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Theme: elevate

This event occurred on
May 31, 2013
12:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Loveland, CO
United States

"If any young man is about to commence the world, we say to him, publicly and privately, Go to the West"
~Horace Greeley, New Yorker, 1838

All up and down the Front Range, when we look to the West, we see the Rocky Mountains. Depending on each individual’s perspective, these mountains may appear majestic, imposing, inspirational or daunting. In an earlier age, these mountains produced three groups of individuals:

The first Pioneers who elevated their vision and confidence to experiment with various routes to identify pathways through and beyond these mountains in order to pursue new adventures or seek new and further frontiers.

Some of those pioneers came back as experienced Guides who elevated their role to lead others on their individual quests.

The Innovators who refused to acknowledge the perceived barriers and elevated their thinking to devise new tools and techniques to go through, go around or go over these geographical barriers.

Today, we still have new frontiers all around us. Rather than tangible or geographical frontiers, many of these frontiers are scientific, artistic or economic in nature. These frontiers still require the talents of the same three groups of individuals:

Pioneers, who take on the challenge to experiment, understand and realize the potential of these frontiers.

Guides, who have successfully explored these frontiers and are sharing their knowledge and experiences to inspire others to further explore their capabilities.

Innovators, who utilize known technologies and existing knowledge in a different way to excel in their environment and create new frontiers.

Through TEDxFrontRange in May 2013, we will present the Pioneers, Guides and Innovators that are elevating the Front Range of Colorado to be unique and vibrant!

The Rialto Theatre
228 E Fourth Street
Loveland, CO, 80537
United States
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Josie Plaut

Josie is the Associate Director for the Institute for the Built Environment at CSU and the volunteer Executive Director for CLEAR (Center for Living Environments and Regeneration). Josie has worked for over 10 years in the private, non-profit and government sectors to facilitate and coordinate sustainability and green building projects and is an experienced instructor, lecturer and workshop facilitator. Josie is LEED BD+C Accredited Professional with working knowledge in sustainable design, construction, and documentation. She has a degree in Sustainable Enterprise from Fort Lewis College and a Masters of Construction Management with an emphasis in Sustainable Building at Colorado State University, where her thesis research focused on pivotal experiences and the championing of sustainability. Josie’s professional achievements include providing educational design and guidance for the USGBC’s Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional Study Guides, serving on the Commercial Technical Advisory Committee for the City of Fort Collins’ green building code amendments, and serving as a Volunteer Ambassador for the Living Building Challenge. Josie is a founding developer of The LENSES (Living Environments in Natural Social and Economic Systems) Framework, which is a ground breaking research project focused on creating transformational change toward regenerative communities and projects. Josie and her work have been featured in Environmental Building News, The Journal of Green Building, Building Research and Information, among others, and is a frequent public speaker at conferences, programs and events.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller is CEO and co-founder of Move the Mountain Leadership Center, established in 1992 to inspire and equip communities to resolve poverty. He is also the founder of Circles®, an approach that builds relationships across socio-economic class lines to help families out of poverty. Scott began his focus on poverty in the late 70’s as a volunteer for the Catholic Worker in Rochester, NY. Since then, he has initiated projects around the country that directly help families out of poverty while educating the community about what changes must be made to eventually eradicate poverty. Circles® is now in twenty-four states and has been featured on the CBS Evening News, CNN, PBS, and the Huffington Post. Scott is the author of the books, Until It’s Gone: Ending Poverty in our Nation, in our Lifetime., and Having Enough Money. He makes his home in Albuquerque, NM with his wife Jan. Both have volunteered for years as allies to families moving out of poverty.

Dan Jaspersen

Dan Jaspersen is a multi-talented performer with an uniquely blended background in juggling, magic, linguistics, psychology and experimental theatre. Not only has Dan has been featured at international festivals in Japan and Brazil, he is renowned across the Front Range and has performed for the 4-H National Roundup, Colorado State University, and the United States Air Force. Dan’s love for creating real magic and resonating with audiences is the driving force behind his work. In addition to performing as a mentalist, Dan leads workshops focused on creativity and inspiration. When not performing, Dan is busy helping his wife, Andi, raise their two boys. He also enjoys cooking, camping and studying foreign languages.

