Speaker Date Topic
Nate Bowling - 2016 Teacher of the Year Aug 23, 2018
A Teachers Evolving Mind
A Teachers Evolving Mind

Born in Tacoma and and entering his thirteenth year of teaching, Nate Bowling is the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year and runner-up for National Teacher of the Year. Nate is also the host of the Nerd Farmer Podcast, a podcast about civics, culture, and education on the Channel 253 Podcast Network. He will discuss critical issues facing our community and the public attitude towards them.

Kim Bedier Aug 30, 2018
Tacoma Dome Revitalization
Tacoma Dome Revitalization

Over the last 35 years, more than 25 million people have enjoyed world-class entertainment and events at the Tacoma Dome. This summer, the Dome is being enhanced with more than $30 M in capital improvements focused on making the live experience even better. Kim Bedier, Director of Tacoma Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma, will review all the exciting developments and what you can expect once the Dome reopens this fall.”

As Director of Tacoma Venues & Events, Kim is responsible for the iconic Tacoma Dome, one of the world’s largest wood domed structures seating up to 22,000, the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, and Cheney Stadium, the historic Pantages and Rialto Theaters, and Theater on the Square. The City’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality and the Special Event Permitting group were recently added to her portfolio. Kim also liaises with Travel Tacoma and South Sound Sports, and is a member of the City’s Executive Leadership team.

Bedier served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Venue Managers in 2015. She is former Chair of the Board of Regents of IAVM’s Venue Management School and Graduate Institute where she has instructed for many years. Bedier also instructs at the annual Asia-Pacific (Australia) Venue Management School and Leadership Institute.

Bedier was named one of five inaugural “Women of Influence” in the venue management industry by Venues Today in 2007. Facilities & Events Management named her one of “Ten Leading Women Venue Executives” in 2016 and an “Entertainment Venue Executive Luminary” in 2017.

Dr. Ivan Harrell Sep 06, 2018
President Tacoma Community College
President Tacoma Community College

Having a passion for community college education, Dr. Harrell strives every day to lead a group of professionals in providing the best environment, programs and services students need to complete their academic and career goals.

Dr. Harrell most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Before Georgia Piedmont, he served as the Vice President of Success at Lone Star College, Dean of Student Services at Anne Arundel Community College, Coordinator for Student Affairs at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Assistant to the Vice President at Tallahassee Community College.

Dr. Harrell is a published author, having written or co-written at least eight scholarly articles and book chapters. He has also served as a presenter at numerous local, regional and national conferences and seminars. Dr. Harrell completed his doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) at Florida State University, where he defended his award-winning dissertation, titled, “Using Student Characteristics to Predict the Persistence of Community College Students Enrolled in Online Courses.” He holds a master’s degree (M.Ed.) from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from Wittenberg University.

Thursday at 5 Sep 13, 2018
Dave Hall and Ned Morris Sep 27, 2018
ShelterBox Response Team
ShelterBox Response Team

You will get an insiders view of what it takes to become a ShelterBox Response Team member.