TEDxBILLINGS SPEAKERS

TEDxBILLINGS SPEAKER LINEUP

These are the speakers for our TEDxBillings event on Saturday March 5th, 2022.

William Henry

William B. Henry is the founder of Be Better World, an anti-bullying campaign geared towards empowering youth to deal with the symptoms of bullying before it becomes a serious issue. His stance takes a different approach as he calls on the parental unit to be a part of the solution. Be Better has gained National attention and his motto is “We All Play A Role”.

William is also the owner of Big Sky Ballin’, a sports organization responsible for putting on one of the largest 3 on 3 outdoor basketball tournaments in the Northwest Region, Above the Rim, which is now in its 7th year. Along with Above the Rim, Big Sky Ballin’ also runs several youth sports leagues and tournaments throughout the year.

Before devoting most of his time to Be Better and Big Sky Ballin’, William served as a Vice President for a billion dollar not for profit organization. He obtained his Undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Florida and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. William has spoken at several local and national conferences.

In addition to founding Be Better, William spends time mentoring youth and he takes pride in making a genuine difference in their lives. William lives in Billings, Montana with his lovely wife, Yolawnda, and his outgoing daughter, Bria.

A native of Lewistown, MT, Chrissy Pratt has been an animal trainer and behaviorist for 18 years. She has worked with a variety of animals, and has consulted with elephant organizations all over the world, including  Save Elephant Foundation,  Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, and Burm and Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand; Wild is Life/Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery in Zimbabwe; Tiger Tops Elephant Camp and Stand Up 4 Elephants in Nepal;  Pakke Tiger Reserve in India; and Life in Oozie Village Ecohut/Myanmar Timber Enterprise in Myanmar.

Chrissy is passionate about all animals, fascinated by their behavior, and deeply committed to their conservation. Chrissy began her career working with animals as a volunteer at the New York Aquarium in 2002, where she became passionate about operant conditioning and positive reinforcement training, and how this helps improve the lives of animals living in captivity. This led to a career working with marine mammals at Sea Life Park Hawaii, The Mirage Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas, and dolphin assisted therapy at Onmega Dolphin Therapy Marmaris in Turkey. During this time her curiosity about all animals persisted, motivating her to volunteer with primates at the Honolulu Zoo and learn about prey animal psychology and Natural Horsemanship at Horse Sense of the Carolinas in Marshall, North Carolina. 

Throughout the course of Chrissy’s career as a marine mammal trainer, her feelings about animals in captivity for the purposes of entertainment evolved. She began to look towards applying her skills in a way that would promote conservation, rescue, rehabilitation, and finding creative ways for humans and animals to work together in a manner that benefits both…not just humans. She learned about managing elephants in protected contact and utilizing positive reinforcement training as an Animal Care Specialist at Busch Gardens Tampa. Her interest in rescue and rehabilitation was also fostered in Tampa, FL, where she volunteered  with local animal rescue organizations. Her desire to share ideas and knowledge to improve the lives of  elephants working in developing countries brought her to Thailand in 2013, where her career as a consultant began. When she is not  teaching positive reinforcement training techniques and ways to improve elephant welfare, Chrissy likes to spend her time learning about other cultures and ‘jungle’  ways of life.

Chrissy Pratt

Tim Pollard

Our next Headline Speaker is Tim Pollard, Founder and CEO of Oratium and author of The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design.

Throughout a long career in Sales and Marketing for companies such as Unilever, Barclays Bank and the Corporate Executive Board, Tim has almost obsessively sought to understand and capture the underlying “science” of extraordinary communication.
 
The result of this journey has been the development of a unique set of tools and concepts, and a remarkable ability to coach others in the learnable processes of exceptional communications. As a leading thinker in his field, Tim is a regular columnist for Forbes and Entrepreneur, and a highly sought-after speaker in the area of advanced communication skills, with particular emphasis on executive communications, sales messaging and donor messaging.
 
Tim and his wife Ruth are British by birth, but now reside in Montana where they’re learning that their four kids don’t get less expensive after they graduate from college – the toys just get more expensive. Tim is passionate about his family, his fly fishing, and his church.
Sherry Winn, founder of The Winning Leadership Company. Sherry is a Two-Time Olympian, National Basketball Coach of The Year, and Amazon Three-Time Best Selling Author. She is an in-demand internationally renowned speaker who frequently speaks for up to 14,000 people at a time including companies such as StubHub, AnyTime Fitness, New York Life, Edward Jones, and Technicolor. Sherry is known as a leader of leaders and a visionary of visionaries who has written five books including her forth-coming and much anticipated book titled, Winning Leadership: Seven Secrets for Employee Champions and Sales Superstars.
 
CEO’s rave about  Sherry’s ability to weave practical steps with life-changing messages throughout a humorous presentation which keeps leaders and team members on the edge-of-their seats.

