2016: Transformations

Our 2016 theme: Transformations. Movement and change. Conversion and shift. Our 17 presenters and two guest artists explored that. Our goal: to infuse our audiences with the wonders of metamorphosis. Check out our photos from the event.

Speakers

Select a speaker below to learn more about them and view their talk.

Andre Feriante

Andre Feriante

Andre Feriante

Flamenco Guitarist, Poet

Andre's career path was set at 13, when he first heard the flamenco guitar. He mastered the art and has blended it with classical and Brazilian styles. He has studied with Andres Segovia in Madrid, given a private performance at Carnegie Hall, and performed the National Anthem at a Seattle Sounders game. This concert performer has also released 14 albums. Andre is artistic director of Leavenworth's Guitar Euphoria Festival.

The Power of Music to Heal, Transform and Inspire

Andrew Ballard

Andrew Ballard

Andrew Ballard

Growth Strategist

Andrew loves helping clients understand why listening to the voice of the customer is just as important as delivering great goods, products or services. He and his wife, Sandra Ballard, launched Marketing Solutions, a research-based growth strategies company, in 1997 and have clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Andrew is author of "Your Opinion Doesn't Matter."

The Formula for Breakthrough Growth

Betty Smith

Betty Smith

Betty Smith

Aerospace Engineer, Advocate

Betty is a lifelong learner with an insatiable curiosity for the sciences and neurosciences. Now a senior systems engineer in aerospace for Boeing, Betty has 38 years of management and leadership in a range of projects, including weapons design and ways to improve soldier survival on the battlefield.

What do Dark Matter & Women Have in Common? More than you Know

Bridget Foley

Bridget Foley

Bridget Foley

Author

Bridget worked as an actor and screenwriter before becoming a novelist. Her debut novel Hugo & Rose was published by Saint Martins Press in 2015. She lives in Bellevue and is proud to be a member of the Seattle7Writers.

Principles of Flight

Darcy Ottey

Darcy Ottey

Darcy Ottey

Bridge-builder, Gift-unleasher

Darcy spent her college years studying anthropology and sociology to develop an understanding of culture and social change theory. She has dedicated her life to helping young people open the door to deeper self-discovery and claim their gifts, skills and strengths. Darcy  was executive director of Journeys, an organization based in suburban Seattle, and more recently helped struggling Hawaiian teens through a gardening-based therapeutic program.

Tying the Threads of the Past to the Future

Dawn Shaw

Dawn Shaw

Dawn Shaw

Author, Speaker

Dawn is a public speaker and the author of a memoir, a web series and a blog in which she shares her unique experiences with adversity and advice on overcoming it. Her latest book is "Facial Shift." Dawn knows all about Icelandic horses, having spent years breeding, training and selling the beautiful animals. She owns Lone Cedar Icelandic Horses in Grapeview, Wash.

Beauty Is an Inside Job

Ed Castro

Ed Castro

Ed Castro

Musician, Educator

Ed often heard the phrase "innovation through imitation" as a young musician, and the concept has defined his career. A founding member of the Mosaic Brass Quintet, he is both a freelance musician and a teacher at Soundview School. Ed is also a lecturer and affiliated artist at Pacific Lutheran University, where he performs with the Lyric Brass Quintet.

Getting Past Our Walls: Finding Innovation Through Imitation

Ivette Bayo Urban

Ivette Bayo Urban

Ivette Bayo Urban

Doctoral Candidate, Educator

Ivette is interested in how we teach with, and about, technology —especially as it relates to information equity, interdisciplinary learning, diversity and inclusion. She advocates for the role libraries play in supporting literacy and providing access to information for all. A doctoral candidate at the University of Washington, Ivette is a former middle school teacher from Miami.

We Are Our Stories: Is Technology Rewriting Our Values?

Jeff Lynass

Jeff Lynass

Jeff Lynass

Adviser, Educator

Jeff excels at helping kids to reach their potential and find their passion for learning. He has taught and coached children from middle to senior high school for 21 years at Lake Stevens School District. He advises two robotics clubs and has been an event partner for the Western Washington State VEX Robotics competition for three years.

Robotic Competition, The Genius is in the Game

Karla Hawley

Karla Hawley

Karla Hawley

Music Therapist, Overcomer

Karla seeks solitude in wilderness and playfulness in people's smiles.  She uses music therapy to build communities within assisted living and memory care facilities, and to treat people who have suffered from trauma. Karla directs music therapy services for the Snohomish County Music Project, working with families and intimate community circles of youth who are at risk, in legal trouble or on the streets.

Trauma and Music Therapy: Let the Healing Begin

Kevin Bowcutt

Kevin Bowcutt

Kevin Bowcutt

Hypersonics Scientist

Kevin has been on the leading edge of aerospace science for the last three decades, whether leading classes of advanced engineering students or scientists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and member of the National Academy of Engineering. Highlights of his 30-year career include leading the team that designed reusable space launch vehicles with the National Aerospace Plane program and investigating the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Kevin is now at Boeing Research & Technology.

Routine Hypersonic Flight: The Final Frontier of AeronauticsE

Matt Poischbeg

Matt Poischbeg

Matt Poischbeg

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, VP

Matt believes that much of his success in life stems from life and technical skills acquired as an at-risk teenager in Germany. When he came to the Pacific Northwest as a young man, he parlayed those skills to move up from his mail room internship at Sea-Dog Corporation and now serves as vice president and general manager for sister company Sea-Lect Plastics.

