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Theme: Unconventional Leadership

This event occurred on
February 10, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Seattle, WA
United States

Seattle University is excited to host the 2nd TEDx 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 in the community.

As an institution that seeks to develop responsible leaders committed to the common good, Seattle University invited some of the most interesting and innovative leaders in the Northwest to share their successes as an “Unconventional Leader,” this year’s theme.

TEDxSeattleU is an opportunity to experience some extraordinary voices in our community, dynamic people with a unique story, and a burst of inspiration to stimulate the intellect.

Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue Box 222000
Seattle, WA, 98122
United States
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Sharelle Klaus

Founder & CEO, DRY Soda. <BR><BR> Without any background or previous experience in the beverage industry, Sharelle Klaus set out to revolutionize the way Americans drink soda. Since starting DRY Soda, Klaus has been recognized for her innovative leadership, challenging the high fructose status quo and creating flavors that are un-traditional as they are delicious.

Anne Levinson

Former Judge, Former Deputy Mayor, Former Co-Owner of the Seattle Storm. <BR><BR> Anne Levinson was one of Washington’s first LGBTQ public officials. Through her public service, she has led efforts to create Seattle’s first self-managed transitional housing and to found one of the country’s first mental health courts. Levinson’s leadership is marked by passion, civic engagement and tenacity.

Eric Robison

Real Estate Agent & Fashion Producer. <BR><BR> From accounting, to fashion, and real estate, Eric Robison has maintained a reputation as “the guy who could make magic happen”. Having lived and travelled around the world, Robison has created a career out of successful self-reinvention. Today, he is an award winning Real Estate agent, recognized for his leadership in the community.

Krystle Cobian

Higher Education Professional, University of Puget Sound, SU Alumna. <BR><BR> As a graduate of Seattle University’s Student Development Administration program, Krystle Cobian works to address issues of access to higher education and encourages college students to explore their own identities and to make an impact in the world. As a leader, Cobian enjoys ideas, dreaming big, and building community wherever she goes.

Phyllis Fletcher

Editor, KUOW Public Radio. <BR><BR> Phyllis Fletcher’s career in radio began with a revelation, “why not work at KUOW, where she probably wouldn’t need free pop to be happy?” Since then, Fletcher has won a number of awards for her work at the Seattle-based station. Making decisions based on solid information, examined feelings, and fairness shape Fletcher’s leadership as a radio news editor.

Ken Jennings

Computer Scientist, Trivia Author, 75-game Winner of Jeopardy! <BR><BR> Ken Jennings was an anonymous computer programmer in 2004 when his 75-game streak on the quiz show Jeopardy! Made him into a geek folk icon almost overnight. Today, Jennings is freelance writer who celebrates, in the words of Time magazine, “the world of triva…a place where minutiae have paradoxical grandeur and no fact is meaningless.”

Madhu Rao, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Albers School of Business & Economics, Seattle University. <BR><BR> Dr. Rao is an expert in areas of global IT management and has served as an expert commentator for both The Seattle Times as well as public television in areas related to global off shoring. He was the 2008 recipient of the Albers Professor of the Year award. Dr. Rao also an enthusiastic mountain climber.

Michelle Majors

Michelle Majors is a speaker, author and CEO of wakeUPgirl, a multi-media platform with a mission to inspire women to WAKE UP and go for their dreams. she works with young women in Middle School, High School and College to help them develop skills as leaders and agents of change. Michelle is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Educational Leadership at Seattle University where she also earned her Master's degree in Transformational Leadership.

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Seattle, WA, United States