The Spark Behind TEDxRiverton

Mandy Murry

TEDxRiverton Organizer

Writer, Speaker, PR consultant, #cloudsurfer, and #champagne lover. Mandy Murry is an accredited international travel, lifestyle, health and wellness writer, with features published in Thrive Global, Bella Grace, 24Karat, NC Living, X Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Yucatán Times, Live and Invest Overseas, TravelAge West and more. Her captivating story-telling adds magic to her words and her passion for writing is as contagious as her passion for life and cloudsurfing (aka flying). Mandy blogs at

I had a dream to host a TEDx event when I was 30 years old... When I found out I had a breast lump, I pursued that dream, meeting decision makers at TED in their New York office. I was granted a license to host TEDxBountiful, and hosted the event exactly one month (January 18, 2012) after having surgery to remove not one, but two lumps. They were benign, so my health was clear, but I am glad that a little fear was the catalyst to follow my dreams.

The inaugural 2018 TEDxRiverton 'Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do' was amazing for our community. 2019 will be Infectious. Yes, that is the coming year theme. 

What I love about TED and TEDx is the fact that it makes the uncomfortable, comfortable. Ideas worth spreading that blow the walls out of boxes or open your eyes to see things in a different light. It’s not about agreeing, it’s about exploring and learning something different, and saying wow - I never thought about that.

Boxes can’t stay taped up forever. Corners get damaged, sides get crushed, and things get broken. In order for change to occur, something has to break. TED Talks inspire change or movement, bringing like-minded people together to start talking and creating.

This years theme, Infectious, is inspired by all of those working every day to make a difference. Changing the world around them with a new medical device, entertainment, and bright light. It will be compromised of all things that are infectious ideas worth spreading that can make a difference. 

I’m excited about what is to come this June 2019 in my hometown in Utah. I’d love to see you there, and if you feel you have an idea worth spreading feel free to apply to be a speaker at this upcoming event.


Writer, Speaker, PR consultant, Cancer Thriver, #cloudsurfer, and #champagne lover.

Mandy Murry is a writer, sought-after keynote speaker, on-camera host and moderator, author, and 3x cancer survivor. Her captivating storytelling adds magic to destinations, cuisine, experiences, products, culture, and health & wellness features. Her ability to immediately connect with people is as contagious as her passion for life and cloudsurfing (aka flying).