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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10-11:30 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: more details coming soon)

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

  • Food and beverage provided during breaks

  • Social with appetizers and drinks

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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 vice president of Strategy & Operations for Kronos Software, advising the senior leadership team in crafting its long-term strategy and enabling international growth. Previously, Dave served as senior Vice President and general manager of REALDoc from Altisource, an Enterprise software company in the mortgage software space, in addition to serving as founding vice president and general manager of SaveLocal from Constant Contact. While at Constant Contact he also served on the company’s executive team and as the vice president of Strategy & Corporate Development, overseeing the company’s marketing and advertising 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 B.S. in business administration from Georgetown University and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. 



More speakers and information coming soon!


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.