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Theme: Degrees of Impact

This event occurred on
June 23, 2013
10:00am - 6:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Seattle, WA
United States

TEDxSeattle brings together industry luminaries across the disciplines of: Technology, Business, Education, Health and Music to create an insightful event aimed at sparking deep discussions and personal connections among an intimate group. TEDxSeattle shines a global spotlight on how the people we meet day-in & day-out are making a difference in Seattle, the nation and around the world.

Seattle Chldren's Theatre
201 Thomas Street
Seattle, WA, 98109
United States
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Dr. Brad Lichtenstein

Dr. Brad Lichtenstein believes in the healing power of breath to treat a myriad of human ailments, from physical manifestations to psychological disorders. As a naturopathic physician in private practice and a professor at Bastyr University for nearly two decades, Dr. Brad has helped people actualize the lives they want to live. His practice focuses in Mind/Body Medicine, specializing in Clinical Biofeedback, Psychotherapy, chronic illness and end of life care. Dr. Brad is recognized as an industry thought-leader, and has been published in several medical publications and journals, having built a reputation in the medical community as The Breath Guru.

Brian Heather

Brian Heather is the president and founder of SolTerra Systems, an award winning firm that specializes in building integrated green technology and development. Brian founded SolTerra Systems in 2008 and managed the company to double digit growth each of the last 4 years. Brian has been actively involved with research regarding solar, green roofs and living walls and was recently named one of Puget Sound Business Journal's top 40 under 40.

Cheryl Stumbo

Cheryl Stumbo was critically injured when a man shot her and her co-workers, killing one, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. She hopes greater visibility of survivors and victims of gun violence will accelerate social/political change towards more-responsible gun ownership in our country and in our state, making us all safer and thus free. Cheryl is dedicated to finding pragmatic middle ground on the issue of gun control. She will speak about her personal experiences of being shot, recovering physically and emotionally, trying to reclaim her previous life, why she decided to dedicate herself to gun-control advocacy, and what she believes needs to happen next.

Daemond Arrindell

Daemond Arrindell is a Teaching artist, Workshop facilitator, community organizer, and wants to be a poet when he grows up. Producer and curator of the longest running weekly show in Seattle - the Seattle Poetry Slam; 8-time coach of the Seattle National Slam Team; faculty member of the Freehold Theatre, Writer-in-Residence with SAL’s Writers in the Schools and facilitates residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex and Echo Glen Children's Center.

Eric Stowe

Eric Stowe believes that every child has a right to clean water—and he has built an innovative, scalable approach to act on that belief. Since founding Splash in 2006, Stowe has developed a highly effective model to ensure safe water for urban children living at the intersection of these two streets: 'greatest degrees of poverty' and 'worst water quality conditions.' Leveraging world-class water purification technology, sustainable monitoring and maintenance, excellent people, and a rigorous commitment to transparency, Splash will soon announce that every orphanage in China has safe drinking water. Stowe's team will then demonstrate how they are customizing their approach for 15 more countries in Asia and East Africa. Stowe is a 2012 AmericanExpress NGen Fellow, 2012 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and a Puget Sound Business Journal '40 Under 40' honoree.

Greg Gottesman

Greg Gottesman is a Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group, a leading venture capital firm based in Seattle. Greg currently serves on the boards of 10 private companies, as a board member of Startup Weekend and the W Fund, and as President of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association. He founded, the Web's largest dog sitting marketplace, and teaches Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. When not spending time helping to build startups or trying to be a good father to three children, Greg regularly injures himself playing non-contact sports.

Dr. Jim Olson

Dr. Jim Olson is an internationally recognized thought leader in cancer drug discovery. He and his team invented Tumor Paint, a scorpion toxin based drug that makes cancer cells light up so that surgeons can distinguish cancer from normal tissue while operating. They also invented a way to test multiple different chemotherapy drugs in a patient's tumor to prioritize the best drugs or combinations and eliminate ineffective drugs. He cares for children with brain cancer, leads an innovative lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and founded two biotechnology companies - Blaze Bioscience and Presage Biosciences.

John SanGiovanni

John SanGiovanni is cofounder of Zumobi, a mobile technology company that powers apps for major media companies like NBC News, Popular Science, and Motor Trend, as well as integrated brand experiences for American Express, Xbox, Starbucks, and others. Prior to starting Zumobi, John was a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Research, an educator for Knowledge Universe, and an entertainer for the Walt Disney Company.

Kelly Bloom, Ph.D.

Kelly Bloom has been described as insightful, spiritual, and mindful. She has a unique ability to motivate and engage students as they become aware of the impact they can make on society. Kelly is a faculty member in the Department of Health & Human Performance at Middle Tennessee University.

