What do a World Champion skier, an energy entrepreneur and philanthropist, an artist and social entrepreneur, and a violin prodigy have in common? They will each share the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage along with nearly one dozen other presenters at TedxMileHigh 2012: Risk & Reward (#TEDxMH12) on Saturday, June 2nd. So we’ve already revealed the initial presenter lineup: two-time Olympian Jeremy Bloom, museum curator Adam Lerner, social activist and entrepreneur Jessica Posner, and slam poetry trio Slam Nuba. But who will join them? Glad you asked! Eight remarkable presenters have just been added to the lineup, and they are: Natalie Baumgartner, PhD Natalie is a clinical psychologist who has devoted her career to advising companies on human capital issues such as employee hiring, development and engagement, and helps individuals find a “fit” in the workplace. It’s this cultural fit that Natalie says “revolutionizes how we work.” Kayvon Coffey Kayvon, a junior at Kent Denver School, is a violin prodigy who recently won the concerto competition with the Symphony in the Valley and has been accepted into the Colorado All-State Orchestra. He has created a number of audio and video productions with StudioStars, including “The Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.” Christopher Davenport Skiing Magazine calls him one of North America’s top 25 skiers. An accomplished big mountain skier, Chris became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. Through his pursuits and adventures in the outdoors, Chris has become an expert on risk management as it relates to a wide variety of disciplines.

Timothy Marquez As an oilman, Tim is known for turning a startup oil and gas firm into one of the largest oil and gas companies operating in California. He is also a highly regarded philanthropist who founded the Denver Scholarship Foundation as well as the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation to advance education initiatives.

Ryan Martens Ryan founded his fifth software startup to break the take-make-waste cycle of technology in our society. His passion for sustainability led him to launch Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, a foundation that funds citizen entrepreneurs to help solve some of our world’s toughest challenges. Laura Merage Laura left her homeland of Tehran, Iran at the age of fifteen and went on to make her mark as an internationally renowned artist and photographer. Also a social entrepreneur, Laura created RedLine Denver, a polyphonic arts organization, to serve as a catalyst for educational activities and foster community connections. Todd Neff A former Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Todd is a journalist who provides a unique perspective on the clean energy landscape. He also authored From Jars to the Stars, a history of Ball Aerospace and its Deep Impact mission. Woody Roseland A five-time cancer survivor now in remission, Woody was first diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at the age of 16. While in the hospital, he discovered a penchant for comedy and now shares his message of hope, perseverance and positivity at charity fundraisers, corporate events, school assemblies and hospital rooms. In order to be inspired by these presenters and collaborate with fellow TEDxers at the event of the year, get your tickets before they sell out at http://www.tedxmilehigh2012.eventbrite.com. In the meantime, we invite you to connect with the TEDxMileHigh community on Facebook and Twitter. These are the two spots where you will get insider info first and rare behind-the-scenes glimpses. We look forward to seeing you on June 2nd!