TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 finalizes lineup of speakers

Oct 18, 2017

There will be plenty of ideas worth sharing at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017

The final three speakers have been announced, filling out the lineup of presentations scheduled for the event scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School's Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.

The three speakers announced this week are:

  • Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut
  • Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach
  • Mark Perez, Jackson High School student

“I think people will find the mix of subjects and viewpoints shared by all the speakers to be worth their Saturday afternoon,” Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey said.

“Three amazing high-school students, a former astronaut, high profile leaders from the community, a gardener, a kite flyer and more will be stepping onto the TEDx red circle to share some amazing stories.”

The full list includes:

  • Richard Yonck, futurist and author
  • Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog
  • Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student
  • Nic O'Neill, executive director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

There will be three ways to view and participate in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.

“The speakers will be on stage for the audience at Kamiak High School,” Harvey said. “There will also be 10 community sites across Snohomish and Island counties where attendees can gather and view the livestream video of the speakers from Kamiak.”

The community sites include nine libraries; Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish, and the GenCare living facility in Granite Falls.

Reservations for seats at Kamiak and the community viewing sites must be made online starting Oct. 15. When registration opens, a link will be available at sno-isle.org/tedx. Admission is free.

And the third way to view and participate is online.

This year, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet.

During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using.

Participants may also use Glisser to post comments to others on the Glisser event and submit questions for speakers and event organizers for possible responses following the event.

Also new this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak.

“In the first two years of this event, attendees wanting to interact with the speakers was one of the most frequent requests,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. “This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.”

Sno-Isle Libraries also will showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the “IdeaLab.”

Through six informational stations with library staff, attendees will be able to get a library card, match their interests with a next book to read, learn more about business-related services, get technical with STEM programming, see how kindergarten-readiness programs increase success and register to vote and other civic-engagement opportunities.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

“Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

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