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.

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 Lisa Smith-Batchenis a world reknown elite ultra runner, ironman competitor and adventure racer.  Lisa is a woman of many "firsts".  She is the first American to win the Marathon des Sables stage-race through the Moroccan desert and has twice won the Badwater Ultramarathon, which is considered one of the toughest races in the world.  She is also the first and only person to ever have run 50 miles a day in 50 states in the USA in 62 days and just this July became the first women to run 584 miles through Death Valley in 14 days.

Lisa is also a proven coach and motivator whose knowledge of health, fitness and nutrition has helped hundreds of individuals achieve their specific goals.


Talk Title: "Change Your Passion into Purpose"

 Mike Gualdoni- Born and raised in the St. Louis area, Gualdoni has spent much of his life behind the lens of a camera. With award-winning films, a powerful documentary covering extreme poverty in America, and a strong presence in the Midwestern freelance market under his belt, he has since chosen a simpler life in Wyoming working for the local PBS outfit. There, he hopes to use his talents, educate, inform and entertain people.


Talk Title: "Adapting to the Digital Age of Communication"


Paul Skog - Paul was born and raised in Omaha, NE, and recieved his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska. In 1983 he and his wife moved to Evanston, Wyoming to live in the mountains. He worked as a Deputy County Attorney. In 1990, Paul left government work and opened a private practice. He enjoys downhill skiing, working on motor vehicles and driving convertables. 


Talk Title: "Putting Ideas Into Action"


 Jeremy Nielson - Jeremy earned his Master's degree in Film from The University of Utah and began working in the state's film industry teaching courses at a juvenile detention center.  He later worked for a non-profit organization that worked with under-served youth through film education, where he discovered his love of teaching.  He has worked as a cinematographer, director of photography, editor, and musical composer.  Jeremy co-produced an award-winning film Twice Today, and his most recent film, Darkroom is now available on DVD. He is currently a professor at Central Wyoming College.


Talk Title: "Cast of 1,000, All of Them are Dudes"





 Nate Storey has been designing and operating equipment for aquaponic and hydroponic applications for almost a decade. He completed his PhD work at the University of Wyoming researching vertical aquaponic production methods, and currently serves as the CEO at Bright Agrotech, a company that leads the industry in aquaponic and vertical farming equipment.  Nate lives in Laramie with his wife Heather and daughter Charlotte.



Talk Title: "What Building Simple Things has Taught Me"



 Richard Hawley is a 4th generation Wyoming farmer.  His family farm, RH Farms grows traditional crops in Powell, WY such as barley, oats, sugar beets, pinto beans, but has branched out into shrimp, tilapia and specialized fruits and vegetables in Midwest, Wy.  Richard and his wife Beth are the parents of 2 adopted foster kids (and have fostered 40 or 50 foster kids over the years).  They have been featured on shows like 20/20 and The Katie Couric Show, have published a children's picture book and currently own four businesses in Wyoming.  Richard attended college for computer programing and went back to college later in life for a business degree.  



Talk Title: "You are Growing What? Where?"



Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Innovation: Bringing Ideas to Life
  • 5:30 Yummy Treats and Mingling
  • 6:15 Event Begins
  • 7:30 Intermission
  • 9:00 Event Ends
Where: Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre
2660 Peck Ave., Riverton, WY 82501

How: Tickets are on sale online  at the following link:




Questions on this event: Contact us


Ticket Information

Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased online or at the door the night of the event. Reserve your ticket today.

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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.


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PHOTOS from TedxCentralWyomingCollege 2013





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.

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Snowboarder - Uganda "Far From HomePhil 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Jason regularly shares his passion for new media and business by speaking to groups of all sizes at events like TEDx, SXSW, PRSA and at universities like Stanford, USC and Marquette. He has been credited with "heralding in a new era of public relations" by creating "one of the PR industry's most transformative innovations." Jason and/or PitchEngine have appeared in several popular books including; EngageTwittervillePutting the Public Back in Public RelationsSocialCorp and Social Media Marketing for Dummies.


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Ann Even


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.


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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.





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