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    January 30, 2021 - Digital Live Stream
    Warren Miller Performing Arts Center   |   Big Sky, MT

    2021 Videos Coming Soon BIG SKY IDEAS FESTIVAL

    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 TEDxBigSky, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBigSky 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.

    2021 Speakers

    Louise Johns

    Louise Johns

    Louise is a documentary photographer with a master’s degree in Environmental Science Journalism from the University of Montana. A National Geographic Explorer, her work examines the relationships between people, place and animals, with…

    Louise Johns

    Louise Johns

    Cathy Whitlock

    Cathy Whitlock

    "Awakening to Endless Change"

    Dr. Cathy Whitlock is a Regents Professor in Earth Sciences at Montana State University and a Fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. She fell in love with Yellowstone in the 1980s and, since then, has been doing research there as well as seeking…

    Cathy Whitlock

    Cathy Whitlock

    "Awakening to Endless Change"

    David Leuschen

    David Leuschen

    David Leuschen is the Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, LLC, one of the world’s largest energy investment firms, as well as the largest independent investor in renewable energy. He sits on the Investment Committees of all the…

    David Leuschen

    David Leuschen

    Josh McCain

    Josh McCain

    Josh McCain has over a decade of varied experience in sales and business development. He now holds the position of Founder and President of a Bozeman-based nonprofit, Big Sky Bravery. Josh is extremely dedicated to the nonprofit’s mission of reaching out to…

    Josh McCain

    Josh McCain

    Lane Lamoreaux

    Lane Lamoreaux

    Lane Lamoreaux is a venturesome, camera carrying, wanderer of the West. Finding a sense of reverence in its vast and stunning scenery, and a yearning to share breathtaking scenes, a camera, naturally became a close companion. His photographs and films have…

    Lane Lamoreaux

    Lane Lamoreaux

    Rob Balucas

    Rob Balucas

    Rob Balucas is an ‘every-man joe’ who was thrust into extraordinary circumstances in 2015 when a cycling accident rendered him paraplegic. At the time he was training for his first half IRONMAN triathlon, which was supposed to take place the very next…

    Rob Balucas

    Rob Balucas

    Jim Salestrom

    Jim Salestrom

    Jim Salestrom is a storyteller and Emmy Award Winning songwriter. Jim was lead singer in CBS EPIC country rock band “Timberline”. Jim was friends with John Denver and is on John’s “Different Directions”album. He has been a member of Dolly Parton’s…

    Jim Salestrom

    Jim Salestrom

    Max Lowe

    Max Lowe

    Known for his ability to capture stories in the most remote corners of the world, Max Lowe has crafted his skill as a director and photographer in his search for adventure and narratives unheard. From his home in the mountains of Montana…

    Max Lowe

    Max Lowe

    Blu

    Blu

    Blu is a devotee of life beyond the veil. A mystic, medicine woman, musician, artist and storyteller. Her curiosity of maximizing the human potential has taken her deep into the studies of The Gene Keys – a technology which has supported…

    Blu

    Blu

    TEDxBigSky

    Planning is underway for TEDxBigSky 2022. Contact us to become a sponsor or volunteer.

    Ersin Ozer

    Ersin Ozer

    As the license holder for TEDxBigSky, Ersin had the fortune of bringing together an amazing team of talented people to produce the inaugural event. A Montana native, Ersin moved to Big Sky in 2009 with the ambition to live the dream as a young professional. Ersin sells advertising and marketing services for a local agency and is passionate about the wellbeing and sustainability of his community.

    Organizing Team, Curator
    Lori Addicks

    Lori Addicks

    As an executive coach, master facilitator, and consultant, Lori partners with individuals and organizational leaders globally to be the most effective leaders they can be. Lori knows how to inspire people to grow, develop and achieve results, especially during times of ambiguity, uncertainty and change. Lori and her husband, Rich, have been vacationing in Big Sky since 1996, and full-time residents since 2013.

    Organizing Team, Chief Inspirator (coaching speakers to spotlight the magic of their big idea)
    Jackie Corcoran

    Jackie Corcoran

    As a TEDx Bozeman 2017 speaker, Holistic Health Coach, and initiator of the Top Shelf Toastmasters club in Big Sky, Jackie Corcoran understands the importance of listening carefully, communicating empathetically and reaching goals strategically. It is will this skill set and the love of Ted and TEDx talks, that she entered the assistant TEDx Big Sky speaking coach position.  She has since enjoyed each moment of facilitating and witnessing the evolution and refinement of the speaker’s messages. She moved to Big Sky from NYC in 1996 and lives happily in the canyon with her husband Colin, Golden Retriever Westin and Mouser Extraordinaire, George St. Pierre.

    Organizing Team, Speaker Coach
    Andrea Saari

    Andrea Saari

    Andrea is a born-and-bred Minnesotan, through and through. She has worked and lived in Big Sky since 2003 and considers it her ‘Forever Home’ -- and she is almost ready to call herself a local. She gobbles up all things art and science, and if you say ‘Stochastic Processes,’ she might swoon. Her crew includes Darwin & Mendel, and they are always ready for a mountain adventure on the HMS Spaniel.

    Organizing Team
    Andrew Blessing

    Andrew Blessing

    After many years managing a computer consulting business out East, Andrew found his way to Montana and Eventually Big Sky where he works as Technical Director for the Big Sky School District. Taking on the roll as “Tech Guru” for the K-12 students and staff has been incredibly rewarding with new adventures around every corner. It’s with this spirit of adventure that he tackles the slopes with his family, construction projects at home, and jumped at the chance to be a team member for TEDxBigSky.

    Technical Director