Ed VanDyne

Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of VanDyne SuperTurbo, Inc.; Mr. VanDyne is a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and engineering manager, with more than 25 years of experience in automotive industry. At the age of 12 he started his first business buying, fixing and selling cars. Mr. VanDyne graduated from Northeastern with a double major in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He then went on to MIT, where he attended graduate school and ran the Racing Team, while working full time at Draper Laboratories. As head of the MIT Racing Team Mr. VanDyne designed, built and raced his own Formula V racing car to the New England Regional Championship in the Sports Car Club of America. Mr. VanDyne received the first ever Draper Performance Award for his work managing a robotics development project that was completed six months earlier than scheduled. Then he became the Founder and President of Adrenaline Research, Inc., a venture-backed spin-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, based on the SmartFire technology that Mr. VanDyne invented and developed. That company was sold to Woodward in 2004 for an 8 times return to investors. Mr. VanDyne became Woodward's Director of Engine Systems Research. There he invented and developed the first SuperTurbocharger as one of 28 research projects. VanDyne SuperTurbo, Inc. spun out of Woodward in 2009 in order to pursue the commercialization of SuperTurbochargers for all engines less than 17 Liters. To date Mr. VanDyne has raised $21 Million Dollars for the development of the SuperTurbo.

Ross Wehner

Ross Wehner helps schools and corporations train leaders who can find innovative solutions to global issues. Ross’s approach to leadership integrates his work as a journalist, teacher and wilderness educator. As a journalist, Ross reported from around Latin America during the early 90s on a range of global issues. As a teacher, Ross worked at different K-12 schools and the University of Virginia, where he received his M.A. in Spanish literature in 1999. As a wilderness instructor, Ross worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Alpine Ascents, a climbing agency in Seattle. In 2007 Ross founded World Leadership School, the mission of which is to empower young leaders to find new and innovative solutions to the world’s pressing problems. WLS is best known for helping K-12 schools in North America build long-term sister school relationships with rural schools in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As part of these programs students travel overseas to live with families in rural communities, work on service projects and learn about global issues and leadership. WLS also offers consulting and faculty training to help schools make the broader shift towards 21st Century forms of learning. In 2009 Ross helped found World Action Teams, the mission of which is to help corporations develop leaders who create value for business and society. Ross recently helped design and deliver an immersive learning program in Tanzania for 30 executives from Ericsson, the Swedish technology corporation.

Dr. CJ Huff, EdD

Dr. Huff arrived in Joplin in July 2008 and is currently serving in his fifth year as the Superintendent of the Joplin School District. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Huff served four years as the Superintendent of Schools in the Eldon School District. He has also served as a principal in the Nixa, Springfield, and the Bolivar School Districts and as an elementary classroom teacher in Bolivar, MO and Pleasanton, KS. Dr. Huff received his BS in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University, a Masters and Specialist Degree from Missouri State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. In addition to his administrative responsibilities with the schools, Dr. Huff remains active in the Joplin Community through his participation on the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves as a “lunch buddy” through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He is a past director of the United Way Board of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas, and a Jasper County Workforce Investment Board member. Dr. Huff was born and raised in Southeast Kansas near the town of McCune. Prior to becoming an educator he was a farmer for 8 years and attributes much of the success he has achieved to a strong work ethic and values instilled in him by his family. He has been married 14 years to his wife Jennifer. Together they have three children, of whom he is very proud, Savannah, age 11, Keaton, age 9, and Julianne, 3.

Angel Vigil

Angel Vigil is Chairman of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and Director of Theatre at Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado. He is an award winning author, performer, stage director, and educator. His awards include the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, a Heritage Artist Award, a Master Artist Award and a COVisions Recognition Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Mayor’s Individual Artist Fellowship and a Theatre Educator of the Year Award from the Colorado State Theatre Association. Angel is the author of six books on Hispanic culture and arts. His book The Corn Woman, and Other Stories and Legends from the Hispanic Southwest won the prestigious New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age National Award. His book Una Linda Raza, Cultural and Artistic Traditions of the Hispanic Southwest won the Border Regional Library Association Southwestern Book of the Year Award and the Colorado Book of the Year Special Recognition Award. His other Hispanic culture books are ¡Teatro! Hispanic Plays for Young People, and The Eagle on the Cactus, Traditional Stories from Mexico. Angel’s fifth book is Riding Tall in the Saddle, The Cowboy Fact Book. He also wrote the children’s book Papi, How Many Stars Are in the Sky? Angel is a Heritage Artist storyteller who has performed throughout the nation at festivals, universities, schools, and art centers. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the Keepers of the Word Festival at Amherst College, the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival and the George Bush Presidential Library.

