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Theme: A Life of Purpose

This event occurred on
March 4, 2012
1:00pm - 5:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Seattle, WA
United States

Seattle University is pleased to host TEDx, an event that will bring together students, faculty and community members to share ideas worth spreading.
At TEDxSeattleU, live speakers and TEDTalks videos combine to spark deep discussion and connection.

As an institution that promotes independent critical thinkers informed by the humanities, Seattle University has invited some of Northwest’s leading thinkers and doers to reflect on the theme “A Life of Purpose” and to share what they are most passionate about.

TEDxSeattleU is an opportunity to experience some extraordinary voices in our community, dynamic people with a unique story and a fresh perspective.

Student Activities & Leadership Development
Seattle University

LeRoux Conference Center - Student Center
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98122
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Egan Orion

“Everything I Need to Know about Life I Learned from Flash Mobs” Egan Orion, local festival and national flash mob producer, discusses life, the creative process, and new definitions for success that he learned by producing over 50 flash mobs.

Kay Hirai

“Social Entrepreneurship: Creative Solutions to a Better World” Kay Hirai came to Seattle from Japan at the age of eleven not knowing a word of English. She did not let that stop her from becoming a leader in the small business world; opening her salon, Studio 904, in 1976. In 2007 Kay wrote and published “Yumi’s Life Lessons”, How to Empower Yourself and make everyday a HAPPY DAY!

Nancy Pearl

“Reading with Purpose: Why We Like the Books We Like” Nancy Pearl received her library degree in 1967 from the University of Michigan. She speaks about the pleasures of reading to libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups throughout the world and comments on books regularly on NPR's Morning Edition.

Dale Nienow

“The Power of Opening Up” Dale Nienow cultivates the leadership and change capacity needed to create healthier, more just and inclusive communities. He co-led the national Kellogg Leadership for Community Change program on behalf of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and is one of the founders of the national Community Learning Exchange.

Renee Vandermause

In addition to being a senior undergraduate, Renee Vandermause has participated in Professionals Without Borders and the Belize Immersion, which has taken her to Belize, Nicaragua, and Zambia and has inspired her to keep traveling, keep engaging, and keep telling stories in the service of others.

Kathy Adams

“Impacting Global Health Transgenerationally ” Kathy Adams works for the Family Policy Council’s Whatcom Network and is part of a state-wide team that brought the Adverse Childhood Experiences study focusing on childhood trauma and its impact on long-term chronic health outcomes.

Michael O. Harrington

“The Other America” Michael serves as the animating director of the Culture Zone, a unique community of social action and faith where regardless of where participants come from and the diverse beliefs they espouse, they come together to make a common stand.

Laura Wall

“The Reverse Lifeboat” Laura Wall is a seminary student in Seattle University’s school of Theology and Ministry, with a former life for many years in the technology sector. A near-death experience combined with a crisis in values led to her radical shift in direction.

Organizing team


Seattle, WA, United States
  • Michael Mage
    Student Activities Graduate Assistant
  • Michelle Etchart
    Director of Leadership Development
  • Stephanie Weiskopf
    Leadership Development Graduate Assistant
  • Joshua McFadden
    Student Activities Graduate Assistant
  • Cameron Martin
    Student Activities
  • Sarah Swihart
    Leadership Development
  • Matthew Taylor
    CES Representative