TEDxConcordiaUPortland – Some of my favorite talks

Posted on Apr 30, 2012




There were so many great talks and here are a few of my favorites.



It’s been almost exactly a month since TEDxConcordiaUPortland’s event this year.  It’s really taken me this long to fully process that extraordinary day.  For the entire week after the event, I floated on a TEDx high.  So many inspiring people with so many inspiring ideas kept swirling through my brain and the positiveness of it all just felt good.  Now the videos have been posted and I’ve re-watched them all and a few I’ve seen many times.  It’s really wonderful to have the talks accessible online to re-hear and re-learn at anytime. I’m so honored and proud that I was on the planning team that created such an amazing event.

I’m a huge fan of The Circus Project.  I was at their big performance held at the Portland Art Museum last December and highlighted in the short video that is shown during Jenn Cohen’s talk. The aerialist who performed at TEDxConcordiaUPortland was truly extraordinary and received a well deserved standing ovation.




The only other standing ovation of the day went to Governor Barbara Roberts.  I was so grateful to hear her speak. She became Oregon’s first female Governor when I was a junior in high school.  She has always been a big inspiration to me.  It was great to hear her talk about how she overcame incredible odds to better the life of her autistic son and then to go on to become Governor.





Goodnight Billygoat’s stop motion movie accompanied by live music was another highlight for me.  Each minute of video takes about 1 month to create.  Their dedication to their art is so incredible.




One of the funnier talks was Colleen Wainwright.  I had met her last year at the World Domination Summit and she is such a hoot!  She went from a self-proclaimed selfish asshole to raising over 100 thousand dollars for WriteGirl to celebrate her 50th birthday.




Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls is such a great organization.  My good friend participated in Ladies Rock Camp and loved it so much that she is going to do it again.  It was great hearing more about this organziation and seeing one band perform.  The singer has a crazy good voice.




Mark Frohnmayer’s talk about the future of the automobile and the crazy cool cars his company is creating definitely got my husband and I thinking.  We’ve always said that the next car we buy will be electric.  Now we are thinking about getting a car from Arcimoto, his company located in Eugene, OR.

There were many, many more wonderful talks that occured at our event that you can access here on YouTube.  I hope you get the chance to watch them all.


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