Todd Siler

Todd Siler is an internationally-recognized visual artist, author, educator, and consultant who co-founded Think Like a Genius, LLC and created the Think Like a Genius® Program. His inspirational thoughts called TRUIZMS were published weekly in the Sunday Edition of the Denver Rocky Mountain News from 1997 to 2001.Siler received a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; in 1986, he became the first visual artist to be awarded a doctorate from M.I.T. His published works include Breaking the Mind Barrier (Simon & Schuster, 1990) and Think Like A Genius (Bantam Books, 1996); both books have been translated into many foreign languages. Siler is a Forum Fellow of the 1999 and 2001 Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has presented and consulted on cultivating creativity and innovative thinking in Fortune 500 Companies and technology startups, using arts-based tools and methods he calls “Metaphorming.” Siler has been exhibiting his artworks worldwide in major museums and galleries for the past three decades; he is represented by the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City. His artworks are in numerous public collections, including the Denver Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art (20th-Century Collection), Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Pushkin Fine Arts Museum in Moscow, and Belsar Verlag Print Archives in Stuttgart and Zurich. Siler was awarded the 2011 Leonardo DaVinci World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council.

Iva Peele

After receiving a BFA in Theater Arts from Emerson college, Iva Peele began working in New York and London as an actor, writer and producer. For six years she was Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Two Island Productions, a theater collaboration between the islands of Manhattan and Bermuda. Iva is also producer of the film Dreaming Heaven and the newly released film the Road to Q’ero:a journey home. Since 2003 Iva has lived on an organic farm in New York's Hudson Valley, and now works as a photographer, writer and producer. Her main focus is exploring the mystery in our dreams, both waking and sleeping, and how it is possible to bring light and healing to our lives through art.

Daniel Ibanez

Daniel began his art career at 14 when he apprenticed with renowned artist, Ray Vinella. His grasp of painting developed quickly. By his early twenties, he was represented in top galleries in Taos, Denver, and Colorado Springs. Daniel was featured in Southwest Art Magazine as one of America’s most talented artists. It was a dream moment in the young artist’s life. In spite of his success, he became bored with painting still-life, landscape, and traditional subject matter. Mostly, he became disillusioned with the way he understood painting. It was at that moment he stopped showing his work and instead invested in other passions. Having been a professional artist since age 17, he needed new insight about the nature of his work. His break from painting anticipated the most dynamic period of his career. Daniel has since returned to art making with a renewed passion. His current work explores the potential of painting, social media, and education. That relationship has been fruitful for Daniel. For him, there is a vibrant energy at confluence of art and technology. Forbes magazine recently interviewed him on this topic, exploring why he is currently followed by 1.6 million viewers online. The book publishing deals and collaborative opportunities that have followed from this collision of art and technology are shaping the way he approaches and understands art. We are witnessing a new world being born in this resurgent artist.

Derek McKee

From performances in Los Angeles & New York, Derek McKee has taken the magic world by storm. By the age of 15 he was walking Red Carpets all over the world. Now 18 Derek is performing all over the world for A-List clients. He has made appearances on major television shows like Extra! With Mario Lopez, and The Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has been in both The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Although Derek leads a grueling tour schedule he still finds time to give back, he spends countless hours benefiting homeless children all over the world.

Elizabeth Weiland

Through a lifetime of following her insatiable curiosity down new and different paths, Elise has gone from exporting beef to Japan to running the Great American Beer Festival, launching products in 11 countries to consulting with nonprofits and organizations in trauma, helping authors bring books to life to fundraising for sustainability and economic development. Elise leaps in with the tools of an open, creative mind, strategic expertise, and common sense to bring big ideas to life and to grow inspiring organizations. As a writer, a corporate business executive, a mom, a social entrepreneur, a divorced adventurer, Elise has cultivated tools for living a fulfilling and resilient life.

