Ricardo “Cobe” Williams works as a national trainer for Cure Violence, ranked #14 in NGO Advisor's 2016 report on the Top 500 NGOs. Cobe travels the globe training violence interrupters in mediation and conflict resolution strategies for Cure Violence.
Cobe's work and personal journey were chronicled in the 2011 award-winning film “The Interrupters” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was selected by New Yorker magazine, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly and the LA Times as one of the best films of 2011.
Cobe received the “Hero Award” from former Illinois governor Pat Quinn and has spoken at various forums including at the U.S. Capitol, the United Nations, the American Bar Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, as well as a high school students and residents at juvenile detention centers around the country, as he has a passion for mentoring urban youth.
He is married and lives in a Chicago surburb with his wife Andrea, a nurse, and their four children.
Moe Carrick, Founder and Principal of Moementum, Inc. an Oregon based consultancy and Certified B Corp believes that people make organizations great.
Companies large and small are routinely brought to their knees by the “soft stuff” of people problems, and Carrick has made it her life’s contribution to help people thrive in the companies for which they work.
Carrick cut her teeth on working with groups as a wilderness guide for Outward Bound, NOLS, and Project Adventure, and continues to adventure in ways large and small. Current clients include: Prudential, REI, Nike, Nintendo of America, Hydroflask, The Nature Conservancy, Tech Soft 3D, the Adventure Travel Trade Association, City and State Governments, Children’s Hospital, and many others.
Carrick is a regular blogger on topics related to people at work and is a contributor to Conscious Company Magazine. Her first book, FIT MATTERS: How to Love Your Job, comes out in spring of 2017 with co-author Cammie Dunaway via Maven House Press.
Grisha Krivchenia is a composer and pianist who divides his time among Santa Fe, San Juan Island, and concert dates around the world. He enjoys a busy performance schedule, and his compositions are realized by professional ensembles throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Recent premieres have taken place in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Bucharest. Abundant Silence (Denver, CO) publishes his vocal and chamber music.
Grisha completed his studies at Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied piano with Sedmara Rutstein and composition with Jeffrey Mumford. In 2007, Grisha founded the music program at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor. Grisha takes a special interest in using art to amplify voices that might otherwise go unheard. He writes music with hospice patients, as a composer for Lifesongs in Santa Fe and recently completed a song cycle on texts by Syrian refugees.
Anna Steffeney is a passionate entrepreneur who is focused on improving the experience and lives for working families. After the birth of her two children—one born in Europe, the second born in the United States—the glaring difference in parental leave policies prompted Anna to launch LeaveLogic. LeaveLogic is a Seattle based, technology company that delivers a parental leave management platform to Fortune 1000 companies.
Anna is recognized as a thought leader in parental leave policies, has been profiled by television and print media. She attended the White House Summit on Working Families representing one of the few companies addressing parental leave with a technology solution. In addition, Anna's is a wife and mother with 15 years of international corporate experience.
Tim Durkan was born in Seattle and has called the Capitol Hill neighborhood his home for 25 years. A world-class photographer, he has covered subjects ranging from street life to sunsets and super moons. His love of people and pride in his hometown are reflected in his photos and outreach efforts. His catch phrase ‘capturing the pretty and the gritty’ was coined after he recently began juxtaposing his more iconic landscapes with that of the homelessness and addiction crises on the streets of Seattle.
Tim’s scope of work also includes commercial assignments for local NPR station KPLU, portraiture, landscape and lives performances. His photos have been viewed millions of times and featured nationally on NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC News , CNN and USA Today.
His travels have taken him to places far and near - from Glacier National Park to the remote corners of India. He plans to continue his global travels in 2017 in search of other cultural, environmental and interesting personal stories to you can read about at timdurkan.com
An educator, with a background in psychology, Shelly Tochluk spent ten years as a researcher, counselor, and teacher in California’s public schools. She now trains teachers to work with Los Angeles’ diverse school population as Chair of the Education Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University–Los Angeles.
She is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It. Shelly’s new book,Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice, invites readers to take a deep look into their own lives in order to answer the question, how does spirituality go hand in hand with racial justice? Where do disconnections exist?
Shelly works with AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles) where she co-produces a 4-day summer institute, Unmasking Whiteness, that leads white people into a deeper understanding of their personal relationship to race, white privilege, and systemic racism.
