x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Sharing Our Future

This event occurred on
November 4, 2017
Mukilteo, Washington
United States

We're in the last few hours for registration. Seats for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are being snapped up. We're expecting an overflow crowd at our main event location on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4 at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington and some group viewing locations are no longer available.

If you are interested in joining a group to watch, please consider one of the following locations and simply call ahead to check if there is still seating available: Camano Island Library, Coupeville Library, Darrington Library, Edmonds Library, Granite Falls/GenCare, Marysville Library, and Snohomish Library. You may also join us online by watching the livestream through

We're eager to crowd source everyone's reactions about what kind of future you desire to create, build, cultivate and share before. And after the event, we'd love to hear how your future visions and dreams were influenced by the ideas our TEDx speakers shared from the stage. Share your photos, videos and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #tedxsil.

This year's TEDxSnoIsleLibraries will feature a new way to interact. During the event (and until November 13) you can join us online to comment and ask questions using your mobile device or computer through our event interactive software platform. You can join through our webpage. We'll get back to you with answers to your questions after the event.

Kamiak High School
10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd
Mukilteo, Washington, 98275
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Bill Bernat

Director or Product & Content Marketing/Mental Health Advocate
Responsible for marketing strategy and operations for this fast-growing organization. Led go-to-market (GTM) planning and execution in partnership with leadership team. Developed public relations design, and implemented, with agency. Coordinated event messaging, strategy and logistics for targeted events and large ones including Microsoft Ignite. I love learning about people and their inner worlds. I work in technology marketing and I enjoy what I do. I meditate badly, but consistently. Creativity is another key wellness activity for me. I’m a mental-health awareness advocate and share positive messages about life as a comedian, storyteller, playwright, actor and speaker. I live well with bipolar condition most of the time and I’ve overcome a few things such as overeating, addiction (nine years clean) and social anxiety. My greatest joy is watching people who are struggling emotionally find ways to beat personal demons and get glimpses of inner peace.

Dhruvik Parikh

Student, Researcher, Entrepreneur
Student at Henry M. Jackson High School, Mill Creek, Washington. Participant in a variety of clubs including the Technology Student Association and MIT Launch Club. Co-founded startup, Travalot, at the prestigious MIT Launch startup incubator. Managed strategy and operations for the company. Interested in finding solutions to the energy storage conundrum. Developed a novel method of biodiesel production using winery waste and engineered a membrane for redox flow batteries for superior conductivity. Is passionate about "distributed energy" and the equitable rollout of new technologies in developing countries. Well versed in Java and Python. Currently working on a deep learning approach to identify promising materials as components of redox flow batteries.

Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger

Earth Scientist, Senior Geologist, Educator, Former Astronaut
I am a mother and wife who fiercely loves her daughter and husband; I am an advocate for the environment; I am a former space traveler; I am an educator; and I am a runner.” Flew on Shuttle Mission STS-131 in April of 2010, logging 362 hours in space; served as the flight engineer (MS2), Intra-Vehicular Activity crewmember for three spacewalks, and Shuttle robotic arm operator. • Commanded the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) in June of 2012. During the 12-day underwater mission in the Aquarius Habitat, simulated spacewalks at a near-earth asteroid; operated under a 50-second, one-way communication delay; and conducted educational and public appearances. • Trained to do spacewalks in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. • Trained and certified on both the Shuttle and Space Station robotic arms.

Kathy Coffey

Community Champion, Executive Director
Kathy’s a respected local leader. She serves as a member of Lynnwood’s Human Services Commission. She’s a South Everett–Mukilteo Rotarian and board member of Leadership Launch. Prior to joining LSC in 2014, Kathy spent 16 years in higher education. She was Assistant Director of Edmonds Community College Foundation and Development Relations Coordinator at Bastyr University. She was also co- owner of Pivot Edmonds, a community magazine, marketplace, and community engagement site. Kathy is the proud mom of two sons, Ethan and Parker, who bring her great joy.

Mark Perez

Student/Cascadia College
A leadership advocate, runner, and optimist. Mark travels to schools to help students motivate themselves to to move forward and find motivation within themselves. Currently residing in Everett Washington, graduated from Jackson High School.

