What is TEDx?
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 TEDxCentralWyomingCollege, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCentralWyomingCollege event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
Ashlee Lundvall - As a teenager, Ashlee Lundvall enjoyed horseback riding, hiking, playing softball and the other activities of a nature lover. One day, while helping feed cattle, she fell from a hayloft, landing on the handle of the pitchfork she had been using, and doing irreparable damage to her T-12 vertebrae which caused permanent paralysis.
Her determination got her through graduate school. She married and became a mother and found a door to the outdoors that she had always loved.
Learning to make adaptations and innovate, she is now an avid kayaker, four-wheeler, camper and huntress, and in July 2013, she won the title of Ms. Wheelchair USA. Ashlee is a unique combination of wife, mother, teacher and huntress.
Snowboarder - Uganda "Far From Home" Phil Hessler is the film producer of this gripping exploration into the life of a young man from Uganda. Brolin Mawejje seized an opportunity to come to America at the age of 12. He witnessed first hand the struggles and tragedies he faced in his early years in America, and five years ago moved to Jackson Hole with the Hessler family. Nearly a decade later, he finds himself in Salt Lake City, Utah; studying toward a doctorate in Neuro-Oncology at Westminster College and training to represent Uganda in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Maxwell Wessel received an MBA from Harvard Business School and is currently a Fellow at the school’s Forum for Growth and Innovation. Max regularly writes on innovation and entrepreneurship for the Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Business Week, and Business Insider. He is also co-authoring a book on product design, innovation, and new product marketing with Clayton M. Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, and Scott D. Anthony, author of The Little Black Book of Innovation.
Max serves as an advisor to various venture backed start-ups in the consumer internet and clean-tech industries. Additionally, he previously founded a consumer internet company that automated the performance booking process for independent musicians and venue owners.
John Kanengieter A background on extended mountaineering expeditions gives him valuable experience that he now uses in his work. A teacher at heart, John is a principle trainer contracted by NASA to work with International Space Station astronauts in the dynamics of teamwork and leadership on extended space expeditions. He has developed leadership programs for the US Naval Academy, Fortune 50 corporations, government, and individuals in a slew of different industries.
He is a keynote speaker, consultant, coach and trusted confidant. His work with leaders is augmented by his expertise gained from 25 years in the field of leadership development and experiential education. His practice includes clients as individuals, teams, and large organizations with an emphasis on building a system of strong teams focused and aligned on clear strategies.
Jason Kintzler is the Founder and CEO of PitchEngine, a content creation platform that is now used by more than 45,000 businesses worldwide including companies like Pepsico, WalMart and Budweiser. He is the author of “The New American Startup” which details the story of how western independence and self‐reliance led him to create a disruptive technology from the unlikeliest of places. A former anchorman turned PR pro, Jason bootstrapped his startup PitchEngine beginning in 2008 as a celebration of Wyoming independence, forgoing the traditional startup path in favor of the road less traveled.
Originally from western Nebraska, Anne developed her sense of independence, stubbornness, and desire to push herself to unknown limits. After spending time backpacking with her husband in the Winds while living in Nebraska, Anne is now eager to call Lander her home. Having an appreciation and knack for organizing, planning, and streamlining processes, she decided to get her degree in Recreation with an emphasis in fitness, exercise, and business from Chadron State College. Anne currently enjoys working with small businesses and coordinating grant projects at Central Wyoming College. In her free time, you'll find her running, working out at the gym, training for her latest adventure, cooking, blogging, and working an art show booth with her husband, Zach. They have an adventurous set of twins to keep them busy.
Chris Jones - Host
Chris Jones is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton. He began his nearly 20-year career in Wyoming while completing his degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Chris moved on to forecast weather in Kentucky and Colorado before returning to Wyoming in 2002. His current role takes him across western Wyoming to collaborate and build partnerships with government agencies, schools, private companies, and individuals to create safer, well-prepared, weather-ready communities. Outside of work Chris is an avid reader of religious, leadership, and history books and he enjoys being outdoors specifically hiking, camping, and taking along his camera to capture the scenic wonders of Wyoming and his family in action. Chris and his wife are the proud parents of three beautiful and talented children.
Wednesday, October 2
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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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)
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