About Salons

Salons are small, in-person gatherings, centered around a single theme, leveraging the expertise of local speakers and several TED videos on a relevant and engaging topic to facilitate community engagement between regular TEDx events.

Why We Should Focus on Strengths, in Education and Beyond

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Hotel Petaluma

Join us for the second TEDxSonomaCountySalon on the evening of Wednesday, April 26th as we engage in a conversation focused around the theme of Why We Should Focus on Strengths, in Education and Beyond. In partnership with the Petaluma Education Foundation, our guest speaker will feature Dr. Paul Porter, professor of Sonoma State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education.

Salon Speaker
Dr. Paul Porter has been a school counselor, elementary and secondary school principal, director of special education, university professor, as well as a school superintendent for 17 years. He has educated hundreds of school leaders many of whom now serve as administrators in schools throughout northern California and was one of the founding directors of the CANDEL joint doctoral program.

Dr. Porter is known widely for his work with team building, leadership, coaching, organizational development, conflict resolution, appreciative inquiry and facilitation. He is a certified Gallup Coach and has done pioneering work in the field of positive intent. Dr. Porter lives in Sonoma County with his wife Mickey and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren who he visits weekly.

Event Details
Focused on the topic of Strengths, TEDxSonomaCountySalon will feature a local speaker in addition to related TED videos and conversation. Our venue will be the Hotel Petaluma Hotel in Petaluma.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 6:00-6:30pm – Check-in and mingling
  • 6:30-7:30pm – Moderated discussions following an engaging and interactive talk accompanied by relevant TED videos
  • 7:30-8:00pm – Post-event mingling and continued discussion!

Student/Education Discount $15
In honor of the work of Educators in our community, we would like to extend a discount to all Students, Staff and Faculty. Please bring a student/educator ID to the event to qualify for this ticket level.

General Admission $20

Admission includes a drink ticket for a glass of wine/beer (21+ only) or non-alcoholic beverage and light appetizers.

About Our Venue
Historic Hotel Petaluma is a boutique hotel located at 205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA. Hotel Petaluma mixes history with modern style and comfort. Built in 1923, original architectural elements and details are still found throughout the hotel. After undergoing a major revitalization and remodel, the property now features a grand lobby with fireplace lounge, courtyard entrance, event spaces, Barber Cellars wine tasting room and The Shuckery restaurant. For additional information, visit www.hotelpetaluma.com.

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In 1982, a group of teachers, business leaders and community activists in Petaluma convened to develop funding solutions for area schools in response to major budget deficits throughout the California school system. The outcome was the creation of the Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF), a privately funded, non-profit organization whose primary goal is to raise money in the community to benefit education. Today we serve all 38 K-12 public, private and charter schools in our community, with an annual enrollment of over 13,000 students. PEF Grant and Scholarship programs continue to provide support and opportunity with more than $6,277,283 awarded since the programs started.

Thank you to our sponsors who have helped make today’s salon possible!

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Past Events

TEDxSonomaCountySalon | Social Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | Paradise Ridge Winery

This month, our committee of volunteers held the first-ever TEDxSonomaCountySalon – a smaller, more frequent, intimate, and interactive version of our annual TEDxSonomaCounty event – at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. The chosen topic for our pilot program was Social Entrepreneurship and featured pre-recorded TED Talks from Audrey Choi and Jane Chen, as well as a live Talk from Bill Angeloni, Founder and Director of Tenzing Consulting. In front of a packed house, Bill shared a story of organizations working together to fight hunger through creativity and cooperation after noticing an abundance of food waste created by lack of an efficient delivery method.

More TED Talks on Social Entrepreneurship: Playlist: Social Good, Inc.