• Trending Now
    Thank you to all who made our 2015 event a resounding success.


Trending Now | TEDxSonomaCounty 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School - Santa Rosa, California

Talks from TEDxSonomaCounty 2015 are now available online!

View featured Talks in Previous Talks or watch them all on YouTube.

Thank you to everyone who helped make TEDxSonomaCounty 2015 | Trending Now a resounding success!
TEDxSonomaCounty 2015 was our first to sell out and our best yet. A very special and heartfelt thank-you to our speakers, sponsors, organizing committee, and volunteers for all of your dedication and hard work. TEDxSonomaCounty is only possible with your support.  

About Trending Now

Engaging speakers, artists and entertainers exploring the theme "Trending Now."
Trending Now screams at us from our computers and smart phones, telling us what to read, what to buy, what celebrity is doing what with whom right now. We’re never far from our apps and our feeds. The digital immigrants watch in awe as the younger generations, the digital natives, seem to accept their devices as a part of them, another limb. In a relatively brief span of time, we have seemingly embraced a digital life: From the way we communicate to the way we shop. From the way we read and listen to music, to the way we learn and the way we create art. From the way we date, to the way we make war. But how is our humanity being defined by our technology and how are we defining it? TEDxSonomaCounty will bring together leading thinkers and doers to explore multiple perspectives on the theme, Trending Now. We’ll imagine a world where we will be more connected than ever before. How will our lives be richer beyond our imaginations as our devices, our homes and our societies become connected in new ways? Where will we embrace new technology, making the quality of our lives and the world a better place? Where will we push back preferring older ways of doing things, and why? Scroll down for this year's Speaker Preview or click the Purchase Tickets button to register. Join the conversation by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
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"We know infinitely less about the ocean
than we do about outer space."

Previous Talks

We have curated some of our most popular Talks for your viewing in the gallery below.

View all TEDxSonomaCounty Talks: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

TEDxSonomaCounty brings together our community with inspiring
speakers, artists and performers to explore a theme.


We are proud to recognize those businesses whose cash and in-kind support make TEDxSonomaCounty possible. Thank you!

For information on becoming a sponsor, email info@TEDxSonomaCounty.com
  • Sonoma Country Day School
  • Bellwether Farms
  • Thermal Sun
  • Repertoire Productions
  • Wallis Family Estate
  • Bergin Glass Impressions
  • Sonoma Jet Center
  • Lynmar Estate
  • Don Ramatici Insurance
  • Sonic
  • Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
  • Sudha Schlesinger
  • Ned Bonzi Photography
  • ChromaGraphics
  • LINK Creative
We are proud to recognize those individuals whose support has made TEDxSonomaCounty possible. Thank you!
  • Liam and Diana Callahan
  • Jeff and Amy Kloes
  • Marilyn and Edward Wallis
  • Mike and Karen Bergin
  • Chad and Kate Hawley
  • David and Joan Jasper
  • Josh and Julia Hochberg
Many thanks to the following food and wine sponsors for hosting our late afternoon reception.

Organizing Committee


  • Kate Hawley
    Kate Hawley
    Committee Co-Chair

    Kate Hawley wife of one. Mother of two. Friend of many. Avid world-traveler. Believer in the power of education to change the world.

  • Karen Bergin
    Karen Bergin
    Committee Co-Chair

    Karen Bergin is a former banker, a lifelong learner and an avid community volunteer. She is a mother of 4, a grandmother of two, and the co-owner of a successful small business in the Napa Valley.

  • Shannon Ledger
    Shannon Ledger
    Organizing Committee

    Was an executive at Yahoo! and survivor of the web's early years. Is a Sonoma County native, mother, wife, writer, and pursuer of passions.

  • Julia Hochberg
    Julia Hochberg
    Organizing Committee

    Producer. Wife, mother of two girls, and admirer of creativity, design, passion, brilliance, and a good laugh.

  • Amar Hanspal
    Amar Hanspal
    Organizing Committee

    TEDxSonomaCounty License Holder and host of this year's TEDxSonomaCounty. Currently an executive at Autodesk helping imagine, design and create a better world. Husband, father of two (+ a puppy), world traveler and frustrated writer.