Kyle Kesterson

Kyle Kesterson - Startup Junkie. Drop-out. Miracle worker. Brilliantly sarcastic. Kyle has been a lot of things, but it's been his dedication to never stop creating, and especially co-creating, that has catapulted him to the cutting edge of the Seattle design and entrepreneur communities.

Lisa Weeks

Lisa Weeks is a cyborg composite of 18 years marketing experience in the retail/entertainment/digital media industries. She is currently the marketing director for Filter, a creative agency providing digital marketing solutions, consulting and staffing services with the largest network of top digital talent on the West Coast. Prior to joining Filter, Lisa has worked with Nordstrom, Lucas Arts, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Disney, Mattel and Microsoft. She enthusiastically applies her own “relatively weird” approach to the creative industries, combining her personal interests of digital/gaming/technology with her professional experience of creative marketing/design and sales. Lisa’s award-winning product development, merchandising and costume design work have been featured in Vogue, Lucky, InStyle, and NewType magazines. Of her many accomplishments, being named “Geek of the Week” in June 2011 by GeekWire may be one of her favorites.

Matika Wilbur

Matika Wilbur, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading photographers, has exhibited extensively in regional, national, and international venues such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, The Tacoma Art Museum, the Royal British Columbia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts in France. She studied photography at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Montana and received a bachelor’s degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in California. Her work led her to becoming a certified teacher at Tulalip Heritage High School, providing inspiration for the youth of her own indigenous community. Matika, a Native American woman of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes (Washington), is unique as an artist and social documentarian in Indian Country.

Matt Chan

Matt has been telling stories in television for nearly 40 years and has established himself as a leader in non-fiction television. He built Screaming Flea Productions over the past 13 years and was named to the Hollywood Reports Reality Power list in 2011. Matt is the creator of the hit series HOARDERS.

Nick Berry

Nick was born and educated in the UK, graduating with a degree in rocket science and aircraft engineering. For the last thirty years, Nick has worked in IT specializing in data mining and analytics. He is currently employed by Facebook as Data Scientist, and before that had spent 14 years at Microsoft.

Philip Parker, Ph.D.

Philip Parker is known for his pioneering work on using computer algorithms to author books, videos, and games, especially in the field of education, across underserved topics and languages. He is the INSEAD Chair Professor of Management Science, and has recently been involved in projects supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to bring impactful agricultural knowledge to the world’s poorest communities, in their local languages, via radio, mobile phone networks, call centers and field extension workers.

Dr. Quinton Morris

Concert violinist, university professor and community mentor Dr. Quinton Morris has performed recitals and conducted student master classes around the world to aspiring young musicians. He is dedicated to assisting young people with shaping their artistic careers to become powerful leaders in their respective communities.

Vicki Robin

Vicki Robin, a prolific social innovator, writer and speaker, is coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence - and the upcoming book, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us; what eating closer to home taught me about food, community and our place on earth (Viking/Penguin 2014) about how her experiment in 10-mile eating not only changed how she ate, but also renewed her hope and rooted her in her community. Vicki has helped launch many sustainability initiatives including: The New Road Map Foundation, The Conversation Cafes, Sustainable Seattle, Transition Whidbey and more. For fun, Vicki is a comedy improv actress, appearing frequently with her troupe, Comedy Island.

Yoli Chisholm

Yoli Chisholm is a passionate builder whether it has been helping technology companies like Microsoft build and market new businesses or eBay grow in a new market or startups like and deliver new technology she is has been a veteran product developer and marketer always driven by the belief that technology can be a great equalizer. An immigrant originally from South Africa descended from a long line of freedom fighters she brings a point of view to life and business that is rooted in a curiosity and respect for our technological and personal evolutionary journey - past, present and future.

Zachary Cohn

Zac loves making things happen, organizing people and communities, and solving problems that matter. By night he is Vice-chair of the Board at Parkour Visions, a 501(c)3 parkour organization in Seattle. By day, he is a partner at LIFFFT where he builds products and helps large companies think more like startups.

Organizing team


Seattle, WA, United States


Sammamish, WA, United States
  • Kartik Rishi
  • Carly Slater
  • Christie Youde
    Project Manager
  • Matt Longman
    Social Media
  • Richard Tso
    Media & Creative
  • Alex Diaz
    Marketing & Sponsorship
  • Jim Hayden
  • Jay Winzler
  • Chris Monsos
    Stage Management
  • Ben Gilbert
    Event Management
  • Jeffrey Lageson
    Event Management
  • Hannah Clark
    Audience Curation
  • Tami Fujii
  • Michelle Thomas
  • Catharine Gately
    Speaker Coach
  • Ian Lindsay
    Speaker Coach
  • Julie Francavilla
    Speaker Coach
  • Tenny Priebe
    Team Member