TEDxSeattle 2019


Join us for our 10th anniversary event, TEDxSeattle 2019. This year’s theme is SHIFT and our inspiring speakers will present talks from the fields of medical research, art, technology and philanthropy encompassing multiple aspects of change from the power of a subtle shift in attitude to major changes in ecosystems.

2019 TEDxSeattle Speaker Schedule

Session 1 – 9:30am – 10:40am

· Dr Sam Sharar – Professor UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
· Karen Okonkwo – Marketer and Co-Founder, TONL
· Leah Garces – President of Mercy For Animals, author and activist

Conversation Break – 10:40am – 11:20am

Session 2 – 11:20am – 12:30pm

· Ellen Forney – Cartoonist and Mental Health Advocate
· Gretchen Yanover – Cellist, composer, performer
· Traca Savadogo – Seattle Freeze Buster
· Alexandra Morton – Independent Field Biologist

Lunch Break – 12:30pm – 1:50pm

Session 3 – 1:50pm – 2:50pm

· Hollis Wong-Wear – Songwriter, musician, speaker and community advocate
· James Miles – Executive Director of Arts Corps and Fresh Professor
· Dr. Hans Peter Kiem – Director Stem Cell and Gene Therapy program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Conversation Break – 2:50pm – 3:30pm

Session 4 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm

· Andrea Driessen – Event designer, author and hospice volunteer
· David Blatner – Author, publisher and event producer
· Chris Jordan – Photographer and Filmmaker


Date November 23, 2019
Time 8am to 5pm
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Alexandra Morton

Alexandra Morton is a marine biologist known for her 30-year study of wild killer whales in the Broughton Archipelago in […]

Andrea Driessen

Andrea Driessen is a meeting designer, author, and hospice volunteer. As founder and Chief Boredom Buster at Seattle-based No More […]

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is an internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker whose works are exhibited and published worldwide. His work walks the […]

David Blatner

David Blatner is a renaissance raconteur, a graphic design guru, and an expert on the infinite. His prolific career spans […]

Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem

Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem, the Director of the Stem Cell and Gene Therapy program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, […]

Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney is a cartoonist, teacher, and mental health advocate. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling […]

Gretchen Yanover

Locally grown cellist Gretchen Yanover began playing cello in Seattle Public Schools. She earned a BA in Music Performance and […]

Hollis Wong – Wear

Hollis Wong – Wear is a songwriter, musician, speaker, creative generator and community advocate who lives between Los Angeles and […]

James Miles

James Miles is the executive director of Seattle-based Arts Corps. He works to revolutionize arts education by igniting the creative […]

Karen Okonkwo

Karen Okonkwo is a Nigerian-American social entrepreneur based in Seattle. She became an avid blogger in 2013 while in college. […]

Leah Garcés

Leah Garces is President of the nonprofit Mercy For Animals, one of the world’s largest farmed animal rights organizations and […]

Sam Sharar

Sam Sharar, MD, refers to himself as “an academic anesthesiologist.” He is a board-certified anesthesiologist and cares for seriously injured […]

Traca Savadogo

Traca Savadogo is a professional social butterfly. She has a passion for driving big ideas and conversation, and her approach […]

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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSeattle, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSeattle event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.