August 16, 2018

10 AM - 7:30 PM

The 4th Annual TEDxBismarck event will feature a line-up of inspiring talks that challenge the audience to Level Up. Get your ticket and join the TEDx community for a day of connecting and sharing ideas worth spreading at the North Dakota Heritage Center.

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North Dakota Heritage Center

Russell Reid Auditorium

612 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505

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10-11:15 AM .............. Adventures

Noon-1 PM ................ Registration

12:30 PM ................... Doors Open

1-2:15 PM ................. Speaker Session 1


2:45- 4 PM ................ Speaker Session 2


4:25-5:30 PM ............ Speaker Session 3

5:30-7:30 PM ............ Social

*Schedule is subject to change without notice

Ticket Purchase Includes

  • Morning adventures (optional:choose from outdoor yoga, Engineering Challenge, Capitol Lawn Games)

  • Admission to 3 speaker sessions (2-4 talks each session + entertainment)

  • Food and beverage provided during breaks

  • Social on First International Bank & Trust Rooftop with appetizers and drinks provided by Stonehome Brewing

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For the first time, TEDxBismarck is offering Adventures as part of our one day event.  These activities are included with your TEDxBismarck ticket but are completely optional. Take part in an activity to get your mind and body ready for the day.  Three adventure options are available for attendees and each event happens August 16, 2018 from 10 am to 11:15 am. After your adventure, grab a quick lunch and get your seat at ND Heritage Center (Doors open at 12:30).


Outdoor Yoga

Bismarck BUTI Yoga queen, Lindsay, will guide this 50 min. Vinyasa practice hosted by LUMINATE Studio.  Appropriate for beginners to advance so no experience is necessary. Bring a yoga mat and water.  If you don't own a mat, several will be available to borrow. Meet at the Prairie Amphitheater south of the East Entrance of North Dakota Heritage Center 612 E Boulevard Ave Bismarck ND 58505 


Gateway to Science Engineering Challenge

Team up with fellow TEDx attendees to tackle a hands-on design challenge in Gateway to Science’s Engineering Creativity Lab. No engineering experience required. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the science center’s interactive exhibit gallery—build a mountain in the augmented reality sandbox, try your hand at laparoscopic surgery, create a cloud, and more. Gateway to Science inspires the scientist in everyone. Meet at 1810 Schafer St, Bismarck, ND 58501


Capitol Lawn Games

Bring your favorite lawn game to share or join a game of spike ball, bocce ball, or ladder golf. Park at the Heritage Center East entrance and meet at the South side of the lot. 

2018 TEDxBismarck Speakers

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Scott Brown

Scott Brown is a former actor turned entrepreneur, having started 8 companies over the last 25 years - from topical analgesics to bounced email. Today, Scott is the Executive Director of UpRamp, leads ventures & startup engagement for the global connectivity industry in beautiful Boulder Colorado, and has the dubious honor of spending $2.5m on the 21st worst SuperBowl ad in history. An active advisor & investor, Scott shares his unique blend of startup grit, technology and (C)lean Messaging with startups around the world. 



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Danita Bye

Danita Bye, M.A. is a leadership and sales development expert. She is the founder of Sales Growth Specialists and has gained valuable leadership experience as a sales leader for Xerox Corporation and in private equity ownership.

Danita served on the boards of private Christian universities. She currently serves on the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, as well as the North Dakota Petroleum Council. She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and is a sales coach for Harvard Business School MBA students.  Her headquarters are in North Dakota, but Danita works digitally and her business operates on a global scale.

Danita grew up on The Triple T Ranch in Stanley, North Dakota. Her parents continue to make a huge imprint on her life. They are entrepreneurs who figured out how to not only survive but thrive in homestead country.

After living in the Minneapolis area for 30 years, she moved back to the ranch in North Dakota about four years ago with her husband of 33 years, Gordon. She is a mother of three Millennials and gramma to three grandchildren.

Danita’s recent book, Millennials Matter: Proven Strategies for Building Next-Gen Leaders, is quickly gaining recognition as one of the best books written about Millennial Leadership. She’s been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, and CEO World, as well as Crosswalk, The Christian Post, and Charisma.