With over 34 years of practicing leadership as a National Championship Basketball Coach and a Two-Time Olympian, Sherry is an expert at coaching leaders and team members to championship status. She has successfully taken leaders beyond their levels of comfort to “WIN” against competitors who were superior in talent, facilities, and financial budgets. Through her WIN Philosophy ™ and WINNER Principles ™, she shares insider secrets on how to succeed even when the odds seem insurmountable so that your team feels, acts, and conquers their goals like Olympians.

You can find Sherry at www.TheWinningLeadershipCompany.com

Sherry Winn

Michael Collendar

I grew up in LA. Moved to the Pacific Northwest to save my wife from freeways. We now have 6 kids. We moved to Billings because I like big cities and she likes small towns. Somehow Billings is both.
I teach and write on rhetoric and communication because people need hope and vision. Without both, people die. That’s why I’ve written a textbook on public speaking called A Rhetoric of Love: Volume Two. It’s part of a series and will soon be published by Veritas Press (veritaspress.com).
I’m finishing my second PhD this year. I’ve taught philosophy and leadership at Gonzaga University, been a visiting fellow of the Catholic University of Leuven, in Belgium and researched and lectured at the US Joint Forces Staff College, a war college in Norfolk, VA. The military published my research and it’s listed as recommended reading for commanders in Art of Design, the US Military’s textbook on Campaign design, published by the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS).
What will your TED talk be about?: About how a rhetoric of love is antifragile. Our contemporary media culture cultivates outrage. We get ahead by breaking things, by domination. Yet we don’t see that a rhetoric of domination makes our messages fragile in the long term. It destroys the social capital needed for successful communication. I want to move the audience to SEE and FEEL that a rhetoric rooted in love will give our messages the power to outlast outrage culture. Love makes rhetoric antifragile. This is how each of us can inspire others, under the big sky that surrounds our planet, to stay true to our roots and develop our future, together.

Leif Welhaven, founder of LW Consulting LLC!

Leif has extensive sales, branding, social media, sales management and business development experience with a large nationally known Wireless Technology Company and with a prominent local restaurant that spans 30+ years.
He is also active in the “Exchange Club” as a Regional VP, where I help support and train ‘service’ clubs in MT, ID, WA, OR, AK, HI, UT, CO, NM, AZ.
His love for Billings runs deep and he is an active member of several boards and organizations in our community.

Leif Welhaven

Malcolm Horn

Dr. Horn received her Doctorate in Psychology, with a teaching emphasis, from Walden University and has over a decade of progressive clinical experience working with the complex diagnoses that often accompany addictions and co-occurring disorders.
 
She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is licensed by the State of Montana as an Addiction Counselor (LAC). She is certified as an SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) to conduct assessments for those with a safety-sensitive position under the Department of Transportation. She also has accreditation from the NAADAC (National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors) as a Masters Level Addiction Counselor (MAC).
 
Malcolm currently works at the Rimrock Foundation and is responsible for ongoing training and education for clinical and support staff.

Kevin is an entrepreneur and product designer whose patented camping product, “The Ripple” was nominated for the IHA’s global innovation awards in 2015 and featured on the hit show “I Want That!” and CBS New York.

Kevin started his career as a high school instructor where he taught graphic arts in Wyoming and Montana for 9 years. Eventually, Kevin’s passion for behavioral economics and social cognitive neuroscience led him to a neuroscience-based technology company where he became the creative director, leading a team of executive coaches and software engineers to develop an interactive coaching platform called, “Malcolm.”

Kevin is now the co-founder of the tech startup Converge, an online platform that allows users to find, book and share meaningful experiences available in their communities, spanning from hiking excursions, to mindfulness classes, to volunteering. Kevin is also the director of the entrepreneurial development program, Rock31 where he and a team of founders and mentors facilitate meetups, startup events, training programs, and peer coaching for owners of high-growth companies in and around Yellowstone county.

Kevin Scharfe

Daniel Kosel

Born in Seattle, Daniel was adopted and then moved to the Carbon County area of Montana at age 12. He grew up fishing Rock Creek, playing guitar, and wandering the beautiful Absaroka-Beartooth region until eventually graduating from college and pursuing a diverse career in business.
 
First emerging as a musical artist in 2016, Daniel performed solo shows and trying various band formats until finding his pace as a touring poet-guitartist.
Anthony is proud to be a teacher and advocate for his clients, helping them achieve their financial, business and estate planning goals since 1991, focusing on retirement planning and wealth management for retirees, pre-retirees, professionals and business owners. He has completed two Masters Degrees and holds eight professional designations.
Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller

Zach Terakedis

Zack Terakedis

Zack has spent his career developing communities and their capacity for leadership across the social and private sector. With degrees in Psychology and Speech Communications, he discovered early on that helping people develop their personal leadership story was an exciting prospect for work.
 
