Event: TEDxSeattle

Changing Places


Our speaker line-up for TEDxSeattle 2017: Changing Places

  • Dr. Fariba Alamdari, Vice President of Marketing & Value Analysis, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Embracing diversity through a personal perspective 

VR artist, director, producer, founder of fearless360º

A “How To” on eliminating a global disease

Ending child trafficking  

  • Jennifer Hansen, Senior Officer in Knowledge & Research, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Making academic research free to everyone

  • Jim Haven, Wondernaut, Co-founder of Look Up

The wonder-inspiring ability of the night sky

The backyard approach to ending homelessness  

Fashion for Conservation founder

Seattle to Portland in 20 minutes? 

High school student, successful plaintiff in suit against Washington Department of Ecology

CEO Maru, co-founder MediaDojo Inc., lawyer, United Indians Communications Coordinator

  • Jevin West, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Learning how to become an expert at recognizing BS

Date November 18, 2017
Time 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

McCaw Hall

Seattle Center

Seattle, WA

Cost $80 general admission, $35 student discount tickets (ID required)
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Aji Piper

Aji grew up in the woods of the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington, where he developed a deep love and connection to the forest and waters of the Pacific Northwest. He is now an activist, working to protect our environment.

Ava Holmes

Ava Jordan Holmes, founder of Fashion for Conservation (FFC), believes bridging the gap between the industries of conservation and fashion is a key to human survival.

Charlie Swan

Seattle to Portland in 20 minutes? Charlie Swan, co-founder of Pacific Hyperloop, is working to make that happen.

Fariba E Alamdari, Ph.D

Fariba Alamdari, Vice president at the Boeing, is a strong advocate of diversity and is a speaker at diversity forums and believes in a compassionate leadership style focused on achieving results based on trust and respect for all.

Jenn LaFreniere

Jenn LaFreniere is co-founder of the BLOCK Project, which invites community into the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of homes across Seattle.

Jennifer Hansen

Jennifer Hansen, Senior Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is an equity advocate with a fierce dedication to ensuring information and scientific knowledge is free and available to all.

Jevin West, Ph.D

Jevin West, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, co-founded the DataLab — a collection of faculty and graduate students focused on data science and analytics.

Jim Haven

A lifelong daydreamer and former advertising creative, Jim co-founded Look Up, where he serves as Wondernaut and Executive Director. Look Up explores the power of wonder through art, science and space

Northwest Tap Connection on the TEDxSeattle 2017 stage

Northwest Tap Connection

Northwest Tap Connection inspires and teaches youth from underserved communities to comment on social issues through the physical expression of dance. This studio focuses on social justice and race with an aim to enrich young people’s lives through dance, encouraging self-confidence, self-discipline, achievement, and goal-setting. Their performances often address racial injustice from the perspective of […]

Patty Fleischmann

A licensed marriage and family therapist of 23 years, Patty is also the co-founder and President of the StolenYouth board, which works to end child trafficking.

RedWolf Pope

CEO Maru, co-founder MediaDojo Inc., lawyer, United Indians Communications Coordinator

Rex Hohlbein

Founder + Creative Director at Facing Homelessness / Principal at BLOCK Architects / Co-founder of the BLOCK Project

Sandy Cioffi

Sandy Cioffi is a Seattle-based film and video artist. She has produced and/or directed several independent films, including the critically acclaimed Sweet Crude, Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187 and Just Us.

Steve Davis

Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH, combines extensive experience as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator to accelerate great ideas and bring lifesaving solutions to scale.

Tacoma Refugee Choir

Tacoma Refugee Choir fosters friendships across diverse communities through the power of song. At a time when the US is divided along immigration policy lines, and people often respond from a place of fear, the Tacoma Refugee Choir strives to build bridges in the community by spreading a message of hope and empathy. TRC is a […]


8am McCaw Hall opens
Auditorium doors open for seating
9:30am – 10:45am Session 1
Changing the Game 

Jevin West, Ph.D
UW data science professor, bullshit fighter

Jennifer Hansen
Gates Foundation Knowledge Officer, passionate advocate for open research

Geoffrey Castle
Electric violin pioneer, inventor, producer

Aji Piper
High school student, singer, climate change fighter

10:45am – 11:15am Conversation Break
11:15am – 12:25pm

Session 2
Changing the Future


Charlie Swan
Entrepreneur, Pacific Hyperloop co-founder

Sandy Coiffi
Filmmaker, teacher, VR/AR producer

Steve Davis
PATH CEO, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist

12:25pm – 1:40pm Lunch break
1:40pm – 2:55pm

Session 3
Changing the Intolerable


Tacoma Refugee Choir
Singers, survivors, community of support

Rex Hohlbein & Jenn LaFreniere
Architects, BLOCK Project founders, community builders

Patty Fleischmann
Stolen Youth founder, therapist, driving force

Ava Holmes
Co-founder of Fashion for Conservation, reality show survivor

2:55pm – 3:25pm Conversation Break
3:25pm – 4:30pm

Session 4
Changing the Human Spirit


Fariba Alamdari, Ph.D.
Boeing Vice President of Marketing & Value Analysis, academic, immigrant, mentor

Jim Haven
Wondernaut, creative director, divergent thinker

Northwest Tap Connection
Dancers, social justice activists, transformation makers

RedWolf Pope
Native American activist, entrepreneur, attorney