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This event occurred on
June 15, 2013
1:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Denver, CO
United States

TEDxMileHigh showcases brilliant thinkers and accomplished doers from across the state as a means to promote and accelerate innovation and social impact in Colorado.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1004 Champa Street
Denver, CO, 80204
United States
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Adam Brock

Adam Brock is co-founder and director of operations at The GrowHaus, a nonprofit indoor farm in Denver's Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. Born and raised in Denver, Adam is a graduate of East High School and NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in Ecological Design. Through his work as an urban permaculturalist, Adam applies a holistic design approach to landscape design, social justice, education, business development, and more in an effort to connect Denverites of all backgrounds to their ecosystems and to each other.

Jandel Allen-Davis

Jandel Allen-Davis believes health care will improve when all the primary stakeholder groups — clinicians, patients, elected officials, community leaders, and employers — can collaborate effectively to put the patient at the center. She is vice president of government and external relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and leads the organization’s community relations and communications functions, government relations, clinical research activities and community benefit investment. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and after 25 years of taking care of patients, transitioned from a physician leader to Kaiser Permanente’s health plan leadership team.A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Jandel completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Before coming to work at Kaiser Permanente, she was an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and spent four years in the Indian Health Service in Tuba City, Ariz., during which time she also served as member and chair of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists’ Committee on Alaska Native and Indian Affairs.She is an active participant on community boards including: the CU Foundation Board of Directors, the Center for Women’s Health Research Board of Directors, Colorado Association of Health Plans Board of Directors, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors, Colorado Succeeds Board of Directors, Denver Botanic Gardens Board of Trustees, Denver Foundation Board of Trustees and president of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Board of Directors. She was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Grantmakers in Health, a national organization focused on assisting funders who are actively involved in supporting nonprofits focused on community health.Jandel is also the proud recipient of the 2006 Shades of Genius Award for Community Service and Mentoring Minority Students, from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the 2000 R.J. Erickson Diversity Champion Award from Kaiser Permanente and the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. She was named 2000 Kaiser Permanente Physician Volunteer of the Year and a “Top Doc” by 5280 magazine for several years. In her spare time, Jandel is a fiber artist who creates original, hand-painted quilts. In 2002, Jandel won first place in the Professional Category of the “On My Own Time” art show from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

Eythor Bender

Ned Breslin

Mike Huemer

chael Huemer is professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was worked since 1998. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is the author of more than 50 academic articles in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics and political philosophy, as well as three brilliant books that everyone should buy: Skepticism and the Veil of Perception (2001), Ethical Intuitionism (2005), and The Problem of Political Authority (2013).

Shannon Galpin

Shannon Galpin founded the Colorado based non-profit, Mountain2Mountain in 2006 and is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2013. A rape survivor and mother she couldn’t stand on the sidelines watching women and girls routinely raped, oppressed and denied basic human rights. Believing that connecting communities on both sides of the equation was key to combating the apathy that prevents action, and that changing perceptions was just as important as tangible projects, she involves communities and provokes discussion through art, music, and sport. Supporting graffiti-art projects in Kabul and creating the “Streets of Afghanistan” life-sized photography exhibition, Shannon has focused on projects that empower voice for women and girls and inspire others to combat apathy. While visiting the women inside Afghanistan's Kandahar prison, where Shannon was confronted with the power of voice, the theme of her first TEDxMileHigh talk. In 2009, she became the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan, a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. In 2010 she became the first person to ride across Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, which gave birth to the Panjshir Tour, a series of community bike rides in the U.S. Along the way, she always wears a silver barrette given to her by one of the women inside the Kandahar prison – a piece of that woman free as Shannon fights for the rights of women and girls around the world. Shannon writes regularly for Huffington Post and Matador Network, and is currently writing her first book. She has been featured on Dateline NBC, the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, National Geographic Adventure, and in the New York Times and Outside magazine. She is the subject of the award-winning documentary short film MoveShake, and is working as the producer for the upcoming documentary with Let Media about the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team.

Adrian Molina

Dan Connors

Dan Connors is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. His research focuses on the design and implementation of advanced computer systems that accelerate scientific computing applications and algorithms. His research interests span parallel programming models, compiler optimizations, run-time optimization systems, and computer architecture. Dan currently investigates the mapping of computationally intensive applications in computer vision to modern multicore and graphics processing architectures, in order to enable low-energy mobile object recognition and tracking. Dan earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dan has received several awards including the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award at College of Engineering, University of Colorado Denver; the 2008 Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Teaching Award, University of Colorado Boulder; and the 2003 John and Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award, University of Colorado Boulder.

Minor Disturbance

Russell Muren

Russell Muren is the co-founder of REbound Technology, a cleantech company in Boulder developing a refrigeration system for commercial applications. Russell grew up in the northwest and moved to Boulder after getting a degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. After briefly moving to the Bay Area to get his master’s degree from UC Berkeley, Russell returned to Colorado to work at Abengoa Solar in Lakewood. After 3 years, he left Abengoa and started REbound Technology to focus on technologies with quicker development cycles. Working with a great group of other engineers, Russell has been able to publish a slew of peer-reviewed papers, serve on several international conference panels, and author 9 patents issued and pending.

