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Theme: Truth & Daring

This event occurred on
June 3, 2018
Boulder, Colorado
United States

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900 Baseline Road
Boulder, Colorado, 80302
United States
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Aaron Stark

Stay at Home Dad
My name is Aaron stark. I am 39 years old with 4 children, 2 cats, one dog, and a beautiful wife. I am a stay at home dad; my wife is the breadwinner of the family. I am a comic book fan, a pop culture junkie, and a lover of the sciences. I have more knowledge about superheros, pro wrestling, and comedy than anyone really has a right to. After growing up in very abusive and violent circumstances followed by over a decade if personal recovery, I am now a happy family man. I recently shred a very personal story of my triumph over my past, and it has changed my life forever. My mission is to let people know that no matter how dark it may seem, there is light coming. We really are not alone.

Anahita Joon Tehrani

Author, Mentor & Speaker
Born during the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Anahita is a modern day priestess, healer, and medicine woman. Anahita’s work is the culmination of over twenty-five years of intensive study with mystic masters and shamans, social research, as well as over ten years of her own teaching and facilitation. As a Feminine Leadership mentor Anahita activates the sacred leadership of women who are ready to awaken and unleash the force of nature within, leaving no stone unturned. Anahita is a credentialed spiritual counselor.

Chelsea Rustrum

Author & Founder
Chelsea Rustrum explores shared ownership and value distribution through the lens of the sharing economy and blockchain technology. She’s the author of It’s a Shareable Life, the founder of Blockchain for Good, a social and educational series, and the co-founder of Blox 7, a new economy storytelling agency. Chelsea grew up a teenage entrepreneur building businesses online from middle school onward. Later she understood how sharing time, space, and resources could transform human relationships and exchange. Today, she works toward creating systems, structures, and financial models that reinforce our interdependence. To that end, she’s working on a collaborative Blockchain Code of Ethics to program the future with collectively aligned values.

Cheri Felix

Life Coach & Mountain Bike Coach
Cheri Felix moved to Boulder 28 years ago with no plans to do more than get her college degree, spend a lot of time at the gym and to drink a lot of coffee. In 1994, planning to leave Boulder forever, she sold everything she owned and bought a one-way ticket to Egypt. She spent two years daring to cross the streets with millions of people and cars and learning Arabic. Fortunately, she returned to Boulder to learn how to set up a camp stove, ride a mountain bike, move crash pads at climbing crags and to start a family. She’s a life coach, a high school mountain bike coach and mother to three children. Her ideal life includes long road trips with family, podcasts, bikes, coffee, trail running and planning adventures with her husband. And although she loves to leave Boulder for vacation, she always comes back for good.

Dan Van der Vieren

Dan Van der Vieren seeks to enrich traditional math education and curricula through innovative strategies that challenge the status quo. In his first four years of secondary teaching, he has experienced public, charter, rural, urban and alternative school settings. Dan’s passion for problem solving has led him to experiment with a variety of instructional techniques, including implementing the Rubik’s Cube into his math classroom. The well-known puzzle served as the topic of both his undergraduate thesis through Regis University and master’s capstone project through the University of Colorado Denver. Dan is a Noyce Scholar, a YCDTRC Ambassador and an academic entrepreneur. He is the author of two TED-Ed animated videos and has written three articles in UKEd Magazine about classroom management, STE(A)M education and student engagement using the Rubik’s Cube.

Dan "Nitro" Clark

TV Personality, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker
In 2013, Dan had a heart attack. Facing his mortality shined a light on what was important in life. Since then, the former NFL football player and star of the American Gladiators, has been sharing everything he learned about happiness and what makes a life worth living as in-demand writer and speaker. He has been featured on media outlets such as the Today show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, ESPN, Tyra Banks Show, People, Time, Esquire, New Yorker, Men’s Health, Maxim, and the Huffington Post.Dan lives in the Hollywood Hills. He was the last straight guy to date Ellen, even if it was only on TV, and has raised over $275,000 for Talk About Curing Autism. And yep, he Crossfits.

Dave Krieger

Dave Krieger has been a Colorado journalist since 1981. He joined the Rocky Mountain News that year as a City Hall reporter and covered the 1983 race for Denver mayor in which Federico Peña upset favorites Bill McNichols, the three-term incumbent, and Dale Tooley, the longtime district attorney, by covering the city with yard signs that urged a new generation of Coloradans to “Imagine a Great City.” Krieger then took a quick 30-year detour into the nomadic life of a sportswriter, covering the Broncos, Nuggets, and four Olympic Games. Ultimately, he earned his own column, which he authored until the day the 150-year-old Rocky closed its doors in February 2009. His column appeared in the Denver Post the day after the Rocky closed and was published there through January 2012. From there he moved to KOA radio, where he teamed with Dave Logan to form the afternoon drive tandem until June 2014.

