TEDxBoulderSalons are small, intimate events to keep the Boulder community engaged between our regular events.

We will be discussing niche topics, showcasing special speakers, engaging in roundtable discussions, and hosting educational "adventures".

"Salons, with their casual, intimate and malleable structure, harness the hands-on, community-focused spirit, anchoring a TEDx program. Because they happen more frequently, peppered between larger events, they create a special social cohesion." -- Becky Chung

If you have a specific topic or speaker you would like to see explored at a Salon, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are always open to new ideas!

Upcoming Salons

Mar 8

Theme: Wisdom From Everything

Local Theater Company presents:

Wisdom From Everything 
a world premiere play by Mia McCullough
directed by Seema Sueko

March 8 at 7:30pm

All seats reserved
$20 ticket with code TEDX

About the show:

“People are uncomfortable when women are powerful.” Nineteen-year-old Syrian refugee Farzana is stuck. Once the top student in her school, she’s now educating girls in Zaatari, the largest refugee camp in the world. But when an older Jordanian doctor offers Farzana an education in exchange for marriage, she takes the chance—and finds herself embroiled in her new husband’s bizarre plot to redeem himself. Wisdom From Everything is one woman’s stirring story of sacrifice, hope, and resilience.

After the performance, participate in an Audience Conversation around the topics of the play—and what it means for Boulder—with artist Mare Trevathan. 



The Dairy Arts Center
The Grace Gamm Theater
2590 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302

$20 ticket with code TEDX

Previous Salons

Jan 23

Theme: Identifying & Acting on Your Passion

Join us Tuesday, January 23 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm for a discussion about Identifying & Acting on Your Passion.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 940 Pearl Street (Bookseller Side)

Register to Attend

Someone once said, “There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.”

Being the person who makes things happens becomes much easier when you’re passionate about what you’re doing.

Join us and hear the inspiring stories of how people in our community found their passions, connected, and inspired others to do the same. This fun and energizing event may inspire you to solve hard problems and challenge yourself to take action or a new direction in your life.

Kendra Prospero will moderate the conversation among panelists:

Nicole Haas, PT, DPT, OCS: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Greg Greenwood: Executive Director, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Greg Roche: HR Guy by Day, Entrepreneur by Night

Heather Stenner: Owner, Educator, Composer at Enthusic Music Company, LLC

Ms. Prospero: Founder & CEO of Turning the Corner

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Dec 13

Theme: Future Transportation on the Front Range

The Boring Company* is working on projects in LA and Baltimore. What would happen to the Boulder Denver commute if it only took 12 minutes? How would this impact urban planning goals for Boulder and the cities between here and Denver?

Would this help resolve the issue of 60k in-commuters a day? 

Come hear and discuss these and other topics. Only 90 seats, so get your tickets soon.

In partnership with TEDxCU and BoulderTalks

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6-8pm: TEDxBoulderSalon event
8:30-11pm: Reception/Concert @ Post Brewing with musical guest: Sun Jr

TEDxBoulderSalon Speaker Lineup:

Local Government Perspective
Suzanne Jones: Boulder Mayor

FastTracks/RTD History: where is the train
John Tayer: CEO of Boulder Chamber of Commerce

CDOT’s HPTE Division
Nick Farber: HPTE Operations Manager of Colorado Department of Transportation

Tunneling and Tunnel Boring Machines
Brenden Tippets & Chris Lamb: Michels Corporation
- Greg Fischer: Shannon & Wilson
Gary Brierley

Electric Vehicles / Climate Change / Renewable Energy as a power source for tunnel operations
Erin Decker: Renewable Choice Energy
Will Toor: Director of Transportation Program at Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
Dave Kang: CU Vice Chancellor of Infrastructure & Safety

*This event has no affiliation with The Boring Company, nor was this event endorsed by The Boring Company. No employees from The Boring Company were in attendance.

Nov 16

Theme: Local Theater Company: The Rape of the Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthais

We are going to watch the Local Theater Company: The Rape of the Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthais.

Discussion to follow the play.

$20, use discount code TEDx

Oct 12

Open Vision Planning

Our first salon will be a post-event discussion of TEDxBoulder, and an open vision planning session to begin strategizing our next big events as well as additional monthly TEDxBoulderSalons.

The Salon will be held on October 12th at 5:30pm at Trident on the back patio.

Sign up here. Registration is free!