Nikhil Goyal

Lauded by the Washington Post as a future U.S. Secretary of Education, at age 17, Nikhil Goyal is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School by the Alternative Education Resource Organization. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, FOX and Friends, FOX Business, NBC Nightly News, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Psychology Today, and Education Week. In 2012, Goyal was named one of the “World Changers” for Dell #Inspire 100. He is also 2013 Forbes 30 Under 30: Education. An international speaker, Nikhil has spoken at NBC, Dell, Cisco, Fast Company, M.I.T., Florida International University, College of the North Atlantic, and other conferences around the world. He is also a guest lecturer at Baruch College. Nikhil currently serves on the board of FairTest. He is leading a Learning Revolution movement to transform the American school system. Nikhil lives with his family in Woodbury, New York.

Mintcheva/McArthur Piano Duo with Dr. Veronica Patterson

The Mintcheva/McArthur Piano Duo has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, including recitals at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival (Italy), the Prague International Piano Master Classes (Czech Republic), the Banff Center (Canada), and the XIIIth International Music Festival "Hopes, Masters, Talents" (Bulgaria). The duo was recently awarded 3rd prize at the U.S. International Duo Piano Competition and was invited to participate as one of only four finalists nationally in the 2013 Ellis Duo Piano Competition. In addition to performing, both pianists are dedicated to teaching and research. Their exceptional teaching skills were recognized by the Music Teachers National Association which announced McArthur (in 2007) and Mintcheva (in 2011) as the national winners of the MTNA StAR Studio Teacher Fellowship Award. The two pianists have also presented research at the 2008 and 2011 national Conferences of the College Music Society, as well as at regional CMS and MTNA Conventions. Dr. David McArthur has taught piano and theory both at the university level and privately. An avid collaborator, he has performed with various chamber groups, as well as with the Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, and Opera Fort Collins. He specializes in the research and performance of 20th-century piano repertoire, with a special focus on religious symbolism exhibited in the works of Olivier Messiaën and William Bolcom. Dr. McArthur currently serves on the faculty of Colorado State University, where he is Director of Music for the Ballet Division. He is also Music Director at First Baptist Church in Loveland, Colorado. Dr. Miroslava Mintcheva has been featured in numerous recitals and competitions. In 2009 she won the 12th Simone Belsky International Piano Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, and in the same year she gave her New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall as the second prize-winner in the American Protégé International Piano Competition. She was also a finalist in the 2009 International Web Concert Hall Music Competition in New York and a semi-finalist in the 2011 Beethoven Sonata International Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Mintcheva has just returned to Colorado after serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Florida Southern College. She has previously taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University, and Front Range Community College.

Dr. Jon Kedrowski

Born and raised in Vail Colorado, Jon Kedrowski started climbing the State’s 14,000’ peaks in his early teens, and has accumulated over 750 ascents of peaks above 12,000’ in the United States. As an all-state prep athlete, the mountains were training tools for his football and basketball seasons, and he climbed the 58 Colorado 14ers before graduating High School (1998). While at Valparaiso University, IN (1999-2002) Jon was part of Valpo’s three NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament teams, winning 4 Mid-Continent Conference Championships. In 2005 he wrote his Master’s thesis on impacts of hikers and climbers on the Colorado 14ers while climbing all 58 of the 14ers in only 40 days. Jon earned his Masters in Geography at University of South Florida (Tampa), and a Ph.D. in Geography/Weather/Climate at Texas State University. In graduate school Kedrowski further practiced mountaineering skills in places like Mount Rainier in Washington State (15 summits), and on the highest volcanoes in Mexico. From 2005-2012, Jon climbed 4 of the 7-Summits (Highest peak on each continent) Elbrus (Europe) Russia in 2005, Denali (North America) Alaska in 2009, Aconcagua (South America) Argentina in 2010, Everest (Asia) Nepal in 2012. But Jon’s most notable accomplishments came in 2011 he became the 1st person to camp directly on the summit of Colorado’s 55 official 14,000’ peaks in only 95 days. He wrote about it in his Denver Post Best Selling Book: Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys. On May 26, 2012, Dr. Kedrowski summitted Everest after having to turn around 800 feet from the summit on May 20, during Everest’s 2nd most deadly day in it’s history. Seven people perished. Jon is also the Host of GoMileHigh Sports’ Everest Radio in the Denver Metro area, and is slated to tackle Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II (11th and 13th highest peaks on earth) in Pakistan for 2013.


