TEDx has been hosted in Tacoma 6 times and it is called TEDxTacoma,  an independently organized TED event:

  • April 22. 2016 Tacoma, WA
  • March 21, 2015 Tacoma, WA
  • February 28th 2014 Tacoma, WA
  • May 3rd, 2013 Tacoma, WA
  • April 17th, 2012 Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 23, 2010  Tacoma, WA
This presentation by James Veitch: “This is what happens when you reply to spam email” is one of the best I have seen so far. 


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the …

How to Make the Final College Decision

Choosing your future college may be one of the biggest decisions you’ve ever had to make. We know you may feel nervous or anxious about making the final decision especially if you attended adult education classes, going to college might seem like a very difficult decision. Relax and enjoy the experience. You should feel excited about your options and the amazing four years that lie ahead. Follow the tips below when thinking about each school. It may help to compare your acceptances side by side and rank each school or make a list of pro’s and con’s for each.University student selecting book in library

  • Visit the schools you are considering. If you have already visited once, consider going back. Visiting the school with the

What Graduates Think About Their Student Loans

Out of every three business school graduates, at least one is seriously worried about their capability to pay back their student loans, and one in five declare they are “very or extremely” worried. These figures come from a recent study of MBA alumni by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Over the last years, the financial debt load of MBA graduates from the country’s leading programs has constantly been growing, and hikes in tuition fees have much higher than possible increases in starting MBA earnings. The recent Great Recession has hurt a lot of students as well, and many students started out with their professional education while having a lot less money in the bank to finance their academic studies. …

Surviving the Teenage Years when you have Asperger’s Syndrome

We all remember high school don’t we? The friends, the enemies, the social rules that changed every day. It was crazy for us. But just imagine how much more difficult it is for teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome.
The strangest IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting I ever conducted was with a 13 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. For the sake of this post we will call him Fred.
Fred was in a meeting with me, his parents and five of his teachers. Fred was comfortable with the meeting as he had been involved in IEP meetings since he was 8. When I asked him what he thought his goals needed to be for the next semester he clearly articulated the …

The Online Education Degree – A Course in Discipline

icon-sIt is the noblest of pursuits, the want and desire to become an educator and work in GED classes, as you will have a chance to shape young minds and to inform and influence the future. It is a course of education that requires thought, concern and discipline.

And while the pursuit of any degree requires discipline, the path of an online degree requires even that much more. For anyone who has finished and undergrad degree program, you know the ‘sticktoitiveness’ and fortitude that it requires to get up every day, make it to class, finish projects, complete assignments and finish your degree.…

Side Projects – Building Your Professional Playground

I come from a school where everyone has it in them to be an entrepreneur. Though my journey to self employment consisted of quitting my full time job before even opening the bar, paying my personal bills out of the 7f2919af717c2f5034a6c08f536594f9change jars I amassed through years of bartending, and living in my in-laws basement for almost 3 years while our business grew, I can fully understand why someone wouldn’t want to jump in head first like that, especially if you have a career you enjoy, serious debt, or you just plain don’t want to be a basement dweller for any period of time. Check also my post on leadership skills.

That’s where side projects come in. The good news is, …

How to find your new career?

question_mark1MAKING USE OF YOUR ASSETS AND SKILL SET With a parallel career, you can have the proverbial cake (change career) and eat it as well (keep your job).

Begin your career change assessment by taking  a career test and then looking at your current and previous jobs. Knowing your personality traits (just take this career quiz to find out) and having knowledge of certain skills new processes and practices, you must have picked up will help you to make a decision.

If you are in a senior executive position, other perks may include: company vehicle, club membership, stay in 5-star hotels, fly business class, magazine subscriptions, overseas travel, attend exhibitions, etc. We call all these your Assets and …

When You’re Trying to Sleep And You Cannot

When you are trying to sleep and you cannot, it is an extremely frustrating experience. Most of us are okay with losing an occasional night’s sleep. However, if the problem continues it can really begin to interfere with your life. Some insomnia side effects include an increased propensity to become ill and a decrease in your overall performance. If getting a good night’s sleep has become a challenge to you, here are some things that you might want to consider.

Chances are, your sleep environment is impacting how you sleep much more than you currently realize. While most people think to make sure that their mattress is as good as they can afford, they often fail to address other issues. …

Blogging is Dumb, Here’s Why

More than once I have been advised that the way to have a popular blog is to narrow the focus, and craft your writing for a more immediate takeaway.

This is true. Mostly.

People are drawn to read something by the promise of what’s in it for them. People share with their friends because they believe it will be of benefit to them.

That might be to make them laugh. Sometimes it’s to make them think but usually? It’s to inform them.

What’s so wrong with that? Informative is but one style of writing. While I can accept that blogging is a different practice than writing, I cannot so easily toss out so many other great styles and approaches.

Many …

500 Startups Infographic

500 Startups is a well-known early-stage seed fund and incubator/accelerator program that focuses on consumer and small- and medium-sized online startups. 500 Startups was founded in April 2010 by Dave McClure with 5 other people and is located in Mountain View, California, United States.

This handy infographic summarizes their activities.


500 startups invests mostly in the internet businesses, rightly so.
The Internet is a great resource for students, and offers a wide
range of helpful websites that can provide you with study aid material to help broaden your learning for a whole range of subjects from chemistry through to foreign languages.

You can also take many courses online these days, which give you the opportunity to work from home …