Danita is a catalyst to assist experienced leaders in gaining an understanding of the importance of their role in shaping young leaders. She writes a leadership blog at, where she provides tips, tools and talk tracks for leaders who are committed to mentoring emerging leaders, in order to grow their businesses as well as maximize their leadership legacy.

Her passion is to energize and equip leaders of character to prioritize coaching millennial leaders.  She believes it’s time to stop complaining and to start coaching the next generation of leaders.

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Terry Eckmann, Ph.D.

Terry Ferebee Eckmann, Ph.D. ACSM-EP, 200RYT, ACE-GFI, is a Professor and Chair of Teacher Education and Kinesiology at Minot State University (MSU). Eckmann is an award-winning presenter, author, and researcher. She presents internationally on topics related to effects of lifestyle choices on the brain, movement that matters, healthy aging, and the power of choice.

Eckmann’s research has explored the effects of Zumba, Yoga, and Les Mills BodyPump on cognition and fitness parameters.  She has also researched the impact of live vs. virtual exercise on cognition, fitness parameters, and body image. Eckmann and her daughter, Katie, coauthored “101 Mindfulness and Meditation Practices” which was released in March 2018. Another of her titles, "101 Ways to Age Gracefully" was published in May 2016. She also published "101 Brain Boosters" in 2013 and it's used now in schools and active aging communities nationally. Her work has been published in numerous professional journals and she has written book chapters for several textbooks. 

She has been active in the fitness and wellness industry for over 30 years. Eckmann received the NDSHAPE Honors Award, NDSHAPE University Instructor of the Year Award, MSU Regents Award for Research and Scholarship, ND Picture of Health Award, IDEA Make Fitness Happen Award and the Industry Enhancement Award from Club Industry. She is featured in the American College of Sports Medicine Leadership Series and serves on the advisory board of the International Council on Active Aging. She is also a featured active aging specialist on the Zumba Gold DVD. Additionally, Eckmann hosted the TV segment "Eye on Fitness" in the Minot viewing region for over 25 years. 

She and her husband have two children, Cole and Katie, and almost two grandchildren, Nixon and Baby Girl Eckmann.  She has a passion for family, friends, traveling, entertaining, hiking, golf, group exercise, yoga, teaching and learning.  Eckmann believes in living life to the fullest!

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Dave Gilbertson

Dave Gilbertson currently serves as VP, Strategy & Operations for Kronos Software, advising the senior leadership team in crafting its long-term strategy and enabling international growth.  Previously, Dave served as SVP & GM of REALDoc from Altisource, an Enterprise software company in the mortgage software space in addition to serving as founding VP & GM of SaveLocal from Constant Contact.  While at Constant Contact he also served on the company’s Executive Team and as the VP, Strategy & Corporate Development, overseeing the company’s M&A activity subsequent to its IPO. Prior to joining Constant Contact, he was a strategy consultant with The Parthenon Group in Boston and a professional with Fenway Partners, a leading middle-market private equity firm. Dave holds a BSBA from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.



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Sue Hamilton

Encourager at heart, a.k.a. motivational speaker and author Sue Hamilton has a dynamic way of sharing her passion for life through her energetic personality.  She’s been delivering messages since 1999 with her “tell-it-like-it-is” approach that engages others and moves them to action in their own lives.  Her goal is to encourage others to have a positive attitude and to learn how to deal with whatever is thrown your way in life. 

She is a graduate of Minot State University, Minot, ND with a B. A. in Business Administration and Marketing.  Her corporate career expanded over 20 years in the areas of sales, customer service and management. In the past 13 years she launched her own cleaning business and began developing her writing skills.  Her first book, Journey of Trust was released in 2015 and in January of 2018 her second book, Carried by Faith hit the shelves.                                                                                                            

On the personal side, she has been married to her husband for 31 years, has two grown sons and one daughter-in-law, loves cooking, gardening and classic cars. 