Apprenticeship Career Paths Are Critical for Young People

Rachel Maxwell

Rachel Maxwell

Rachel Maxwell

CEO, Adviser, Value-creator

Rachel's driving motivation is to put some love into finance. She co-founded Community Sourced Capital, which Entrepreneur Magazine listed among its Brilliant 100 companies to watch in 2015. Prior to cofounding the company, Rachel was Deputy Director of Renewable Energy & International Law, an organization bringing together select international leaders to create clean energy and climate policy solutions.

Creating Value Together

Radhika Dalal

Radhika Dalal

Radhika Dalal

Student, TEDxYouth organizer

Radhika is a senior at Kamiak High School. As a first-generation American, she takes pride in her Indian heritage. She is an intern at the Institute for Systems Biology and aims to pursue a career in science. Radhika is also a licensee for TEDxYouth@KHS, an upcoming school event that will focus on Kairos, or "topics of the age."

How Technology is Changing the Dream

Rilee Louangphakdy

Rilee Louangphakdy

Rilee Louangphakdy

College student, storyteller

Rilee is committed to helping and motivating others to emerge from their teen years transformed by their experiences. He has shared his stories of personal loss and gain in a commencement speech, at the 2015 YMCA Minority Achievers Program banquet, and to students at the Marysville Getchell High School International School of Communications. Rilee is a Marysville Getchell 2015 graduate and Everett Community College sophomore.

Sonder: Discovering Vivid Stories Around Us

Robert Hoyt

Robert Hoyt

Robert Hoyt

Aerospace Technologist, CEO

Rob loves overcoming the big technical hurdles that we face on our way to becoming a spacefaring civilization. He co-founded Tethers Unlimited Inc. in 1994, and built it into a research and development firm for space and defense. He is now building a spin-off, Firmamentum, to commercialize in-space manufacturing. Rob has won more grants from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program than any other researcher.

The Future of Space: Off-World Manufacturing

Seconde Nimenya

Seconde Nimenya

Seconde Nimenya

Author, Diversity Leader

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.

We Are Not All That Different: Race and Culture Identity

Sriharshita

Sriharshita "Harshu" Musunuri

Sriharshita "Harshu" Musunuri

Student, Inventor, Scientist

Harshu conducts research in thermoelectrics and has earned national recognition for her studies and invention. She was an intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is curriculum director of the non-profit Girls Rock in Science and Math. She is a 2016 Davidson Fellow Laureate, junior at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and student researcher in a University of Washington chemical engineering lab.

Channeling Your Inner Renaissance

Xola Malik

Xola Malik

Xola Malik

Author, Actor, Musician

Xola, performer and philanthropist, released six critically acclaimed albums as Kid Sensation. Under his own name, he released Songs for Change. He uses art to tell stories of life and love without profanity and negativity.

I Fall, I Rise

John Aitchison

John Aitchison

John Aitchison

Professor, Chief Scientific Officer

The power of collaborative research and interdisciplinary research can transform the way science explores biological systems in their entirety to predict new behaviors and outcomes.

John Aitchison, Ph.D., is a professor at the Institute for Systems Biology and a professor and chief scientific officer for the Center for Infectious Disease Research.

A Transformation of Science?

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries Salon

Think of it as a taste of TEDx. On May 10, Edmonds Community College, Sno-Isle Libraries, Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, and The Daily Herald served up "Shift Happens: Creating New Futures." The event was held at Black Box Theatre in Mukilteo Hall at Edmonds CC, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. It was free and open to the public.

The program was a TEDx Salon event, an extension of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016.

"TEDx Salons are bite-sized TEDx events" said Ken Harvey, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries organizer and communications director for the library district. "The audience and speakers can have a closer interaction. Attendees are invited to discuss speakers' ideas and experience a cohesive community of thinkers."

On stage at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries Salon

Watch: TEDxSnoIsleLibraries Salon - Shift Happens: Creating New Futures

Art

The Snohomish County Arts Commission partnered with Sno-Isle Libraries by selecting and commissioning artists to develop interactive artwork for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

In 2016, the centerpiece of the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries IdeaLab in 2016 was "Flower Tower," an interactive artwork by Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks of Edmonds.

The tower of metal and light honors the event theme, Transformation, as participants move crystals and prisms to change the artwork's appearance.

"We never seem to tire at the awe of a rainbow or marvel at the cast of our own shadow," says Mona. "‘Flower Tower' allows people to insert their own imagination into the color, shading, and cast of the piece." Mona developed the sculpture to have minimum waste. The steel flowers are repurposed from a previous installation and the colored rods will be reused.

Mona is a Northwest native making monotype prints, acrylic canvases, and most anything that can pose an artistic challenge. Inspired by Puget Sound, the rushing waters and the fragrant Douglas firs, her work reflects patterns, colors and endangered species.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 Featured Artist, Mona Fairbanks

Watch: TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 Featured Artist - Mona Fairbanks

Partners

Organizations that partner with TEDxSnoIsleLibraries help transform communities and the marketplace through the power of ideas.

Their contributions cover the cost of staging a world-class event, allowing us to offer free admission. Please let these organizations know you appreciate their support of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation

Fiscal agent and founding partner

The Daily Herald
Anderson Hunter Law
Alaska Airlines
United Way of Snohomish County
Community Transit
Economic Alliance of Snohomish County
Leadership Snohomish County
Crosscut
City of Edmonds
Edmonds Downtown Alliance
Everett Community College - Corporate & Continuing Education Center
Heritage Bank
Innovative - Polaris
University of Washington Bothell
Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
City of Edmonds
Snohomish County PUD
Snohomish Health District
KSER
Overdrive
Washington Energy Services
Whidbey Coffee
Whole Foods Market
First Washington
Starbucks
PhotoTainment
Greenroom Decor