He began his career in youth development managing nationwide programs for Eckerd Drug Stores and Coca-Cola. Moving boardroom leadership concepts into curriculum and program models became an expertise that Zack developed through the years of managing the large programs. After years of teaching these concepts, he had to apply the skills in management roles for companies, private foundations and eventually an entrepreneurial project.
 
Moving back to Montana, Zack began to look for a creative outlet for his learning. As a son of an artist, he had been in and out of the art and art gallery businesses helping his father. Arriving in Billings, a city with a rich art history, he found space for a new art gallery. This venture allowed he and his family to participate in the community bringing fine art to the public, engage with local organizations through events, and learn about the local creative scene.
 
Zack has worked locally with the Billings Artwalk, Montana International Film Festival, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings Symphony and the Billings Cultural Partners in a variety of creative capacities. He hopes that the creative community will help Billings, MT articulate its assets in a meaningful way.
 
He currently serves as the Coordinator of the Billings Industrial Revitalization District.
Meet Speaker Danny Wyrwas!
 
Danny is founder of Absolute Fence – formerly Absolute Vinyl in Billings.
 
Over the last few decades growing his business, Danny has built a company culture of developing leaders in and out of the work place; giving them the tools they need to grow, making families better, thus making the community better, collectively. Elevate Leadership & Business Consulting, Inc. was born from this model where Danny works in a group setting or one on one with leaders and their teams to grow individuals and their business, improving company culture and communications.
 
In his spare time, he has spent several years on a start up, Hopper & Hatch… a machine he has built and patented that catches live grasshoppers, removing them from an area, where he then dries them right on the prairie and packages them as feed for chickens and other livestock.
 
Danny is passionate about building sustainable food sources, holistic management of resources and improving communities from the inside out.

Daniel Wyrwas

Clinton Shelton

Reality, energy and the divine beauty of the arts are all channeled through the artistry of soulful New Jersey born songwriter & rising business man Clinton Shelton (Slim Mucho).
Through recordings and engaging performances, he uses his voice as an instrument to weave textured stories and melodies that paint pictures of early childhood struggles & current pitfalls of those in America.
 
Originally moving to Montana in 2007 to attend Montana State University – Northern. Clinton, decided to make the move permanent as he adopted the unwavering worth ethic, generosity, accountability & perseverance that Montanans possess.
Clinton, wears many hats as a Father of 2 daughters, Sales Manager for Lithia Motors Inc, & the Co-Founder of an emerging Las Vegas based digital-marketing company House of Visions Productions.
 
By combining real life experiences with simple but high-energy beats, he has found a vehicle for his talent. His most recent single titled “Sincerely Mucho” has amassed over 200,000 Youtube streams & is rapidly approaching 500,000 streams on digital platforms all from “BIG SKY COUNTRY”.
Sandra’s goal is to see a world in which people are able to confidently use their unique voice, follow their dreams, embrace and monetize their passions and find a way to understand exactly what a toddler is trying to tell you.
 
As a digital marketer with years of experience, Sandra has worked with 100’s of small business owners, trained in high ticket consulting groups, spoken at multiple events, been featured in two documentaries, runs a top rated Podcast (Binding Authority) all while being a wife and keeping the worlds cutest two year old entertained, happy and from falling off of tall things he climbs.
 
Sandra is extremely passionate about helping people solve problems they are having in business. She has been described as being “a bit too much” or “a busy body” and voted “most eager to please” by her Highschool Senior Class. Sandra took these labels and turned into being somewhat famous for “knowing a person for that,” helping small business owners plug holes in their current business. She also runs a group consulting course called Mother’s Of Marketing where she focuses on coaching and helping MOMs build their small businesses!
You can find more information about this complex, sarcastic, fun-loving gal at www.SandraGebhardt.com 🥳🥳

Sandra Gebhardt

Karen Miller

With a BA in History, a Master’s Degree in Public Relations, and a certification in Brain-Based Coaching, Karen Miller brings a multifaceted perspective to her work. Born, raised and educated in Montana, Karen is committed to the advancement of the Big Sky state.
She currently serves as the Director of Strategic Advancement and Communications for St. John’s United. Her role is to facilitate solution-focused conversations, implement innovative strategies, and add volume to the organization’s voice to ensure the mission of St. John’s is continuously being fulfilled.
Previously, Karen served Yellowstone County as the Director of BillingsWorks, the workforce development branch under Big Sky Economic Development. Prior to, she was employed as a coach and facilitator for Elation, Inc.-a start-up company in Billings dedicated to organizational performance.
While her career has ventured into different avenues, no matter the position, she is dedicated to collaborating with communities to create better methods for achieving great outcomes. By combining the different aspects of her education and professional experience, Karen has the perspective and insights that elicit enthusiasm for innovation and excitement for action.