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

Our storytellers:

Sean Wheaton
is a teacher, writer, and thinker who lives in Portland, OR. He’s a lover of ideas both big and small, and he is thrilled to be a part of this year’s TEDxConcordiaUPortland planning team. He’s one of several storytellers who will be sharing write-ups, interviews, and perspectives on the many extraordinary people from our surrounding community.

Ira LaFontaine

Hunter Brookshier
Hunter is a Communications and German major at Portland State University. He has always been interested in stories; how they’re told, who’s telling them, what the person telling them has experienced that makes them tell such a story. These are all fascinating questions to Hunter. Sometimes stories recount the facts, other times they exist only in the fragile framework of an idea. Many times, more often then not, stories are interesting, and occasionally, they’re all we dwell on for days and weeks and months after experiencing them. That’s why Hunter loves TED. It’s an organization that tells stories through the age old venue of public speech. TED is more than the sum of its parts. This isn’t an ad for TED, but really, why shouldn’t it be? TED connects brilliant minds, and tells the most interesting true stories in the world. Hunter is proud to be a part of TEDxConcordiaUPortland, and here he will continue to learn and grow. 

Laurel Clegg
Laurel is an advocate for passion based living. She believes in a better future created through personal empowerment. She
 currently resides in Portland Oregon and works in a variety of sectors including marketing, event planning and social media.

Genevieve Ham


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