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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]