Three more speakers announced for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017

The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health; Sargun Handa, a Kamiak High School student; and Bill Bernat, a mental-health advocate.

A CEO, a highschool student and a mentalhealth advocate.

In day-to-day living, their paths might not cross, but on Nov. 4 these three will share a stage and forge a common bond as speakers at TEDxSnoIsle Libraries 2017.

Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health; Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student; and Bill Bernat, an advocate for mental-health awareness, will join nine other presenters as they each share their stories from 1-5 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

“We’re excited about the ‘ideas worth spreading’ from these and other members of our communities,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. This past week, the first group of speakers getting ready for November was revealed. They are Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County; Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek; and Nic O’Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.

“There will be 12 speakers at this year’s event,” Harvey said, adding that the remaining six will be announced in the coming weeks.

With Kamiak as the main venue, nine community libraries will also provide convenient live-stream viewing sites across Snohomish and Island counties. The community library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.

Admission to Kamiak and the community library sites is free, thanks to event partners, however, reservations will be required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made online.

New this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers.

“At Kamiak, attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers in a separate post-event session,” Harvey said. “In addition, we’re teaming up with to bring that interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.”

While the event will again be livestreamed at, participants watching through Glisser will see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They’ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.

“I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • Overdrive