TEDxBILLINGS SPEAKERS

TEDxBILLINGS SPEAKER LINEUP

These are the speakers for our TEDxBillings event on February 27th, 2021.

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

Suzann Lankford

Suzann Lankford, Co-Founder of Moochdocker! In her own words…

“My career has been characterized by the integration of professionalism and creativity. My experience in the fields of marketing, graphic design, and entrepreneurship have led me to be a part of a number of exciting ventures, and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences at TedX Billings. My marketing background includes my time as a marketing manager for Yellowstone national park, where I led a project that doubled income per room at lodging facilities and created new, immersive vacation packages for the park. I have also had the opportunity to work with the Billings Clinic, where I was responsible for developing marketing campaigns for community outreach, budget optimization, and growing the clinic’s brand awareness.”
 
“My current role as a Co-Founder of Moochdocker was created through a combination of my passion for travel and my professional experience. Shortly after entering the RV travel space as a wide-eyed new RV owner, I quickly became aware of a void in the market that needed to be served. The outdated, inefficient booking methods of the RV industry stifled some of the free-roaming excitement that came with my new purchase, as many places to park my new toy were wait-listed for months and had miserable booking processes. I immediately felt a calling to address the need for a more liberating travel experience and allow people to go their own way with their RVs. Moochdocker was born when I began the process of creating a peer-to-peer RV network that allows RV users to stay on private properties across the country, and experience a greater supply of campgrounds and unique experiences. I now apply my skill sets in marketing and content creation to grow Moochdocker into the face of experiential alternative travel.”

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