August 15, 2019

10 AM - 7:30 PM

Planning is underway for the 5th Annual TEDxBismarck event! Get all the latest TEDxBismarck news and information here, or by following along on Facebook and Instagram.



North Dakota Heritage Center

Russell Reid Auditorium
612 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505


2019 TEDxBismarck Speakers

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Troy Roness

Troy Roness teaches in the Teacher Education and Kinesiology Department, within the College of Education and Health Sciences, at Minot State University (MSU), and has been on staff since 2013. 

He graduated from Minot State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education, and completed his first master’s degree in Education and Cognitive Science from Minot State University in 2012. He completed his second graduate program in Counseling and Student Affairs in 2018, from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and plans on beginning his Doctor of Education in Professional Practice and Leadership (Ed.D.), from the University of North Dakota (UND), in 2019. 

Troy’s professional career began 10 years ago, and has included involvement in physical and health education, curriculum development, mental health advocacy and non-profit organization, and governmental administrative programs. Troy teaches a multitude of courses in the Teacher Education and Kinesiology department at Minot State University and advises students within the Physical Education and Corporate Fitness and Wellness Management programs. In 2018, Troy was named the North Dakota Society of Health and Physical Educators (NDSHAPE) College/University Physical Education Professor of the Year Award. 

Outside of his responsibilities at MSU, Troy works extensively with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the United Kingdom’s “Men Get Eating Disorders Too” (MGEDT) organization, the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), and the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC). He travels the country as a motivational speaker, writes for multiple national publications, and has authored a book, “Unbroken: Journaled Reflections of Recovery.”

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Bethlehem Gronneberg

Bethlehem Gronneberg is a seasoned Software Engineer, an inspirational speaker, an educator, and a social entrepreneur with a vision to exponentially expand the inclusion of diverse voices in the technology workforce. Referred to as the "unlikely STEMinist" by the Huffington Post article, Gronneberg is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of uCodeGirl, a non-profit designed to inspire, engage and equip teen girls so that they can confidently choose to forge a pathway to technology careers and engineer their world.  

A Bachelor of Science degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in Statistics and Computer Science launched Bethlehem’s technology career as the first webmaster for United Nations - Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA). After 20+ years in the software industry as a Software Engineer, Sr. Software Engineer, Software Engineering Manager and a master’s degree in software engineering from North Dakota State University, Bethlehem has focused her career to be a social entrepreneur - an advocate for women in technology. 

Ms. Gronneberg is the recipient of the prestigious Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship. As a 2016 Bush Fellow, she is challenged to think big and to think different. Bethlehem is committed to bringing the real-world experience of software development to classrooms as a Computer Science instructor, most recently at Concordia College. Bethlehem has received numerous recognitions for her initiatives at uCodeGirl as the 2018 YWCA Woman of the Year in Science and Technology; The 2018 Exceptional Women Leaders by Women Economic Forum; Emerging Prairie’s Belief Award and as a finalist for the 2019 GlobalMindED Inclusive Leaders Award. 

Bethlehem is committed to a world where the people who create and build technology products and services mirror the people and societies for which they create and build. Ms. Gronneberg’s efforts in sparking curiosity and intellect with young women had been commended by the United States Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota who invited Bethlehem to be a guest of honor to attend the 2019 State of the Union address of the United States of America.

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Shawn Riley

Shawn Riley became North Dakota’s Chief Information Officer in April 2017 after serving in IT leadership roles in healthcare and private industry for two decades. Throughout his career he has overseen significant change management efforts and demonstrated the ability to transform processes and make a positive impact for customers and business partners through innovative technology approaches.

Shawn’s experience includes consulting at IBM and other Fortune 500 companies nationally and internationally on network, system security and compliance, training, e-health, and e-business projects. From 2004 to 2017, he served in various leadership positions at Mayo Clinic. During his tenure he helped bring together disparate IT arms into a unified organization, ultimately serving as a regional Chief Information and Chief Technology Officer. 

In his role as CIO, Shawn’s emphasis is on working as one across Team ND to help Empower People, Improve Lives and Inspire Success. This includes working with 17 executive branch Cabinet agencies to unify IT teams and provide a singular direction, strategy and cybersecurity approach on behalf of the citizens of North Dakota.

Shawn’s team is also working closely with organizations statewide to lead the nation in cybersecurity education and training. The “K-20W Initiative” involves 40 public and private sector entities helping empower North Dakota’s workforce, educators and students from kindergarten through PhD with a goal of “Every Student, Every Class, Cyber Educated.” Through partnership with industry leaders and a whole-of-government approach, the state is creating the foundation to train the next generation of cyber security professionals and provide valuable training for any career path in a 21st century economy being driven by rapid technological change.

A native of Lanesboro, Minn., Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology administration from American InterContinental University and a master’s degree in business administration from Salt Lake City-based Western Governors University.

Shawn and his wife, Michelle, have three children. In his off hours, Shawn enjoys being a history interpreter and competitive marksman. You may find him out in full costume as a colonial soldier telling the stories of the American Revolution.

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Mallory Brown

Mallory Brown is an impact storyteller and global humanitarian. She travels the world to tell real-life stories of human connection. Mallory’s goal is to encourage others to embrace empathy and create powerful ways to give back. At the age of 33, she has traveled to over 50 countries. Combining travel, filmmaking, and crowdfunding, Mallory is recognized for pioneering a new, engaging form of philanthropy.   

Mallory's latest endeavor, "Walk A Mile," is a global marathon for women's empowerment. She's walking a marathon, one mile at a time, with 26 impoverished women around the world. 26 miles. 26 women. 26 countries. 26 stories of strength. As each “mile” benefits a local charity, the series aims to prove that the economic empowerment of women is the key to pulling families out of poverty. Mallory's marathon explores the power of empathy and how each of us can make a difference.  

Mallory's story inspires others to live a passionate, generous, and global life. Her efforts have been featured by the Today Show, The New York Times, Crain's Detroit Business, the Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Mallory was born and raised in Michigan, graduated from Albion College, and currently lives on the edge of Detroit.

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.