TEDx series in Tacoma headed to PLU with Healthy Future event

Look for a diverse menu of presentations when leaders from local business, arts, education and nonprofit groups gather to share their ideas on a wide spectrum of topics including health care, leadership, human nature and violence against women at the TEDxTacoma 2016: Healthy Future event.

The gathering will be April 22 at 7 p.m. at Pacific Lutheran University’s Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Now in its fifth year, TEDxTacoma provides “a platform for the exchange of creative and often paradigm-challenging ideas about how thoughtful, action-oriented individuals can contribute to positively changing Tacoma, the Puget Sound region and the world,” according to a release.

Scheduled speakers include retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, New York Times best-selling novelist Isaac Marion, Jason Lee Middle School principal Christine Brandt, former Tacoma City Council member Bill Moss, YWCA Pierce County CEO Miriam Barnett and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier, among others.

The program also will include performances by PLU’s two a cappella groups, PLUtonic and HERmonic.

TEDxTacoma attendees have the option to purchase general admission or VIP tickets. VIP tickets include entry to TEDxTacoma and the post-program VIP reception, as well as one complimentary drink at the VIP reception.

Ticket prices range from $41.94 to $83.94, according to the PLU website. For more information, go to

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