Oct 14th 2023 – Limited tickets are on sale NOW
Wagner Performing Arts Center, 639 W Main St,
Monroe, WA 98272, USA
10am – 5pm
We are targeting tight talks and are limiting them to 9 minutes. Speaker applications are closed for 2023.
TEDx events are nonprofits run by fabulous people just like you who volunteer to help make them happen. We still need volunteers, please fill out our form.
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TEDxWoodinville is a one-day event on Oct 14th, 2023. Speakers will share ideas worth spreading through short, powerful talks. Our Theme is “To The Point”.
TEDxWoodinville, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, aims to be a catalyst for spreading ideas that change our world. We are an all-volunteer-run organization funded by local companies, organizations, sponsors, and individual donors.
Be an individual donor and make our event possible!
What is TED and TEDx
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities.
TEDx events include live speakers and recorded TED Talks, and are organized independently under a free license granted by TED. These events are not controlled by TED, but event organizers agree to abide by our format, and are offered guidelines for curation, speaker coaching, event organizing and more. They learn from us and from each other. More than 3000 events are now held annually.
Meet Our Team
Tanja Diamond Organizer
Tanja Diamond is an autistic polymath, Business and Life Strategist, Tantra Lineage Holder. Her 45 years of unique worldwide education, extensive knowledge in thousands of subjects, and certifications in hundreds of modalities make her the go-to for everyone who needs solutions and results quickly.
Her visionary work in healing and optimizing the nervous system boasts a 99% success rate in transforming trauma and unwanted behaviors. She has helped over 82K people and 22K animals in 60 countries.
Tanja is a TEDx Speaker, TEDx Organizer, five-time #1 international best-selling author, international speaker.
Kathy James is a highly regarded Trauma and Mental Health Public Speaker and Corporate Leader with 16+ years of experience in training and development. Her inspiring TEDx talk, “Zooming In to Make a Difference,” combines corporate leadership expertise with her personal journey of overcoming mental illness. Kathy empowers audiences across corporations, associations, schools, and colleges, raising awareness about Mental and Emotional Health. Her resilience in breaking free from addiction, alcoholism, violence, and financial instability informs her impactful insights. Vulnerable and empathetic, Kathy has been featured in renowned publications like Community Now Magazine and Marketing Champions and was nominated for CIGAR PEGs Virtual Speaker Hall of Fame 2023.
Social Media Manager
Monica Parkin is the author of the bestselling book “Overcoming Awkward, an Introvert’s Guide to Networking, Marketing, and Sales,” and an award-winning International speaker who will soon be hitting the TEDx stage in Denver, Colorado.
She’s also a speaking coach for women entrepreneurs and executives and the host of the popular podcast, “Juggling Without Balls,” where she fearlessly delves into the intricacies of life, work, and personal growth. With a blend of humor, insight, and genuine compassion, Monica explores the art of balancing multiple aspects of our lives without losing who we are.
As a Washingtonian transplant from Texas, Miranda has been honing her creative marketing skills in graphic design, specifically in brand and marketing content, for over a decade. Her freelancing career began with small business logos and took off from there. She’s passionate about taking client ideas that they have difficulty translating and bringing them to life. Her vast portfolio includes small business branding, marketing materials, merchandise items, custom signs, and tattoo designs.
Professor Pete Alexander
Professor Pete Alexander is the President of the greatest interior landscaping company in the San Francisco Bay Area – Office Plants by Everything Grows. In addition, he serves as an adjunct college professor, where he helps inspire students to develop and apply key marketing concepts specifically to their area of interest. He’s also a professional speaker and best-selling author on reducing stress daily. Last, but certainly, not least, he is a certified Laughter Yoga leader and improv comedy cast member, supporting his community to laugh more and stress less.
Known as The International Conversation Coach, Jackie inspires clients to break their silence and become victorious over trauma. She is the founder and executive director of The Speak Feed Lead Project, empowering hundreds of children, teens, and adults with confident, courageous voices shared on global stages.
Jackie is a 2015 semi-finalist in The World Championship of Public Speaking and a best-selling author of four books on topics ranging from leadership, healing, communication, and parenting. She is co-host of Life Mastery Radio with Todd & Jackie, and an award-winning team-builder, educator, leader, and coach.
Frank King, Suicide Prevention Speaker and Comedian, a writer for The Tonight Show for 20 years, a full-time speaker and comedian for 37.
He’s worked with Jeff Foxworthy, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jon Stewart.
He’s fought a lifetime battle with Depression and Chronic Suicidality, turning that long dark journey of the soul into 11 TEDx Talks, one SPEAK Event, and sharing his lifesaving insights on Mental Health with associations.
He’s survived 2 aortic valve replacements, a double bypass, a heart attack, 3 stents, losing to a puppet on the Original Star Search, and lived to joke about all of it.