  • Diana Callahan
    Diana Callahan
    Organizing Committee

    Diana Callahan is wife of a cheesemaker, mother of two wild boys, loves adventures, life and people who make me think. www.bellwetherfarms.com

  • Jimi Conners
    Jimi Conners
    Organizing Committee

    Graduating in summer of 2015 from father of dogs to father of human, Jimi is an advocate for education, design, and creativity and Development Associate at Sonoma Country Day School.

  • Mari Aixalá Dawson
    Mari Aixalá Dawson
    Organizing Committee

    Mad for storytelling and travel. Creative producer, world citizen, wife, and mother of two girls. Always en route to Cuba to connect, create, and change via animarifilms.com.

  • Nancy Ferrick
    Nancy Ferrick
    Organizing Committee

    Wife, mother of two sons, retired educator, mentor, community do-gooder and volunteer. Passionate about education, social justice, family and friends.

  • Ed FitzGerald
    Ed FitzGerald
    Organizing Committee

    Ed FitzGerald father of five, grandfather, educator, cloud-head. Loves empowering others with emerging technologies, growing vegetables, and spiriting The Great Turning.

  • Elizabeth Gleadall
    Elizabeth Gleadall
    Organizing Committee

    Elizabeth Gleadall is passionate about children, education, philanthropy, and bringing joy to others. As a mother of two and Director of Development at Sonoma Country Day School, she gets to do just that.

  • Paul Godowski
    Paul Godowski
    Organizing Committee

    Paul Godowski is a husband, father of three, and a scientist who is passionate about education. He loves working with creative people willing to explore new ideas that can change the world.

  • MK Hicks
    MK Hicks
    Organizing Committee

    A two-decade Sonoma County volunteer-aholic, passionate about volunteering to enrich her community in the arts and enrichment for kids and families. This right-brain focus helps balance her left-brain career in technology, start-ups and new product introductions.

  • Steve Kirkish
    Steve Kirkish
    Organizing Committee

    Steve Kirkish is father to a creative, curious daughter and co-owner with his wife of a successful Healdsburg gallery. He believes the best future is through open minds and open hearts.

  • Jill Murphy
    Jill Murphy
    Organizing Committee

    Jill Murphy is a design research and brand consultant. She is passionate about understanding people and their experience of the world. She is a wife and mother of one.

  • Katie Wetzel Murphy
    Katie Wetzel Murphy
    Organizing Committee

    Katie Wetzel Murphy greatest achievements: raising three children, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, driving in Paris. Loves kids, baseball and her garden, and has the most patient husband in the world.

  • Vincent Rago
    Vincent Rago
    Organizing Committee

    Vincent Rago arrived at his place in West Sonoma County to experience the sensations of homebuilding, farming and living near the coast. He believes the classical concept of “synthesis from opposites” is a key element of creativity.

  • Edward Wallis
    Edward Wallis
    Organizing Committee

    Edward Wallis champions a small Napa Valley winery, and loves TEDxSonomaCounty as a Brain Spa. Good clean global fun.

  • Brad Weaver, Ed.D
    Brad Weaver, Ed.D
    Organizing Committee

    Brad Weaver is an independent school leader focused on creativity, youth leadership and ethical development, outdoor and experiential education, service learning, and culturally responsive teaching.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that
bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

About TEDxSonomaCounty

What is TEDxSonomaCounty?

TEDxSonomaCounty2014.182In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxSonomaCounty will bring together our community with inspiring speakers, artists and performers to explore a theme. We are organized by a group of individuals who are inspired by TED and want to bring the experience to Sonoma County. TEDxSonomaCounty is operating under license from TED, organizers of the immensely popular TED Conference, an annual event where some of the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading," TED has created TEDx, a program of local, organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2015 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TED 2015: Truth & Dare will take place on December 8, 2015 in Geneva , Switzerland.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook. For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit ted.com/registration.

What is TEDx?

TEDx-logoIn 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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)

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TEDxSonomaCounty is held annually
in The Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School.

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Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

Address: 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Telephone: (707) 284-3200

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Mac Barnett's 2014 Talk on fiction and reality
currently has over 1,000,000 views on YouTube.