Announcing Our 2014 Presenters

After 26 auditions and some really tough choices among a field of exceptionally talented applicants and innovative ideas, the TEDxMahtomedi program committee is pleased to introduce the 12 individuals selected to share their “What Next?” ideas March 29 at TEDxMahtomedi 2014: Nick Boyd, Mahtomedi High School student – “Imagine” (with the help of local band Boyds […]


2013 Video: Living Alone, Living Connected

Lisa Cook: Living Alone, Living Connected Lisa Cook moved to the Twin Cities from Washington, D.C., six years ago to grow roots and make Minnesota home. As a career development professional and a single person who has lived in six states, she is resourceful in making new personal and professional connections. Yet, with our long, isolating winters and well-established social circles, […]


2013 Video: What If Mahtomedi Had More Affordable Housing for Young People?

  Karen Fitzpatrick: What If Mahtomedi Had More Affordable Housing for Young Families? Karen (Beyers) Fitzpatrick grew up on a produce farm near Winona and graduated from the College of St. Teresa with majors in English and history. Her master’s degree is in religious education from Loyola University. Karen entered the Rochester Franciscans, taught junior […]


2013 Video: Create a Community of Belonging

Karen Keenan: Create a Community of Belonging Karen Keenan serves as president of ConnectWC, a nonprofit organization active in developing an inclusive community for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Washington County. Keenan is an assistant manager with the Metropolitan Council, 2008–13; project manager with Lennar Homes, 2004–07; and senior engineer with PDC, […]


2013 Video: Circles of Community

Victoria Safford: Circles of Community The Reverend Victoria Safford has been minister of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church since 1999, following a 10- year ministry at Northampton, Mass., and four years as a community organizer with the American Friends Service Committee. A native of New York state, she is a graduate of Vassar College and Yale […]


2013 Video: The Link Between Curiosity and Education

  Cole Harmon: The Link Between Curiosity and Education Cole Harmon is a senior at Mahtomedi High School. During his junior year he had an opportunity to attend Conserve School, a semester boarding school in northern Wisconsin. Students apply to Conserve School, ensuring that all youth attending are there by their own choice. This creates […]


2013 Video: Classical Education

  Rebekah Hagstrom: Classical Education Rebekah Hagstrom is headmaster of Liberty Classical Academy (LCA). Rebekah received a B.S. in communication disorders (summa cum laude) and an M.A. in speech pathology from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband, Peter, have four children. Rebekah worked at Regions Hospital as a speech pathologist for over 10 […]


2013 Video: Learning Without Limits

Mark Larson: Learning Without Limits Mark Larson, superintendent of Mahtomedi Public Schools since 2010, has been in the field of education all his life. Mark has been a teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, curriculum director and assistant superintendent. Mark and Joni have been married since 1983 and […]


2013 Video: The Ripple Effect

Patty Hall: The Ripple Effect Patty Hall is co-founder of H2O for Life, a nonprofit with a mission to engage, educate and inspire youth to study the global water crisis while taking local and global actions. Through service learning, youth learn that their actions have impact and can make a difference. Her story has been featured […]


2013 Video: A Simple Solution

Dorian Grilley: A Simple Solution Dorian Grilley is executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, an education, promotion and advocacy nonprofit. Previously he worked for the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota and the Minnesota DNR. He serves on the board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking in Washington, D.C. He commuted by […]


2013 Video: SMART Boards, Fab Labs and Bikes

  Davis Grilley: SMART Boards, Fab Labs and Bikes Davis Grilley is a junior at Mahtomedi High School and has lived in Mahtomedi for his entire life. He runs cross country in the fall, is co-captain of the Nordic (cross-country) ski team, and plays tuba in the symphonic band. Davis commutes by bike to school […]