A teacher and a graduate student at University of Northern Colorado, Jes L Schultz is currently studying Sport Pedagogy and working towards a Physical Education teaching license. In the evenings and on weekends she teaches yoga, dance, gymnastics and acrobatics in Boulder, Greeley, and Windsor, Colorado. Jes' undergraduate degree is in dance performance and she has had an abounding physical practice since including yoga, dance, circus arts and other various sport activities. Her life-long passion for performance stimulated the creation of many productions in Milwaukee, WI. and New York, NY. With her animated personality, she hopes to continue to inspire, influence, and educate others in personal and social responsibility and wellness through physical realms. Jes is honored to be a part of this TEDx event to inspire the world to continue exploring new possibilities beyond the edge of our comfort zone.

Megan Tracy

Megan Tracy has been an artist since the day she was born. She attributes this to a Klee poster her mother hung above her crib in Leadville, CO. Having grown up in small mining towns as a child, and then living in large metropolitan areas such as Phoenix and Los Angeles as an adult, her current hometown of Loveland, CO is the perfect blend of big and small. Megan has a fine arts degree from Arizona State University and has always enjoyed working with people and creating environments where everyone feels free to support each other and do their very best. Megan and her husband Daniel moved to Loveland in 2008 when he was hired as an air traffic controller in nearby Longmont. Loveland is the perfect place because of its thriving artist community. The family has expanded in recent years to include sons Liam and Jack and Megan decided to incorporate her professional and artistic skills into a small business. Her mission is simple: To develop innovative art events in the Loveland area that weave together community and support creative culture and artists. In 2012, Megan formed Studio Blue Bird, which has developed into the artistic marketing power behind some of Northern Colorado's most recent original fine art exhibitions, artists and art happenings. Most of these events take place at the Historic Loveland Feed & Grain building that is in the process of developing into an Artspace project. Over 5,000 visitors participated in the first year of events and the momentum of this Loveland movement continues to grow. She also organizes the Loveland Art Studio Tour and Loveland's Art in the Park. With a focus on hard work, innovation and community connection, Megan believes that anything is possible.

Alicia Fall

Alicia Fall is the Vision Holder and Founder of Her Many Voices and a Board Member of the Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness & Action (CCGAA) ~ Indigenous Outreach Fall is a singer/songwriter and musician, born and raised in New York City. She draws from her rich cultural background (Eastern Band Cherokee, Danish, Cuban and Spanish) to paint a picture of the “American” experience. Her style is both unique and embraceable and her truth speaks to the Spirit within us all. Aliciaʼs lyrics span the gamut of love, politics and religion, and the complexity of humans and their Gods. Her Spirit is felt through it activist and humanitarian at heart. With a background in early childhood education and the healing arts, it was this heart that created Her Many Voices, a community supported organization of Artistsʼ Response to Humanitarian Need. HMV invest in the lives of woman and children by bringing education and resources to them. Ms Fall found herself, as many artist do, wanting to create positive change in this world and recognizing the power and responsibility artist have to do just that. Those in the arts have a unique gift...they can heal the world through creative expression. Alicia Fall has a unique gift as well...she knows how to spark action and connect people, and draws on the talents of artists who have a collective vision...a world of equal opportunity; a world of equals rights, resources and respect.

Organizing team


Loveland, CO, United States


Loveland, CO, United States
  • Ingrid Bush
    Co-Organizer and Event Producer
  • Kristen Spencer
    Program Committee Chair
  • Brad Shannon
    Sales & Marketing Chair
  • Ann Baron
    Sponsorship Chair
  • Caryn Sanchez
    Technical Producer
  • Channing Meyer
    Web & Graphics Producer
  • Sean McCarthy
    Continuity Chair
  • Ben Price
    Technical Director