Maxwell Friedman

Then 12-year old Maxwell Friedman astonished the TEDxBend audience in 2016 with his musical prowess. As a self-proclaimed “spirited child”, Friedman used to spend much of his school time in the principal’s office – until he discovered music and the keyboard. Just a few short years later, he, and his mentor Georges Bouhey, jammed on stage for our audience of […]

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Darren Pleasance

“I dream of children who dream big, pursue their ambitions, and live true to who they are, without pressure from society,” was the dream of Darren Pleasance, Leader and Adventurer, at TEDxBend 2016. Children are under enormous pressure to live up to the expectations of their parents and society, often at the expense of their […]

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Join the TEDxBend Team

TEDxBend is a living, breathing, dynamic exchange of energy and it needs you. From event set up to ushering to take down, our valued volunteers are a large part what makes TEDxBend such an amazing community event. We are currently seeking volunteers for TEDxBend. Please join us! 2017 Key Volunteer/Leadership Roles Needed Immediately In particular, […]

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The Oxford Hotel

At TEDxBend, we are ever thankful for our fabulous partnership with the amazing, award-winning Oxford Hotel. Inspired by Bend’s cosmopolitan mountain town, the Oxford Hotel is a welcome respite from your outdoor adventures. As the only boutique hotel in downtown Bend, it offers exclusive amenities and luxuries. With their attentive staff, eco-friendly design and convenient location, […]

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Stefanie Garber

A tiny school district in Central Oregon is trying to grow a new kind of student – a student who wants to have a positive impact on their community no matter their age, who is a big thinker, who is resilient, and who colleges and careers are dying to get, said Superintendent and Elementary Principal […]

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Cari Brown

Cari Brown is an artist, entrepreneur and founder of The Workhouse. The Workhouse is a collective of studio artists in Bend, which continues to grow, evolve and be enlivened as it’s artists do the same. Cari’s dream, submitted for TEDxBend 2016’s Hall of Dreamers exhibit, reveals her passion: “It is my dream to see Bend become known to the world as a […]

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Cascade Relays

Cascade Relays is a small, family-run business with the mission to provide exceptional relay race experiences while supporting the communities they run through with the Cascade Relays Foundation. The Foundation contributes over $50,000 annually and has directly contributed over $235,000 to local community groups since 2008. Their staff and volunteers embody the spirit of our company – […]

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Roger Love on TEDxBend, His New Book, and Hope

By Rebecca R. Peterson Even the most successful among us can doubt themselves. One of TEDxBend 2016’s most popular and energetic speakers, Roger Love, Hollywood vocal coach, opened up about his insights and surprising nervousness speaking at TEDxBend. The famed vocal coach, whose long client list includes John Mayer, Reese Witherspoon, and the cast of Glee, is perfectly […]

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Omar Samra Named UN Goodwill Ambassador

Omar Samra, one of the most popular speakers at TEDxBend 2016, has been named a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Egypt. In his role, Samra will “promote and advocate for environment’s protection and youth empowerment…[and] lend his influence and expertise to promote environmental protection, climate change awareness, youth empowerment and the support […]

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