2018 TEDxZumbroRiver Salons

The First Salon is scheduled for May 10th, 2018.
When: Thurs, May 10th.  Doors open 5 pm for happy hour til 5:30, event start 5:30 to about 7
Where: Civic Theatre Black Box
Tickets: Only about 100 tickets will be available for the first salon. Price is $20 sold via Eventbrite
Tickets are for access to event. Does not include food or drink, which will be available to purchase separately.

*Tickets on are on sale as of today and can be purchased through Eventbrite: https://tedxzumbroriver-salon1.eventbrite.com


Being Brave Enough: Create Every Day

Heather Ritenour Sampson

Heather Ritenour Sampson, BA, CMT, 500 E-RYT is a multi-passionate creative with a love for philosophy, spirituality, transformational leadership, and movement meditation. She is the owner of Yoga Tribe yoga studio, where she teaches and leads yoga students and yoga teachers in practices that cultivate empowerment, authenticity, and well-being. As a mom-preneur, Heather believes in the “have it all life,” balancing the joys and trials of marriage, parenthood and entrepreneurship with creativity, compassion and humor. She is also a public speaker, freelance writer, musician and soccer coach who deeply values the power of tribe and finding the sacred in the mundane.

Brandon Sampson

Brandon Sampson is a Certified Prosthetist and Musician born and raised in Minnesota.

He graduated with a degree in Biology from Luther College, Decorah IA, and a Certificate in Prosthetics from Century College in White Bear Lake, MN.

For the past 20 years Brandon has focused on providing creative solutions for both upper and lower extremity prosthetics, combining art and innovation to meet the functional goals of people with limb loss.

In the past Brandon has been honored to receive the “Mayor’s Medal of Honor” for showing innovation in industry with his company Limb Lab and has also been a past recipient of “Arts Person of the Year” for his accomplishments with his Americana band Six Mile Grove.

Why a Salon?

TEDxZumbroRiver organizers have spent the off season going to TEDx “School,” talking with other TEDx Organizers and attending other TEDx events throughout the country. Because of the thirst for TEDx content in this area, TEDxZumbroRiver will be bringing TEDx Salons to SEMN for 2018.  Salons will take the place of the traditional single large event in 2018 and 2019 will see the return of one large event.

Salons are specialty TEDx events that require a license from TED. TEDxZumbroRiver organizers, Ben Creo and Barb Spurrier applied for and were granted a license earlier this month.

Ben Creo had this to say, “The TEDxZumbroRiver planning team began discussing a three-series salon format for 2018 back in Fall 2017. The team unanimously agreed that making 2018 the year of salons is something our fan base will really enjoy. They are excited for the possibilities and creativity salons provide through unique venues, audience participation opportunities and topics.”

Here’s what attendees experience at these highly popular TEDx Salons:

  • Format:  The TEDxZumbroRiver team is planning unique and engaging formats to enhance the experience in a manner we’ve never before experienced.
  • Lively Discussions: A critical element of salons is lively discussions, allowing attendees to actively participate in the event.
  • Size: With smaller audiences than a standard TEDx event, salons bring attendees together in more intimate spaces, providing more chances to get to know and exchange ideas.
  • The Single Subject: Having the ability to focus on one subject creates a focused audience and atmosphere.

TEDxZumbroRiver salons will be smaller, more intimate audiences (100-200 rather than 1,000), shorter programs, creative formats, smaller ticket price, speakers with single-topic themes and opportunities for audience engagement/participation.

TEDxZumbroRiver Salon experience will be a series of three salons held throughout the year and will lead up to another grand event in 2019.