Speaker Announcements


September 06, 2017

Damien Fair: Embracing Diverse Paths of Brain Development to Understand Mental Disorders

Stepping into a neuroimaging laboratory can seem like an intimidating venture. You might expect to see a series of sterile, gray benchtops with men in white lab coats hovering over something science-y. However, as the door closes behind you, the … Continue reading


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August 30, 2017

Vineet Edupuganti: Why Simple Solutions are Most Effective–Even When Conducting Scientific Research

–TEDxMtHood is honored to introduce Vineet Edupuganti as one of our 2017 speakers!– If you had told Vineet Edupuganti about biodegradable batteries when he was younger, he would have been taken aback. As soon as he heard about how little … Continue reading


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August 26, 2017

Gregory McKelvey wants to inspire you to change the world through activism.

It’s a cold day in Portland in early 2016 and Gregory McKelvey is six minutes into a 90 second speech.. and the crowd is rapt, shouting approval into his infrequent pauses for breath. The time tolerances are tight for guest … Continue reading


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August 13, 2017

Adam Phillips: Practicing what he preaches: going against the grain to make the faith community inclusive for all

Inclusion. Think of the kid sitting all by himself in the lunchroom cafeteria; or the person who, instead of feeling unique, is branded weird; or the one whose minority status is thrust upon her like fetters. How might the world … Continue reading


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August 03, 2017

Adrienne Nelson: Encouraging Connection to Make the World a Better Place

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–TEDxMtHood is honored to introduce Adrienne Nelson as one of our 2017 speakers!– Connection.  It’s the warm and exuberant embrace of an old friend after a long separation.  It’s the collective sense of satisfaction felt by a group of neighbors … Continue reading


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July 20, 2017

Derenda Schubert: Building Bridges Across Generations

Adam and his little sister were living in a home where drugs were rampant and food was scarce. Eventually, their situation was discovered, and they were placed into foster care.  As elementary school children, they did not understand what was … Continue reading


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June 10, 2016

Leading with My Heart by Victoria Lara

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— TEDxMtHood is honored to introduce Victoria Lara as one of our 2016 speakers. — We all have a purpose. Every action we take, every dream we have – even those we aren’t even aware of are prompted by something inside … Continue reading


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May 18, 2016

Are We All Toast? Preparing for “The Really Big One” by Chris Goldfinger

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— TEDxMtHood is honored to introduce Chris Goldfinger as one of our 2016 speakers. — I wondered why a crowd of New Yorkers would be interested in earthquakes. Several hundred gathered last October to hear a panel discuss “The Really … Continue reading


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May 13, 2016

New Speakers Added: Pippin Beard and Kristen Kingsbury

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TEDxMtHood is delighted to announce a surprise new addition to our lineup… Portland, Inc. creators Pippin Beard and Kristen Kingsbury will join us on June 18! The upcoming feature-length documentary captures the sleepy charm of Portland’s past as it becomes … Continue reading


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April 12, 2016

The Ride That Changed My Life by Stephen W. Manning

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— TEDxMtHood is honored to introduce Stephen W. Manning as one of our 2016 speakers. — In Honduras, a mother of three speaks to her oldest son while buttoning her younger boy’s jacket. “Watch over him,” she says. She doesn’t cry, … Continue reading


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