May 9 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries Event Cancelled

The decision has been made to cancel the in-person TEDxSnoIsleLibraries May 9 event at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, due to the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic. This means there will be no physical event this year. Event organizers and speakers are exploring options for a virtual event or posting individual TEDx talks later in the year.

Stay tuned for details. Until then, you can continue to enjoy ideas from past TEDxSnoIsleLibraries talks and podcast interviews with some of our past speakers.

Past Speakers

We invite you to look back at just some of the ideas shared during past TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events. We've had 53 past speakers share ideas. Those ideas have been seen by over 3.6 million viewers in over 19 countries.

Kathy Coffey

Kathy Coffey

Kathy Coffey

Connect and lead, how we create community

How can we build community? Where do we begin? Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County, has found community in places as conventional as a church and as unorthodox as a mafia bar. She leverages her experiences of profound loss at an early age to illustrate how we must all decide if we will choose to search for and cultivate a vibrant and connected community. Coffey calls us to work to change how we all think about, build, and live in communities that are deeply connected and fulfilling.

Xola Malik

Xola Malik

Xola Malik

I Fall, I Rise

Faith-based urban music producer, Xola Malik, delights the TEDx crowd and communicates that the old sticks and stones adage that "words will never hurt me" is untrue. Instead, Xola performs "I Fall, I Rise" and "Pass the Microphone."

Andrew Ballard

Andrew Ballard

Andrew Ballard

The Formula for Breakthrough Growth

Growth strategist Andrew Ballard has worked with and been involved in the success of Fortune 500 clients for more than two decades. His talk is built on the belief that personal and professional breakthroughs can be achieved through the application of a simple formula.

Catherine McHugh

Catherine McHugh

Catherine McHugh

The Resiliency of Shame

Catherine weaves her business and leadership experience with insight to help people and organizations achieve their potential. Her expertise is in emotional resilience and social intelligence; group and organization dynamics; and transformational leadership. She teaches at the college, graduate, and professional development levels.

Sargun Handa

Sargun Handa

Sargun Handa

Be a voice, not an echo

High school junior Sargun Handa asks the questions, "How much of a difference can one act make?" "Can one smile change a perspective forever?" Stricken with a chronic illness as a child and grief over the suicide of a classmate, Sargun has found rich meaning and a sense of community through volunteering.

Bill Bernat

Bill Bernat

Bill Bernat

How to connect with depressed friends

"I love learning about people and their inner worlds. I work in technology marketing and I enjoy what I do. I meditate badly, but consistently. Creativity is another key wellness activity for me. I'm a mental-health awareness advocate and share positive messages about life as a comedian, storyteller, playwright, actor and speaker. I live well with bipolar condition most of the time and I've overcome a few things such as overeating, addiction (nine years clean) and social anxiety. My greatest joy is watching people who are struggling emotionally find ways to beat personal demons and get glimpses of inner peace."

Dhruvik Parikh

Dhruvik Parikh

Dhruvik Parikh

Freedom from fossil fuels is closer than you think

"As a high-schooler, education obviously plays a major role in my everyday life, but to me, its value goes beyond the time I spend in the classroom. I believe that education is the key to unlocking one's true potential, and so I have used a variety of platforms such as online courses and independent learning to complement my school work. Not only is education important for us to gain the skills to succeed in life and in the workforce, but it allows us to push the limits of human society. Whether it is adding to the body of human knowledge or solving societal issues, education is crucial for progress."

Terry Thoren

Terry Thoren

Terry Thoren

Building social skills in children through animation

Terry is chief executive officer of Wonder Media, a mission-driven company that produces multimedia content for any child at risk of falling behind before third grade. It is the latest in a long list of film, Web, software and animation companies that he founded and/or directed, all focused on family-friendly entertainment or educational materials.

Sarri Gilman

Sarri Gilman

Sarri Gilman

Good boundaries free you

Sarri is author of "Transform Your Boundaries," which she based on insights gleaned from decades of experience as a marriage and family therapist. She is the founder of two organizations that support the needs of children and teens facing homelessness. In both, she created partnerships and unique programs to increase the chances of success for youth in overwhelming circumstances.

Seconde Nimenya

Seconde Nimenya

Seconde Nimenya

We Are Not All That Different: Race and Culture Identity

Seconde travels the world sharing a message of tolerance and peace, working to bridge the gaps between multicultural communities, and urging others to use the adversity in life to become better people. She advocates for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and education system. Seconde is author of "Evolving Through Adversity." Her second book, "A Hand To Hold," is a novel of love and redemption.

Bridget Foley

Bridget Foley

Bridget Foley

Principles of Flight

Experience a journey of metamorphosis for someone with a life-altering diagnosis. This dramatization is for anyone who wonders what it might take to one day rise up and fly.

Jeff Ericson

Jeff Ericson

Jeff Ericson

Future of social enterprise

Coffee Roaster and Businessman, Jeff Ericson, discusses how social enterprises create sustainable connections between raw producers, business, non-profits and consumers.

Quantum Connections

What does the theme Quantum Connections mean? It was selected to evoke wonder, encourage stopping and reconsidering the world within and around us, and to promote deeper thinking about things we take for granted or perhaps never actually considered at all. The event will invite us to explore ideas or concepts around causality and chaos, the relationships and connections around and within us, reframing the connections between some and all things including the seen and unseen, synchronicities and symbiotics of our macro- and micro-realities.

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 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event, TED Talks 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.

Learn more about the TEDx program.