x = independently organized TED event

Theme: pause...COUNTDOWN. STORIES.

This event occurred on
October 11, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Vail, Colorado
United States

"Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone for others. Unfold your own myth."
― Rumi

We'll Xplore in this clue-seeking, locked-down moment of COVID conversation how we might hear fresh voices to learn how to navigate other simultaneous crises (climate, economic, financial, governance, racial, gender, biodiversity...) from the perspective of STORIES.

Leading up to TED's COUNTDOWN conference that we'll zoom 10-17-2020, TEDxVail & TEDxFountainHills are collaborating in a twice-weekly virtual conversation! With Xperts and local thought leaders how might we find original solutions, broader networks, and apply wisdom from unXpected places? You'll hear from locals, Xperts, elders, friends, youth, NGO leaders in our communities, and we hope YOU!

Bring a friend and help us make this an Xperience to look forward to! As a TEDx collaboration of ideas, we encourage you to add elements: seasonal flowers, lively wines to pair with food or friends, thoughtful art, clever cartoons, an elegant or wacky place setting, what’s your special treat? Help us make this an Xperience to look forward to on Wednesdays til COUNTDOWN! Our 27th of 28 conversations, may prove to be the most fascinating yet, given who will be in the zoom room with us!

We'll be engaging with:

AGALYA GS - Graphic recorder
JOHN BATES - Executive speaker coach
ANNEMARIE HOUGHTAILING - Executive speaker coach
JIM GRAYWOLF PETRUZZI - Nature-based guide and indigenous connector
DANIELA FERNANDEZ - Sustainable Ocean Alliance

MIKE O'KRENT - Founder, LifeStories
ROB HOLMES - Founder & Chief Strategist GLP Films
SABREEN - SUDAN-JOLLEY - Educator, Poet and Author
DOMINIQUE SIRE - Teacher, guide, coach
ELIZABETH MOSLANDER - Corporate Security Officer, Capital One Bank, Mom
NICKI CRAIG - Graphic recorder

We may pick up teeny, tiny clues in the form of quotes, symbols, songs, drawings, art, poetry, and clips for a finer future.

See you in zoom soon.

Vail, Colorado, 81657
United States
Event type:
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Graphic Recorder
Agalya if the founder of 'Noun & Verb' in India. They graphic record and process facilitate. She is a visualiser, illustrator, and session designer. For the past 8 years, Agalya has seen ideas grow into plans and leap into actions, executing profitable results through facilitation. She gathers this to support large groups of bright minded people in India and abroad align to execute their plans into action through process / graphic facilitation. She helps hem foresee the change and the transformation, they want to bring to their organization / society. She is Graphic Recorder - Visualizer at collaborative discussion and painting their big idea. She is a Graphic Facilitator - Support collaborative sessions, bringing visual practices as an element to group thinking. She is also a Process Facilitator - Facilitating process for design thinking / group thinking workshops, supporting session designing.


Story Telling Expert and CoFounder of Story Imprinting
Houghtailing is the Co Founder of Story Imprinting, a communications firm that teaches the science, structure and application of story. How we transform the narrative to create behavioral change. She is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and performer who has mastered creating a dollar out of thin air and has dedicated her career to The Houghtailing Group, a boutique sales and business consulting firm transforming sales training forces across the globe with intelligently designed, results-oriented sales training programs. She believes selling/persuasion is not a talent; it is a measurable, teachable skill that elevates storytelling skills. Ann marie is a sought-after business development and storytelling expert. She has trained thousands of people in 42 states and abroad, delivered a TEDx talk. She's worked with a California men’s state prison to bring storytelling to incarcerated men as a tool of learning, empowerment and connection to the outside.


Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, award-winning social entrepreneur, thought-leader, and international speaker on the entrepreneurial mindset, ocean innovation, and technology, youth empowerment, and sustainability, Daniela Fenandez at the age of 19, founded Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) as a college-room idea at Georgetown University. SOA after 5 years is now a global organization that is cultivating and accelerating innovative solutions to protect and sustain the health of the ocean. With phenomenal speed, SOA is the world’s largest network of young ocean leaders - by establishing a presence in over 185 countries. SOA successfully launched the world’s first Ocean Solutions Accelerator to develop technological solutions that can address the greatest threats facing our planet.


Teacher, guide, coach
Dominique Sire leads people to discover and master the landscape of their inner lives. For almost 30 years, Dominique has created acclaimed workshops and private sessions for thousands of clients around the world, guiding them to places within themselves that need to be transformed so that they discover the greatness of who they are and the gift of what it is to be human. Dominique has conducted seminars and talks for groups from 4 to 400 people. She has developed over 50 distinct workshops, working with men and women from a diversity of backgrounds and vocations - artists, scientists, doctors, teachers, therapists, and executives.


Corporate Security, Capital One Bank
As corporate security director for Capital One Bank, Elizabeth is responsible for physical safety and security of where employees feel safe in their everyday work life experiences. Ethics, integrity and legal compliance guide her principles as Regional leader who executes daily physical operations with enterprise strategies that support thorough internal investigations, i.e. Workplace Violence, Domestic Violence, theft, policy non-compliance. These security initiatives are achieved with a high level of risk mitigation that promotes exceptional relationships with internal partners, i.e. Human Resources, Legal, Information Security, Corporate Risk and Investigations. As liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement, she manage safety threats and other potential risks. Industries served include distribution, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and financial services.