Dr. Keesha Ewers
Dr. Keesha Ewers is a doctor of sexology, board certified in functional medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, a psychotherapist, energy worker, yoga teacher, and founder and a host of the Healthy YOU! Radio network.
Dr. Keesha is the founder of a field of medicine called Functional Sexology, a combination of functional medicine, psychotherapy, sexology, and Ayurveda. Through the Academy for Integrative Medicine, she offers a certification course for those passionate about and wanting to become Integrative Medicine Health Coaches. She has developed the Freedom Framework, which is designed to get to the root problem of any disease or imbalance.
Dr. Keesha has published articles and books and conducted research primarily on adrenal fatigue, emotional pain, cultural and spiritual values, and cognitive beliefs and how they affect female sexual desire and vitality.
During the day Jarrod Lyman is the communications specialist for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, where he manages a social media following of more than a quarter million. He also handles local PR and conducts seminars training business owners on how to include social media into their strategies for success.
At home he’s the husband to his wife of nearly 15 years Cindy, and father to their almost 12 year-old daughter Kaylee and 3-year-old son Collin. At all times he’s an avid geek and lover of nerdy socks. He’s also the founder of Geeky Dad Media, a startup so new you’re likely the first ones to hear about it. It’s a place to showcase and rent out his skills in photography, voiceover work and social media consultancy.
As if that’s not enough, he’s working with Wallace Kempkey, inventor and CEO of Pterofin, a clean energy startup that uses the simple concept of biomimicry to solve complex clean energy problems.
Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD
Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD,has been studying how intestinal alterations lead to several immune diseases since 2007. During this time she has established herself as an outstanding researcher in the field of microbiota.
She has been published in leading scientific journals such as Gut, PNAS, and Science Translational Medicine. She also co-authored a forthcoming book aimed at parents, “Let Them Eat Dirt”, which explores how the microbiome influences childhood development and how a microbial imbalance can lead to several immune-mediated diseases.
A mother of two, Claire is a tireless advocate of using scientific knowledge to improve the health of children.
Michael Sanders is an IT Project Manager with over 20 years’ experience in utilities, aerospace, and research, and serves in leadership capacities for the Project Management Institute. He is a public speaker, author, and proud Native American. His passions include developing others, change management, and human motivation.
Michael has a BA in Organizational Management and an MA in Organizational Leadership, with certifications in project management, change management, instructional design, business management, and professional writing. He has published a white paper, “Controlling Communication Channels,” two books, Advanced Multitasking and 7 Common Mistakes Employees Make in a Downsizing, and 21 articles on LinkedIn.
He is happily married and lives on San Juan Island.
Patricia is the recipient of the “Excellence in Writing Award,” presented by the National League of American Pen Women. Under her direction, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford received the “Best Bets Award” for its Healing Arts program. She was awarded the 2008 Telly for her script “Invaders of the National Parks,” and two writing fellowships at the Helen R. Whiteley Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, a scholarly research center sponsored by the University of Washington in Seattle.
Ric Merrifield has worked for some of the biggest technology companies in the world including Microsoft and Accenture, as well as some of the top consumer brands, including Disney and Starbucks. Ric combines his knowledge of business and technology in a way that helps organizations decide how best to interact with their customers – increasingly with much more information about them than ever before. Ric's work at Microsoft in business capabilities resulted in several patents and led to his first of four Harvard Business Review articles, and his award-winning book, Rethink.
At a time when customer data is transforming from anonymous transaction level data to highly personal experience-level information, Ric can often be found behind the scenes.
Ric enjoys stand up paddle-boarding and catching Dungeness crab by hand. He lives on Fox Island, WA, with his wife Tracy and their three boys.
Grey Frandsen (WITHDRAWN)
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Grey is urgently needed in Puerto Rico to lead the US government's zika control efforts and is therefore unable to speak at TEDxSanJuanIsland this year (although he assures us he is in for 2017!). We wish him luck as he works with the CDC to battle the spread of this virus. Grey is a devoted public servant and entrepreneur, having served for more than 15 years in senior leadership roles in both the U.S. Government and the private sector. Called the “mosquito mercenary” in the New York Times and the “new cool kid” in the Huffington Post, Grey’s career has been focused on designing and leading large-scale initiatives to address national security and global public health challenges. Grey’s work has been featured in more than 300 publications, including in The New York Times, CNN, Reuters, Forbes, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, BBC and NPR. Grey is married to his wife Lindsey, and they have four children. They live in Seattle.