TEDxBend 2015 is Saturday 4.18.15
TEDxBend 2015 will host at least 17 extraordinary speakers and performers from around the country. Were excited to announce three of these speakers now. And then were saving the rest for the day of the event. Trust us. Youll want to be there.
Raised in the Republic of Congo during their civil war, Missamou was recruited by rebel forces in 1992 and taught to fight at age thirteen. In 1997, he fled his homeland, eventually arriving in America and joining the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2003, he was instrumental in finding and releasing captured Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq. Missamou founded Warrior Fitness in Valencia, California, inspired by his military experience and his belief that freedom is not something to take for granted—it’s something to live. His memoir, “In the Shadow of Freedom,” is the uplifting story of his quest to achieve his own American Dream.
An American politician, educator and activist, LeFavour served as an Idaho State Senator from 2008 to 2012. In 2006, LeFavour criticized the passage of Idaho Amendment 2, which made it unconstitutional to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. In 2007, she was named one of Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year. LeFavour was involved in Idaho’s Add The Words campaign in 2014, which sought to add language including “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s human rights act. LeFavour was featured in the documentary, “Add the Words,” which premiered at the BendFilm Festival in October 2014.
Students at Bend High School, Carrell and French specialize in sleight of hand, cardistry and illusion. Wyatt, a self-taught web developer, blogger and magician, has been performing illusions since the age of four, including such classics as The Famous Houdini and Coke Trick. Hayden, or as his friends call him, “French,” has been perfecting sleight of hand with the deftness and speed of a seasoned magician. He recently achieved his personal goal of solving the Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute.
Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide,
TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring a
dozen talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes
each. TED and TEDxBend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.