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Jeffon Seely

Jeffon Seely is a senior consultant, transformational speaker, and workshop facilitator. Mr. Seely is a highly recognized leading resource in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, Millennials, Mindfulness, and Leadership. Although rather young, a Millennial, he has had his own consulting firm for more than 10 years, specializing in programs involving mindfulness, meditation and the evolving role of Millennials and the 2020 Generation. He has assisted major corporations, non-profit organizations, and government and academic institutions with innovative strategies to integrate mindfulness and the evolving generations into management and leadership roles. Mr. Seely has facilitated diversity, inclusion, empowerment, mindfulness, meditation, generations, and engagement training courses to all levels of organizations across several industries. He also presents transformational speeches to audiences through keynotes, leadership seminars, retreats and open forums.

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Jon Rask

Jon Rask is a Research Scientist in the Space Biosciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center. His research focuses on enabling human and robotic space exploration, and the search for life on other planets and moons. Jon has characterized the toxicity and abrasiveness of Apollo lunar dust specimens and supported development of novel brick-like regolith biocomposite technologies made from lunar and Mars regolith simulants. Jon has also developed and tested life science hardware and experiments that flew aboard the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Rask has performed experiment operations aboard the NASA C9B parabolic aircraft, been a test subject in hypergravity experiments aboard NASA Ames centrifuge facilities, and served as a Principal Investigator for a human study conducted on the Human Performance Centrifuge.


Throughout his career, Jon has been involved in desert, hydrothermal, and polar field work that has included expeditions to the Mars Desert Research Station, the Mojave desert, the Empty Quarter Desert of the Middle East, the Pilbara of Western Australia, the Atacama Desert of Chile, Hot Springs in Idaho and New Zealand, the relic glacial terrains and badlands of North Dakota, and the Arctic on Svalbard. Rask has also carried out investigations in Antarctica, where he has tested prototype space suit technology, operated the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station’s Food Growth Chamber, and explored the polar plateau.


Rask currently serves as the Director of the NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program, is a Co-Investigator for the University of North Dakota Space Studies’ Inflatable Lunar and Mars Habitat Module, and was recently selected for the NASA Ames Project Excellence Development Program in Life Detection.




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Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart

Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart is an entrepreneurship and economic development specialist, having assisted in the launch of over 187 small businesses throughout the country. She is an enrolled citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, a small business woman as owner of Painted Skye Management and Head Chef of Et-i-quette Catering Company and a 6th generation entrepreneur. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and utilizes innovative ideas with her superior business instincts and drive to create sustainable change. 

Kimberly was selected a regional OTA Trailblazer Fellow. Highlighting the innovators of our region. She was also elected as a prestigious participant of the Bush Foundation's Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship Program. Kimberly was honored with the selection as the Native American Instructor of the SBA e200 Executive Management Training for the state of South Dakota. She is the co-founder of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, she also serves as co-chair of the Arts & Culture board for the city of Rapid City.  The award she holds closest to her heart is the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award from her home reservation.

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Tom Indigo

Thomas Grudzinski works as a software developer at FAST Enterprises, but is known by many as Tom Indigo: Mentalist. Tom first began performing magic in 2009 in Chicago, the birthplace of close-up magic. Shortly thereafter, he focused his attention to mentalism, the art of reading and influencing thoughts through psychology, intuition, and social interaction. 

Tom graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with a triple major in Mathematics, Economics, and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences. During his time as an undergrad he cofounded the Northwestern Magic Club and taught its members how to thrive in social interactions and create magical experiences for anybody they meet.

Tom has had a lifelong fascination with human behavior and has actively pursued an understanding of both the analytical and philosophical aspects of how our minds work. In his performances he combines his mind reading with mental demonstrations, where he helps his volunteers amplify their cognitive abilities. 

Tom’s passion is sharing an appreciation for the mind and helping others unlock their potential in whatever they set their mind to. He is excited to share his personal approach to social interactions with the TEDx audience.

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Jordan Loftis - Emcee

Jordan Loftis is a writer and speaker whose great passion is to create a body of work that helps people achieve their purpose. This means creating better life trajectories, companies that scale more quickly, and mission-based organizations that make the world a better place. His skills have been fire-hardened as a startup co-founder (acquired 2015), a ghostwriter of 17 business books, the host of two podcasts, a nonprofit director and president, a content marketer, and an author and speaker. He's also a husband, father of three under the age of three, and chess enthusiast with a nasty habit of losing.





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 TEDxBismarck, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBismarck event, TED Talks 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.