Easton LaChappelle

Easton LaChappelle, 17, began working with robotics when he was 14. He lives in Mancos, Colorado, and is challenging the future of prosthetics and telerobotics. His long-term goal is to create an affordable upper-limb prosthesis that is neural controlled and stronger than a human. He has two 3D printers in his room where he makes all the joints, gears and custom parts needed for a robotic limb. He has been featured in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines. He will be working on NASA’s Robonaut project this summer. He placed 2nd in the world in engineering at the 2012 International Science Fair.

Molina Speaks

Adrian Molina, AKA Molina Speaks, is a poet, performance artist and recording artist. He has released several poetry collections and nearly a dozen music projects, spanning hip-hop, Latino, jazz and spoken word, experimental, soul and protest music. Molina is also a college professor, lecturer, social entrepreneur, activist, and youth advocate. He teaches self-designed courses including The Art and Culture of Hip-Hop and Mass Media and Collective Consciousness. He has been booked to speak and perform all over the country, and his music is featured in the documentary film Papers, which has screened in all 50 states. Molina is a member of Cafe Cultura and a lead instructor for Flobots.Org. He has designed Emcee School and Social Problems (Social Solutions) curriculum for and is a key player in the organization's venture to build a state-of-the-art youth media studio on Denver’s west side. Molina’s art and music explore identity transformation and cultural transmission; time and space; relationships and sensuality; history and futurism; race, class and gender justice; youth advocacy and immigrants’ rights; cyborg technology and food justice. Molina’s Build 2020 Manifesto – a book-on-tape over hip-hop and glitch beats – surveys the future of humanity, sustainability, and technology. The artist also released a digital storytelling spoken word video chapbook titled Bronze Future: Letters for 2045. This project is the first of its kind. For more info visit and @molinaspeaks

Alexandre Philippe

Alexandre O. Philippe is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of our global pop culture, and the recipient of several prestigious international awards. He holds a masters degree in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is creative director of Denver-based Cinema Vertige and Exhibit A Pictures. His recent feature-length documentaries include The People vs. George Lucas, The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus, and the upcoming Doc of the Dead—the definitive zombie culture documentary. Alexandre’s films have screened at hundreds of film festivals, including SXSW, Hot Docs, Edinburgh International Film Festival, AFI Silverdocs, Filmfest München, Rome International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, Los Angeles International Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, and CPH:DOX. After a limited theatrical run across several territories, The People vs. George Lucas became the #1 documentary on Netflix, and was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Lions Gate Entertainment, Wrekin Hill Entertainment, Kinosmith, Capelight, BAC Films, Fine Films, and eOne Entertainment. Off the set, Alexandre has been hard at work on his comic book and graphic novel company, FRIED Comics, which is set to launch this spring at the Denver Comic Con. He also occasionally teaches dramatic writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and film deconstruction seminars at festivals around the world.

Tamra Ryan

Tamra Ryan draws from more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience as the CEO of the Women's Bean Project, bringing a business-savvy side to the nationally-recognized social enterprise. Using a hands-on approach, she has built a culture that caters to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Ms. Ryan's role within the nonprofit focuses on leading a team of professionals in the implementation of strategic business plans, including program and operational expansion to increase the Women’s Bean Project’s impact on the community. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Judith M. Kaufmann award for Civic Entrepreneurship, presented by The Denver Foundation; Women Who Rock, presented at CampExperience 2010; Regis University’s Social Entrepreneurship Award; and Outstanding Alumnus, presented by the Colorado Leadership Alliance in 2006. In 2012 she was named one of Colorado’s up and coming most influential women by The Denver Post. Ms. Ryan is also the board chair for the Colorado Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. Her book, The Third Law, will publish in the fall of 2013.

Roxane White

Roxane White is well known for her dedication in community service and experience within the public and private sector, as well as passion and expertise in efficient leadership. As chief of staff to Governor John Hickenlooper, White is in charge of the daily functions of the state of Colorado and oversees all cabinet members. White uses her management and leadership expertise to manage budgets, acquire exceptional staff, and oversee acquisitions and mergers. White was rated as fourth most powerful person in Colorado by 5280 Magazine and the third most powerful woman by Denver Post in 2012, as well as numerous other accolades including “Women of Power” by the Colorado Women’s Chamber for 2013. In September of 2009 she was appointed chief of staff to Mayor Hickenlooper and served as chief of staff through the campaign, election, and transition into the governor’s office. From 2008 to 2009 she served as the executive director of the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation, and prior to 2008 she served as manager of the Denver Department of Human Services and served as a member of the mayor’s cabinet. Before coming to work for Mayor Hickenlooper, White spent 16 years developing outcome-based programs for homeless youth in Colorado and California and served as CEO of Urban Peak. White created and chaired Denver’s Road Home, 10-year plan to end homelessness, and has served on the Biennial of the Americas board, Downtown Denver Partnership’s Civic Venture Board and the Denver Public Schools Foundation. White was born and raised in Montana. She has a bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and master’s degrees in Social Work and Divinity from San Francisco State University and San Francisco Theological Seminary, respectively.

Organizing team


Denver, CO, United States
  • Jason Dilg
  • Micah Williams
    Marketing + Special Projects Manager
  • Nancy Schoemann
    Logistics + Volunteer Manager
  • Chris Anthony
    Photo + Video + Animinations
  • Chuck Sullivan
    Exhibits Lounge Guest Curator
  • Chrissy Greco
  • Doug Lane
    Technical Director