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Theme: Community Reimagined

This event occurred on
March 29, 2014
12:00pm - 7:00pm AKDT
(UTC -8hrs)
Anchorage, AK
United States

Harnessing the power of Fun!
12p to 7p
This year we are celebrating the big ideas coming from reimagining community. The day is split into three sections. Cultural Lifestyles, Creative Play and Leadership.
Webcast at
intermission reception from 4-5 in the Innovation Lab
Grand Finale at 7:15pm Luminescence: A Dragoons Tale

Wilda Marston Theatre
3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK, 99503
United States
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Chris Grgich

Chris Grgich was raised just outside of Wasilla, AK. He attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he received his BS in Civil Engineering and practices Traffic Engineering with DOWL HKM in Anchorage, Chris is a passionate volunteer and advocate and is focused on helping Anchorage reach its 90 by 2020 goal. In his free time, Chris enjoys hanging out with his partner, Freddie Hampton, and their dogs, Annabelle and Daisie, and he enjoys playing all sorts video and tabletop of games with his friends.

Leah Boltz

Like many of us, Leah wears many hats. Professional, volunteer, wife and mom. Former assistant editor of The MILEPOST and marketer for a local engineering firm, owner of Virtu art gallery, and now Director of Marketing and Business Development at Bettisworth North, Leah has a passion for communication, media and the arts. Her recent talks encourage emerging leaders to be the change through the 7 Cs of Community Engagement. An active Rotarian and volunteer on Anchorage Economic Development Corporations’ Live. Work. Play. committees, Leah wants Anchorage to be the best place in the world to raise a places for Alaskans to play together without barriers. Leah and her daughter led the effort to build Alaska's first fully accessible Boundless Playground. Described as a tenacious Alaskan, she continues to champion more play spaces for children of all abilities.

Mary Elizabeth Rider

Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Rider is the principal of Rider Consulting. Her work includes health and human service program and policy development, feasibility analysis, project management, and evaluation, organizational development, and group facilitation. A 33-year Alaska resident, M.E. comes from a family that homesteaded before statehood. M.E. is a theatre junkie who spends an inordinate amount of time at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. M.E. and Jill Ramsey are the coordinators of the 18-year-old Grrlzlist, the 1600-member virtual lesbian, bi and trans women’s community based in Southcentral Alaska. We have been surveying our members since 2006, and added men to the survey in 2010. We have the data, we have the slide show, and M.E. is looking forward to painting the picture of LGBTQ Anchorage at TedX Anchorage.

Geoff Welch

Geoff Welch is determined to help people build lives that matter and counts expressing gratitude as an integral part of that process. A co-owner of Date-Line Digital Printing, Geoff dreamed up "Thanks Fairbanks", a project which gives away thousands of free thank you cards each year for community members to share with their friends and neighbors. Geoff is the author of This Tiny Empire, a site dedicated to sharing ideas that help people reject the status quo, do their very best work, and build lives that matter. He encourages readers to be cognizant of how the things on which they spend time end up being their legacy, and to kick ass at being alive. Geoff is currently building a life that matters with his wife and daughter in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Stella Grizont

Stella Grizont is an international happiness teacher and speaker whose work has been featured on MSNBC, ABC News, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She was one of the first 200 people in the world to receive a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Stella is the founder of WOOPAAH, a company that designs play and well-being learning programs for organizations including Columbia University, Google, and The City of New York.

Gabrielle Whitfield

A lifelong Anchorage resident, violinist Gabrielle Whitfield received her Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001. She currently teaches classroom music at Northwood Elementary. Additionally, Gabrielle has served as Artistic Director and conductor of the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Orchestra for the past decade. This innovative string ensemble, comprised of thirty female prison inmates, has performed alongside some of the world’s most acclaimed classical musicians, including cellist Zuill Bailey and jazz violinist Diane Monroe. Her work with the Hiland Orchestra has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and in The Washington Post. In 2010, the group received a “Bright Idea Award” from the Harvard University School of Government. Gabrielle is a past recipient of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Arts Educator Grant and the National Education Association’s Learning and Leadership Grant. Additionally, she was chosen as one of “50 Conductors to Watch For” by SBO Magazine in 2009. Aside from conducting, Gabrielle enjoys performing with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and spending time with her husband, Daniel, and their new baby, Gia.

Josh Shaner

An adopted Alaskan (native Ohioan), Josh Shaner is an Air Force Intelligence Officer stationed in Anchorage. As an amateur futurist, he is passionately curious about how the Information Age is shaping the future economy. Josh is also currently creating a startup company, which hopes to provide data-enabled predictive security services to organizations operating throughout the globe. He is a member of the growing Anchorage entrepreneurship scene and his bliss is taking adventurous backpacking trips to interesting places around the world. Josh holds a B.S. from Ohio University and an M.A. from the American Military University. Tweet him @Joshshaner

Calesia Monroe

I am Calesia Monroe. An average junior at West Anchorage High School and a Peer Outreach Worker at Alaska Youth Advocates. When I’m not in the classroom learning or hanging out and serving my fellow peers. The other half of my time goes towards a number of extracurricular activities that I am active in. Such as participating as a poet for the local slam poetry group, Brave New Alaskan Voices and devoting my energy as a boxer for AK Boxing Academy all of these things are great, but they don’t compare to being involved in the community, my community. I am proud to be a youth in Alaska! Holla!

Elisiva Maka

Two powerful words that have created hope and meaning to today's generation. The "I AM" slogan has been seen throughout media campaigns, books, advertisements and stories from all across the globe. Using the powerful method of storytelling, most "I AM" stories have brought more than a sense of inspiration but an impact of empowerment for all. The "I AM PASIFIKA" Campaign was created out of hope to bring into awareness the cultural and identity crisis we face as a Pacific Islander community but also shed light on the stories of achievements and accomplishments made in our generation.

Drew Dudley

Drew Dudley is the former National Chair of Canada’s largest fundraiser for post-secondary students, Shinerama: Students Fighting Cystic Fibrosis. After serving as the Director of one of Canada’s largest university leadership development programs, he founded Nuance Leadership in 2010, and works with organizations around the world to empower people to develop their leadership capacity. He has spoken to over 100,000 people on 5 continents, and appeared on The Huffington Post,, and the main page of

Linda Klein

Linda Klein is a Youth Services Librarian at Anchorage Public Library. She helps children and parents connect with the information and books they need to be informed of to feed their passions. She works closely with community partners to encourage children to connect with books, the arts, and science. She is always finding fun in her work, and she wants everyone to experience the joy that can be found the library. She generally has about 25 library books checked out at any given time, and she wishes she had time for more.

Organizing team


Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Karen Zeman
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Clare Ross
    Overall Co Coordintor
  • Julie Nolan
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Tiffany Cooper
    Backstage Manager/MC
  • Torrie Allen
    PR Coordination
  • Ailleen Cole
    PR Coordination
  • Heidi Weiland
    Artist Coordination
  • Kate Nilsson
  • Steven Shamburek
    Table Coordination
  • Kate O'Brien
  • Sandra Adkins
  • Rayette Sterling
  • Peter Briggs
  • Stacia McGourty
  • Alan Erickson
    Sound and Video