Will McPherson is a TEDx speaker, podcaster and Account Manager. Will’s sales and marketing commercial acumen includes 20 years active in technology market marketing and selling Cisco gear, education and professional services linked to Cisco’s Smart and Connected Communities. Will has achieved a recent Master of Planning in Civic Urbanism degree from Rollins College, Winter Park Florida, GPA 3.72, with hundreds of hours researching, designing and evangelizing walkable, human-scale communities. Expertise includes Economics of Urbanism, Land Use Law, Transportation & Place, Land Analysis, Planning Theory and Civic Implementation. Will McPherson’s recent TEDx talk focused on walkable communities and their human connection benefits.
Bradley spent 7 years in management in the Transportation industry before leaving his career in search of a more fulfilling and challenging position. He returned to school and finished his degree in Philosophy, stocking his passion for truth and learning. He found that at his current position as a Speaker Coach and Account Manager at Thought-Leader, a company that helps clients land, deliver, and leverage TEDx Talks. He is also the founder of Atreemovement a non-profit organization that helps reconnect people to the natural world.
I’m a third year at Western Washington University, studying archaeology. I’m a published author and aspiring museum curator. I’m very excited to work with the speakers at the event to make this a great experience!
Prerna is a dynamic Product Manager with experience working in Azure and AWS, specializing in cloud migrations and modernization. Her journey reflects an entrepreneurial spirit, co-founding a startup focused on loss prevention during her studies, showcasing her passion for leveraging technology to create meaningful solutions. Beyond her professional endeavors, she is the Founder of Mission Chai, an NGO dedicated to bringing smiles and support to cancer patients across various Indian cities. Prerna’s passion for learning about the human mind, motivation, and meditation drives her, aligning with her deep-rooted commitment to meaningful social contributions and making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Dr. Waleed Ammar is an artist, educator, engineer, research scientist, author and business owner, fighting elitism and income inequality as Founder of Holistic Intelligence for Global Good.
(higg). Before founding higg, Waleed was a senior research scientist at Google, where he helped develop transformer-based models for generating DNA sequences based on PacBio long-reads, significantly reducing variant-calling errors [Nature Biotech’22].
He also helped develop task-oriented dialog systems which are more robust to disfluencies, code-switching and user revisions [arXiv’23].Prior to joining Google, Waleed led the Semantic Scholar research team’s efforts to develop ML-based methods to facilitate access to the literature [e.g., NAACL 19], build a knowledge graph of the scientific literature [NAACL’18], and use this wealth of information to identify systemic social problems in science [JAMA’19]. He also led the product team for the Semantic Scholar APIs in 2023. Waleed occasionally teaches courses at UW linguistics and UW Computer Science as a visiting lecturer. In 2016, Waleed earned his Ph.D. Degree in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University. Before pursuing the Ph.D., Waleed was a Microsoft Research research engineer and a Space Technologies web developer.
Nora Neff Hardy
I have over 52 years of yoga experience, which has taught me to value acts of service, and I am always willing to help whoever needs something. I have mentored and coached people of all ages with therapeutic yoga, swimming, parenting, and advocating for them in their healthcare, emotional, and legal needs. My education includes Child and Family Development, Carpentry, Home Inspections, Yoga, and Natural Health Professional.
Nicole Chen is a freshmen direct Informatics Student at the University of Washington with interests in data science, ethics, and event planning. As the president of TEDxYouth@SahaleeRoad, the largest student-organized TEDx talk in the PNW with over 55K views on the TEDx website, she is excited to help bring the TEDx experience to the local community. In her free time she likes to play the violin and dance.
Let’s get those questions answered!
Is TEDxWoodinville an all-volunteer organization?
Yes! It’s a TED rule. Everyone listed as our TEAM is a volunteer.
Do you pay your speakers or performers to appear on stage?
We never pay our speakers or performers – this is another TED rule
How much does it costs to attend the event?
The standard cost to attend is $35 but registration doesn’t cover our expenses.
Where does the rest of the money come from to put on your event?
We have generous Sponsors/Partners and donations who contribute money and/or goods and services to support our event.
Are partners who support the organization allowed to be on stage?
Per TED rules no. Partners/Sponsors aren’t allowed to be on stage, and may not influence the program’s content.
How are speakers selected to be part of each year’s program?
We’ll review hundreds of potential candidates to select the 20 speakers for our program.
The most crucial factor is whether they have an Idea Worth Spreading to share with our audience and the world.
Is there an age limit for attending TEDxWoodinville?
There is no strict age limit, but the content is most appropriate for high school students and above. Please review the speaker’s topics to make an informed decision.
Are there topics that you don’t allow on the TEDxWoodinville stage?
We don’t feature topics that advocate political or religious agendas, nor do we allow hate speech.
So how can I become a TEDxWoodinville team member?
Complete our form on our website if you want to but open positions are limited.
So how can I become a partner, sponsor, or donate to TEDxWoodinville?
Complete the form on our website to we’re happy to discuss options.