In 2018, we hosted our 8th annual TEDxMtHood event with the theme of Decomposers at Roosevelt Theater.
Equitable Systems Creator
Born into a small, underprivileged community in Central Mexico, and later an immigrant to the United States, Ernesto Fonseca has dedicated his life to addressing…Watch
Humorist and Activist
Mohanad Elshieky, originally from Benghazi, Libya, is a standup comedian now based in Portland, Oregon. Mohanad is known as a bold and fearless performer who…Watch
In 2017, we hosted our 7th annual TEDxMtHood event with the theme of Alchemy at Roosevelt Theater.
Adrienne, a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge, is the second Black female judge in Oregon’s history. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of…Watch
Comedian and Writer
Bri is a Portland-born comedian and writer, currently based in Los Angeles. She was recently featured on Comedy Central's Roast Battle and Fox's Laughs. In…Watch
In 2016, we hosted our 6th annual TEDxMtHood event with the theme of Endeavor at Revolution Hall.
Author, Essayist and Critic
Bill Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to…Watch
Dr. Chris Goldfinger is a marine geologist and geophysicist whose focus is on great earthquakes and the structure of subduction zones around the world. He…Watch
In May 2015 we hosted our fifth annual event with the theme of Roads Less Traveled.
Masters of Harmony
Alialujah Choir came about when three well-known members of Portland’s notable music scene took time away from the comforts and constraints of their primary bands…Watch
Child Hunger Advocate
Anton Cobb is a Chicago native who moved to Portland in 2013 and has never looked back. He lives in Northwest Portland and works downtown…Watch
Dave Miller has spent 14 years making radio, and he still thinks it’s the best job in the world. He’s currently the host of Think…Watch
Mental Health Advocate
Gayathri Ramprasad is the Founder and President of ASHA International, a nonprofit organization promoting personal, organizational, and community wellness, and the author of Shadows in…Watch
Jia Jiang is the founder of 100 Days of Rejection, speaker and author of a soon to be released book (Crown Publishing) on how to…Watch
In May 2014 we hosted our fourth annual TEDxConcordiaUPortland
(now known as TEDxMtHood) event for 750 attendees with the theme of Pulse.
Our 2014 event featured 13 speakers on the theme "Pulse" and was attended by 750 Portlanders. Check out what they experienced.Watch
Composer and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing. He is a founding member and…Watch
Artist In Residence
Jolie is an artist, a teacher, a storyteller. Daily rituals and frequent collaboration with others energize her and fuel her creativity. Back in 2010, she…Watch
Chicago-born poet and emcee Michael (Mic) Crenshaw fell in love with music at a young age while living in Minneapolis. His teenage years were challenging…Watch
Michelle is a self-taught software developer who seeks a deeper understanding of the world and the chance to change it for the better. She aspires…Watch
In March 2013 we hosted our third annual TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) event for 700 attendees with the theme of Velocity. Our focus was on stories of people who have chosen a direction and speed for themselves and their lives in the pursuit of a cause.
Our 2013 event featured 18 speakers on the theme of "Velocity" and was attended by 700 Portlanders. Check out what they experienced. You can also…Watch
Advocate for Co-Creation
Gary Hirsch is an artist, illustrator, improviser, and co-founder of On Your Feet—a consultancy that collides improv with business to help companies relate, create and…Watch
Jensine Larsen, an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist, is the founder of World Pulse, an action media network powered by 50,000 women from…Watch
Zemlin’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. As executive…Watch
Artist in Residence
Rebecca was born in Portland, OR, and spent her teenage years in Houston, TX, where she learned graphic design and medical illustration at the University…Watch
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.
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…Watch
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,…Watch
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…Watch
Governor Barbara Roberts
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…Watch
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…Watch
In May 2011 we hosted our first annual TEDxConcordiaUPortland (now known as TEDxMtHood) event for 450 attendees. Our theme that year was Think. Inspire. Go! which highlighted local voices from the Portland area who showcased some of the inspiring things happening around Portland and beyond.
Chris Guillebeau is a writer, world traveler, entrepreneur, and lifelong learner. He has visited more than 180 countries on a 5-year quest to visit every…Watch
After a pivotal trip to Guatemala seven years ago, Dee sold her home, got rid of most of her belongings, and began limiting herself to…Watch
Jefferson Smith founded the Bus Project, which has registered over 70,000 voters and engaged 1000s in grassroots democracy (like Trick or Vote). Elected to the…Watch
Small-business owner Michael Hanna describes his personal and business transformation from out-of-work corporate executive to mattress delivery guy. Hanna lost his job at the height…Watch
Polly Bangs and Tres Shannon
Polly Bangs has worked with youth since 2002 and founded the Program Manager of Urban Opportunities in 2007. She owned her own restaurant in North…Watch