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On Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020 at 6 p.m., Phoenix College is proud to be hosting our second annual TEDx event. The event is open to the public; Click Here for tickets.

About TEDx Phoenix College

TEDx Phoenix College’s theme this year is “Traditions: Looking Forward/Looking Back".

The theme of this year’s event was chosen to showcase how traditions and historic patterns have shaped and continue to shape the world we live in. We’ve chosen three speakers, each with completely unique topics under the traditions theme, to present and facilitate conversation around innovative ways to think about tradition. Our goal is to stimulate thought, create change, and influence our community (and the world) with this TEDx event. 

After the event, a video of the TEDx presentation will be available on the Phoenix College YouTube Channel

About TEDx

The “x” in TEDx signifies that this is an independently organized event under the TED Talk brand, organization, and conference.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED Talk experience at a more intimate, community level. At a TEDx event, a TED Talk video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group setting. 

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Schedule of Events

6 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. - Pre-Event Check-In

6:20p.m. - 7 p.m. - Speaker Session 1

  • Welcome - Dr. Larry Johnson, President, Phoenix College
  • Orientation Norms - Rowdy Duncan
  • Video #1
  • Discussion - Julie Myers
  • Speaker #1 - Katie Hess "The Secret Language You Already Speak: Flowers"
  • Discussion - Amy MacPherson
  • Video #2

7 p.m. - 7:20 p.m. - Intermission

7:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Speaker Session 2

  • Speaker - Charles Matheus “Redefining Strength for the 21st Century”
  • Discussion - Rody Randon
  • Video #3
  • Discussion - Julie Myers
  • Speaker #3 - Colby Martin “The Forgotten Tradition of Sin”
  • Debrief - Rowdy Duncan

Learn About Our Speakers

We’re excited to be hosting three incredible speakers this year. Stay tuned for our Speaker Highlight series on our website and also on social media. This year’s speakers, in no particular order, are:

  1. Katie Hess, Speaking on “The Secret Language You Already Speak: Flowers”

Katie Hess is an expert of flower alchemy, the author of Flowerevolution and founder of LOTUSWEI, a leading flower elixir apothecary. Katie created and hosts Flowerlounge events around the world, alongside the Flowerlounge Podcast, and is the founder of the Self-Arising Nature Center in Phoenix. Whether it’s hosting retreats, leading meditations, or traveling to find the planet’s most powerful flowers, the essence of Katie’s work is to awaken people to their own inner wisdom.

  1. Charles Matheus, Speaking on “Redefining Strength for the 21st Century”

Charles Matheus is an Arizona native with thirty-five years of experience as an educator, wilderness guide, and nonprofit leader. Charles has utilized podcasting, writing, and public speaking to make an impact in society by redefining the concept of strength. He believes that what constitutes strength has shifted over thousands of years and he has developed what he calls “Four Gifts” to better define strength in our current society.

  1. Colby Martin, Speaking on “Progressive Christianity and Rethinking the Tradition of Sin”

As an author and pastor, Colby Martin is passionate about carving out a space within Christianity that includes a whole-hearted, affirming posture toward LGBTQ individuals, a broader acceptance of spiritual practices and religious perspectives, and an agreeableness toward all that science can teach. He believes that when people know their true identity (loved children of God) they can live from a place of freedom. Colby remains obstinately hopeful that the church can change the world.


Please contact event co-organizer, Rowdy Duncan: