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    TEDxBigSky   |   January 29 & 30, 2022

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    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.

    2022 Speakers

    Nick & Mike Fiorito

    Nick & Mike Fiorito

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKERS

    Mike & Nick Fio are brothers from Brooklyn and co-founders of Blankets of Hope, a 501(c)3 educational non-profit on a mission to inspire a global movement of kindness, one blanket at a time…

    Nick & Mike Fiorito

    Nick & Mike Fiorito

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKERS

    Monique Benabou

    Monique Benabou

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER

    Monique Benabou is a world class vocalist, multi-disciplinary artist and vocal embodiment coach, who first made her debuted on the NBC’s singing competition, The Voice. She has since spanned out to global stages, performing, inspiring…

    Monique Benabou

    Monique Benabou

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER

    Tom Spruance

    Tom Spruance

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Tom Spruance is an avid fly fisherman and president of the Spruance Foundation which supports many environmental challenges that face our natural wilderness. Tom has personally experienced the exponential growth endured by mountain…

    Tom Spruance

    Tom Spruance

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Jan Winburn

    Jan Winburn

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Jan Winburn is a fan of artful storytelling, kickass reporting and the powerful melding of the two. She spent more than four decades working in newsrooms as a narrative editor, writing coach and investigative editor and now teaches in the…

    Jan Winburn

    Jan Winburn

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Timothy Tate

    Timothy Tate

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Timothy was born and raised in the Chicago Suburbs, the youngest of four siblings, all much older than he, to an Irish Presbyterian minister father and a Swedish missionary mother. He has a son and daughter and two granddaughters…

    Timothy Tate

    Timothy Tate

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Marcus Red Thunder

    Marcus Red Thunder

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Marcus was raised on northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana and is a trainer and consultant with the Native Wellness Institute. He has over 20 years of experience in Native wellness with special emphasis on men’s, women’s, and youth…

    Marcus Red Thunder

    Marcus Red Thunder

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Lisa Senters-McDermott

    Lisa Senters-McDermott

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER

    Lisa Senters-McDermott, private aviation expert, is the CEO and founder of Jet Senters Aviation, JSA. With more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry, Lisa’s journey took off over two decades ago when she was instrumental…

    Lisa Senters-McDermott

    Lisa Senters-McDermott

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER

    Ben & Azrya Bequer

    Ben & Azrya Bequer

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKERS

    Azrya and Benjamin Bequer are the co-founding stewards of BEQOMING, a platform that provides transformational tools, stories, and media to help people see beyond the veil of who they thought they were supposed to be and awaken their full…

    Ben & Azrya Bequer

    Ben & Azrya Bequer

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKERS

    Julie Ryan McGue

    Julie Ryan McGue

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Julie Ryan McGue is an identical twin and an adoptee. Her writing centers on finding out who you really are, where you belong, and making sense of it. In May 2021, Julie’s debut memoir Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family…

    Julie Ryan McGue

    Julie Ryan McGue

    NIGHT #2 SPEAKER

    Ken Scott

    Ken Scott

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER

    Ken spent his early years on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
He developed a love of the outdoors while fishing with his grandfather
on the waters surrounding the island. The outdoors and activities outside have dominated his life…

    Ken Scott

    Ken Scott

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER

    Rev. Briana Lynn

    Rev. Briana Lynn

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER - "The Rose & The Jaguar: From Suicide to Shamanism"

    The programmed desire to be “cuter, smaller, and more dainty” began with my first diet at age 11. The yearning to be tiny, not so much, and not so loud grew into an obsession that mounted into a 15 year initiation of eating disorders and a 4…

    Rev. Briana Lynn

    Rev. Briana Lynn

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER - "The Rose & The Jaguar: From Suicide to Shamanism"

    Saul Martinez

    Saul Martinez

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER

    A former Army Infantryman and Purple Heart Recipient, originally from Southern California, Saul made Bozeman home for his wife and two kids almost 10 years ago shortly after participating in a WQW Fishing Experience. Since being wounded…

    Saul Martinez

    Saul Martinez

    NIGHT #1 SPEAKER

    Bruce Anfinson

    Bruce Anfinson

    NIGHT #2 MUSICAL GUEST

    Bruce Anfinson grew up along the Missouri River, in Great Falls, Montana, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. His father loved to sing old Sons of the Pioneers tunes as well as classics by Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold and the like…

    Bruce Anfinson

    Bruce Anfinson

    NIGHT #2 MUSICAL GUEST

    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