TEDxFargo celebrates 10 events with 28 speakers, performers

Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureux speak about their childhood in a family of athletes during TEDxFargo on July 26, 2018, at the Fargo Civic Center. Erin Bormett / The Forum

FARGO - The lineup is set for TEDxFargo 2019.

The 10th local event, being held July 25 downtown at the Fargo Civic Center, will include 28 speakers and performers.


This year’s line-up includes:

  • Allison Barmann, the strategy and learning vice president for the Bush Foundation.
  • Aneela Idnani, the cofounder and president of HabitAware, which makes a smart bracelet to help people develop coping mechanisms to decrease hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting disorders.
  • Annie Wood, associate director for student life at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is committed to community-building work.
  • Ashley Morken, founder and chief coffee drinker at Unglued - a handmade gift shop in downtown Fargo, which supports over 300 local and regional makers.
  • Bjorn Hunstad is a Moorhead native now living in New York City and the 2018 American Beatbox Champion.
  • Dave Power is president and CEO of Perkins School for the Blind. He is an expert in helping companies grow and innovate.
  • David Richman is head men’s basketball coach at North Dakota State University.
  • David O'Hara, is an author and professor of philosophy, classics and environmental studies at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Doug Hanson, is a Los Angeles-based architect who has helped design major cultural, commercial and residential projects in Asia, Europe and North America.
  • Cory Steiner is superintendent at Northern Cass School District and an adjunct professor for NDSU’s teacher leadership program.
  • Dr. Dziwe Ntaba is a co-founder and board member of Village Health Works, a nonprofit in Burundi, East Africa.
  • Erika Ebbel Angle is the founder of Science from Scientists, a nonprofit focused on improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) attitudes and aptitudes for children ages 9 to 13. She is also the CEO and co-founder of the biotechnology firm Ixcela.
  • Heather Watson leads consulting and behavioral insights at the Center for Generational Kinetics. She studies the intersection of behavioral economics and generational technology adoption, focusing on Generation Z.
  • Jean Zimmerman is executive director for the Offutt Family Foundation.
  • John Lettieri is a public policy adviser, analyst and researcher, and co-founder, president and CEO of the Economic Innovation Group.
  • Kent Pekel is president and CEO of Search Institute, which does research and develops resources for organizations that help young people.
  • Lonnie Dupre is a Minnesota native known for his exploration and travels by dogsled and his mountain-climbing exploits, including the first successful January solo winter ascent of Alaska's Denali in 2015.
  • Sady Paulson is a film director, editor and presenter, who lives with cerebral palsy. With the help of Mark Coppin at the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, N.D., she has been able to use technology to access the world. She will give her talk with Coppin.
  • Mark Coppin is the owner of Prairie Assistive Technology, an assistive technologies consultant service.
  • Marshall Johnson is executive director of Audubon Dakota and vice-president of the National Audubon Society.
  • Michelle Kommer is North Dakota’s Commerce commissioner. She is a passionate advocate for child welfare and has researched the dynamics of work relationships for women.
  • Susan Hyatt is an author and master certified life coach who has helped women transform their bodies and lives.
  • William C. Moyers is an author and vice president of public affairs and community relations for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Minnesota.
  • Randy Thomas is a top-tier live voice announcer. She is the first woman to announce ABC News Nightline, The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the AFI Awards. She has also announced the Tony awards.
  • Craig Rupp is a farmer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Sabanto, a company that provides turn-key agricultural services using a supervised autonomous equipment platform..
  • Dave St. Peter is CEO of the Minnesota Twins.
  • Michael Bloom is a community trust officer with the Fargo Police Department. He began rapping in uniform in 2016 to connect with young people.
  • Eunice Kayitare is a neuroscience student at Concordia College. She finds her passion in using Afro-contemporary dance as a means to tell a story.

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