For immediate release
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Media contact: Tom Ackerman, (701) 355-8002

BISMARCK, ND¬¬¬¬¬¬ — The University of Mary has partnered with TEDx as TEDxUMary to bring their first live event to campus and the Bismarck-Mandan area. The event takes place in Mary’s Butler Auditorium at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 5 p.m.

A variety of speakers will present on the theme “reinventing ideas” in the areas of health, service, education, technology in the community, and the workplace. Speakers for the event include Melanie Carvell, Joe Berger, Amy Broadie, Matt Sagaser and Joel Honeyman, Justin Walsh, and Morgan Forness.

University of Mary junior, Liv Stromme, a marketing major from Bismarck and a member of the TEDxUMary team, said, “The TEDxUMary team is excited to bring TEDx to the Bismarck-Mandan community and present to the public people who are reinventing ideas on a wider platform.”

There have been over 10,500 TEDx events around the world operated on licenses from TED. TEDxUMary is organized completely by Mary students. Their mission from the tedxumary.com website is to, “engage individuals to share stories and collaborate on a multitidude of ideas.”

The event is open to the public, however seating is limited to the first 100 people. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.tedxumary.com; $25 for students and $50 for general admission.

TEDxUMary will be an annual event and is expected to continue growing for larger audiences. There will also be a TEDxBismarck held this summer with a date yet to be determined.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.