TED Talks are famous around the world, with millions clicking in to view them on line, and many vying for the opportunity to attend or speak in person. As a result of this demand, TED launched TEDx, which are independently organized TED-like events that are curated locally in order to generate meaningful conversations, inspire innovation, and share ideas especially worth sharing with a regional audience.  The first ever TEDxBigSky will be presented on January 28 at the WMPAC with a line up of local innovators and thought leaders on stage.


Ann Herrmann-Nehdi


“Think Like Your Future Depends on it, Because it Does”
Ann Herrmann-Nehdi is passionate about the brain and its impact on thinking and learning. As CEO of Herrmann International, she travels the world as a speaker, author and thought leader helping people, teams and organizations apply what we know about the brain to improve personal and business performance. Under Ann’s leadership, Herrmann International continues to build on her father Ned Herrmann’s pioneering research and application of the Whole Brain® Concept. Her TEDx Tryon talk, The One Thing You Need to Know About Your Brain That Will Change Your Life, is influencing the way people approach their work and their lives and continues to capture the attention of thousands of viewers across the globe. The co-author of The Whole Brain Business Book (Second Edition, McGraw-Hill), Ann has been featured in Business News Daily, Chief Executive Magazine, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, CIO Magazine, Inc., HR Executive Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, Management Today, T+D Magazine, Training Journal and O The Oprah Magazine, among numerous others. She has also contributed chapters to dozens of books in the learning and leadership field.

Scott Wyatt


“Designing a Better Future”
Scott Wyatt oversees the talents, accomplishments and business strategies of NBBJ’s workplace design practice, named by Wired and Popular Science as the tech industry’s architecture firm of choice. He is recognized for sophisticated, highly functional design distinguished for translating a client’s vision, purpose and culture into an elegant expression of interiors, building structure and landscape. As practice leader, Scott has led the creation of new global headquarters for some of the world’s foremost corporations including Google, Boeing, Samsung, Reebok, Amazon, Alibaba, Telenor, Adobe, Amgen, Microsoft and Tencent. In addition, he has led interior renovation projects for key international clients such as McKinsey, Kenneth Cole and Nike. Public service is an integral part of Scott’s life. He has served on the board of directors of many organizations, including the Seattle Opera, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington and the Nature Conservancy’s Washington State Chapter. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, CoreNet Global, NAIOP, the Urban Land Institute and the United Way. Scott’s expertise and work have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, Inc., Architectural Record, Architect, Interior Design, Bloomberg Television, Fox Business Network, CNBC and National Public Radio. He also participates in well-known events including the World Economic Forum, the Code Conference by Re/Code and Techonomy.

Linda Wortman

“Beating the Odds: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with One Lung”
Linda Wortman and her husband fell in love with Montana in 1973 from 30,000 feet as a flight attendant and pilot for NWA Airlines, now Delta, and have resided in Big Sky since 1994. Linda and her husband Jerry are avid bicyclists, cross country skiers, hikers and runners. Linda, whom has never smoked, was shockingly diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. She became inspired to run a 5K race in 50 states, and a 10K race on every continent – a fear she nearly accomplished but got side tracked when asked by Mayo Clinic and Conrad Anker to climb Mt Kilimanjaro’s 19,341 peak. Passionate about ending the stigma associated with lung cancer, Linda dedicates much of her time to raising awareness about the disease and together with Jerry started the Wortman Lung Cancer Foundation and Running Lungs events to raise critical funds for lung cancer health and research.

Andrew Crawford

“Reaching Escaping Velocity: Professional Snowboarder to Rocket Scientist”
Andrew Crawford, a Montana native, has traversed the globe and explored the solar system pursuing his passions. In his twenties, Andrew was a professional snowboarder who was ranked top 10 in the world, competed in the X-Games, and was filmed for movies all over the world. After a decade-long career of international competitions and jumping off cliffs, Andrew hung up his boots at age 31, and enrolled in his local community college, Flathead Valley Community College, to pursue engineering. While in school, he was awarded a coveted internship with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and subsequently interned with JPL and NASA for the remainder of his collegiate career. Andrew then went on to and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a minor in Aerospace. While at MSU, Andrew was an ambassador and served on the board of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, where he advocated the importance of educating Montana’s students in the STEM fields, speaking at events in Washington DC and China. While in school, he also worked in MSU’s Space Science and Engineering Laboratory, where he helped launch and then communicate with Montana’s first satellite, HERBIE. After graduation, Andrew was offered a job at X, Google’s research and development “Moonshot Factory”, where he currently works alongside previous NASA engineers developing Google’s self driving cars.

Parisa Khosravi

“The Power of Finding Your Voice”
Parisa Khosravi is an award winning journalist and news executive with nearly three decades of experience on the world stage. Parisa has covered countless historical events and seen humanity at its best and its worst. Her perspective has evolved throughout the years as an immigrant, a journalist and as a mother. Parisa’s career goal is to now share her learning insights and experiences with global audiences in order to bring about change and opening new thought and dialogue on major issues that impact us all.


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