen are raising 4 boys in Bozeman.

  Raison D'être Dance Project   Dance Performance  Raison D’etre Dance Project was founded in 2017 by Erin Levy and Genevieve Trygstad-Burke in order to foster collaboration between musicians, artists, dancers and choreographers. The mission of Raison D’etre Dance Project is to create innovative professional dance productions that inspire a love and appreciation of dance and music in the community.   

Raison D'être Dance Project

Dance Performance

Raison D’etre Dance Project was founded in 2017 by Erin Levy and Genevieve Trygstad-Burke in order to foster collaboration between musicians, artists, dancers and choreographers. The mission of Raison D’etre Dance Project is to create innovative professional dance productions that inspire a love and appreciation of dance and music in the community.

 

  Improv On The Verge   Improv Performance  Paige, Molly, and Justin regularly perform and teach improv at the Verge Theater. The Verge Theater's mission is to create off-beat, thought-provoking, heart-inspiring theater and theater education.

Improv On The Verge

Improv Performance

Paige, Molly, and Justin regularly perform and teach improv at the Verge Theater. The Verge Theater's mission is to create off-beat, thought-provoking, heart-inspiring theater and theater education.

  Summit Highsteppers   Dance Performance  The Summit Highsteppers exist to spread the joy of swing dancing with the greater Gallatin Valley. The dancers hail from Bozeman and beyond, representing both MSU students and the community at large. The Highsteppers strive to blend the old with the new by performing choreographies from the Jazz age as well as fully improvised partner dances.

Summit Highsteppers

Dance Performance

The Summit Highsteppers exist to spread the joy of swing dancing with the greater Gallatin Valley. The dancers hail from Bozeman and beyond, representing both MSU students and the community at large. The Highsteppers strive to blend the old with the new by performing choreographies from the Jazz age as well as fully improvised partner dances.

  Ryan Cassavaugh   TEDxBozeman 2018 MC  Ryan Cassavaugh is a Bozeman playwright, actor, comedian and puppeteer. Upcoming events include a remount of Freak Out! in May, a weekend of short plays in August, and the premiere of a new play Eddie's First Christmas on Patrol in November. When not writing, hosting, or performing, Ryan is most likely spending time with his wife, his daughter, and his hound dogs.

Ryan Cassavaugh

TEDxBozeman 2018 MC

Ryan Cassavaugh is a Bozeman playwright, actor, comedian and puppeteer. Upcoming events include a remount of Freak Out! in May, a weekend of short plays in August, and the premiere of a new play Eddie's First Christmas on Patrol in November. When not writing, hosting, or performing, Ryan is most likely spending time with his wife, his daughter, and his hound dogs.