Jeannie Yandel

Jeannie Yandel is a special projects editor at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle, where she works on everything from podcasts to special broadcast series to live events. She’s been a host, reporter, and producer, and she’s won local and national awards for her reporting and interviewing. Recently she created and co-hosted the podcast Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace. She loses arguments daily to her 8-year old daughter.

Headshot credit: KUOW Photo / Megan Farmer

on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Seattle. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Phyllis Fletcher

Phyllis Fletcher is senior editor at APM Studios from American Public Media, where she provides editorial guidance to a suite of arts and culture podcasts. Phyllis was the Public Media Journalists Association’s inaugural Editor of the Year. She has served as president of the Seattle Association of Black Journalists and as a mentor with Northwest Journalists of Color. Phyllis holds a Master of Communication with a fellowship in demography from the University of Washington. Her writing on journalists of color and the unique ethical decisions they make is included in the 2021 edition of The Handbook of Global Media Ethics.

Watch her full TEDxSeattle talk: Hiding in the Spotlight 

Kathleen Macferran

Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She is committed to co-creating a world where peace replaces violence, love replaces hate, equity replaces inequity, and all people live meaningful lives. She has worked as a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) since 2003, and as a CNVC Assessor since 2010.  Since 2003, she has served as a workshop facilitator for the Freedom Project of Seattle, WA, an organization that supports healing and restoration inside and outside prisons through Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, racial equity and anti-oppression.

Kathleen is co-author with Jared Finkelstein of Choice: A Field Guide for Navigating the Polarization of Our World and Living Interdependently. She is the author of the children’s books How Giraffes Found Their Hearts and How Giraffes Got Their Ears, and conductor for Giraffe Tales a children’s CD setting those stories to music. Kathleen is the conductor on multiple Rainier Chamber Winds classical music recordings. Her website is where her TEDx talks, books, and music can be found.

Watch her full TEDxSeattle talk: The Art of Listening and TEDxMonroeCorrectionalComplex talk: Houses of Healing

Barbara J. King

BARBARA J. KING is emerita professor of anthropology at William & Mary and a freelance science writer. The author of seven books including How Animals Grieve, Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat, and the forthcoming (March) Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild, she focuses on animal emotion and cognition and the ethics of our relating with animals. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, NPR, Aeon, the TLS, and Undark. Barbara is a frequent media guest on radio and TV shows, such as “Species Unite” podcast, interviewed by Elizabeth Novogratz, and has enjoyed doing science outreach at places like the 92nd St Y; the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange “science speed dating” night; and the 2019 Vancouver TED conference. Interact with Barbara on Twitter @bjkingape.

Watch her full TEDxVancouver talk: Grief and Love in the Animal Kingdom

Shanelle Donaldson West

Shanelle Donaldson West is an urban farmer, food preservationist, and food justice advocate focused on healthy relationships to land, power and community. From working with toddlers growing gardens to connecting locally sourced food to people experiencing homelessness, Shanelle has supported more than one thousand King County residents over the last decade. She expanded her nutrition education to include food preservation classes as a method of self-care and extending the harvest. Most recently, she co-founded Percussion Farms whose mission is to undo racism and other oppressions that prevent access to nutrition and healthy spaces for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color. Shanelle is a proud alumna of the Black and Latinx Farm Immersion Class at Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York. When she’s not farming, Shanelle can be found reading, cooking with her husband, Mike, playing board games, or most likely staring at her sweet dog, Koda.

Elizabeth Arnold


Elizabeth Arnold is a former National Public Radio (NPR) Political Correspondent, Current Chair and Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska, and the producer of  For twenty years she was a familiar voice on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and a regular presence on PBS Washington Week, covering Congress, the White House, and the American West. Arnold has received numerous awards, including a duPont Columbia Silver Baton and the Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress. Over the last decade, she has reported on the ecological and human impacts of global warming from some of the most remote areas of the Arctic. A frequent lecturer and recent Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Arnold authored the paper “Gloom and Doom: The Role of the Media in the Public’s Disengagement on Climate Change. “

Watch her full TEDxSeattle talk: What’s Happening in the Arctic and Why it Matters 

Vanessa “Nessy” Quarantello

Vanessa “Nessy” Quarantello facilitates Usui Reiki and Breathwork in the 3-part breath style taught by David Elliott. Her purpose is to help people overcome trauma and align with their subtle energies to step into their divine potential.

Nessy spent over a decade in NYC working in finance and made a pivot into healing arts after beginning her own healing journey to overcome childhood and workplace trauma. She now resides in her native San Diego and works virtually and in-person with individuals and groups all over the world. Visit No Greater Love to learn more.