Past Event Archives

2012 — Becoming Extraordinary

In March 2012 we hosted our second annual TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) event for 650 attendees. Our theme that year was Becoming Extraordinary which focused on the idea that we all have the potential to be extraordinary and it is a continual process full of gumption and unlimited potential to get there both as individuals and as a community.

2012 Highlights
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Our 2012 event featured 25 speakers on the theme of "Becoming Extraordinary" and was attended by 650 Portlanders. Check out what they experienced. You can…

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Anis Mojgani
Spoken Word Poet

Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and a National Book Award Nominee. Everyone,…

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Caitlin Baggott
Activist

One of the dozen volunteers who launched the Oregon Bus Project into action in 2002, Caitlin brings backgrounds in experiential education, journalism, and design to…

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Cheryl Strayed
Writer

The writing of award-winning author Cheryl Strayed has been described as courageous, gritty, elegant, precise, smart, funny, and sublime. She’s a writer of both fiction…

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Colleen Wainwright
Communicatrix

Colleen is a self proclaimed “communicatrix,” that used her social media and attention attracting talents to raise $50,000 in just 50 days for the Los…

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Crystal Schenk
Artist

Award-winning artist Crystal Schenk designed a sculpture that resembles the Aurora Borealis. “It is remarkable and poetic that the magnetic fields and solar storms of…

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Ethan Knight
Educator

Ethan Knight would gladly admit that college wasn’t for him—at first. So he decided instead to take a “gap year” to India, Nepal, Tibet and…

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Goodnight Billygoat
Performance Art Group

David Klein began Goodnight Billygoat as a solo project in 2006, combining stop-motion animation and ambient music. Nick Wooley joined soon after to help with…

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Governor Barbara Roberts
Politician

She served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995. She is the first and, to date, only woman to be elected to…

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Jenn Cohen
Social Entrepreneur

Jenn Cohen is the director and founder of the Circus Project which harnesses the magic of the circus to provide opportunities to homeless and at-risk…

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Jesse Laird
Activist

Jesse is a professor at Concordia University and teaches Peace Studies, Global Diversity, Speech, and Ethics. Since 2002, he has marched-on, taught-in, walked-out, blockaded, occupied,…

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Joe Smith
Lawyer

R.P. Joe Smith served as District Attorney for Umatilla County and is the former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party. He was the Executive Assistant…

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kin trio
House Band

Eugene Lee, artist and founder of kin trio, formed kin trio in 2011 with the idea to combine bebop and minimalism. The idea of this…

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Linda K Johnson
Dance Artist and Educator

Linda K. Johnson is a dance-artist performer and has received serious critical reviews from many venues including Metropolis Magazine, NPR, Dance Magazine and Landscape Architecture.…

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Mark Frohnmayer
Innovator

Mark graduated from UC Berkeley in 1996 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After 11 years in the computer games industry and…

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Mark Powers
Percussionist

Mark Powers, percussion artist, teacher, and writer, once co-held the Guinness Book of World Records title for longest continuous drum roll (2003-2005). He admits that…

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Molly Gray and Beth Wooten
Music Entrepreneurs

The Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls is a non-profit that builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Providing workshops and technical training, they…

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Nathan Schmitt
Innovator

Nathan is currently a student at Concordia University challenging the current academic. He thinks more time should be spent acquiring situational knowledge as there’s only…

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Nichole Maher
Native American Activist

Energetic, vibrant, dedicate, and inspiring, Nichole Maher is executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center. Under her leadership, NAYA works to enrich…

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Our School Occupy Education
Activists

“We are the 99%” became the rallying cry of the Occupy Movement which has been at once praised and criticized for its organizational methods and…

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Renee Ward
Activist & Reverend

In 1998, Renee Ward founded Chrysalis Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit agency. She has also established two programs to educate, advocate, and empower those struggling with…

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Taylor Adam Swift
Photographer

After a bad auto accident landed Taylor in physical therapy, he found that he couldn’t pursue his calling as a photographer. What drew him to…

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