Nature-based teacher and indigenous connector
Jim acquired some of his knowledge of systemic living from nature, indigenous elders, and through University degrees. He has spent the last 40 years working in and with nature as he travelled the world learning from elders. For the past fifteen years he has been running non-profits and traveling when he is able - sharing indigenous and nature-based teachings. His degrees are in education and masters in natural resource management and environmental interpretation. His two books, White Man, Red Road, Five Colors (International Award Finalist) and Walking With the Earth Mother have been tools to help his teaching, sharing indigenous teachings along his journey and thoughts for rebirthing the inner and outer worlds of people in a good way. He is curious about the new Earth we create together.


Leadership communications coach
As a world famous TED, TEDx, and keynote speaker himself John walks his talk. He both demonstrates, as well as shares, principles that are as easy to apply as they are potent. His training is fun, interactive and extremely effective. People regularly call his training the best communications and leadership training they have ever received. John trains those he supports in successful connection and emotionally intelligent leadership and inspiration. John is considered to be a sole source provider for many organizations. Some of John's clients include NASA, Oracle, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and IBM. This focus on underlying principles allows you to see not only what works, but why it works and then easily apply the principles to your own unique style. John’s methodology has led to far greater effectiveness for C level executives, management teams, business development teams, fundraisers and others at Fortune 100 companies, for entrepreneurs, keynote speakers, TED and TEDx speakers.


Marketing coordinator
Madison Partridge graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies. She is the Marketing Coordinator at Mountain Youth. Madison is an LGBTQ advocate and she continues her advocacy by providing LGBTQ education to the community. She is very interested in the effects it will have on the future


Founder, LifeStories
Mike is the founder of LifeStories Alive, LLC. He specializes in making personal history videos for families that value their heritage. He creates family heirlooms in video format – digitally mastered records of life stories with personal accounts, photos and mementos of family history. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Marketing and Management. Between 1996 and 2000 he interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. During that incredible experience, he discovered the process and the importance of recording the life stories of our loved ones. He founded LifeStories Alive at the end of 2005. Since the beginning of LifeStories Alive captures personal histories for families. Now he includes recording the histories of businesses and non-profit organizations. The professionally produced organization videos can be training tools for new employees/volunteers.


Visual artist, illustrator and storyteller
Nicki Craig is a visual artist, illustrator and storyteller who has loved to draw and paint and been fascinated by the power of an image to tell a story since she was old enough to hold a pencil. With a BA (Honors) in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts in England, Nicki uses her art, listening and synthesizing skills to tell personal and organizational stories, facilitate planning, illustrate concepts and ideas and enhance personal and commercial spaces. Nicki's listening, problem solving, design and production skills work together to bring imagery to narratives and capture ideas and concepts. Murals, artwork, scenic painting, sketch notes, live content capture and illustration may seem quite a span but really it is all about allowing creative imagery to enrich, engage, record and inspire. Nicki has graphically recorded many TEDxVail conversations, for which we are enormously grateful!


Founder & Chief Strategist GLP Films
With 25 years in the travel industry, Rob Holmes has a diverse background in multimedia content, sustainable tourism, strategic marketing and global business. Since founding GLP Films, Rob has harnessed the power of the travel industry to create positive impacts across destinations, communities and stakeholders. Rob has traveled to over 100 countries, directed 200+ films, and spearheaded global marketing campaigns for top-tier destinations, media, brands, operators, hotels, and nonprofit organizations. Rob's GLP Films, award-winning content marketing agency in sustainable tourism, specializes in digital content, authentic storytelling, stakeholder development and media distribution campaigns. Rob regularly leads popular keynote, workshops on sustainable tourism and conservation storytelling for The Nature Conservancy, REI, Rob has a B.A. in Wildlife Management and Conservation Biology, and an M.B.A. in International Business, Marketing and Environmental Management.


Educator, Poet and Author
Sabreen travels the world to spread the beauty of art, knowledge, literacy and visualization. She first realized she was a poet when she was in high school and became the President of the poetry club. Sabreen is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a degree in communications. Sabreen performs poetry. She wrote her first book, Same Sky, Different Light. She won first place and the legendary Apollo Theatre Amateur Night in Harlem, NYC. She teaches Kindergarten at Continental Colony Elementary School. Her work and community engagements have been featured in the Panther Newspaper, The Pine Bluff Commercial, Voyage Atlanta, WCLK (The local take), The HBCU Times, AJC, and the Jamaica Observer. She was recently selected as a residential artist for the Chateau d’Orquevaux French Residency to develop her craft as a writer. Sabreen’s favorite quote is, “your gift is the thing you do the best with the least amount of effort.”

Organizing team


Vail, CO, United States


Kennett Square, PA, United States
  • Alysia R Dahir MBA
  • Flor Vasquez
  • Sasha Marks
  • Troy Rindone