Category Archive for: TEDxSpokane Speakers

Julie Suen

Julie Suen Can we actually find peace before we die? Julie is an Estate Planning Attorney from Honolulu, HI. She is a certified death doula, and hypnotherapist to conduct past-life regression/ future-life progression. In her spare time, she enjoys meditating and spending time with nature. Her favorite Ted Talk is Sir Ken Richardson’s “Do Schools…

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Mark Odegard

Mark Odegard Never look at a plastic water bottle the same way again. Working as a consultant for a greener world, Mark is influenced by relevant and valuable topics that open his mind to new ideas. Seeing himself as an extreme introvert with social reservations, Marks favorite past times are spending time outdoors and sharing…

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Dan Nanamkin

Dan Nanamkin Dan will take us back in time to hear the passages passed down from generations before. Stories of a land before that provided for its people and how the native people nurtured it. Dan is an Indigenous Educator from Nespelem, Washington, on the Colville Indian Reservation. He takes pride in hearing more of…

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Rebecca Jensen

Rebecca Jensen Want to know the secret to financial success? Rebecca is a registered Investment Advisor in Spokane, WA. Her favorite Ted Talk is Tim Urban’s “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator.” She has a black belt in Taekwondo and loves a trip to local Long Lake with her family. She hopes to one…

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Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons Have you heard of the cult next door? Tracy is a Journalism Lecturer and Religion Reporter from Pullman, WA. She favors “Ted Radio Hour: NPR” because listening to other’s views opens her mind to new ideas. When she is not nurturing her houseplants, she is riding her road bike. In her time on…

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Tammie Schrader

Tammie Schrader The fastest demographic for video game use is middle-aged women, not middle schoolers! This lifelong teacher from Cheney, Washington, loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a traditional approach to having cream and sugar with her coffee and states pizza is one of her favorite foods. Through her 30+ years…

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Ryan Oelrich

Ryan Oelrich Ryan Oelrich is an artist, advocate, and community builder. He serves as the Executive Director of Priority Spokane, a nationally recognized collective impact organization, and he’s a Culture of Health Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He was awarded the Peirone Prize for service in 2016, and he’s received congressional recognition for…

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Tom Mueller

Tom Mueller I am a freelance author whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic, NY Times and elsewhere, on topics ranging from computer chess programming to the evolution of whales to the international conspiracy of olive oil fraudsters.  My new book explores the social, legal, and psychological history of whistleblowing. The rise of…

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Kiantha Duncan

Kiantha Duncan Kiantha is an avid writer, artist and philanthropist. In her profession she serves as a Program Officer at Empire Health Foundation. For over 20 years Kiantha has been recognized nationally as a community advocate, mobilizer and leader. As a former foster child having experienced traumatic Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Kiantha’s lived experience, passion…

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Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt Linda Lawrence Hunt is co-founder of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, an award-winning author, and former professor and director of the Writing Program at Whitworth University. A graduate of the University of Washington, she earned her Ph.D. from Gonzaga University. As the mother of a 25-year-old daughter who was killed while volunteering…

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