Gregg Deal

Husband, Father, Artist, and a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Gregg Deal is a husband, father, artist and a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. As a provocative contemporary artist-activist much of Deal’s work deals with Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype. With this work—including paintings, mural work, performance art, filmmaking and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues within Indian country such as decolonization, the Native mascot issue and appropriation.

Jack Bonneau

Founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands & Marketplaces
Jack Bonneau is the founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands & Marketplaces. He is 12 years old. Jack provide kids the opportunity to operate drink stands and marketplaces in safe, populated retail locations to experience and learn about entrepreneurship, business, financial literacy; develop social and life skills, while earning money and having fun! Jack has shared his story to thousands of kids at schools, events across the nation; and has been featured in the New York Times, Today Show, Fox & Friends, Aspen Ideas Festival and on ABC’s Shark Tank where he’s the youngest boy to receive a deal at 10 years old.

Katie Breen

Founder and Host of The Femtastic Podcast
Katie Breen is the founder and host of The Femtastic Podcast, a show that explores issues of women’s health, reproductive justice, gender disparity, and empowerment. In the fall, she will begin a master’s of public health at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she will focus her studies on the impact that race, socioeconomic class, and gender identity have on reproductive health outcomes for American women. She is particularly interested in increasing access to and affordability of comprehensive reproductive health services in the United States - particularly for African American women, who are three to four times more likely than white women to die from complications related to pregnancy.

Liz Marasco

Master of Arts in Linguistics
Liz Marasco has Master of Arts in Linguistics from CU Boulder where she specialized in conversation analysis. She believes opportunity and vulnerability exist in every interaction.

Phil Plait

Astronomer & Science Communicator
Phil Plait is an astronomer and science communicator. He wrote and hosted "Crash Course Astronomy", which has over 33 million views on YouTube, and was the head science writer for the first season of "Bill Nye Saves the World" on Netflix. He is the author of three books, as well as the blog "Bad Astronomy" where he evangelizes science with joy and passion. He has lived in Colorado for more than a decade with his wife and daughter (and an increasingly four-legged menagerie of horses and goats). His first TEDxBoulder talk was “How to Defend the Earth from Asteroids”, and he knows that science needs to be daring to search for truth… including acknowledging missteps along the way.

Shayn Bjornholm

Examination Director for the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Shayn followed a logical path to the wine world. Freed by focus, he ascended quickly: Wine Director for Canlis Restaurant in Seattle, Education Director for the Washington State Wine Commission and now Examination Director for the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas.

Spinphony Musical Group

String Quartet
Crossover string quartet “Spinphony” is breaking down barriers between classical, rock, and pop music. Mixing and mashing catchy melodies into unique arrangements and original compositions, the high energy quartet is more like a rock band with added choreography and beats from the DJ. The quartet is comprised of Brett Omara and Anna Morris on violin, Michaela Borth on 5 String, and Kari Clifton on cello. Combined, the ladies have been playing their instruments for over 100 years. They are not sisters but get asked that a lot. The four met freelancing in the Denver music scene and are all classically trained graduates of music conservatories including Manhattan School of Music, Lamont School of Music, and SUNY Purchase.

Susie Rinehart

Author, Ultrarunner, Mom, & Brainstem Tumor Survivor
Susie Rinehart is an award-winning author, champion ultrarunner, a mom, and a brainstem tumor survivor. She began writing her Brave over Perfect blog from her hospital bed and quickly became an inspiration to those individuals and groups facing adversity. For 23 years, she was a teacher, school leader, and director of a professional guiding organization in 14 countries. Susie is now a personal coach helping others to find joy and ease in life, work, parenting, and love. Susie’s forthcoming memoir, Brave over Perfect, is a powerful meditation on how to let go of perfectionism to risk living your best life. She is also a big champion of girls education globally, and sits on the board of Starfish: Her Infinite Impact. She lives with her husband and children in Boulder, CO.

Organizing team


Boulder, CO, United States
  • Andrew Matranga
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  • Benjamin Chait
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  • Benjamin Lovejoy
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  • Brenton Weyi
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  • Danielle Dannenberg
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  • Erin Weed
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  • Margaret Watts Romney
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  • Rick Griffith
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  • Ryan Shea
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  • Will Misko
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