We love Minneapolis.

TEDxMinneapolis is devoted to telling the grand Minneapolis story via the TEDx “Ideas Worth Spreading” platform. We host an event or two a year, and pull together all local yet global ideators, delicious local grub, fantastic craft and mini-still beverage, and impactful collaborators. All of these elements come together for a truly immersive, engaging, inspiring, and entertaining event. Join us.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMinneapolis, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxMinneapolis event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Join Us! Volunteering & Core Team Opportunities

Event Day Volunteering: We are always looking for great volunteers to join us on the days of and around our events.  They are great opportunities to see behind the scenes and get to know the core team.  Please submit to us via this form.

We also have a few roles available on our core team.  The Core Team is a highly engaged set of talented people that hold core roles and contribute to the program year-round.  They contribute their time (the Core Team is voluntary) and are at the heart of the TEDxMinneapolis experience.  Below are our current opportunities.  If you are interested, please submit your interest via this form along with a resume or link with more information about your background.  If we are interested, we’ll reach out to you and setup a time to chat to get to know each other a bit and talk about the opportunity.

  • Attendee Registration Experience Coordinator: The attendee registration experience coordinator sits within our Attendee Experience team, and manages the attendee registration life cycle.  This includes website preparation, event / ticketing website preparation, working with the community engagement team to coordinate social media and content timelines, managing ticketing and registration, managing the creation of attendee badges, providing customer service leading into the event, and directing the registration activity during the event.
  • Finance Director: The finance director manages our relationship with our fiscal agent, prepares and manages the budget, keeps track of accounts receivable and payable (including receipts, the checkbook, and the bank account), understands 501(c)(3) laws and tax requirements as it relates to grants and earned income, and manages invoices for both revenue and expenses.
  • Community Engagement: The community engagement team focuses on building relationships with community partners, media, public relations organizations, and manage our social media and PR assets.
  • General Project Manager: The general project manager assists with managing special projects as needed, and engages the rest of the team with tracking program progress.
  • Event Day(s) Support: Volunteers support a range of activities on the day before, the day of, and the day after each event.

Advisory Circle

TEDxMinneapolis engages in an advisory circle on a routine basis to assist us with understanding the story of Minneapolis, engage in resources and networks, and assist us in becoming experts in our city’s narrative.

Laura Zabel – Executive Director | Springboard for the Arts

Ryan Kroening – Owner | Events by Lady K

Women’s Event Advisory:

Joy McBrien – Owner | Fair Anita

Melissa Kjolsing – Director | Minnesota Cup

Pamela York – Founder | Atasi Ventures, Director 

Core Team

The TEDxMinneapolis program is organized by an incredible core team of volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please fill out this form.

Dustin Huibregtse


By Day: Deloitte Consulting – Technology

Amanda Carlson

Incoming Director

By Day: Travail Kitchen & Amusements

Theresa Akers

Lead - Production

By Day: Mesh Lab & MCAD

Kam Kubesh

Lead - Partnerships

By Day: HjS Architects

Ariane Laxo

Lead - Attendee Experience

By Day: HGA

Megan Mrozek

Lead - Curation

By Day: American Red Cross

Justin Sims

Lead - Creative

By Day: JZS Design

Sammie Holden

Community Engagement Co-Lead

By Day: Fast Horse

Lucas Weaver

Community Engagement Co-Lead

Jasmine Russell

Associate Curator

By Day: Monicat Data

Cassie Utt

Associate Curator

By Day: Monicat Data

Nicole Boyles Olson

Artist Coordinator

By Day: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN

Max Robinson

Innovation Lab Coordinator

By Day: The Wedge

Alice Schwantes

Volunteer Experience Coordinator

By Day: Pace Analytical

Hannah Novillo Erickson

Attendee Experience

By Day: Hennepin Theater Trust

Karl Knudsen

Attendee Experience

By Day: Target

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