Bellevue College’s first-ever TEDx event, which takes place Tuesday, Feb. 7, will focus on perception. Thirteen speakers will visit the Carlson Theater on campus. Topics will range from how it’s never too late to quit your job and start a rock band to neurodiversity.

TEDx Bellevue College

TEDxBellevueCollege will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the college’s Carlson Theater. Photo courtesy Bellevue College.

There also will be interactive activities between sessions that will challenge attendees to think about their own sense of perception.

Tickets to the event are free; register at

“I think the diverse range of speakers are going to offer a fresh perspective and spark conversations about what we perceive, how we perceive, and what we can do to shift or broaden our perspectives to be more inclusive, engaged, and successful,” said Alonda Williams, TEDxBellevueCollege founder and organizing committee member.

TEDxBellevueCollege speakers:

• Kyle Wilson: indigenous rhetoric coordinator, Arizona State University
• Miki O’Brien: co-founder, Aligned Education.
• Dr. Norm Alston: founder, Zeno Math and eMode Learning Foundation.
• Fernando Perez: assistant professor of writing at Bellevue College.
• Jane Wong: visiting assistant professor, Pacific Lutheran University.
• Tammi Doyle: chair of the Theatre Arts Department of Drama and Dance at Bellevue College.
• Amy Mack: executive director, Year Up.
• Maya Lahyani: m0ezzo soprano soloist, Seattle Opera.
• Paula Boggs: philanthropist, lawyer, and musician.
• James Osborne: IT manager, Bellevue College and author of Will Your Way Back.
• Nancy Gonlin: professional archaeologist and professor, Bellevue College.
• Jenni Flinders: creator, People for Innovation; founder, le Pont vers la Vie Académie and the Ellie Rose Foundation.
• Nina Jennings: senior user experience researcher, Hardlines at Amazon and author.

The event is independently produced, and operated under a license from TED. The program is organized by community volunteers with the goal of creating dialogue and lending a platform for passions, ideas, and experiences.