Nic O'Neill

Association President/Flyer of Kites
Kites have defined my life ever since I was introduced to them. Through the magic of flight, I have traveled the world, met countless people that have influenced the person I am today, and have ultimately found true love. I believe that it is my job to help spread happiness in the world, and elevate those around me during the short time that I am here. It isn’t through luck that I found my way here, it is through taking a chance at every opportunity, even if I knew I might fail. I fly just about anything, but love flying indoor single lines. In the last year I have been helping out the AKA as a Director-At-Large, managing the social media side of the house, and as the acting National Kite Month Chairmen. I have also recently launched my own kitebuilding and kite flying business, and I am completely blown away by the resources, support, and people that have chosen to be a part of that journey.

Richard Yonck

"The more I learn, the more I realize just how intricately interconnected everything in our universe is – past, present and future." Futurist Richard Yonck is founder and lead futurist for Intelligent Future Consulting where he consults, writes and speaks about emerging trends and technologies, with a focus on their impacts on business and society. Richard explores short to long-range futures for clients, readers and audiences with an eye to how this knowledge can help them better prepare for potential eventualities and to promote their preferred future. Richard’s work has appeared in The Futurist Magazine, Scientific American, World Future Review, Fast Company, Wired, Psychology Today, H+ Magazine, Mensa Bulletin, American Cinematographer and The Seattle Times. He’s been interviewed and quoted in The New York Times, BBC News, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, SAP Digitalist, Sports Illustrated, Singularity Hub, Next Avenue and numerous podcasts and radio programs.

Ron Carucci

Leadership Consultant, Co-Founder/Partner of Navalent
Seasoned consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50s to start-ups in pursuit of transformational change. His consulting has taken him to more than 20 different countries on four continents. He has consulted to some of the world’s most influential CEOs and executives on issues ranging from strategy to organization to leadership. He has worked extensively in the health sciences, biotech, and healthcare provider sectors and in the technology, consumer products, and retail food and and beverage industries. He has led work on several large-scale merger integrations and subsequent culture change. Lifelong-learner. Faith shapes how he learns. Work shapes and demands that he learns and requires him to help others learn. Dad of two amazing kids. Passionate about leaving the world better than I found it every day and I’m very privileged to be doing work that provides the opportunity to do that every day.

Sargun Handa

Student, Kamiak High
Sargi is part of Key Club, Human Rights Club, Natural Helpers, Hugs for Ghana, Free the Children, Knights in Action, Orchestra Council and the varsity golf team. In her community, Sargun is a junior writer for "The View from Harbour Pointe" magazine, office intern for the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, Aerospace Ambassador for the Institute of Flight Museum, a tutor at Kumon and a member of the Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee. After the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 event, one of her goals is to carry on the dream of Kamiak alum and previous TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 speaker, Radhika Dalal, to organize a TEDxYouth@KHS event so that more teens can make an impact together. Sargun also hopes to become a teacher or guidance counselor and to advise a community service club.

Tom Sebastian

Executive Director/Whole Health Advocate
President and CEO of Compass Health and has been with the organization since 1987. He is also Co-CEO of Behavioral Health Northwest, providing health plan and behavioral health services statewide in Washington State. Tom holds an MS from Illinois State University and an MPA from the University of Washington. Tom serves on the Board of the Washington Council for Behavioral Health and is a Board member of Mental Health Corporations of America. He is driven by a calling to serve others and is most fulfilled by using his experience to empower those around him to thrive. Faith, family, laughter and community service are his constants in times of joy and difficulty. An avid marathoner, he embraces a commitment to persisting through the long-hauls, while appreciating each step by recognizing that the present is a gift to be cherished.

Zsofia Pasztor

Farmer Frog Executive Director
Zsofia Pasztor’s passions are children and the environment. She is the founder of Farmer Frog.An award-winning landscape designer, permaculturist, horticulturist, and arborist, Zsofia teaches restoration horticulture, urban agriculture, and low impact development (LID) at Edmonds Community College. She also teaches sustainable site management internationally through several non-profit organizations. Zsofia was born and raised in Hungary. She and her husband, Zsolt Pasztor, left Hungary in 1987 and spent almost two years in a United Nations refugee camp before the United States brought them to Denver. They moved to Washington State in 1990 with four children. Zsofia has observed that when people grow food together, they improve their sense of community as well as their health. Across generations, everyone can participate in food production. Zsofia is concerned about children who may face preventable, lifestyle- and diet-related diseases.

Organizing team


Marysville, WA, United States
  • Deborah Tahara
  • Geoff Jensen
  • Jim Hills
    Team member
  • Joanne Conger
    Team member
  • Phil Klein
    Team member
  • Susan Hempstead
    Team member