Community Foundation Sponsors TEDxWenatcheeED Event

In 2014, TEDxWenatchee presented its first event, themed “Connecting the Dots”, aiming to energize leaders to think more creatively about the possibilities for the future of the valley.

TEDxWenatchee organizers Sara Rolfs and Jessica Lara announce today that TEDx  will return to the Wenatchee Valley for the second time. The event will be held on February 20th, 2019 at Wenatchee Valley College’s Grove Recital Hall with an additional Live Streaming options simul-cast at the Pybus Event Center.

“We are thrilled to be hosting another local TEDxWenatchee event,” said Rolfs. “Our inaugural event helped prod some creative and innovative thinking in our valley and we hope to capitalize on the momentum.”

“The 2019 event is TEDxWenatcheeED, “ED” stands for education,” adds Lara. “We really want to dig into some ideas that will really push us to think about what education can look like.”

ED events are TEDx events where educators, students, administrators and others gather to discuss the future of education. ED events give people in educational communities an opportunity to spark discussion on the future of education, and share those ideas with the global community.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.

TEDxWenatcheeED has opened its nomination/application process which closes on September 21st, 2018. For more information or to nominate someone (you?) with a fantastic Big Idea, please visit Organizers add that they are curating for thinkers, doers, artists, and people with ideas about education. Researched-based ideas are welcome as well as emerging talents in performing arts.

TEDxWenatcheeED is a ticketed event. Please visit the TEDxWenatcheeED website for updates on ticket sales or follow TEDxWenatchee on Facebook.

Be a TEDxWenatcheeED Presenter

Are you a thinker, doer, artists, and/or person with great ideas worth spreading about education? Be a speaker at TEDxWenatcheeED! Submissions are due September 21, 2018.

Presenter Submission

Be a TEDxWenatcheeED Sponsor

TEDxWenatcheeED is not-for-profit project and is grateful to the Community Foundation of NCW for providing fiscal sponsorship so that all donations are tax-deductible.  A limited number of event sponsorships are available for local and regional businesses. For more information please email

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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